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How to get glowing skin for your wedding day.

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Everyone wants to be the best version of themselves on their wedding day. And when it comes to skin, the general preference is this: No break-outs and a natural, healthy, radiant looking glow.

Sounds easy, right?

But if you’re someone that battles with adult acne, sallowness and dark circles like me, attaining wedding-ready skin seems like a pipe dream.

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We spoke to Sharon McGlinchey, creator of MV Skincare, about how to prep your skin in the lead up to your big day. And she should know, with over 20 years experience treating those with difficult skin conditions her brand is used by celebrities like Emma Watson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Poppy Delevigne.

Here are her top 7 tips to a glowy face come D-Day:

1. Don’t get lured in by ‘miracle treatments’

“The advice that I always give to women who are getting married is don’t be lured by any carrots dangled in front of you. Anything that promises instant and amazing and miraculous results to your skin – avoid like the plague. Because anything that is going to be instant and amazing and miraculous generally involves some kind of trauma.

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“Whether it’s laser, light therapy, chemical peels, or resurfacing of some description – the last thing you want before your wedding is to have compromised skin that is weakened or traumatised. If you want to play around with those types of [treatments], don’t do them before you get married, do them after you’re married.”

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2. Cleanse, tone and moisturise

"What I recommend is a great home [cleansing] routine, at least 6 months out from your wedding day."

3. Mineral Masks

"A really great clay mineral mask which is rich in silica, zinc, magnesium, iron oxide will bathe the underlying skin tissue in fantastic nutrients for healthy, strong skin."

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4. Use Essential Oils

"Essential oils that are therapeutic grade are highly medicinal and will create a lot of oxygenation in the underlying skin tissue. Layman's terms? You'll get a really healthy glow come your wedding day."

5. Take Fish Oil Tablets

"Take a really good essential fatty acid oil – primarily an Omega 3 because it's anti-inflammatory. As long as you have a range of all the good oils, that’s a mix of the 3 main oils, Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9, your skin will be plump from the inside out. Having a diet rich in good oils means that your cells retain moisture far better."

6. No Crash Diets

"All those women crazy-dieting before their wedding? Bad. It's terrible for your skin."

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7. Limit your Caffeine

"Caffeine is a stimulant which you should try to avoid. Limit yourself one really good cup of coffee a day - just one really great, quality cup,  and enjoy every minute... you don’t have to deprive yourself of it completely!

"Then, try to switch over to one of the fantastic herbal teas that are on the market at the moment."

Do you have any tips to add?