HOW TO KEEP YOUR SKIN CLEAR IN THE RUN UP YOUR WEDDING DAY
The period in the run-up to your wedding day can sometimes be quite stressful, and can wreak havoc with your skin in the form of breakouts. Here are my top three skincare tips to help keep your skin clear and be a zit-free bride (or groom)!
(1) CLEANSE THOROUGHLY, BUT GENTLY
Try to skip wearing make-up whenever you can, to allow your skin to breathe. But when you do wear make-up, make sure that you remove it all with an oil-and-water product such as Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover and then cleanse thoroughly with a cleansing balm or oil.
I highly recommend Clinique Take The Day Off, which is a fragrance-free cleansing balm which you massage into your skin. It melts off any make-up and impurities and then you simply rinse it off with lukewarm water. (The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter is a fantastic budget alternative).
If you prefer to use a foaming wash, try the Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser, which contains natural ingredients such as grape and sage, but doesn’t contain the usual sulphates which can dry out and irritate your skin.
For a deeper weekly cleanse, I recommend using a clay or charcoal face mask on the areas where you tend to have blemishes – try Origins Clear Improvement mask, which contains active charcoal to clear pores.
(2) HYDRATE WITH A LIGHTWEIGHT BUT QUENCHING MOISTURIZER
Spot-prone skin still needs to be well hydrated, in order to prevent the skin from pumping out more oil, but with a moisturizer that doesn’t clog the pores.
I highly recommend a lightweight hydrating gel such as Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream or Vichy Mineral 89 Fortifying and Plumping Daily Booster. Or try a specialist blemish clearing moisturizer such as Proactiv Repairing Day Lotion, which contains salicylic acid but in a gentle formula that won’t dry out your skin.
(3) IF ALL ELSE FAILS, TURN TO THESE RESCUE REMEDIES!
If you find that you’re still suffering with blemishes, then dab on a little spot gel just exactly where needed, to reduce inflammation – I recommend Freederm Fast Track, or Evolve Organic Beauty Rainforest Rescue Blemish Serum which contains 82% organic ingredients.
If you have larger areas on your face or back that are prone to blemishes, try a spray-on toner such as La Roche-Posay Serozinc, which is a gentle zinc sulfate solution. It has a mattifying effect and cools the skin without causing any stinging.