If there’s one beauty must-have for your wedding day, it’s clear glowing skin. However, in the run up to the big day, it’s easy for your skin to suffer. Late nights, lots to do and little time can all create problems. To avoid any problems and to keep you on track for a super healthy wedding, we’ve invited personal wellness coach Jeannie Di Bon to share her expertise with us. Say goodbye to blemishes and hello to glowing skin…
Understanding your skin
“Waking up on your wedding day with a blemish or breakdown is the stuff of wedding nightmares,” says Jeannie. “So it’s important to understand how clear skin fits into your wider health and wellness needs, as your skin is the shop window to what’s going on inside your body. Stress is a key factor. Wedding planning can be extremely stressful, especially in the final few weeks before the big day. Stress has a big impact on the body and can take its toll on the skin too.”
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“Do your best to minimise stress through breathing exercises, relaxing work-outs such as yoga or swimming, and perhaps indulging in more baths than usual. Not only will these help reduce your stress levels, but they’ll also lead to better quality sleep, which is another essential factor in skin quality. It will also help you avoid reaching for those sugary snacks and ready meals to keep you going during the final weeks, all of which play havoc with your health.”
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“It’s sometimes a tough balance to achieve, but the hen-do’s, intense gym sessions and last minute planning frenzy are exactly what will lead to your skin (and you) not being at its best come the main event. So put yourself first and carve out time to relax.”
What to eat and drink to make your skin glow
To help boost your chances of keeping skin clear and glowing for your wedding day, Jeannie recommends these foods:
- Broccoli helps aid skin repair and reduce damage
- Cauliflower is great for collagen production, helping keep skin plump
- Spinach for super for overall skin and hair health
- Foods with vitamin A (retinol) such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, apricots are also a natural way of aiding the skin
- Watercress is great for skin health. Try an Omega 3 rich egg and watercress sandwich – easy to make even if you’re in a hurry!
- There’s also whole family of ‘super’ vegetables including Swiss chard, Chinese Leaf Lettuce, celery, romaine lettuce, Cos lettuce and artichokes, which are renowned for promoting healthy skin and eyes.
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Jeannie also suggests these age-old ideas too:
- Water – drinks lots of it and definitely avoid ‘liquid candy’ – fizzy drinks or bottle prepared smoothies which are packed full of sugar.
- Sleep – set yourself a regular bedtime and stick to it as best you can. Don’t be tempted to lie in on weekends as this will make you feel sluggish and the skin won’t replenish properly.
- Avoid processed foods – remove the inflammatory products from your diet (which ready meals are full of) as they can cause flare-ups and reddening.
- Exercise – stick to an enjoyable exercise routine but don’t go crazy. If your body isn’t used to extreme exercise, it will only stress it out and lead to breakouts.
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On the flip side, it’s equally important to cut out certain things from your pre-wedding diet to help your skin as Jeannie explains:
“Avoid anything from a packet and all processed foods. Ready meals, crisps, cakes and biscuits are all pro-inflammatory products that will set off chemical reactions in the body that can cause dull skin, spots, and oil production. Incorporate the recommended foods into your diet in a natural way – anything that’s been processed or mixed with unpronounceable additives won’t bring the same benefits and may do the opposite.”
“Smoking is also notoriously bad for your skin. So if you’re looking for motivation to quit, looking your best on your wedding day might be just that! If you’re not a smoker, avoid smoky environments as even second hand smoke can have an impact.”
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Jeannie recommends that for best results, you need at least 9 weeks of your new routine to really see results but she also understands that with so much going on, you might need a little bit of emergency care if life gets in the way:
“If the plan to get and stay healthy goes wrong ahead of the wedding, don’t be hard on yourself and become stressed. Stress itself can impact your skin, so why make it worse? Remember you can turn things around pretty quickly by changing the quality of the food and drink you consume in the last few days before the wedding. Food is the carrier of chemical messages to the body. So change the messages and the body will respond. The body is intelligent and, importantly, quick at responding to our actions. Even a few days of eating well, staying hydrated and getting lots of sleep will make a difference.”
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“If you only do one thing to help ensure great skin, it would have to be eating healthily. What we eat dictates how are cells react; if we are giving our bodies good messages from our food, then the outside reacts well and looks healthy too.”
We hope you’re feeling better already! If you’re now planning your healthy wedding diet, check out Jeannie’s ‘what to eat before your wedding day’ tips here.