Whatever your wedding day date, it’s never too early to focus on your skin. “Getting married is the perfect excuse to invest in some fantastic skincare,” says Bobbi Brown pro make-up artist Hannah Martin. “Your skin is constantly renewing itself so you have time to change and improve your skin condition.”
“Start to invest in regular salon treatments and ensure that you are using the correct products to suit your needs,” adds Marie McKeever, head of Treatment Development at Clarins. Bobbi Brown, Estée Lauder, Clarins and Clinique counters can all analyse your skin type and give you a free mini facial to establish your skincare needs. Ready? Your journey to flawless starts here…
With so many potions promising to make us look amazing in minutes, fathoming out what actually works for you can be tricky (especially when work + wedmin = zero spare time). But don’t worry, we’ve enlisted the help of the skincare pros and tested both new and cult products to decode what’s what, and more importantly – what’s worth spending your money on.
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“Cleansing is the foundation of every good skincare routine,” says Sally Penford, education manager at The International Dermal Institute. If your skin is prone to dryness or sensitivity, choose a cream cleanser and gently press the cream into your skin before removing in gentle sweeps upwards with cotton wool. Follow with toner to tighten pores and rebalance your skin’s pH.
Finding the right moisturiser for your skin is vital. Very rich moisturisers are only suitable for older skin types – if you’re prone to dryness but also blemishes, choose a gel cream or a lighter anti-ageing cream. Allow the cream to soak in for five minutes before applying make-up.
“Brides should be exfoliating at least twice a week in the run up to the wedding,” says Hannah. “Buffing off the dead skin will allow serums and day creams to absorb more efficiently. Make sure you exfoliate the night before your big day – foundation sits so much better on newly-buffed skin.”
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4. Eye cream
If you’re prone to dark circles or you’re starting to notice fine lines appearing, your wedding is a great excuse to invest in an eye cream. You only need a pea-sized amount, dabbed under your eye and swept over your lids to really make a difference. Apply every morning before your moisturiser.
5. Serums and oils
These specialist products are potent, so you only need to massage a few drops into your skin before your night cream each evening. While serums act as a ‘booster’ to your moisturiser, nourishing those deeper layers of skin, oils can be used to target specific problems like blemishes or sensitivity. “Brides are often surprised that I recommend a face oil as a night time treatment in the run up to the wedding,” says Hannah. “There is a common misconception that oil is bad for the skin when in fact it is soft, gentle and intensely moisturising.”
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6. Night cream
Do we really need a different moisturiser for night time? “Yes,” says Andrea Craig, trainer at Murad skincare. “The skin heals and repairs while we sleep so a night cream is full of regenerating ingredients to help the skin to rid itself of toxins. After cleansing and toning, use a treat and repair product to address any skin concerns, followed by a pearl-sized amount of night cream warmed in the hands and smoothed over the face, neck and décolleté.”
7. On the spot treatments
If hormones or stress cause you to break out, gently apply a treatment to individual blemishes. “Ingredients like sulphur and zinc help clear breakouts fast,” says Sally. Keep Dr Sebagh’s Breakout Kit, £62, on hand – it’s a potent formula that actually works.
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