Friday, February 2, 2007
Your Bridal Skincare Routine
You’ve set the date and picked out your invitations everything seems to be under control until you realize one crucial thing you are forgetting. You. You are forgetting the importance of taking care of yourself in the all the wedding commotion.
Some experts say that a bride must start her bridal skincare routine at least six months out in order to truly be a blushing bride. I think that is a bit extreme. If you are going to try something new then I say, give it two maybe three months tops to begin treatments. However, if you are just going to be extra diligent with your skincare rituals (which I highly endorse) then, begin that at least one month before the big day.
First up is determining what type of skin you have. Is it oily, sensitive, combination, mature or acne-prone? Does it often feel dry in patches or all over? Often times a dry skin can become incredibly oily after switching to a new product line. Never fear! That will quickly remedy itself within a week of the new products use. It was just your skin’s way of saying, “Help! I’m way too dry! FIX ME!”
Next step is using a good cleanser that matches your skin. You don’t want something that is harsh or full of soapy detergents either. My rule is the less ingredients and chemicals in the cleanser and the less it lathers, the better off your skin is. A good toner is next for your skin, one that suits your skin type. This will help balance out whatever issues your facial tissue is having.
The third step is the most important. Moisturize, moisturize. Moisturize your entire body daily from head to toe, not just your face. If you are not used to using body lotion pick out one that you like so it makes it fun and easy to remember to use each day. Remember to purchase a separate eye cream for the delicate tissue around your eyes and dab it on delicately. Never rub it in, as it will cause the skin to sag later. Apply a facial lotion each morning and one before bedtime too. This will encourage even more of a balance in your skin. If possible, use products from the same line as they will compliment each other and add to your beauty arsenal. Try to apply the facial lotion in an upwards motion each time you apply. We must fight gravity wherever we can!
Once a week use a facial scrub to eliminate dead skin cells and rejuvenate your skin. A good masque will also help. The scrub can be done in the shower at anytime day or night. There is no need to try and schedule it in. Slather on the masque when you have a few extra minutes before heading into the shower and rinse it off then. This doesn’t have to be a hard chore.
It may seem like a lot of work if you aren’t used to this type of thing, but combined with drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day you skin will glow and be the best it can be come your wedding day and all the days before and after. Besides, it only takes two weeks of doing something for it to become routine.
So remember- wash your face twice a day, morning, and night. Tone and moisturize it too. Apply a masque and facial scrub once a week to keep you looking your best.
A great product line to use is Arbonne. They are 100% Vegan, all natural with a limited amount of packaging. The products speak for themselves in just a few days time and if you don’t like them, there is a 45-day money back guarantee. For more information ask Vicky and visit the Arbonne website at www.arbonne.com to check the product lines out yourself! Great gifts for bridesmaids can also be found there.