Beautiful bridal make-up starts with a good skincare routine, no foundation will look or last its best without a smooth, hydrated base.
Skin concerns won’t disappear over night, it takes at least 4 weeks for your skin to complete it’s natural renewal process so don’t leave it until the last minute to think about your skincare routine, the sooner you start to correct any skin issues, the better!
Try and establish a good routine and remember not to try any new products or treatments in the 3 weeks before your wedding, the last thing you want on your big day is red, irritated skin.
Cleanse your face morning and night, making sure you remove all traces of makeup before you go to bed, this will help to avoid your pores becoming congested.
Exfoliate using either a scrub or products that contain AHA’s (exfoliating acids) this will help to remove dead skin cells, which tend to build up and leave your complexion looking dull and lifeless. Exfoliating will remove this dead layer and leave your skin looking fresh and glowing.
Don’t forget your hands, body and feet, treat yourself to a full body exfoliation once or twice a week using a scrub, body brush or exfoliating mitt.
Hydrate your skin from both the inside, by trying to drink more water and also from the outside, by applying moisturiser twice a day. Don’t just stop at your face, your chest and arms are on display and also a lot of focus on your hands so make sure they are kept soft with a weekly scrub to soften the skin and daily hand cream. I often find hand cream and cuticle oil are best applied at night when you aren’t constantly washing your hands or cleaning up.
Lips can often become dry so using a lip scrub or even a gentle brush over with your tooth brush when you brush your teeth will help remove any loose flaky skin, then apply a hydrating lip balm to keep them soft and kissable.
Diet and exercise play a big part in your skin, it doesn’t have to be about counting calories, it’s about cutting down on sugars, processed foods and saturated fats which can cause spots and increasing your vitamin intake with fresh fruit and veg.
I’m not saying you have to join a gym but staying active with even just a brisk walk each day will help keep you fit and active whilst increasing your circulation and releasing endorphin’s to help lift your mood.
If you’re getting married in the summer months or having a destination wedding, no one likes unsightly strap marks and tan lines so think about your clothing whilst in the sun and where possible opt for a strapless top. Also make sure you wear a high SPF you don’t want to risk burning your skin, not only will this age the skin and put you at a higher risk of skin damage, you also don’t want to get married looking like a lobster!
You need to find products that work for you and your skin type/concerns, this can be a costly and time consuming process I suggest getting samples before you buy, I love brands such as Paula’s Choice as they retail tiny travel sizes so you can try the products without spending a fortune. Also I love gift with purchase as in those you often get small trial size products these are a great way to see what suits (or doesn’t suit) your skin.
These are some of my personal favourites, click on the item for more information or to buy
Toning Elemis apricot toner
What are your skincare favourites? Comment below