Skin care during honeymoon

As the wedding bells start chiming, all newly-weds get set to take off on their honeymoon! It is certain that all brides will want to look their divine best during their romantic getaway! Along with taking precautions before the honeymoon, most brides forget that they need to take care during their holidays with quick tips to ensure smooth, glowing skin! How else will you keep yourself irresistible to your newly-wed hubby?!

This is particularly important because today couples tend to go to exotic destinations with climates that may not suit your skin, like tropical beaches, cold hills with less atmospheric oxygen or a freezing, dry, European town! Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy and beautiful all through your honeymoon!

Skin types are dynamic. They react differently in different climates. So, the first step is to look at your skin regularly to understand how it reacts to the new climate you are exposed to.

Sun safe is skin smart. Sun protect always to prevent aging and stress of the skin! This is very important not only on the beach or a tropical destination but also in hilly areas to prevent sun-burn. In case your skin is affected by sunburn and redness, dabbing your face with coconut water is a great way to cool your skin. Whilst buying a sunscreen, one must keen in mind that sun protection is about protecting against both UVA and UVB rays. SPF only measures intensity of UVB protection. Buy a dual or broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to 20 for
optimal protection.

Moisturizing is important. There is a major misconception that skin needs moisturizing only in cold climates. If you want your skin to be
truly enhanced it needs to be provided with nourishment throughout the year. Only then will the skin repair system be constantly active to provide smooth glowing skin. I recommend fruit-based natural moisturizers suited to your specific skin type for all year use. Regular use of coconut-based moisturizers helps in reducing scaliness and roughness of the skin. They have a unique mechanism of moisturizing and hydrating the skin by locking the moisture by penetrating deep into the  skin without occluding the surface . This not only makes them effective but ensures that the skin stays moisturized for longer periods. This is very useful during holidays as you can moisturize your skin just once and be assured of soft supple skin through the day.

Make sure you drink adequate water. You have to be very particular about this as in certain cold destinations, one tends to feel less thirsty. However, one must be particular about drinking enough water. If you’re in a tropical country where the climate is hot, drinking coconut water regularly will keen your skin quenched and hydrated.

Eat right. Your diet is also crucial so ensure that you stay away from sugar and dairy products as they lead to inflammation and oiliness. Instead, snack on dates and nuts, rich in Vitamins A, E & C as well as minerals like magnesium. This improves skin immunity, has potent anti-inflammatory properties and improves the circulation of the skin. Coconut, also known as the tree of life, is a unique fruit in its composition of medium chain fatty acids. It also contains Lauric Acid, a potent anti-oxidant that helps get rid of lines, wrinkles and blemishes. Grapes contain flavonoids which are wonderful antioxidants, and excellent for improving skin quality and glow and act as potent anti-aging ingredients.

Exfoliate. It would do your skin good to exfoliate at least once a week during your honeymoon to maintain a fresh and bright look. This removes the top layers of skin and reveals the lighter layer beneath as you literally peel off the dead cells and superficial pigmentation. You can exfoliate your skin using natural scrubs like grated coconut pack mixed in coconut water or crushed almond which will gently remove the top layer.

•  Tackling puffy eyes. If you are going to have many late nights, you might suffer from puffy eyes the next day! This can be solved either by keeping steeped teabags on your eyes for 10 minutes to provide a calming effect or by using cold potato peels. You can also dab coconut water on your skin to lighten and brighten the skin around your eyes.

The author is a cosmetologist, dermatologist and hair expert. If you have a query for Dr. Aparna, send it to us at now!

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