The ultimate pre-wedding skincare tips from Cult Beauty

woman with moisturiser on her face With wedding season on the horizon and Google searches for 'wedding skincare' up by 450% over the last 12 months, experts at Cult Beauty are here to help brides-to-be with the ultimate pre-wedding skincare tips for glowing skin.

1. Start by healing your gut Glowing skin starts with a healthy gut. We know how hard it is in the lead up to your wedding, what with all the occasions to overindulge on food and drink. But its these that can contribute to breakouts, excess sebum production and overall stressed skin. Having a balance of a healthy diet inclusive of a variety of vegetables, pre and probiotics, fermented foods, teamed with plenty of water and the right supplements to keep your gut's microbiome happy is key. Remember what goes into your body is just as important as any beauty products you're relying on for a radiant complexion!

2. Exfoliate regularly Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!! While it may not be visible to the naked eye, dead skin cells will leave your complexion looking dull and lackluster! There are two different types of exfoliant; chemical and physical and whilst both are great, it's best to use a chemical exfoliator such as an AHA or BHA 2/3 times a week in the evening to maintain a luminous glow. For blemish-prone complexions, aim for a formula inclusive of BHAs such as salicylic acid to break down the oils congesting your pores. For deeper skin tones opt for a more gentle AHA such as mandelic or lactic acid as these are less likely to cause hyperpigmentation. Always ensure that you use sunscreens daily to prevent undoing your hard work.

3. Try facial massage There are many tools and tricks to give yourself an amazing face massage at home to boost your skin as well as give you the time to de-stress from all the wedding prep! Hurrah!! Facial massage is a great way to boost the lymphatic system and circulation to help give your face a glow, whilst also sculpting and toning. A Gua Sha, facial rollers and micro/nano current toning devices are all fantastic tools to incorporate into your routine. Just bear in mind that consistency is *key* to achieving your desired results and be sure to use the correct oils, serums or conductive gels with your chosen tool.

4. Use an LED face mask We've all seen the image of Victoria Beckham with that scary looking LED mask sitting in bed right?! These amazing sci-fiesque tools are the perfect answer to reducing fine lines, breakouts, and pigmentation, leaving your skin plumper, brighter, smoother and firmer by harnessing the power of light therapy at varying wavelengths. Depending on the device and your preferred treatment, all you need is three to twenty minutes a day to boost your skin health, if you don't have time for professional facials then this is a great alternative you can use at home.

5. Get your beauty sleep We all know sleep is vital to keep us alive, but it improves our skin and mental energy too. During the night whilst you sleep your skin works overtime with your circadian rhythm to revive, rejuvenate, and repair itself. To help boost the process why not try an overnight serum or face mask that will help give you a radiant complexion. For a restful night's slumber, try adding a pillow mist, sleep drops or eye mask into your evening routine to help you drift off to the land of nod.

6. Drink lots of water Our bodies are 80% water, so it is one of the most important glow enhancing ingredients for your skin. If you're dehydrated, this will almost always reflect negatively on your skin, leaving you looking dull and tired. It's recommended that you drink at least 2 litres of water a day to flush out toxins from the body and to keep your skin hydrated, but you can boost this further by adding a supplementary electrolyte to your thirst-quenching drink.

7. Exercise regularly You may have that pre-wedding workout routine already in full flow, but exercise is one of the quickest ways to get glowing skin as it helps to increase blood flow, nourish skin cells and keeps them vital. Try exercising for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week, to give your skin that extra glow whilst also giving you that happy hormone endorphin rush! If you're tight on time and try adding weighted bangles or resistance bands to your at-home workout to make the most of your exercise routine.

8. Cleanse twice a day Cleansing the skin removes all the dirt, makeup, impurities, and sunscreen so that the skin can repair itself in the best way possible. It's important to cleanse both morning and evening so that you can prepare your skin for the products that will follow. As well as removing make up and dirt on a nightly cleanse (ideally double), it's surprising how much bacteria builds on the skin when you sleep at night, so you need to cleanse it off in the morning too. If you dread the thought of splashing your face with water first thing, try opting for micellar based cleansing water or milk teamed with a bamboo cotton pad instead.

9. Tailor your routine There may be specific areas of concern, such as hyperpigmentation or breakouts that you want to target ahead of your special day. It's important to not add too much to your routine too soon, just add one active ingredient at a time, especially if you have sensitive skin and see if your skin can tolerate it without any irritation first. Get in touch with Cult Concierge who can build you a bespoke routine and give you advice on how to implement new ingredients into your routine while minimizing potential inflammation.

10. Stress less It's easier said than done especially when you're planning the biggest day of your life but keeping stress to a minimum is key to a healthy complexion. If the stress rises so do your cortisol levels resulting in pesky spots, and you don't want that on your big day. Try anything that helps you to destress, from a walk in the fresh air to meditation or reading a book in between the wedding planning. A long hot bath, burning soothing essential oil blends, acupressure and adding CBD into your daily routine can all help to bring you back to your centre and help you relax.

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