Achieving a clear complexion (and mind) for event-ready skin
Whether you have an upcoming wedding, graduation, or another event, no matter the celebration, it’s often a time filled with frenzied excitement as you prepare for the day to arrive. But the excitement that comes with organising, prepping for and attending big events can also be accompanied by nerves and stress.
Stress presents itself in (and affects) the body in many ways. Think of feeling stressed as a consequence of the brain’s ‘internal alarm’ being triggered to release hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline in response to cues it’s receiving from our nervous system. In a cruel twist, cortisol can cause excessive oil production in skin glands which often results in clogged pores (hello breakouts) likely making you more stressed. Our skin can also be more sensitive and reactive when stressed making it harder for blemishes to heal.
To help, we’ve created an expert-approved beauty timeline to help you prepare for your next event. Continue reading to ensure a stress-free experience and a glowing complexion for your next date, birthday or black tie dinner.
A few days before:
Prepping the skin with a high performance facial is the real-life equivalent of using Instagram’s beauty filter. And when it comes to facials, few are as fast-acting, skin-plumping and radiance-boosting than the New Age Light Therapy facial.
The high-tech treatment uses colour wavelengths of visible light to encourage collagen and elastin production for a smooth, luminous complexion. endota expert and skincare coordinator Kimberley Conboy explains that LED light therapy is “ideal for most skin types, but it is particularly beneficial for prematurely aged, sun-damaged and dehydrated/dry skin.”
The best part? Because it’s a non-invasive treatment, you can have it the week of your big event without worrying about any recovery time or after care. Immediately afterwards your skin will look and feel revitalised with the addition of endota’s Peptide Firming Moisturiser, which is full of active ingredients for healthy collagen and elastin production, plus hyaluronic acid to hydrate.
The day of:
Peptides are powerful in supporting youthful skin function and targeting the telltale signs of ageing such as sagging skin, fine lines and pigmentation. Kimberley explains that peptides act as chemical messengers in the skin (essentially telling skin cells to make more collagen), promoting long-term results like increased firmness, smoothness and resilience — while visibly soothing and hydrating the skin straight away.
For an extra boost of hydration and instant luminosity, the Power Serum Sheet Mask is packed with peptides and will perfectly prime your complexion for makeup application. Follow by prepping your face with Kimberley’s standout recommendation, endota’s Peptide Firming Moisturiser, containing hexapeptides to lift facial contours and sodium hyaluronate to fight dehydration for a plump, soft complexion all night long. You might like to listen to a sound healing or guided meditation while getting ready, to instil a sense of calm.
On the way:
While it’s completely natural to get stressed before a big event, there are plenty of ways to help keep stress hormones at bay. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), often referred to as EFT tapping is an endota favourite and an addition to the endota Retreat lineup. Similarly to the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, EFT tapping relies on stimulating and applying pressure to acupoints (primarily on the head and face) — while repeating messages to help clear energy blocks and improve the flow of energy throughout the body. EFT tapping is an especially helpful tool as it requires no equipment, can be done anywhere and evokes calmness in a matter of minutes.
On your way to the event (or even once there if you can find a private place), try Teddi Emerald’s 5 minute guided EFT tapping class to quieten your mind, relax your nervous system and boost your confidence.
To better understand how and why stress affects us, read our blog on managing stress for a more relaxed mind and body.