How to have clear, glowing skin all through party season
-Oct 27, Ashley Siedentopf, Beauty -
Ashley Siedentopf is a health and nutrition consultant who is based in London. Here she shares her top tips for gorgeous skin before a big event.
Beautiful, glowing skin is always going to be your best beauty secret, especially on a big day like your birthday, wedding, or any other special occasion. Party season kicks off in just a few weeks so it’s worth getting ready for that now, before the invitations start coming in and you start working out what you’re going to wear.
Every woman wants to have a gorgeous glow when she walks into a room and look healthy and happy.
Good skin starts from within; so for at least eight weeks before any big event, stock up on colourful, plant-based foods and exercise regularly to bring out your inner-beauty.
Drink one smoothie per day
Drink one large green smoothie per day. Packed with beautifying properties, this gorgeous green blend will make you glow from the inside out. Try to have a blend consisting of at least 3 – 4 green veg and 1 – 2 fruits. Try my “glowing goddess”: Blend a handful of kale, handful of spinach, a small bunch of parsley, 2 celery sticks, 1 handful of blackberries, 1 handful of blueberries, 1 tbs of chlorella and 1 cup of coconut water. Try to choose organic, or locally-produced whenever possible and drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for maximum beauty benefits. Do this daily 8 weeks prior.
Stock up on healthy fats
Stock up on salmon, walnuts, coconut oil, flax and chia seeds; these seemingly unrelated foods all deliver essential fatty acids, and thus are key foods for healthy skin. Essential fatty acids are responsible for healthy cell membranes, which is not only what act as barriers to harmful things but also as the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell. Because it is the cell membrane that also holds water in, the stronger that barrier is the better your cells can hold moisture. And that means plumper, younger-looking skin.
Swallow this incredible superfood
…Or add chlorella to your smoothies. This superfood should be named super-skin food; it is amazing for clear and radiant skin, renews cells and cleanses the liver and digestion. A clear gut means clear skin so stock up.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drink roughly eight glasses of water a day. It keeps your skin soft, supple, and smooth, plus helps flush out fat and toxins. I also love adding cucumbers or sliced lemons for extra cleansing and hydrating effects.
Book in for a facial
Make a booking for a vitamin C facial 3-5 days before the important day; vitamin C is packed with antioxidants, and your skin will feel and look healthier with a radiant firmer and more luminous complexion. For this occasion give the extractions a miss, to avoid any last minute blemish breakouts.
Choose a form of exercise that you love
Choose one physical activity you enjoy. Whether it’s swimming, jogging, walking, biking or fitness classes like yoga, Pilates and barre, they will all get your heart rate up making your blood flow and face glow.
Exfoliate away dead skin cells
Exfoliate at least two times per week starting at least two months before your special occasion using an oil-based exfoliant. (The method kit scrub by Dr. Lancer is amazing.) Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells that will make your complexion clear, fresh, and even for the big day.
Invest in a quality tinted moisturiser
A good tinted moisturiser like the Illuminating Tint by Laura Mercier will make you look youthful, radiant and keep skin supple, adding to that incredible glow.
Switch powder blusher for a cream one
Use a creme blush instead of a powder. Nars Illuminator in Orgasm shade is my go to glow blush: The light-reflecting liquid glides on to refresh the skin, enhance the complexion and create a shimmering incandescence.
Include supplements in your routine
Skin-loving supplements like Lumity maximise the benefits of a nutritious diet so don’t miss a day or night dose, and start at least 8 weeks before your big day event for maximum benefits.
Self-care tip: Head to a spa
Book a spa day 2-3 days before any important event- it will revitalise, refresh and recharge you… stress can make us look worn out and zap our glow. Take some time out, get as much rest as you can to help you stay calm for the important event and you want to feel and look red-carpet ready… and enjoy every minute of it. Self-care is the best health care.
Watch how to make my anti-ageing Elixir of Life liquid below which is an easy to drink shot that is packed with turmeric, lemons and will help super-charge your mornings. And let us know what your glowing skin tricks are in the comments.
Ashley Siedentopf is a healthy food and nutrition consultant and also the creator of Ashfab Nutrition; an online destination for health, wellness, and beauty tips, product reviews, articles and recipes.
She is the soon-to-be author of Feed Yourself Fabulous, a health, cookbook and beauty bible.
Snap chat: Ashfab1