Bridal Skincare Preparations
One of the most common questions I am asked by clients and my brides to be is how to take care of their skin in the lead up to their wedding day.
Below are my basic top tips to help you achieve beautiful, hydrated skin that I find have worked best for both my clients and myself.
Firstly it is never to early or too late to start a good skin care regime but even more so it is vital to get into a good routine in the months leading up to your wedding day or a big occasion. Best practice would be to have a consultation 6 months before your wedding day. I feel it is important to have a healthy hydrated skin base to start with and this in itself will help your make up to last longer and feel & look better on the day.
This is one you will all know already but I really cannot stress the importance of drinking plenty of water on a daily basis, Try to drink at least 2 litres of water every day. When your skin is hydrated it instantly looks more radiant, youthful and brighter. It is scientifically proven to reduce darkness under the eyes also. Add in some lemon and lime for a bit of flavour and these fruits will act as antibacterial agents to further cleanse your skin from the inside out. I absolutely love masks and serums for adding hydration to the skin. Pestle and Mortar Hyalauronic Serum is one of my favourite products in skincare and suits everyone.
The first step to beautiful skin is effective cleansing. It is so important to cleanse every morning & evening regardless of whether you are wearing make up or not. If you wear make up on a daily basis it is important to double cleanse, first cleanse to remove makeup and second cleanse to clean your skin, also, never ever remove make up with make up wipes, these can be very harsh on our skin and very dehydrating.
I love the feeling of freshly cleansed skin after using a hot cloth cleanser. Use a prescribed cleanser for your skin type for a deep clean and to ensure skin is properly cleansed and also nourished, this will help to prevent breakouts, blocked pores and impurities.
Using a toner is optional it is not essential; a splash of cold water will be effective to close pores. Splash your face with cold water, and dry with a clean towel. A toner is especially good for people who suffer with congestion and blocked pores.
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells that collect on the outer surface of the skin. Exfoliation keeps the skin soft and speeds up the skins natural renewal process reducing signs of aging keeps pores from clogging and leads to visibly brighter smoother skin.
I love serums and the way they make the skin feel. Instant hydration in a bottle. My favourite of all time and what I recommend to all my brides is the Pestle and Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum. You can wear this serum every day, morning and evening, and it is suitable for all skin types.
How many times a week you exfoliate is based on your skin type. Exfoliating the skin before moisturising will allow the moisturiser to penetrate deeper into the skin or as an added treat 2-3 times a week apply a face mask on the same night you exfoliate for better results.
Using a moisturiser every morning & evening as part of your skin care routine is key to how your skin will look and feel. The range of moisturisers available is very broad, so it really depends on your skin type and the type of product you like as to which one will suit your skin & needs. With the use of a good moisturiser skin can go from feeling dry & harsh to soft and supple in an instant. Don’t forget your SPF too!!
I like to use an eye cream every evening as part of my skincare routine, I apply my eye cream after my cleansing routine and before my moisturiser. Always apply your eye cream gently with your ring finger and along the orbital bone, dot around the eyes and gently blend around the eye contour, do not apply directly to the eye lid, apply just under the brow bone, a pea size amount should be sufficient for both eyes.
I personally had a series of professional facials done in the lead up to my big day, about 5 or 6 every 8-10 weeks as my skin was normal with a tendency to be dehydrated so I didn’t
So there you have it my highly requested article with all my top tips for glowing, hydrated skin for your wedding day or that very special occasion. It might seem like a chore, but trust me your skin will thank you for it and once you start seeing results, you will be hooked.
Seek professional advice from a skin therapist before starting a brand new skincare routine to ensure you are choosing the right products for you and your skin.