Basic Bridal Beauty Skin Tips
I am a skin care fanatic, there is nothing I love more than a glowing radiant complexion. Being a makeup artist it’s imperative that we treat the skin as precious as possible, skin preparation is one of the most important roles before applying makeup.
I try all sorts of lotions and potions for my skin to look it’s best. I live by the personal philosophy of "If I wont put it on my face , I wont put it on yours". There are some fundamentals we can do to reduce stress on our skin and to help prevent premature ageing, and these do not cost you your weekly wage.
These are also some very important tips on the lead up to your big day.
We all know the importance of water, but did you know that water will go to all your other organs first before reaching the skin? It’s important to apply water to the skin and keep it there, not only will your skin look more hydrated but it will also help to prevent wrinkles.
Tip: For extra hydration, vitamins and minerals add cucumber & lemon to your water this will also help cleanse the body of toxins.
DID YOU KNOW? Contrary to keeping hydrated, leaving water on the surface of the skin actually dehydrates it, so when you wash your face or step out of the shower, pat your face dry immediately, followed by your moisturising routine.
TAKE COOLER SHOWERS/BATHS
Especially in the winter months we all love a hot bath or shower, but it’s causing more harm than good. Hot water washes away the skins protective oils which leave it , dry, itchy and and tight (worse if your skin is already pre-disposed to this) , by adjusting your showers to lukewarm water it means your skin’s outer layers will not be exposed to this kind of damage. It is also important moisturise 2-3 mins straight after to restore any moisture loss.
Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think are normal when it comes to aging, including sagging skin, fine and coarse wrinkles, pigmentation and can increase the risk of skin cancer. UV light over time damages the skins fibres (elastin) breaking them down causing these effects. To prevent this choose a Sun screen with a high protection factor of 30 or above with a broad spectrum that protects against UV-A and UV-B rays. Also wear sunglasses, I wear these even when it’s mildly sunny as it helps prevent crow’s feet.
MAKE CLEANSING PRIORITY
Our skin faces (pardon the pun) a wrath of pollution, dirt, oil, bacteria and general grime on a daily basis. It is essential to wash and cleanse away all of these impurities and dead skin cells TWICE DAILY (morning and night) .When your face is cleansed and fresh it also allows for products to penetrate properly and allows skin to remain hydrated (along with the help of a moisturiser).
Tip: If wearing makeup, cleanse TWICE at night , once to remove makeup and twice to clean your face.
KEEP YOUR BRUSHES AND MAKEUP CLEAN
Many a makeup bag I have seen and they are the perfect breeding ground for dirt, oil and bacteria. Bacteria loves to breed in wet, moist environments and what you don’t realise is every time you pop your dirty brush into your favorite foundation, gel eye liner or any cream product your introducing a lovely breeding ground for bacteria , that also helps to contribute to breakouts and skin irritations. Powder products still produce bacteria too !
To keep your tools clean I advise investing brush cleaner (lots of brands sell them ) below is my absolute favorite. In terms of sponges I wash them with my facial cleanser and then a bit alcohol to keep them bacteria free. If applying your products with your hands make sure they are also clean, as dirt and oil is easily transferred through them too.
Life is so busy and quiet stressful especially when planning a wedding. Sleep is so important for your well being including your skin. While you sleep your body boosts blood flow to the skin, so that when you wake, you have a healthy glowing complexion. Skimp on sleep and you can have a dull, tired and puffy complexion. The optimum time for beauty sleep is between 10pm-2am , when skin works hard to repair and restore.
DON'T NEGLECT YOUR BODY
Just like our face , our body needs some love and care too. After showering slather on a body butter or lotion, and exfoliate once a week to slough off dead skin.