Glow on, who doesn’t want perfect skin on their wedding day?
By that, I mean they know whether their skin is sensitive (sometimes red, itchy or tight feeling,) normal (generally smooth and evenly toned,) oily (often with enlarged pores and a shiny T zone,) dry (pale and sometimes flaky) or combination (oily surrounded by normal or dry skin.) Because if you don’t know your skin type, how can you be sure you’re using the best products?
Years ago, Hollywood derm Dr Harold Lancer told me how he was on a one-man mission to get us all double-cleansing. The idea was to reverse the usual cleanse-exfoliation ritual. By exfoliating first, the epidermis (upper layers) kick-starts the dermis (the layer beneath the surface) to speed up cell turnover. This will then stimulate collagen (stick with me: it’s what gives your skin structure and firmness) and generally ‘tricks’ the skin into acting younger. By following with a splash-off cleanser, leftover granules are gone and your skin is prepped for more effective delivery of the active ingredients coming later. It seems so obvious and I can vouch that you’ll notice a difference pretty quickly.
Regular facials are great for getting your skin into it’s best condition but when you’re on a budget, see how you get on with some DIY massage aided by a facial oil instead. Spend a couple of minutes rolling your fingers and knuckles up and out across your face every day. And don’t let the word ‘oil’ put you off. They’re often not that greasy and really help skin look plump and well, happy. For me, happiness has recently been coming from a bottle of Elemis Superfood Facial Oil, £45.
It’s the one thing you can’t afford to miss out on, especially if you’re on the wiser side of 30 and concerned about tired-looking skin heading south. Serums are the active, powerful part of your regime. Sitting firmly (pun intended) on my bathroom shelf pretty much most of the time is Estee Lauder Advanced Night Serum Synchronized Recovery Complex II, from £52. Packed with active ingredients including hyaluronic acid to smooth and give good glow, all I can say, is when I don’t use it, I notice the difference. For me, it’s worth the dent in the beauty budget.
Oh sheet you say? Great idea. It’s every bride-to-be’s prerogative to relax behind a pampering face mask at least once a week after all. I love a sheet mask – they force you to sit (or preferably lay) still whilst your skin gets saturated with active ingredients. Filorga’s Time-Filler Mask, £10 is my current fave. I’ve used their eye pads before so the fact that it’s black was only a surprise to my small children (cue lots of screaming and hiding behind curtains.) Filorga are experts in aesthetic medicine and every product I’ve tried has reaped results. This anti-ageing serum mask stretches the skin to make wrinkles less ‘out there’ plus gives my skin a good plumping.
Cleansing brushes are great. Not tried one yet? I wouldn’t be without my Phillips VisaPure, £130. Okay, so it comes with a hefty price tag. I like it because even when I’m feeling lazy, it gently exfoliates and cleans out my pores, removing loads more make-up and dirt than manual cleansing ever would. It comes with two intensity settings and can even be used in the shower. Genius!
I’m talking sun protection of course. To maintain healthy skin, you should wear a minimum of 30 all year round unless you’re on the piste or at the beach when you should upgrade much higher. You know why. Because wearing an spf is the easiest way to protect against skin cancer and the signs of ageing. Skin-savvy B2Bs look for spf moisturisers loaded with both UVA and UVB like Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Face Fluid SPF30, £9 and This Works In Transit Skin Defence SPF30, £26.10.
Juicing has been proven to have a visibly positive effect on skin. How? Because knocking back nutrient-rich veggies in their purest form offers a major hit of antioxidants. I once met celebrity juicer Jason Vale at a skin care press event where he whizzed up a tasty green juice that promised to boost glowy skin. As well as being good for your face, it’s a handy way of using up veg and getting green stuff into your diet. And you know what, kale doesn’t actually taste that bad…
… including on their hen night! That’s what face wipes were made for. Even if you’re already horizontal, at least you can get most of your make-up off with a cleansing wipe. I wouldn’t vouch for them as an everyday cleanser, but on special occasions they’re better than nothing.
Some people may use neck tape to get a smoother looking neck (no really, it’s becoming “a thing”.) B2B’s would never resort to such silly measures. Instead, they cover their neck and chest area in spf during the day and use a richer neck cream at night. Okay, so there’s nothing to stop you from just using a little more of your regular night-time moisturiser. It’s just that applying a neck cream like Liz Earle Superskin Bust & Neck Treatment, £33 feels so luxurious – it definitely makes me pay a lot more attention to that area. Isn’t it worth it to look your absolute best if your wedding dress is a low cut or strapless one?
By wearing sunglasses at the merest glint of outdoor brightness (good for anti-squint lines,) having their teeth whitened (good for an overall look of health,) and clocking up at least seven hours of sleep on a silk pillowcase (good for de-wrinkling.) Well, it is called beauty sleep….
So what are you doing to get your skin how you want it for your wedding day? Any or all of the above? Or something else? I’d love to know…
Photography Sarah Salotti for Divine Boutique and Miss Leicestershire