Tackling Bad Skin Before the Wedding Day
02 Mar 2015
Tackling Bad Skin before the Wedding Day
Lucy Jayne Makeup gives us the run down of how to get the best looking skin before the wedding day with some helpful top tips.
Once all the hectic planning is over, and your wedding date is sneaking up on you, this is the point that brides tend to start worrying about their skin and what treatments they should be using to get the best complexion they can for their big day.
These shoes were filled by me a few months back when I was the bride eagerly anticipating her big day and feeling like anything and everything I was trying on my skin was just not working.
Unfortunately I occasionally suffer from bad skin, mostly when I’m stressed or hormonal. Before I know it I can have spots appearing on my face, back and neck, not the look any bride wants if she’s intending to wear her hair up!
My first top tip that I tell all my bride-to-be’s is don’t do anything crazy, like drastically change the products your using on your skin. Instead look into antibiotic creams, and try to leave your skin alone as much as possible, you’re not doing it a favour by picking at it, and can also lead to scarring.
Stress is one of the biggest causes of bad skin, and wedding planning can be really stressful, so try and make it as manageable as possible, and have everything sorted out a couple of months before the big day, this gives you time to calm down and get excited for your wedding day, instead of stressing out about it. Make sure to treat any areas of your body that are particularly bad the same as you would your face. Exfoliate and moisturise. If you have decided to delve into using antibiotic creams, add this to the routine.
Personally I use an antibiotic differin cream at night and this helps control my skin. Morning and night I use Bioderma Sebium Foam Cleanser and moisturise my face and body with Aqueous Cream (it’s a simple non-comedogenic emollient).
Also in the morning I apply ARK’s Skin Defence Regenerating Serum. It contains lots of essential vitamins, antioxidants and lipids that regenerate and renew the skin. One of the key ingredients is Allantoin which soothes, heals and repairs damaged skin and scaring. This has helped with my leftover acne scarring.
The key to understanding your skin is to note down when you’re having a particularly bad day with it, and think about the things that you’ve been eating, drinking or going through in your life. You could start up a skin diary and this will help understand your skins behaviour better than ever.
Here are my tips for better skin
Over cleansing can strip the natural oils that your skin needs, which leads to over production of sebum, blocking pores making acne worse. Try using gentle cleansers like Bioderma Sebum control or if that’s too much opt for a hyper sensitive cleanser like Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser.
If you are having a breakout, and you are finding it hard to manage it’s time to book an option tent with your GP. Ask for Duac, it’s an antibiotic cream that breaks down comadones or Differin, this is a retinoid cream used at night that increases cell renewal and prevents pores from clogging. In extreme cases you may need antibiotics in tablet form, and be patient it won’t work over night sometimes it can take over a month for you to start seeing results but it will be worth the wait.
It’s better to keep things simple so don’t use anything that could aggravate your skin. It may be better to stick with cleansing and moisturising but an exception and one of the gentlest exfoliaters I have found and love using is Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. It’s gentle enough to use everyday and contains salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter.
Don’t be afraid of moisturising, if you don’t your sebaceous glands will have to work harder to hydrate your skin and as a result your skin may become oily and shiny. Go for a moisturiser that works with your skin.
Facials are great but if they are too indulgent it may have the opposite effect when you break out from the products and massage. Instead go for a no nonsense treatment that will help clear up acne. It’s better to book a course of 4-6 treatments as you may not see the benefit from a one off, try a course of salicylic acid peels. It removes comadones and dead skin cells.
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