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Whilst makeup can hide a multitude of sins, it’s no secret that the better the condition of your skin, the better the end result. To help you achieve beautiful glowing skin ahead of your big day, Laura from Beautisteel has revealed her top tips for perfect wedding day skin!
Some of you might already have a regimented skincare routine in place, with more potions and lotions than you can count, however I know a lot of people struggle to find the time to do much more than taking off the day’s make up. I’ve put together these simple tips to allow you to make the best use of your time – focusing on the main areas that WILL make a difference to your skin.
Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise
“The three basic beauty steps to follow!”
I know that to some it might seem like an unnecessary hold up when you’re desperate to jump in to bed or rushing to make the bus to work in the morning, but by adding this into your morning and evening routine, your skin will soon be thanking you.
If you’re current routine just consists of using a wipe to remove traces of make-up and daily grime, you won’t be alone, but you would be surprised at the amount of makeup that still sits on the skin. I’m not a huge fan of makeup wipes for this reason, but if you want to keep using them, make sure that you follow these steps to make sure that your skin is as clean as possible.
There are a variety of cleansers that you can use such as foams, creams and gels, so it’s all about finding what suits you and also what you enjoy using. A quick rinse with some water and a cotton pad before using a toner to remove any excess product and adding your chosen moisturiser and, voila, you’re done. Once you’ve got this fine-tuned, it will soon become second nature and you will still have plenty of time to catch that bus!
“This is an area where people commonly go wrong by either over exfoliating or skipping this step all together.”
Your skin has seven layers of skin, so exfoliating plays an important part in helping remove the dead cells from the top and revealing those new fresh cells. To incorporate exfoliating into your skincare routine, make sure that you do this once a week. I like to tie it into a Sunday pamper session, when I have the extra time and I don’t need to put make up on straight after, but just go for when suits you!
Some exfoliators can be quite harsh, so I’ve listed some of the ones I like to use below:
• Benefit – Refined Finish Facial Polish
• ESPA – Refining Skin Polish
Don’t forget about your lips either! You want them to be in top condition for one of the most memorable parts of your day. Lush do brilliant lip scrubs in a range of flavours, my personal favourite is the popcorn one, just try not to eat them whilst you’re at it! Moisturising with a lip conditioner afterwards, such as Carmex or Vaseline, will also leave them feeling super smooth and give you luscious looking lips.
Face Masks and Facials
“Give yourself plenty of time for blemishes to disappear by booking your treatments well in advance.”
If you fancy treating yourself to a facial or a similar skin treatment before your wedding, then make sure to get yourself booked in around 5/6 weeks before the big day. I’m a huge facial fan, but in the days after, blemishes are definitely prone to appear. Face masks are also brilliant, but again in the run up to the wedding make sure that you only use tried and tested masks or products as you don’t want to risk any reactions. The best face masks for your skin will depend on your skin type, so if you’re unsure, ask one of the sales assistants and they will be able to give you some guidance.
Some of my favourite are:
• Body Shop – Seaweed Oil Balancing Clay Mask
• Charlotte Tilbury – Goddess Skin Clay Mask
• Superdrug – Warming Face mask (99p per packet)
“No bride wants to invite spots to their day, but if they decide to crash the wedding anyway, here’s what you can do to make sure they make an early exit.”
If you start to notice a spot ‘brewing’ around a week before, then get yourself some Sudocrem pronto and apply to the blemish. It’s great for taking any redness and swelling down.
If the worst happens and one does appears on the night before, DON’T panic. Your Makeup Artist will have a whole heap of tricks and cosmetics to pull from her bag and will be able to conceal this for you. I know it’s difficult, but definitely don’t squeeze or pick them!
Putting these tips into practice sooner than later is a MUST as it can take a couple of months and various trials of products to find those that work best for your skin type. If you do have a routine in place already, make sure that you don’t make any major changes in the lead up to your wedding as, again, your skin is so delicate – there could be a risk of a break out as your skin adapts.
Most importantly though, enjoy every moment of your big day and you will look wonderful.