As your wedding day approaches, plans are in place to ensure the day goes without a hitch.
Of course, you will want to look your best when the big day arrives — not only with your choice of wedding dress but also when it comes to making your skin glow. There are a number of creams available which will moisture your skin and help with the anti-ageing process, but a few simple changes to your nutrition in the weeks leading up to you walking down the aisle should quickly transform your skincare regime. Here are a few tips with this in mind…
The nutritional benefits of fatty acids
In order to achieve healthy skin, hair and nails, your body will need essential fatty acids — such as Omega 3. An anti-inflammatory, Omega 3 is great for treating irritable and sore skin. The richest source of Omega 3 is fish oil from oily fish such as herring, salmon, tuna and sardines, so it could be wise to enjoy dishes with these included as your wedding day edges ever nearer.
While not as well-known as Omega 3, you shouldn’t discount the value of Omega 7 fatty acids due to the health benefits that they also provide — especially where skincare is concerned. Omega 7 sea buckthorn oil capsules from one of Europe’s leading dietary supplements manufacturers Pharma Nord contain oil from a tiny berry and help with lubrication through the body. They protect the internal organs too, as well as the linings of the eyes, mouth and skin — say goodbye to wrinkles come your big day and hello to a smile that will light up any wedding venue.
The nutritional benefits of vitamin C & coenzyme Q10
Free radicals can cause a lot of damage to the skin, especially when it’s exposed to strong levels of sunlight — something to especially bear in mind if you’re planning a summertime wedding on going abroad to a sunnier destination to tie the knot. There are 25 types of collagen in the body and, along with elastin, they give skin texture and structure. Free radical damage causes collagen and elastin to break down, which leads to wrinkles and skin losing its firmness. Fortunately, antioxidants such as vitamin C and coenzyme Q10 can protect cells from the damaging effects of these toxic chemicals.
A lot of fruit and vegetables contain vitamin C. Therefore, swap the chips for some veg when preparing meals in the lead up to your wedding and choose some fruit as a snack throughout the day as opposed to a packet of crisps. Also consider that levels of vitamin C are also reduced by factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol and certain drugs such as antidepressants and oral contraceptives.
Coenzyme Q10 can be obtained from healthy diet decisions too, though most of this vitamin-like substance is manufactured within our bodies. However, our ability to do this decreases from our mid-twenties, making supplements important. Coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in producing energy in our bodies and is also a powerful antioxidant. This means it protects the skin from free radical damage and promotes effective skin repair. Coenzyme Q10 has been proven to reduce the depth of fine lines and wrinkles over time as well.
The nutritional benefits of pycnogenol
In order to deliver the skin with all the oxygen and nutrients it requires, it’s very important to look into the blood supply delivered to the skin. This is where pycnogenol comes in, as it’s a plant-based extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree and can be taken as a supplement to improve blood circulation. This can help with skin hydration and vitality. Pycnogenol can also help to reduce wrinkles by binding with skin proteins collagen and elastin to protect from various harmful enzymes. It rebuilds elasticity too, which is essential for smooth, youthful skin, not to mention the fact is has been shown to reduce over-pigmentation for a more even complexion.
Have that overseas wedding in mind? In terms of sun care, sunburn is an inflammation caused by free radical induced tissue damage. By neutralising these free radicals, pycnogenol helps protect the skin from the stress and damage of sunburn.