Introduce prepping your skin at 6 months before the day. A minimum of 2 months. This gives your skin the chance to adjust to new products.
Invest in the right products. You need a great cleanser, exfoliator and moistoriser that suit your skin needs. Ask yourself what skin type you have? Dry, oily, combination, normal. Do you have any skin concerns? Redness, fine lines, blemishes? Once you have answered these questions then you can research what products you should be using. Use products that contain AHA’s. These are exfoliating acids and are not as scary as it sounds. They remove dead skin cells which then enables to reveal brighter skin. Popular favourites are Pixi Glow Tonic and Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner.
Weekly Masks: Having weekly masks helps boost your skincare results and help specific skin concerns. Wake up to wedding day skin with Aveda who have an overnight wedding masque for the eyes and face as part of their Tulsara collection. You can buy as a duo or separately.
Clear skin from within: I love skincare and makeup is great but to supplement the products you are using topically and to look after your skin for the long haul is to also start from the inside out. Yes you will see quicker results when using products topically but who doesn’t want to have great skin all the time? This means oily fish for Omega-3 which is vital for glowing skin. If you are a vegetarian go for nuts and seeds. Cut down on sugar and caffeine. Opt for green tea instead. Green smoothies are excellent too and taste terrific.
Reduce stress: Stress can cause breakouts and generally makes our skin look drab. Yoga can be a excellent way to de-stress. YogaStudioApp is a great app that even beginners can use with various levels to suit your ability. It syncs with your calendar so you can schedule in classes with other wedding prep. Perfect way to de stress and become centred all in the comfort of your own home.
Book a make-up trial. This is important and have a hair trail too. Both are crucial. We only want happy tears on the day. A thoughtful makeup artist will offer you or your maid of honour a touch-up kit for during the day. These can include anything from lipstick, blotting papers, tissues, compact mirror or darker eyeshadow for the evening.
Brow shaping: Don’t forget those eyebrows. They frame the eyes and look so much better when they’re looking nice and neat. Book yourself into Kamini Beauty Salon. one of the best in Chelsea for threading. If tweezing is more your thing buy Barbara Caranza. These nifty tweezers align exactly to the eyebrow and are angled so you arm doesn’t hinder visibility. Available at QVC UK.
Manicure: Be sure to have a picture perfect mannicure for those close ups. Essie has teamed up with bridal designer Monique Lhuillier for a limited edition Gel Couture bridal collection. Available at Boots.
Wear a good quality lip balm. Apply especially at bedtime. Some of my personal favourites are Malin+Goetz and Elizabeth Arden. Create your own lip scrub using sugar, coconut oil or glycerine and rosewater.
Most of all take a deep breath and enjoy your special day!