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Prepare for your wedding day by eating your skin healthy


by Aisling Keenan
11th Jul 2019

Cheerful newlyweds at beach wedding ceremony

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Cheerful newlyweds at beach wedding ceremony

We know that nutrition is key to healthy skin. When you are prepping for a big day, there’s lots you can do to help.


There are lots of tips about how to prepare your skin for your wedding day. We speak to registered dietician Emma Kennedy to get her top tips.

1

Eat oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout. These omega 3 fats produce our skin’s oil barrier, which helps maintain hydration and keeps cells plump, while also protecting it from environmental stress. These fats work to reduce inflammation, which can be great if you have acne.

2

Make sure to get enough plant-based fats like nuts, seeds, legumes, avocados and olive oil. These foods are packed with mono- and poly-unsaturated oils, which form the foundation for healthy cell membranes. Choose a handful of unsalted walnuts or almonds as a snack. They are also a great source of protein and zinc, which helps skin repair.

3

Protein is the building block of our skin, as well as our muscles, hormones,
enzymes and hair. Great options to bump up your protein include meat, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese and yoghurts. Chickpeas, beans, peas and lentils are good vegan options. These foods also contain zinc, selenium
and vitamins A, C and E, which are fundamental to skin health.

4

Packed with antioxidants, dark green, leafy vegetables contain things like vitamins A, C and E as well as zinc and selenium. These can help reduce inflammation, which allows skin to then rebuild itself. Selenium can help target skin-damaging compounds before they cause problems. Spinach, rocket, lettuce, kale and broccoli are all super sources.

5

Last but not least, water. Your skin needs this. You probably already know just how much! Keeping those cells hydrated can only do your skin good.

Photography by Jason Lloyd-Evans.


For more expert advice on bridal skincare, check out the July/August issue of IMAGE Magazine, out now. 

Read more: ‘Keeping your own surname absolutely changes the way people perceive your marriage’

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