All brides have different wedding goals; we want our day to be unique. But one thing that unites us is the wish for beautifully clear skin. These Wedding Skincare tips are my top pointers for your big day.
I consulted with Rachel Hunter who has been a skin superfacialist for 23 years. She told me a regular course of facials 4-6 weeks apart would be the most beneficial so I booked a course of six and I left my skin in her very qualified hands. To supplement her treatment I used the same products at home.
First and foremost we wanted to improve skin health and skin tone to get that bridal glow. Rachel used SkinCeuticals products and then combined light chemical peels to stimulate cell turnover. Using high concentrations of Vitamin C and Anti Oxidants to strengthen and boost the skin health. The skin was infused with high molecular weight hylauranic acid to deeply hydrate and plump the skin. Rachel then used steam to open the pores and extract any impurities. Finishing off with a dose of Dermalux LED light therapy to energise all the battery packs on the skin cells. The light therapy also stimulates collagen in the dermis, stimulates fibroblasts to create more hylauranic acid.
Beginning a routine with very active ingredients may result in some redness and flaking. The last facial I had was three weeks before my big day to allow everything to settle, heal and glow. Although my skin was good to begin with, it really was perfect by the time I got married. Any unevenness was eliminated and that effervescent glow was evident without a touch of make up. Check out my current skincare routine here:
Get in Early
Whether you want to have full glam or natural make up for your big day, a fresh face starts with great skin. Having the perfect canvas will ensure your make up look ten times better. The biggest advice I could give when it comes to skin is don’t leave it to the last minute. The longer you get into a good routine the better. A minimum of 6 months is needed to get really great results.
Obviously this is important for your face but I would also concentrate daily on the elbows and upper arms. More specifically with salt scrubs. Most dresses are strapless or sleeveless, so this area is going to be a focus on the big day.
Test your spray
If you are getting a spray tan before your big day, make sure you have tested the brand of tan and salon doing it. A bad reaction or an array of streaks by someone not fully qualified will lead to disaster. A good spray tan however will even out skintone and camouflage any imperfections.
Brush cleanse routine
It can be really easy to get complacent when it comes to cleaning make up brushes. As far as jobs go, its not the most thrilling. However, the longer you go between washing brushes the more bacteria will build up on those bristles.
Hugely important! Since my mid twenties I’ve been using a high broad-spectrum sunscreen, that protects from UVA and UVB light. Sunlight is a major factor to the visible signs of ageing, raging from sun spots, fine lines and discolouration. For me personally it was a difficult one to maintain, for the simple reason that I look and feel better with a tan! However, it is now ingrained into my routine and I top up with a good fake tan.
We all know that we should be drinking plenty of water daily, to flush out toxins and hydrate. However you should also be chowing down regularly on superfoods such as kale, blueberries, açai berries, avocado and watermelon. These food contain high quality amino acids which are the building blocks for firm and clear skin.
This is an obvious one but not always simple to achieve, especially with the excitement of an impending wedding. However, your skin will thank you for it. My daughter was only one when we got married and sleeping through the night wasn’t at the top of her agenda. Sleep deprivation never looked pretty on anyone! A few days before the wedding all my family were around so I was able to get more shut eye.
Lay the Foundation
Once the skin is in tip top condition it’s time to decide which foundation is best for you. I am all for a full coverage matte finish but it’s not the look I think is best for brides. A satin finish foundation is flattering on everyone. You want a base that stays put for the whole day but also adds a little dewyness. I used Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk on my big day, one of my favourite foundations. Make up credit to Peaches and Cream, flawless as always!
A bridesmaid or Maid of Honour should have with them lip balm and if possible make up powder. Even dry skin might get prone to a little shine with all the flashing cameras and adrenaline. My Maid of Honour carried a tiny Tom Ford Lipstick in her bra and made sure I was lip perfect for every photo, now that’s love! The shade was called Pink Dusk and it is a perfect pink nude, classic and long-lasting.