Wedding Rules for Sensitive Skin
Sarah Brown is the founder of Pai Skincare. Entrepreneur, mum and sensitive-skinned soul. She is our Bridechilla podcast guest on Episode 349.
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The last anti-histamine tablet I ever took was on my wedding day almost 8 years ago. I was totally paranoid I was going to start itching uncontrollably in the middle of my vows; I was leaving nothing to chance.
For those of you getting hitched this year and wondering how to ensure calm skin on your big day, read on.
Here are some of Sarah's top tips to save you from reaching for the medicine cabinet:
- Get into a good skincare regime early with a focus on gentle cleansing. Do this at least 2-3 months beforehand, so your skin has time to adjust and get into a nice groove.
- Once you find the right products that your skin is responding well to, do NOT deviate.
- Avoid facials, extractions or any treatments that might cause breakouts or sensitivity a month before. If your hen weekend involves a spa visit, pick a relaxing massage instead.
- Keep the wedding nerves in check. Ashwagandha is considered a great supplement for keeping the adrenals quiet while wedding planning stress mounts.
- Find the right moisturiser that is going to keep your skin hydrated but not give you too much shine. Our Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream is a favourite on film sets because it’s mattifying, but is a great base for make-up that needs to stay put for long periods.
- A week before the wedding, cut out all refined sugar to avoid hormone spikes and skin congestion.
- Relax and focus on the moment. True radiance radiates from happy people, whatever their skin challenges!
Oil Vs Cream?
In episode 349, Sarah shares some of the benefits of using oils or sensitive skin. Bridechilla founder Aleisha has has some wonderful results using Pai's Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil.
In the last few years, Facial Oils have taken the beauty world by storm, and it’s been fantastic to see so many people incorporate them into their regimes.
With a host of amazing organic Oils available, it can be easy to become a dedicated fan – and leave more traditional Face Creams behind.
Here’s why I think a good skincare regime combines BOTH CREAMS AND OILS, and how they perform differently on the skin.
Choose your facial oil carefully and it can make a huge and very visible difference to your skin.
They key thing about Oils is that the actives are present at a much higher concentration as they’re not diluted, so they have a more tangible effect on the skin.
The key thing to remember is you cannot receive hydration from an Oil alone – despite what some brands may claim.
This is where Creams come into their own…
The simple purpose of a Cream is to HYDRATE and PROTECT the skin. A Cream is a mixture or ‘emulsion’ of fats, water and actives that are able to hydrate skin thanks to their very high water content, which is around 60-80%.
A Cream drives moisture into the skin while fatty oils and ingredients like vegetable-derived glycerin prevent the water from evaporating. This hydration boost means that skin cells retain moisture, leaving skin supple, healthy and glowing.
Additional actives are also able to target specific skin needs, but the results may be less visible than with an Oil as they’re present at much lower concentrations.
Meet Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown is the founder of Pai Skincare, a company committed to providing ultra-pure certified organic skin care products that are loaded with skin-soothers and completely free from irritants.
After developing a skin irritation and having no success with other products claiming to be organic, Sarah decided to create her own products. Pai products are made for people with sensitive skin, by people with sensitive skin.