Ok, here is the hard truth when it comes to makeup. Not everything can be covered successfully using foundation and concealer. Makeup application is only as good as the skin it’s adhering too – it’s a bit like wearing a beautiful gown that is close fitting, but wearing awkwardly fitting underwear underneath! I often get asked as a makeup artist to cover this patch of dry skin or that freshly picked pimple, and the fact is it’s not going to work. You have to have a good foundation, to well, apply a good foundation! So as boring as it is, taking care of your skin should be as much a part of your daily routine as having breakfast or washing your hair.
Now granted having a wedding isn’t going to happen every year of your life, but the effort you put into your skin now will pay you back not just for that one day but will guide you for the rest of your life. So here are is my practical guide to healthy skin for your wedding day…
1. Kick start your skin into gear with taking a high quality skin supplement. The earlier you can take regular supplements before the big day the better to get the full benefit. My personal favourites are Imedeen Derma One and Perfectil Plus Skin – always check with your GP before taking any supplements. Now and again I like to give myself an extra boost with Imedeen Advanced Beauty Shot.
2. Now is the time to tackle dry skin. Often dry skin is caused by either not drinking enough water, using a low quality moisturiser not formulated for dry skin, or by poor weather conditions i.e going from cold to hot areas in quick succession. The fast way to combat dry skin is to apply a balm such as Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream before bed, and keep this up regularly for at least a week. Avoid using an exfoliator during this time.
3. Treat yourself to a daily moisturiser that is specifically formulated to your skin type. Often a skin complaint is caused by using the wrong type of moisturiser, either by using something that is too strong or too weak. Clinique have the best moisturisers formulated for skin type, whilst MAC do a moisturiser which is good for all. Avoid supermarket, or drugstore moisturisers which are not as good quality and will do nothing for your skin.
4. Avoid consuming too much alcohol, and if you can, try and reduce or even better give up the smokes! Alcohol is so drying to the skin and literally depletes the skin of vitamins and nutrients – so all your hard work can amount to nothing if the skin doesn’t have what it needs to look bright and beautiful. The same goes for smoking – it’s sad but I can always see the subtle differences in clients that smoke and those that don’t. Kick the naughty habit now and give your skin time to recover – it will love you for it!
5. The best thing you can do for your skin is to leave it alone. Don’t pick, scratch or squeeze! If you’re unsure if you have a pimple, or blackhead leave it alone to make up its mind! If you do constantly pick at the skin you’ll just be spreading that bacteria everywhere else, plus you run the risk of scarring and ‘pot marking’ – which are not easily rectified without resorting to laser therapy.
6. Try and up your intake of water or squash – tea and coffee are also fine but in smaller amounts. Ultimately you should aim for 8 glasses of water a day, but not all at once! Also try and add fruit or veg that is also beneficial to the skin. I personally love strawberries with a little bit of mascarpone – eating healthily doesn’t mean you can’t make it exciting and add a little bit of naughtiness! Other fruit good for the skin are Bananas, Grapefruit, Oranges, Watermelon and Passionfruit.
7. And finally… after all that effort a little relaxation is needed! A clay mask is the best way to both relax and lift the impurities (dirt, sweat, pollution) out of the skin. I am totally in love with Bobbi Brown’s new range of face masks and the best I’ve come across is BB Instant Detox. Apply this every two weeks before the wedding to have wonderfully clear skin. Also avoid having a professional facial too close to the big day, as a facial is designed to bring impurities to the surface x