With wedding season just around the corner, there’s no better time than now to start thinking about your skincare regime to have you looking even more radiant on your big day. We’ve come up with a number of ways to prep your skin so you have one less thing to worry about … Sleep Getting a minimum of eight hours of sleep per night can do wonders for your skin. Make sleep a priority as it’s the best time for collagen production to occur in your skin. Doing 10 minutes of diaphragmatic breathing before bed will help de stress you to make your night’s sleep more peaceful. Hydration It’s no secret that our organs need water to function properly, and as the body’s largest organ, skin needs hydration more than anything. Drinking a minimum of eight 250ml glasses of water a day is essential for maintaining skin health and hydration. The production of collagen also requires regular hydration, so to keep fine lines at bay, top up your water intake. Reduce refined sugar Cutting out refined sugars from your diet may seem drastic, but the difference it can make to your skin is astonishing. A high intake of sugar activates skin inflammation, leaving your face puffy and red. Once this part of the diet is removed (or at least reduced), the appearance of your skin will start to improve. High intakes of sugar have also been linked to acne and breakouts, so to avoid any unpleasant surprises, it’s best to put the sugar spoon down for a couple of weeks or focus only on natural sugars as your body can digest them easier. Dr. Libby is fantastic for giving you some healthier sugar free ideas, if you have a sweet tooth. Follow a skincare regime designed for your skin If you’re not regularly cleansing and moisturising your skin, that needs to change ASAP. Without regular care, your skin barrier can become impaired or you may find a few more breakouts then you’d like. A regular skincare regime helps to maintain your skin, and keeps your face feeling balanced, clean and glowing. Talk to us at Total Body Concept about having a skin consultation to create a skin care journey that is designed specifically for your skins’ needs and wants. Get a facial Facials are not only a great way to achieve a radiant complexion, but they’re the ultimate stress busters. For truly photo-worthy skin it’s important to have monthly facials leading up to your wedding to decongest your skin and achieve that perfect glow. Treat yourself by having regular facials leading up to the wedding. Peels and Microdermabrasion are a fantastic to start refining, congesting and smoothing the texture of your skin, then following that up with a nourishing Thalgo treatment closer to the Big Day. Stay out of hot water A hot shower may feel great, but the heat from the water can strip essential oil and create a mild burn. As a result, blood vessels respond by dilating in an effort to cool skin which causes flushing and redness. As you age, it can take longer for your skin to return to its normal colour. Avoid these issues by having warm showers, and moisturising your skin straight after to stay hydrated. What to do before the big day – our recommendations: Ultraceuticals B2 mask as a pick-me-up that morning. Apply Hyalu-Procollagene Correction Pro Eye Patches by Thalgo to under your eyes Have a Laser Geneis facial the week leading up to your big day Protect SPF to prevent sun burn the day of your wedding. — If you liked this blog, head over to our Journal page to read more of our helpful skincare guides! If you live in Christchurch and new to the world of facials, get in contact with us or make a facial appointment here. Meet the Total Body Concept team on this page, or head over to our online store for some skincare retail therapy!