Beautiful skin really does start from within and I am here to give you my top tips for looking absolutely glowing long after the last piece of wedding cake has been devoured.
As a former makeup artist, I know how important it is for you to want to look and feel your absolute best. As a nutritionist, I can tell you that glowing skin is about how you look after your skin not what you put on it. During the lead up to the main event stress can get the better of you and next minute you find yourself devouring a family sized block of Cadbury Milk Chocolate after having a panic attack that you will get a massive pimple rear it’s ugly head the night before p.s Windex doesn’t work!
Yeah right! I know what you are thinking but just hear me out for a minute. Even just taking 20 minutes out of your day to breathe deeply and relax will help with this one. Why not jump in the bath tonight, add some magnesium salts, light some candles and put your favourite chill playlist on?
Increase your water intake and decrease your intake of all those other liquids including alcohol – sorry! Water really is essential for glowing skin, helping to flush out toxins built up in the liver and help with that all important digestive process. Drinking alcohol can raise homocysteine levels in the blood and can aggravate certain skin conditions. Though a glass or two of red wine per week is good for the soul, try to steer clear of the vino for a little while and aim for a minimum of 2 litres of water each day.
Get more sleep
This one really should be up the top. Look, I’ll admit this one isn’t one I stick to either. Trying to figure out where to fit those 8 hours of rest when you’re working, planning a wedding, and trying to live a normal life is not an easy feat. But did you know that aside from improving those bags under your eyes, sleep is also super important for cell repair and a healthy immune system. In other words, we all could do with a little more shuteye.
I know you knew this one was coming. I’m sorry. You can’t be besties with sugar anymore. This one is tough to swallow but sugar can raise insulin levels and cause havoc with your hormones, resulting in breakouts. RIP sugar.
Get your antioxidants
The easiest way to do this is to add berries to your diet. These little powerhouses are packed full of antioxidants, which help to protect against free radicals. Free what? Really tiny chemical particles that speed up the ageing process. As well as this, berries are amazing for helping with liver detoxification.
You know how I said earlier how water helps with digestion? So does fibre. And it’s the lower digestive system I’m referring to. Adding fibre doesn’t have to be difficult. Increase your intake of fibre rich foods such as zucchini, avocado, lentils and berries. Not so hard after all (pun intended).
Eat more seafood
Seafood is so good for you! I grew up with parents in the seafood industry so this one is a given for me. Not only is it delish when it is local and cooked properly but it provides you with essential fatty acids, which help to reduce oxidative stress in the body which can lead to wrinkles.
Give your skin a break
This one is not going to be easy. I know just how difficult it can be to not wear as much makeup and go easy on the product usage. But, even if you can give your skin a breather twice a week it is going to do it the world of good. Your skin can’t heal and be happy if it is covered in foundation.
Written by Tessa Wright, a reformed makeup junkie, nutritionist and skin therapist, and owner of Feed Your Face.