Bridal Beauty Tips from Debbie JeanBridal Make‐up Artist Although I am a make‐up artist and normally focus on make‐up tips, I feel the condition of your skin affects the appearance…
Written by Kate Thompson Last updated: February 25, 2010
Every bride should have a perfect complexion with beautiful dewy, clear skin; the reality though is that we all have the odd blemish from time to time, some more than others.
Your daily skincare routine is vitally important to the look and feel of your skin and religiously ‘cleansing, toning and moisturising’ should, by your early twenties, be second nature.
In the lead up to your wedding, to ensure your skin is looking its very best, it is important to take extra care and so weekly masks, or ideally regular facials at a beauty salon are recommended. If you’re a bride on a budget then you can do this yourself at home but do make sure you choose a mask that’s right for your skin type or you could be doing more harm than good. If you love all things natural and organic but can’t afford expensive lotions and potions then why not make your own edible face masks using ingredients such as avocado, oats, lemon juice and banana. Whatever you use always finish with a good moisturiser and eye cream to keep dry skin and future wrinkles at bay.
A gentle exfoliator used on a regular basis can work wonders as long as it’s not too abrasive. Acne-prone complexions may be best left alone rather than being over-stimulated in this way and a weekly oil-controlling mask could be enough. For anyone looking for a super exfoliation facial, Madonna’s favourite is a microdermabrasion and the results are breathtaking!
For those with acne, however mild or severe, it’s worth discussing your options with your GP who may be able to prescribe something to regulate your hormones or to apply topically. If you have spots and it’s a problem, it’s good to know you can do something about it.
Good skin comes from within so drink water throughout the day to keep hydrated. Six to eight glasses of water is the ideal and better for your skin than other drinks such as coffee, cola or alcohol. If you find it hard to drink that much water in the day, fill a large jug or bottle of water and leave it on your desk and just sip it throughout the day as and when you can.
Eating fruit and vegetables will improve your skin so aim to eat your ‘five a day’- ideally at least three portions of veg and two portions of fruit every day. Having a portion of fruit with your breakfast, a green salad with your main meal of the day, two other vegetables with either lunch or dinner and a piece of fruit for a snack is the easiest way to achieve this.
Finally, invest in a good make up artistor a high quality foundation for a perfect match to even out your skin tone. The new mineral powder foundations are worth trying, as are make up artist’s favourite brands such as Benefit, MAC and Chanel. Every bride can have flawless skin on their wedding day and thereafter, it just takes a bit of know-how!
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