With the lead up to your big day, sometimes it can all be a little overwhelming, Au Natural Skinfood offers a simple and affordable solution to getting your skin ready for your big day. Planning a wedding can be stressful and this can put a strain on your mood and you may notice a change in your behaviour, this pressure can also take its toll on your skin, without you realising it.
That's why it's imperative that you get into a habit of nourishing and caring for your skin to ensure you look your best on the biggest day of your life. The earlier you start your regime the better the results, with clear, healthy and glowing skin being the ultimate goal. Here at Au we have put together some simple and practical steps to help you get started.
Eat (and drink) yourself pretty
Working from the inside out, your diet is a constant reminder that what you put into your body will impact on your outward appearance. As such, a diet rich in vitamins and minerals will keep your skin in tip-top condition. Omega 3 fatty acids such as those found in herring, salmon and mackerel are necessary for plump and supple skin. Leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli promote your iron intake, and sweet potatoes, tomatoes and walnuts also have essential benefits. Green tea also boasts detoxifying properties with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, as well as being known as a metabolic booster - perfect if you're trying to lose a few pounds too.
And that's not to say you can't have a little treat now and again; dark chocolate with a high cocoa bean content contains vital antioxidants and red wine has been proven to reduce the signs of ageing... when consumed in moderation, of course.
Ensure skin retains its pH balance by maintaining hydration levels throughout the wedding planning process. We should be drinking around 1-2 litres of water a day.
Drinking plenty of water but this cannot be overemphasised. Poorly hydrated skin will look sallow and dull and even make-up cannot necessarily improve your complexion for those all-important photographs. Water is liquid gold. Try using our Prepare Brightening Lotion, charged with anti-evaporation molecules, it sticks to our surface skin cells and creates added moisture, keeping the skin fresh and dewy. For an additional hydration boost, try using an ingestible collagen drink, products that contain hydrolysed marine collagen, are able to naturally boost the body’s production of collagen directly in the bloodstream. As collagen production decreases, so does our skin’s ability to retain moisture. When you add environmental aggressors which cause dull, rough, dry skin, an extra dose of collagen is vital to help maintain a healthy collagen matrix and improve hydration in your skin."
Get into a habit of drinking water now and you should easily maintain this routine after the big day too.
This extends to the body as well as the face. By using our Balance Mud Mask, rich Active 16+ Manuka Honey & Bee Venom on a weekly basis, your skin will shed unwanted dry and dead skin cells leaving your skin looking clearer and feeling smoother. Dry brush the skin on your body with a body brush daily, pre-shower. Brush towards the heart, paying particular attention to knees, elbows and heels where the skin is thicker.
From signature spa sessions tailored precisely to your skin-type to DIY treatments applied at home, regular facials are both a luxury and necessity in the run up to your wedding day. Feed the skin with natural ingredients that won't trigger sensitivity or cause irritation; be loyal to skincare and stay consistent with your routine. Planning like everything else is important and the sooner you start on a regime the better.
Cleanse, tone, moisturise
It's the age-old ritual that has been passed through the generations simply because of its effectiveness, also reminding you to remove your make-up before bed. By cleansing, toning and moisturising every evening you'll be ridding your skin of all the chemical nasties and environmental aggressors accrued during the day, refreshing the skin and leaving it to revitalise throughout the night. Pay attention to your Y-zone (lower face, neck, and décolletage) as well as your T-zone (forehead, nose, chin and mouth area) when applying each product.
How can Au Natural Skinfood help?
Au Natural Skinfood makes preparing your skin for your ‘big day’ really simple, our natural skincare is scientifically backed, by using quality natural ingredients we ensure that we deliver you top quality. We remove the hassle by delivering your ‘bundle’ to you as you need it. Gone are the days of running out of your favourite product. With experienced and qualified Beauty Therapists/Skin Specialists on our customer service team waiting to talk to you, we aim to be the company that does not add to your ‘to do’ lists but rather ticks things off. Skincare should be a fun and positive experience, not a chore.
Lips are important too
Your lips are also in need of some TLC every now and again, so how about trying a lip scrub on a weekly basis to remove dead skin cells? Mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with a squirt of honey and drop of vanilla to form a paste then massage into the lips before rinsing off. Apply Au’s Repair Multifunctional Active 16+ Manuka Honey lip balm afterwards and keep your lips soft, smooth and perfectly kissable.
When out and about always remember to take your Au On The Go SPF25 Mineral powder foundation. Re-apply regularly and don't forget commonly forgotten areas such as the ears, lips and back of the neck.
Take time out
The stress of planning a wedding can cause breakouts when you least expect them, so take time to relax and rejuvenate by booking a spa day, taking a long walk or going out for dinner. Even better, if you practise meditation or have always been interested in finding out more, now is the perfect time to do it. Switch off your mobile phone during these times and reconnect with the world in person, giving your body (and mind) a well-deserved rest. Slow down when going through your daily skincare routine, use warm compress towels and press your products deep into your skin, enjoy the cleansing and moisturising steps.
Slow Beauty Movement
When people talk about the Slow Beauty Movement, they are referring to the current swing in beauty and well-being circles away from quick-fix ‘miracle’ products, passing trends, and invasive treatments, towards a bigger-picture, more holistic approach to wellness.
The Slow Beauty Movement is all-encompassing in its approach, believing that in order for well-being changes to be truly effective, and their benefits to be long-lasting, they must work to support the health of the entire body. Because of this, the movement embraces purposeful nutrition over fast, cheaper, more convenience-driven alternatives. This means that the process of change slows down, leading to enduring, sustainable positive results.
At Au Natural Skinfood, when developing our products we are very mindful of the Slow Beauty Movement and are led by the principle that taking time to follow our passion and ethos will yield true results. We like to remind ourselves and our subscribers about the importance of slowing down so that we can reset, recharge, rebalance, and recalibrate before getting back out there to make it all happen.
The Au Natural Skinfood 4-Step skincare programme was presented and developed for long term use, meaning it will take time and continued application to deliver results. It is designed to give our subscribers healthy skin with a strong barrier defence system that has the power to regenerate, hydrate and protect itself. Our ingredients are naturally sourced from New Zealand and are safe and paraben free. Our packaging can be reused and recycled. We are here to help and would love to help you choose the right solution for your skin.
A special offer for brides to be
Are you familiar with the Au Natural Bundle? Mix and match any 2 products for only $35 per month and add any other product for only $14 each per month. You can change products, pause, cancel or bring your deliveries forward at any time from your online account. Easy! Use the promo code WEDDING20 at checkout when you create a new Bundle, and receive 20% off the first two months. Redeem your offer here.