Bridal Skincare


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“I am a big believer in that if you focus on good skincare you really won’t need a lot of makeup”  

– Demi Moore

When it comes to skincare and Weddings I am a firm believer that you should start focusing on your skincare routine 9-12 months before the big day where possible. You want to try and get yourself into a solid routine and find the products that really suit your skin and give you the best possible results. I personally would not recommend trying any new products 4-6 weeks before your Wedding Day as you just do not know how your skin is going to react.

Water Intake

The most obvious way to keep your skin hydrated, smooth and supple is by drinking 2-3 litres of water a day. It is quite easy to do if you are breaking it down throughout the day with a glass here and a glass there, before you know it you will be drinking the recommended amount and your skin will definitely thank you for it.

Cleansing

I would personally advise you get yourself into a routine of cleansing morning and night. Night time cleansing is particularly important as you need to remove the daily dirt and grim that builds up on our skin throughout the day as well as any makeup you may have worn. Please do not sleep in your makeup! For makeup wearers I would recommend you follow a double cleanse routine where the first cleanse is about removing your makeup and the second cleanse is actually cleaning your skin.

Exfoliating

When it comes to exfoliating I would definitely recommend exfoliating your skin anywhere from once to twice a week to ensure you are removing the dead skin cells which can make our skin look dull and lifeless. You will notice after exfoliating your skin will be more radiant, bright and smooth. 

When it comes to products you can either buy the traditional scrub which has small particles or you can opt for an AHA exfoliator which is more acid base and gently dissolves the dead cells. AHA’s are more suited to sensitive skin types and those who get rosacea and redness as you will find these formulas will not irritate the skin like particles can. If you do decide to use an AHA exfoliator ensure you apply SPF afterwards if you are putting this into your morning routine.

Facials

I would encourage treating yourself to monthly facials where possible, this will really help with keeping your skin clear and looking in tip top condition. I personally would not recommend a facial in the last week before your Wedding in case you suffer from any breakouts from the deep cleansing.

At Home Masks

If you like to do at home face masks I would tend to gravitate more towards mud masks that contain charcoal as an ingredient as these will really help to draw out any impurities and dirt from your pores. For oily and combination skins 1-2 times a week is ideal to keep your skin clean and clear, for sensitive and dry skins twice a month will be fine.

There are times when I like to add a hydrating face mask to my routine which I generally try and do twice a month. This really helps to keep my skin hydrated, soft and supple. 

For a day to day skincare routine I would recommend following the below;

Morning – Cleanse, Eye Cream, Face Oil or Serum, SPF and Moisturiser.

Night time – Cleanse (twice if wearing makeup), Eye Cream, Night time specific Moisturiser or Face Oil*

*Sometimes I will opt to wear an overnight hydrating face mask for a real moisture boost.

 

Product Recommendations

Cleanser – I absolutely love and highly recommend the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, this is perfect for removing makeup it completely dissolves it in once. The cleanser always leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. Sometimes I even use this as a thin hydrating mask which is brilliant at plumping up the skin.

Exfoliator – The Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage is an AHA exfoliator which is perfect for all skin types but especially for sensitive skins. The formulae is balm like which turns into an oil after being massaged in circular motions for 1-2 minutes. This is a lovely exfoliator and includes Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid which provides hydration to the skin.

Face Masks – When it comes to deep cleansing masks I would recommend both the Glamglow Supermud and Aztec Secret Indian Clay Mask. Both of these masks are amazing at clearing your pores and you can really feel both products working whilst on your skin.The Aztec Secret Indian Clay mask is a little bit of a faff as it comes in a powder which you mix with either water or Apply Vinegar which I have heard provides great results. 

For a hydrating mask I swear by the Dior Awakening Rehydrating Mask, I always get great results after using this mask.

Overnight Oil – Sarah Chapman does an incredible face oil called the Overnight Facial Oil. This is a lifting and firming oil which leaves your skin looking and feeling plump and smooth. Every time I use this I wake up looking radiant it is incredible.

All of these products are my personal holy grails which I will always repurchase.

When it comes to serums, eye creams and moisturisers I do not have any recommendations that I would want to give you as these come down to personal taste and what results you would like to achieve. There are plenty of products on the market that tick many different boxes so this is probably going to be more of an area of trial and error to find what really suits you.

I think it is important to know that the condition of your skin will determine how well your Wedding Day makeup will apply, looks and lasts so it is wise to invest in your skin the best you can. I wouldn’t say there is a need to buy really expensive products but more about finding the ones that really suit your skin and bring the best out in you.

Nicola

www.nicolalouisemakeup.co.uk

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