As beauty therapist to Alisha Dixon, Lucy Mansell knows more than most how important it is to have skin that looks at its best. Here she shares her top wedding beauty tips to keep your skin looking amazing!

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Don’t forget fabrics

Your body is in contact with some form of fabric almost constantly so it’s vital not to underestimate its importance in for your skin’s health. The softer your sheets and sleepwear the better, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on silk sheets. Tightly woven natural fabrics like cotton or cotton flannel are best for those with sensitive skin or eczema, whilst synthetic fabrics can itch and irritate.  How you wash your clothes and sheets makes a difference too. Try to avoid excessive cleaning with strong detergents and use a non-bio laundry wash.

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Harness the healing power of honey

It is well documented that honey is a great topical ingredient for skin healing and can help soothe irritated skin. A good quality honey mixed with sugar or sea salt and massaged into dry skin, on the knees and elbows especially, will not only slough away dead scaly skin but also soothe any red, itchy inflammation.  It’s also a great addition to a facemask and I use Manuka honey on my clients in my Holistic Foody Facial on those who suffer from rosacea or dry skin.

Eat & drink your way to softer skin

What we put IN our bodies is even more important than what we put on it.  A diet rich in foods such as nuts and seeds will give your skin the omega fatty acids it needs to stay soft and healthy.  Almonds, avocado, cashews, peanut butter, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are all on my suggested ‘skin food’ list.  Just two handfuls of nuts and seeds a day will dramatically improve your skin’s glow. Good hydration is also vital. Don’t wait until you are really thirsty to reach for a drink; instead drink modest but frequent amounts of filtered water throughout the day.  Foods high in water content such as vegetables and fruit also help with the hydration of your skin.

What we put IN our bodies is even more important than what we put on it!

Try a topical treatment

It’s received a lot of hype recently but I really do believe that coconut oil is a superb skincare product. As a solid, coconut oil’s creamy texture makes it the perfect light moisturizer to slather all over. Apply as required right after you get out of the shower so it can sink into your warm skin. I use it for all my massages and in facials. I also swipe a small amount onto cuticles and allow it to sink in, where it helps strengthen nails and hydrate the delicate cuticle skin. It’s important to choose a quality coconut oil as its needs to contain the right ratio of fats to best benefit your skin. Both Alisha and I are fans of Coconoil as it’s not only of a superb quality but also helps the people of Sri Lanka.

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Shower don’t bath

The less contact your skin has to water the better.  Long baths may be tempting but will strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and tighten.  Use a warm (not hot!) temperature of shower water with a pH balanced hypoallergenic wash and only shower once a day if possible.  Try not to linger longer than 5-10 minutes and get apply a good moisturiser afterwards, see tip 4, after showering.  Whilst these are my top tips for general skincare, if you are in any doubt over how best to deal with specific skincare needs it is advisable to see a dermatologist or skincare specialist for further advice, and why not treat your skin to a professional facial or body therapy, targeted and customised just for you.

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