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.