Glowing Bride - 5 tips for perfect 'big day' skin

If you're one of the many lovebirds getting married this summer, you might be wondering what you can do to get your skin to it's ultimate glow level before the big day. Whether you have six months or six weeks until wedding bells ring, I've got you covered with 5 tips to get your skin right and looking it's best. See below for more!

1. START EARLY

The sooner you jumpstart your skincare regimen, the better shape you'll be in come wedding day. If possible, give yourself 3-6 months to trial-and-error until you land on the best routine for your skin. If you don't have that kind of time, not to worry- these tips will still be useful and get you results!

2. GET MONTHLY FACIAL

If you don't have a favorite spa or esthetician, girl it's time to find one! A good facial will include deep cleansing, brightening treatments, and extraction of clogged pores. These targeted treatments will get your skin re-hydrated and radiant in no time. Make sure to give your skin some recovery time post facial-- preferably 5-7 days before any special events. Keeping your facials on 30-day intervals syncs with your natural cell-turnover rate and will maintain results longer-term. 

3. FIND A REGIMEN

The key to results is consistency. Get yourself on a daily skincare routine that suits your exact skin needs. A little online research (check out peachandlily.com)  or trip to a reputable retailer (I like Sephora) will get the right products in your hands. Most regimens should involve cleansing, exfoliating, treatment, and hydration. Once you've found your favorites, stick to them! (I've written a blog post on a few of my personal faves. check it out here

4. AVOID SUN EXPOSURE

By now you've probably heard how important it is to protect your skin with sun block to prevent skin cancer and other health risks. Not only that, but sun exposure also leads to breakdown in collagen and elastane, hyper pigmentation (dark spots), and loss of hydration. Do yourself (and your makeup artist) a favor and avoid these issues by simply wearing sunblock, reapplying regularly, and throwing a hat on for extended exposure. Your skin will thank you in the long run! If you need a tan right now, opt for a sunless option like St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Face Lotion.

5. HEAL YOUR SKIN FROM INSIDE OUT

What you feed into your body is just as important as the products you apply to the outside. To maximize skin elasticity, boost collagen,  and increase overall even tone and brightness, a healthy diet is absolutely necessary. This includes eating foods high in anti-oxidants (almond butter, sweet potato, carrots), rich in fatty acids (walnuts, fish, chia, flaxseed) and full of Vitamin-C (citrus fruits, kale, strawberries). Drinking plenty of water on a daily basis will also keep cellular turnover at it's peak functionality and can prevent patchy dry spots on skin. The beauty benefits are nice, but the extra energy and overall well being makes it all worthwhile. 

I do hope these tips will lead you down a path to health and lovely skin! And to those of you getting married this season I wish you happiness!!

xx Riley

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