A Proven One Week Natural Skin Care Challenge For You and Your Bridal Party… Are You Up for It??
The skin forms the basis of your overall bridal look according to L’Oreal. It is therefore essential to remember to take great care of your skin in the middle of all the wedding planning chaos. Sure, there are serums, acne creams, moisturizers and under eye creams that can work magic but these can be quite overwhelming and expensive if you don’t know where to begin, so why not try a one-week natural skin care challenge? And get this, not only will the challenge help your skin glow on your big day, but it will also be a fun, bonding activity for you and your bridesmaids, a chance to incorporate self-love amidst all the crazy, not to mention a providing a boost to your overall general health.
What You Will Need
This week-long natural skin care challenge incorporates diet and basic skin care routines. As far as the diet aspect goes, you will need green tea, Greek yogurt, honey, lemons, water, 4 different types of fruits, and cucumbers. Foods rich in vitamin C and antioxidants should also be on your shopping list. The skin care routines that are part of the challenge require a number of natural skin care products – cleanser, scrub, mask, and moisturizer. Lastly, you will need to buy your preferred essential oil if you do not own one and a steamer. A container with hot water should suffice for the latter.
Day 1 and 2
Drink a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning. This can be made by either boiling sliced lemons in water or boiling water then squeezing in lemon juice. Lemon water detoxes, hydrates and nourishes your skin in addition to remedying acne, wrinkles, dark spots and rashes. Once you’ve done this, cleanse, steam and moisturize your face using natural products of course. During the day, ensure you drink 2 liters of water and eat foods rich in Vitamin C. These include grapefruits, oranges, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and cantaloupes to mention a few. Lastly, wash and moisturize your face before going to bed.
Day 3 and 4
Cleanse and scrub your face. Ensure you stick to organic scrubs like sea salt, coffee or sugar scrubs. You can even make your own DIY facial scrub with ingredients in your kitchen. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin thereby enabling it to absorb moisture and be supple. Make a point of drinking green tea twice during the day and minimizing or eliminating the consumption of any dairy products (eek!). Eat dark chocolate, kiwi, beans or any food rich in antioxidants. Your last activity for the day will be to cleanse your face before bed. On the fourth day, cleanse and moisturize first thing in the morning. Next, steam the face to open up pores and make it taut. Use a facemask and then rinse the face with cold water after which your skin will be glowing. Drink a glass of detox water and 2.5 liters of water. Its a lot, I know, but this is so good for your skin!
Day 5, 6 and 7
The 5th day is easy. Moisturize, eat 4 different types of fruit, and then make time to scrub your face. It is during this day that you will need to cash in on the proverbial beauty sleep. Go to bed early and sleep for 9 hours. Day 6 involves drinking 2 liters of water, a glass of detox water and moisturizing with Greek yogurt and honey. For this day, do not wear makeup or apply anything with chemicals on your face. Wash your face before bed. The last day of the challenge involves doing it all. Cleanse, scrub, and moisturize in the morning. Drink a cup of green tea and 2 liters of water. Keep away from sugar and eat 4 different fruits during the day. Lastly, cleanse and moisturize before going to bed.
Ensure you take pictures before and after the challenge just so you can see the glow. By day 7, your skin and that of your girlfriends is sure to be fresh, hydrated, clear and supple! Please let us know what you think!!