How to Prep Your Skin for Your Wedding Day
As a makeup artist I tell all my brides, that when it comes to skin base - less is more!
Those days of caked on foundation are over! This new era of self acceptance is all about embracing our freckles and pores and natural gloweyness.
Plus, more makeup means more for you to touch up throughout the day, which ultimately means more for you (the bride) to deal with on your wedding day. Queue the compact powders and oil blotting sheets.
Gone are the days of all matte everything. And here to stay is this new mantra “glow, baby glow”.
The Answer: Consistent #skincare and facials.
First things first, start by identifying your skin type. Are you oily, dry, combo - if your a combo, which areas suffer excess oil buildup and which ones are dry or flakey?
Next, what are your skin concerns? Enlarged pores, acne scarring, hyper pigmentation, breakouts, wrinkles/lines, dullness, sun damage?
Depending on your skin type and concern, you’ll want to follow different practices and use different products aimed at targeting those areas. (For a more in-depth look at your #skinissues and how to correct them, check out my affordable Skincare Consultation Service).
Facials are a great way to prep your skin for #makeup - they clear your pores, exfoliate your skin and provide hydration. All these things help your skin breathe and also make an amazing base for your makeup.
Some of my favourite pre-wedding #facials and peels are the #Hydrafacial for clearing your pores and hydrating your skin. If you’re looking for more information on what facial is right for you, check out my post on the best pre-wedding facials for a full list of all my tried and tested facial treatments.
In-between facials it is crucial that you maintain good skin practices, such as moisturizing 2x a day (or more if you’re washing your face more often than that) and exfoliating regularly using a gentle exfoliant. It’s also a great idea to use a #facemask once or twice a week to keep your #skincare game on point.
Follow these tips to keep your skin looking healthy, hydrated and in the best possible shape for your wedding day:
Washing your face or using a makeup wipe isn’t enough to remove all the buildup and pollution from a day out. Best practice is to wash your face using a mild cleanser, avoid rubbing the eye area too much. Then go in with a makeup remover to gently wipe away any excess eye makeup or lipstick.
Toners can be harsh and often strip away the oils our skin needs to maintain a healthy balance, which can often lead to your pores overproducing oil in order to try and make up for what’s been stripped. To prevent this, avoid toners with alcohol. Instead opt for something gentle like a Rosewater toner or infused toning pads.
I’m always so surprised by the amount of clients I see that don’t moisturise at least 2x a day. It’s crucial that you hydrate your skin after you’ve showered or had a good sweat. Hot water strips our skin of its natural oils and moisture, so it’s really important that we restore our skin by moisturizing. This will also prevent flakiness, wrinkles and dry, itchy skin.
Just as moisturizing is one of the most important things we can do for anti-aging, as is exfoliating. Our skin cells turn over and regenerate, we need to ensure we are removing the dead skin cells to make way for the shiny new ones underneath. Exfoliating increases blood circulation, which in turn gives you healthy, glowing skin.
At Home Masks
Having a facial done once a month is a good way of ensuring your pores don’t remain clogged, and it helps eliminate blackheads and whiteheads. In between those facials, doing your own at-home masks is vital in order to address ongoing skin concerns.
Since the beginning of time, 8-glasses a day has been hammered into our heads. But there is actually no universally agreed upon quantity of water that should be consumed daily. Dehydrated skin can lead to vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling. So start sipping.
One of the only 2 proven anti-aging ingredients out there is SPF. Sunscreen protects us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB.
UVA penetrates the skin's dermis, which is the thickest layer of the skin, causing more long term damage.
UVB rays affect the superficial layers of the skin, causing sunburn.
For a list of some of my kit-approved skincare products I've personally tried and tested, check out my post here.
I hope you enjoyed this read, and if you havde any questions please let me know!
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