Get your body wedding-ready

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

We all want to look our best on our wedding day, and showing off a healthy body with baby-soft skin is just the beginning! No matter how revealing (or non-revealing) your wedding dress, silky skin will treat you well on your honeymoon and will help you look healthy and radiant in your wedding pictures. Follow these easy steps to ensure your body looks and feels its best on your Big Day.
Products to help you get your body ready for your wedding dress
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
Our skin is constantly renewing itself, and as a result, we’re left with dry and dead skin cells. These shed naturally, however, it is essential to exfoliate your skin to help the process along. While the dead cells are present, your skin won’t absorb moisturising products properly and it’ll end up looking dull and dry. Prepare your skin for moisture with Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub, R410. Weekly (or bi-weekly) exfoliation will transform lacklustre skin and leave it feeling soft and looking youthful.

Get your tan on
If you’re fair or light-skinned, you’ll probably want to get some sun before your Big Day. Go the safe route and opt for an at-home self-tanning lotion. Follow the instructions carefully and remember to exfoliate before, and moisturise afterwards. And a word of advice – if you’re inexperienced, self-tan can turn into a disaster. Apply it a couple of days before the wedding so that any mistakes can be rectified (plus, it’ll look subtler after a couple of days). We recommend St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturizer.

Extend it
Once you’ve perfected your tan, you have to keep your skin hydrated in order to prolong the colour. We love Caribbean Tan Milk And Honey Body Butter Tan Extender, R44.95. It leaves skin soft and moisturised and – best of all – extends the life of your tan! Continue to apply it every day leading up to your wedding.

Butter up
Baby-soft skin is achievable as long as you look after it well. Be sure to moisturise at least once a day, especially after a warm shower or bath. Don’t spend too much time in the sun (it will dehydrate your skin) and to keep your shower / bath water warm rather than hot. Hot water scalds the skin and strips it of essential moisture. Butter up with The Body Shop’s HoneyMania Body Butter, R140 (from 16 September 2013). Not only does it offer intense moisturisation, it leaves your skin smelling delicious to!

Keep it toned
Nothing will give you a toned body except for a healthy diet and exercise routine. However, when you have a healthy lifestyle, a toning lotion could work in conjunction with what you’re already doing, to get your body in shape. To bring out your best assets, try Comfort Zone D-age Body Cream, R660. It protects against free radicals and damaging environmental factors while the juniper extract in the formulation has a draining action.

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Your body by the decade 20 – 30
Moisturisers with SPF
After sun soothers

Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Livvy

    Lovely tips for the brides to be, but please continue with the process.

    5 years ago •

  1. Leana

    OMW… I am so looking forward to the 16th. I got my 50% off voucher and have already checked out what I’m going to get… EDT You’re mine… oh and of course the bath melt and scrub and soap AND butter!!!

    5 years ago •

  1. makera

    Great advise.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    I love these!

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    What a lovely range of products – I’m definitely adding the Caribbean Tan Milk and Honey Body Butter Tan Extender (whew, what a mouthful) to my collection of beauty goodies!

    5 years ago •

  1. blackrose

    Awesome products.

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I love these goodies.

    5 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    Definitely great tips since summer is almost upon us!

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Great products.

    5 years ago •

  1. Anni*

    Good tips even if you’re not getting married!

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Awesome article. I am especially keen to try The Body Shop Honey Mania range.

    5 years ago •

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