How To Achieve Wedding Ready Skin
Posted by Charlotte Connoley in Skin Care
It goes without saying that your wedding day is the time you want to be looking and feeling your very best, so in the months leading up to the occasion it is worth investing a little extra time and effort in a good skin care routine that will have you glowing on the big day, whatever your skin type.
Hydration is the key to success here, both inside and out. You really need to up your water intake and select some super - hydrating products to use on your skin for that dewy complexion look. I also recommend adding a drop of chlorophyll to your water to help boost hydration. Keep a large bottle of water on your desk at work to help you keep track of how much you drink, and carry a smaller one in your bag to make sure you are staying well hydrated at all times. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol, which both have dehydrating effects.
Start your routine off with a good cleanser. It is vital to get skin really clean at the end of the day without stripping it of any of its precious natural oils. For normal to dry skin, I recommend using a cleansing oil that will gently deep - clean the skin – Laneige’s Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil, £31 is a lovely one to thoroughly cleanse at the end of the day, to leave you with smooth, clear and soft skin.
Sukin’s Oil Balancing + Charcoal Purifying Gel Cleanser, £9.99 is suitable for combination to oily skin, and gently removes the daily build-up of dirt and impurities without drying skin out. Remember, if your skin feels ‘tight’ after cleansing, this is a sign that it has been stripped of its natural oils, so switch to something gentler.
Gently Does It
Exfoliation plays a major role in helping skin look its best. Keep things gentle here - you don’t want anything too ‘scratchy’ or harsh on your skin. The Gentle Rose Exfoliator from Elemis, £30 is perfect for softly sloughing away dead skin cells; I recommend exfoliating twice a week at the most to ensure you aren’t damaging the skin. Apply the exfoliator to damp skin and rub in using circular motions around the face and neck, before rinsing off with warm water.
Face masks range from those that target problematic skin, such as Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, £21.50 which is a deep cleansing clay mask that soaks up excess oil and can be used to help balance skin, to masks that target dull skin and pigmentation. Eve Lom’s White Brightening Face Masks, £74.50 are sheet masks made from 100% natural cotton, which work on pigmentation patches, to boost hydration and to brighten complexions. Each pack contains eight masks, so it is a nice way to build it into part of a regular, ongoing skin care routine in the lead-up to your big day.
As nice as it is to be out in it, the sun is incredibly damaging to the skin. I recommend using an SPF all year round, one way to do it without any effort is to use a moisturiser with SPF built in. Origins has a lovely oil - free moisturiser with an SPF of 40 - A Perfect World SPF 40 Age - Defense Moisturizer with White Tea, £35 - which offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection combined with hydration. A win - win!
Regular facials will help get skin in tip - top condition. Treatments can be targeted to specific concerns or can be used to simply get your skin in its best condition possible. A good facialist will be able to help you come up with a skin care plan that will take your right up to the big day.
Make Time For Massage
If there is one change you can make to your regular skin care routine and stick to, make it to massage your face every night with a beautiful facial oil – not only will it relax you and get you ready for sleep (essential for any pre - wedding jitters) but the oil will also help to re - balance your skin.
Use your knuckles and work your hands in a figure - of - eight motion to get the lymph nodes activated, which helps to get the blood flowing and eliminate toxins. Work in small circles around the chin, using a firm pressure, then massage the face firmly, upwards and outwards, and press on the tension points to release stress and toxins in the muscles. I love Caudalie’s Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil, £26 for night treatments, which deeply moisturises and nourishes. If you have the time, work along the décolletage and up over the balls of shoulders too with the same circular motion - it benefits the skin and eases tension.
I also love using quenching facial spritzes to instantly add some moisture into the skin and keep it looking plump and fresh. Dermalogica’s Ultracalming Mist, £29.50 soothes away sensitivity and calms red, aggravated skin, whilst Jurlique’s Lavender Hydrating Mist, £24 hydrates and soothes skin, use it at any time to refresh and tone your face - the perfect pick-me-up for skin throughout the day.