Beauty expert Sarah Brown shares her tips for beautiful wedding day skin
Every bride wants to look flawless on her wedding day - but unfortunately, our skin can sometimes have other ideas.
Luckily, Pai Skincare founder Sarah Brown has stepped forward to answer some of your most common skincare queries - ranging from acne to Rosacea. Here, Sarah reveals how you can keep your skin pore-free and perfect - so panic no more!
I’ve had a cluster of spots on my chin. They just don’t go, what can I do?
Spots on the chin and jawline are linked to hormones so are best tackled from the inside out. Cut down on refined sugar and increase your intake of Essential Fatty Acids (Omegas). Also avoid touching the area as this can spread bacteria.
I’m terrified of waking up on my wedding day and finding a massive zit. Is there anything I can do to avoid this?
Try to get your skin into a happy product regime several months in advance. Avoid facials in the weeks leading up to your big day to minimise risk of breakouts or adverse reactions to new products. Get lots of sleep, avoid foods high in refined sugar and try to stay relaxed!
I’ve had chronic acne since my teens – it’s all over my neck and back too. I’ve recently got engaged and am determined to shift it before my wedding. Any advice?
A visit to a naturopath might be a good investment as they can help to address skin imbalances. Avoid foaming face and body washes as liquid detergents strip your natural oils and result in an over-production of sebum. Gentle Cream Cleansers are best for the face. Refined sugars and animal fats are bad adult acne-inducers - cut back on junk food and drink plenty of water. Hot water and a slice of lemon is great for decongesting the complexion. Dandelion tea is also a great skin purifier and is thought to improve acne scars.
My only worry is the dark circles under my eyes. Concealer usually does the trick but if I haven’t slept well my eyes go dark and puffy. What do you recommend I do to reduce this?
To reduce puffiness, lightly steep two chamomile teabags and leave them to chill in the fridge. Apply to (closed) eyes for five minutes – bliss! Echium is a fantastic natural anti-inflammatory, we use it in our organic Eye Cream. Apply the cream cool from the fridge in the morning to help brighten the eye area.
How can I keep my skin happy whilst on a humid honeymoon in Thailand?
A regular spritz of alcohol-free toner helps to keep skin cool and refreshed in tropical climates. Resist the temptation to over-clean the skin - better to rinse with just water and then do one thorough cleanse in the evening. Also remember to stay hydrated.
What’s your one must-have product?
Our Geranium & Thistle Cream - I used it on my wedding day! It’s a light organic moisturiser that gives a really even skin tone and great matte finish. A lot of make-up artists use it on film sets now.
My T-zone is prone to oiliness and I don’t want to spend the whole of my wedding day touching up every five minutes. What would you recommend?
Over-production of oil is often down to imbalances in skin so the first thing to fix is your cleansing system. Switch to a non-foaming cleanser well in advance so your skin has plenty of time to adjust. Invest in a good mineral make-up powder and Kabuki brush. A light brush at a few opportune moments will help to keep the shine at bay!
My groom suffers from mild rosacea. Is there anyway he can tackle it?
He should avoid caffeine, spicy foods, sun exposure and alcohol (in skincare products). I’d recommend our Chamomile & Rosehip Cream for Rosacea-prone skin. Rosehip is a fantastic skin strengthener while Chamomile contains azulene, a natural anti-inflammatory, which will cool and calm any flushing. Pcynogenol (pine bark extract), is also believed to be a good natural remedy for this condition.
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