Cork Weddings Magazine Beauty Expert
There are many good reasons to use a facial moisturiser. Keeping skin hydrated is an important step toward keeping it healthy. Facial moisturisers can enhance the functioning of the stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of skin. Applying a moisturiser to your face can increase the moisture level of the stratum corneum, prevent skin from drying out, and, if the moisturiser contains a sunscreen, also protect against sun damage.
Think of the skin's surface like the paint job on a car. If the paint is cracked, the metal underneath is left unprotected from the elements and quickly oxidises and rusts. The same concept goes for your stratum corneum - once it's dry, brittle, or cracked, you've lost your shield and the skin is vulnerable to exposure from the outside and water evaporates from the dermis (the living layer of the skin). You can get cracks on the skin, and infections can easily occur. So by using a moisturiser, we help add to the barrier function of the top skin cells. The stratum corneum contains approximately 30 percent water and lipids. Its water content is essential, even though it's made up of dead cells. If this top layer of skin dries out completely, it can't protect the layers of skin underneath. Similar to the shiny, beautiful coating on a car's exterior, putting on moisturiser not only makes the surface look pretty, it seals and protects what is beneath it.
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Searching for a cleanser to deep clean your skin and leave it looking radiant and revitalised? Well, we have just the thing.
You're getting the ring, so you might as well get your nails ready.
Showing off a beautiful new diamond on an unpolished finger is one of the biggest engagement faux-pas. Whatever the colour or whatever the style, make sure you make that booking at the nail bar!
Here are some of our favourite winter talons:
Chevron and Green
Icy Blue and Frosted Glitter
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Whether you're suffering from dry skin or oily skin; experiencing sensitivity or an extreme break out, beauty therapist and New Minds College tutor - Moira Fox, has the DIY Face Mask recipe for you. Get your skin wedding ready in no time!
Banana, Honey and Coconut Oil Mask
Bananas are an extremely nutritious fruit and have good moisturising properties.
You can apply this rich homemade mask twice a week to get soft, supple and well-moisturised skin. Leave the product on the skin's surface for 15-20 minutes and wash off with warm water. You'll notice visible results from your first application.
Kiwi and Yogurt Mask
Kiwis are full of alpha hydroxy acids, and actually have a higher concentration of skin brightening vitamin C than lemons. Add anti-oxidant rich orange juice, skin-soothing olive oil, and moisturising yogurt and you've got a skin soothing face mask that your skin will love!
Apply for 15-20 minutes once weekly.
Orange, Honey and Oatmeal Mask
The benefits of oranges are great for our insides and outsides too. Using oranges on the surface of the skin yields amazing benefits. Oranges are packed with beta carotene-a powerful antioxidant. It protects cells from being damaged which protects the skin from free radicals to prevent signs of ageing. It is also essential for the production of collagen and is believed to improve the elasticity of the skin.
Leave for 20 minutes and wash with warm water once weekly.
Lemon and Honey Mask
Honey is a fantastic natural moisturiser, which also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Lemon is a superb fruit that gives skin an extra glow and helps to really brighten dull skin.
Use once weekly by applying to dry skin for ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Lemon and Yogurt Mask
Acne Prone Skin
Apply a well mixed mask to dry skin and leave to dry for 15-20 minutes. Wet the dried face pack and scrub in to the skin for a further 1 minute. Rinse the product off with cool water and pat the skin dry with a soft towel. Use twice weekly for best results.
Carrot and Honey Mask
This natural face mask will add an instant glow to sensitive skin. The gentle ingredients consist of antiseptic carrot, which helps to tone and rejuvenate the skin and soothing honey which cleanses and moistures.
Use once weekly for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water for best results.
Use these natural face masks as part of your bridal beauty routine or your groom-ing in the lead up to your wedding to have healthy and nourished skin that will be glowing on your wedding day!
Leave us know your bridal beauty tips in the comments!