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In the run up to my wedding I didn’t really leave myself much time to have any pre wedding pampering. Time suddenly slips away and before you know it you are getting married next week! This was certainly the case for me. As you know from my previous posts that my main issue was my skin, and would it behave for the big day? It was hard and
As a makeup artist, I thought it would be helpful to share my wedding skincare routine!
In my experience as a wedding makeup artist, one of the main worries I encounter from my brides is troublesome skin. It can be too oily, or dry and if they are lucky, adult acne can be added to the mix. The skin can react to emotion and anxiety levels making it worse the more stressed you are.
As an adult that has suffered from acne, this is certainly something I can completely relate to. ANY event, occasion, this is always my main worry. My wedding day is just under two months away and I am feeling the pressure.
Starting from today
I know what terrible skin is and at the moment my skin isn’t terrible. The trouble I have is my hormones, stress levels, and I do pick them – Please don’t judge!
Every day I will have one or two spots but when I am hormonal my chin and sometimes my cheeks erupt in nasty cysts. Worse still, when I am anxious my back then decides to join in and before I know it I have spots spreading from my shoulder blades to my neck and hairline.
In the last two months, I have started noting my bad skin days in a diary and I think this has helped understand my skin’s behaviour better than ever. My skin is at its worst in the week and a half before my period, fizzling out during and a few days after. Mainly on my chin, but a few nasty ones pop up on my forehead and cheeks.
Post-period I am feeling more chilled and with that, my back acne has calmed down. I would find myself picking and scratching my back without even realising!! This obviously caused a bit of scarring and spread bacteria so the spots kept coming back.
I made sure I exfoliated my back with a facecloth and my cleanser, and would then moisturise. It seems silly but I neglected my back because I couldn’t see it. As soon as I started to treat my back in the same way as my face it began to clear up. I would also apply my antibiotic cream to my back at night.
I advise my brides not to try strong and abrasive products without being advised by a skincare pro. Most importantly whilst there is the time to book an appointment with their GP. Don’t pick and don’t squeeze.
Listen to my own advice
After making an appointment to see my GP he recommended I changed antibiotic creams. I had always used an antibiotic cream at night but I think my skin grew used to it. The new cream (Epiduo) helped remove redness and the swelling of existing spots whilst gently clearing my pores preventing new spots from appearing.
Morning and night I use Bioderma Foam Cleanser and moisturise my face and body with Cetaphil Cream. Cetaphil is a non-comedogenic moisturiser that works with medicated skincare.
The morning I use the above but before applying my moisturiser I apply ARK’s Skin Defence Regenerating Serum. It containers lots of essential vitamins, antioxidants and lipids that regenerate and renew the skin. One of the key ingredients is Allantoin which soothes, heals and repairs damaged skin and scarring. This has helped with my leftover acne scarring.
I have recently found out that I am product sensitive so as a makeup artist this makes things a little tricky! I do try to stick with what works for me, but I do love to try new products. A few weeks ago I purchased all new skincare products, (all premium brands) a cleanser, moisturised, mask and exfoliator. After using these lovely products for a week my skin became dry, flaky and the many, many spots that followed took a long time to go!
Needless to say, I stopped using them straight away and I will carry on using what I was using before… If it’s not broke why try to fix it? When you have skin like me, it seems like a great idea to do some pre-wedding pampering. In reality I need to tread carefully and go with what works.
Here are my tips for better skin!
Over cleansing strips natural oils which leads to overproduction of sebum, blocking pores making acne worse. Try using gentle cleansers like Bioderma Sebum control or if that’s too much opt for a hypersensitive cleanser like Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser.
If you are having a breakout that won’t budge, and you are finding it hard to manage its probably time to book an appointment with your GP. You may need antibiotics. Most contain a form of retinoid cream used at night that increases cell renewal and prevents pores from clogging (this is what I use). In extreme cases you may need antibiotics in tablet form, and be patient it won’t work overnight sometimes it can take over a month for you to start seeing results but it will be worth the wait. If it doesn’t work, go back and try a different type.
Exfoliants and Masks.
It’s better to keep things simple so don’t use anything that could aggravate your skin. It may be better to stick with cleansing and moisturiser but an exception and one of the gentlest exfoliants I have found and love using is Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant it’s gentle enough to use every day and contains salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter.
Don’t be afraid of moisturising. If you don’t your sebaceous glands will have to work harder to hydrate your skin. As a result, your skin may become oily and shiny. Go for a moisturiser that’s gentle and works with your skin.
Facials are lovely but can be too indulgent (if that’s even possible) depending on the type of facial. It may have the opposite effect if you break out from the products and deep massage. Go for a gentle and relaxing treatment to feel pampered or look into something that will be more targeted to help with any skin issues you may have.
Book a course of 4-6 treatments as you may not see the benefit from a one-off facial.
I hope this is helpful and if you want any more advice please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I am already aware of the Skincare brand as I have quite a few ARK products in my professional kit. I love what this unique brand represents, everyone’s skin is completely individual and the products are prescribed to target your personal skin concearns. I have been using their Age Prepare, Age Maintain and Age Repair moisturisers on my bridal clients.
“ARK Age Aware Skincare is a revolutionary way if treating your skin through every life stage. We don’t believe in skin types at ARK. You’re unique and so is your skin. Skin reflects lifestyle choices, stress levels and hormonal changes. The products your skin needs to look its best will be unique to you, different to those of your best friend, daughter and mother.
Our Skincare is prescribed by skin age as we know there are two key periods in the ageing process when a dramatic shift in hormones production changes the way the body works.”
The Elixir Clinic was something completely new to me. I have heard of various Celebs and Supermodels having detox infusions through a drip, and when I have seen their Instagram and Twitter photos it looks quite extreme. Like they are getting ready for an operation! After talking to the specialists and Co-founder this eradicated my ignorance and helped my greater understanding of what it does and how it benefits your long term health.
The clinics IV infusions range from a bespoke combination of vitamins, nutrients and minerals that detox, help with fatigue, aid weight loss, help anti ageing, hair loss, and improves skin condition
Is your wedding coming up and you are feeling a tad pale?? Time to think about tanning!
It’s a bit of a worry for any bride when it comes to tanning. What’s best to use? Will I be too dark? Will it rub off on my dress? Will I look patchy?…
Here is what I know about Spray tanning:
First things first, DO NOT get your ‘tan on’ the day/night before you get married! So much can go wrong here!… Your tan will always be at its darkest on the day after your spray tan and wearing white will only intensify the colour. If you wait for the second or third day the colour will be a subtle bronze next to your white dress. Another big point is that the dark
Makeup Brush Review
I recently came across the Born Pretty Website. They have an abundance of makeup brushes and beauty products at really reasonable prices. Normally when something is ‘reasonable’ the quality suffers so I thought I would try out a couple of brushes and a creme eyeliner. In my opinion, you can never have too many makeup brushes and I am always on the lookout for the perfect eyeliner.
I have always used a flat foundation brush to apply the product and then another to buff in the foundation so I wanted to try out the Tapered Face Brush. The bristles are ultra-soft goat hair and the tapered tip is great for applying the foundation and also buffing it into the skin.
The shape is perfect for blending foundation into any hard to reach areas with better precision than using a flat brush. I used this brush to apply my everyday foundation (Ester Lauder Doublewear) it is medium/full coverage foundation so I like to blend it in to avoid it looking heavy on my skin.
I was really happy with this brush and the shape of it is fab for using with any cream blushes as it blends so well without holding too much product.
The second brush I used was the