PRE-WEDDING SKINCARE: FIVE ESSENTIAL TIPS
The period in the run-up to getting married is such an exciting time, but all that rushing around and planning can cause a lot of stress, which can in turn wreak havoc with your skin in the form of redness and breakouts.
Of course, a good make-up artist will be able to hide spots and dark circles under your eyes a full coverage concealer, but skin is like a canvas, and the smoother your canvas, the better your make-up will look on your wedding day.
Here are my top five tips to ensure that your skin looks its best by the big day:
1) If you have any dry or flaky patches on your skin, the foundation and concealer will cling to these patches and cause your make-up to look cakey, so get into the habit of exfoliating your skin once every couple of weeks with a gentle face polish such as Clarins Gentle Refiner. Use circular motions and don’t rub too hard, or you may scratch and irritate your skin. If you have any dry or flaky patches on your skin, the foundation and concealer will probably cling to these patches and cause your make-up to look cakey.
2) Every evening, remove any make-up 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, rather than with a foaming cleanser, as the sulphates in foaming washes can really dry out and irritate your skin.
I highly recommend Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, 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, and I also love Super Facialist by Una Brennan Rose Calming Creamy Cleanser for my own very sensitive skin.
3) Many of my clients seem to have very dehydrated skin. In addition to drinking lots of water, apply a nourishing and gentle moisturizer every day, to plump up your skin and calm any redness, and to prevent your foundation being absorbed by your thirsty skin!
For oily skin, I highly recommend a lightweight hydrating gel-cream such as Neutrogena Hydro Boost. For normal skin, I love Super Facialist by Una Brennan Rose Radiance Day Cream SPF 15 and I use this on most of my clients. For very dry skin, Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream is super-nourishing. And for very sensitive skin, Avene Skin Recovery Cream is unbeatable, even for those who suffer with eczema. Pai also make fantastic soothing, organic skincare.
4) If you find that you still suffer with blemishes, I recommend using a clay or charcoal face mask on the affected areas about once a week – try Origins Clear Improvement which contains active charcoal to clear pores. Then dab on a little spot gel just exactly where needed, to reduce inflammation – I recommend Freederm Fast Track.
If you have larger areas on your face or back that are prone to blemishes, I recommend trying Proactiv Repairing Day Lotion, which contains salicylic acid but in a gentle formula that won’t dry out your skin. Or try a toner such as La Roche-Posay Serozinc, which is a gentle zinc sulfate solution which you simply spray on to blemish-prone areas.
5) The day before your wedding, gently buff your lips with a soft old toothbrush and apply lots of nourishing lip balm – this will ensure that your lipstick goes on smoothly.
If you do all this and try and get plenty of sleep, do regular exercise and eat as healthily as possible in the run-up to your wedding – and TRY not to get too stressed! – your skin should stay clear and glowing for your big day, fingers crossed anyway!