You’ve chosen your beautiful wedding dress, carefully selected your accessories, colours schemes, suits, flowers, table plans, all things bridal and are fast approaching your big day. You are probably starting to think about hair and makeup styles you would like to make sure you look your absolute best for those all important wedding day shots, but what about your skincare????
We’ve teamed up with MUA and Skincare specialist Amba Logan for hints and tips to help achieve flawless skin and here what she had to say….
“Every bride dreams of glowing their way through the big day, but during the colder months it can take a little more work and you can’t rely on make-up alone.
Dewy skin, glass skin, glowing, whatever you call it all starts with good skincare. Here are some tips to turn your winter dull skin into plump hydrated perfection!”
- Switch out any gel wash off cleansers for cleansing balms or oils. A lot of wash offs contain drying ingredients such as, sodium lauryl sulphate, and they can alter the skins PH. Skin is naturally slightly acidic and richer balms, oils and rich cleansing creams help to keep skin in its happy place. Remove with a clean flannel/ muslin cloth, making sure you use a fresh one every evening.
- Spend a good two minutes massaging in your cleanser, until the skin appears pink. This acts like a good work out for the skin, boosting circulation and delivering fresh nutrients.
- The secret to hydrated skin that may be suffering with seasonal dryness, usually caused by central heating and the cold weather is to layer your hydration rather than using one thick moisture cream. Start with an essence or hydrating toner, then, onto slightly damped skin apply a hyaluronic acid serum to draw moisture to the cells. Follow with a light oil, finishing with your richer moisturizer to lock it all in. If you’re at home and make up free, try adding a second and third layer throughout the day.
- Don’t forget SPF when your out for long periods, aging UVA rays still get through in the dull cold weather.
- Exfoliation is essential, but beware of harsh formulas with rough granules. Opt for mild acid toners instead. Lactic and malic acid are the best for dry skin.
- Use a face-mask at least twice a week. Stick to hydrating nourishing ingredients, and steer clear of clays until your skin is more balanced. Sheet masks are really popular, but use these more for a quick instant result, on the morning of the wedding would be great (don’t try a new one, make sure you’ve tried it before). A creamy formula that you rub in can be left on much longer and even slept in over night for a real hydration boost.
- Don’t try any new intense treatments in the two weeks running up to the day. Although its tempting if we see a new “all bells & whistles” skin serum or facial, its best not to risk any reactions or sensitivity so close!
- Dehydrated skin is not caused by not drinking enough water… it helps obviously, but its surface cellular water the skin is lacking and has lost so topical treatments are the way forward. Eating water rich fruits and vegetables is a more effective way of getting nutrients to the skin and locking in hydration.
- Make time for yourself in a very busy schedule, you will glow much more if your not stressed out… Enjoy!
Amba Loves ♥♥♥♥♥♥
- Medik8 Lipid – Balancing Cleansing Oil
- Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic
- Indeed Labs Squalane Facial Oil
- Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist
- La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask
- NeoStrata Bio-Hydrating Cream
For more tips, recommended products and expert advice from Amba follow her Instagram page here
Beauty Photograph: William Clark Photographer
**These products are advisory only, if you have any existing skin conditions or allergies please check the ingredients carefully, seek medical advise and/or carry out a patch test before using**