Chartered Psychologist and founder of MIMI Skincare Kits, Jess Baker gives us her bridal beauty skin regime.
Getting married is one of the most delightful, and the most stressful things you can do in your life. As your big day approaches you’re feeling ever more stressed about all the things still on your ‘to do’ list. Your brain is releasing a whole heap of stress hormones and other chemicals, and to a certain degree these are keeping you focused on the task, but will end up interfering with your immune system, increase your blood pressure, make you irritable and, to top it all, cause skin problems. But don’t panic. There are some simple things you can do to nurture your skin, your body, and your mind, that will help you retain your natural beautiful glow in the lead up to your wedding day.
Two months before the big day:
Try any new skincare products at least three months in advance to avoid any possibility of flare-ups and bad reactions just before your wedding day. Avoid products packed with synthetic ingredients that are likely to dry out your skin and hair, i.e. cleansers with SLS and products with SD alcohol, denatured, isopropyl. Choose natural skincare products that are high in antioxidants (vitamin A, C, E) and essential fatty acids (omega 6, 9). These can be found in abundance in Avocado and Argan oils which help fight free-radicals slowing the signs of ageing, and plump the skin reducing the appearance of fine lines. Try the luxurious blend of these natural oils in the MIMI Sleeping Beauty Night Time Facial Oil, and customise it with the optional lavender and ylang.
One month before the big day:
Focus on weekly treatments to remove the build-up of dead skin and keep your youthful glow. Use a simple deep cleansing face mask for a quick fix that leaves the skin feeling soft , try MIMI Green Goddess Fresh Face Mask, which is suitable for sensitive skin (£22, makeitmakeit.com). Bumpy upper arms that you’re afraid to reveal? Scrub them away with an all-natural body rub. You can mix your own (brown sugar and coconut oil) or try the MIMI Sweet Cheeks Body Rub that’s been carefully formulated to leave your skin silky-smooth all over (£25, makeitmakeit.com). Even if you’re not trying to lose a few pounds, exercising is good for you: your brain releases endorphins, a natural high, which helps you manage your stress levels and boosts your self-esteem (so you’ll feel super gorgeous on your special day).
Daily natural boosters:
Not only does honey have antibacterial properties, it moisturises and softens the skin. So next time you’re in the bath smooth some onto your face, relax for 5 minutes then gently wipe off. Just lovely. Reduce puffy eyes by placing soaked cotton wool in black tea (an astringent) or green tea (with anti inflammatory flavonoids) over your eyes. Giving yourself a gentle facial massage will help fluid flow freely around the face. Hug it out! Oxytocin is known as the happy hormone as it elevates our mood. It’s released when you’re socialising with your best friends, and when you’re hugging the people you love.
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