Simple steps to a gorgeous glow
Everyone wants gorgeous, glowing skin and no one more so than my brides-to-be. I cannot stress enough that the key to flawless looking makeup on your wedding day is good skincare. Get your skincare in order and you’ll immediately see how your makeup sits better and lasts longer.
I send all my brides a basic skincare guide in the months leading up to their wedding, not only because I hope they will benefit from it but because if they do it, it will make my job a whole lot easier on the wedding morning. Win, win.
So I’ve put together my top 5, simple tips for gorgeous looking skin that you can start doing right now
Number 1 – Moisturise
My most important tip is to moisturise. This may seem like a simple thing that everyone does, right? Well yes, it should be! But are you getting enough moisture into your skin? Skin is made up of 70% water and around 20-30% of that is found in the top layer (the epidermis). If your skin is not getting enough moisture, signs of dehydration will show pretty rapidly. Your skin will start to look dull and tired and will lose its plumpness. Not the youthful, healthy, glowing skin you are imagining on your wedding day! You may also notice that your makeup starts to disappear during the day or go patchy as your skin tries to take all the moisture from your foundation, seeking water wherever it can.
If you are reading this during lockdown or isolation your skin is most likely more dry or dehydrated than usual because of the amount of time spent indoors, without the suns vitamin D and with the drying central heating on. You may want to ramp up the moisture levels by adding an oil to your skincare routine. Even if you have oily or combination skin, your skin still needs moisture and you should not be scared of adding
Number 2 – Exfoliate
Sitting on the surface of your skin are dead skin cells. These do nothing to help with the smooth, radiant skin I know you all want! Get rid of them. There are many types of exfoliators out there, gentle daily ones, scrubs with gritty bits in (no microbeads please!), weekly peels. Find something that you can commit to, that fits easily into your routine and something that your skin can handle. DO NOT
Number 3 – Clean Your face!
Another simple one, but one that seems to get missed too often. Clean your face. Properly. And please, please do not go to bed still wearing your makeup! You need to clean your skin every night, especially if you wear makeup or sunscreen, in
Find a gentle cleanser that you can use daily, something without alcohol, ideally not a foaming wash (they tend to dry the skin out) and don’t even get me started on wipes! If you are a wipe user, STOP! My recommendation would be to find a cream/balm/gel/oil that you can massage into your skin to really loosen the dirt and makeup and then wash it all away with a warm damp cloth. Once your skin is clean it is ready to soak up your serums/oils/moisturisers overnight and leave you waking up with smoother, brighter and softer skin.
Number 4 – Diet
Sorry, I hate to bring it up but it is pretty important. Now I know a lot of you are probably already into getting your body fit and svelte, ready to get in your wedding dress/tux, but whilst exercise is fantastic (so I hear) for your body and mind, please don’t think that that is enough. Drinking water is necessary for our bodies to run at its best and to help nutrients reach the skin through good blood flow. Drinking water literally flushes our systems, removing toxins and hydrates our bodies as a whole, including our skin. And you know what has the opposite effect? Sugars, caffeine and alcohol – sobs uncontrollably Consuming large amounts of sugars produces something in the body (cytokines, if you want to get all technical) which literally eat away at collagen and elastin, so get rid of those fizzy drinks, processed foods and other things that have
Now, let’s talk Dairy. If you follow me you will know that I am a vegan makeup artist. My kit contains only vegan cosmetics but I myself have been vegan for a number of years, so I can personally tell you that giving up (or even limiting) dairy will do wonders to your skin and
Basically dairy is full of hormones and chemicals which have a negative effect on the skin’s appearance. The hormones in cows milk, which is fabulous for growing cute baby calves into full-size cows, in humans produces inflammation, acne, and over-production of the sebum glands (which produce oil). So if you suffer from any of these things, you may want to think about reducing or cutting out your
Number 5 – Recharge with a Face Mask
Finally, the lead up to your wedding is a very special time. It can also be quite stressful (if you have to re-write that table plan one – more – time…) so take some time for you. Grab yourself some face masks, set some time aside and relax. Have a think about what your skin may need, perhaps it’s a deep cleanse or some extra hydration. If in doubt, I would go for something that claims to be ‘nourishing’. Whatever you do, do not apply a new face mask the week of the wedding! Some masks can cause breakouts to occur initially as part of their deep clean process, whilst others may have an ingredient in them that you’re not used to and may react to. Start using them well in advance so if it comes to the night before the big day and you want to give your skin that extra boost, you can without any worry.
So there you have it. My 5 simple tips to great skin which you can start incorporating right now. It is never to early to start and you can thank me on your wedding morning ;0)