Five ways to achieve clear skin at home
06 Sep 2019
We've got five simple steps to get clear smooth skin ahead of your big day from the comfort of your own home
After all the planning, booking and organising, the last thing you want is breakouts and problem skin on the lead up to your wedding.
Patricia Boland, skin specialist and product developer at Colorescience, says: “A lot of brides want their skin to be luminous and have a natural dewy complexion so they don’t need loads of make-up on the day.
"In order to achieve this, start your skin prep eight weeks before your big day. The later you leave it, the more stressed you will become as you will have less time to treat any skin issues on top of other wedding responsibilities you hold. Avoid introducing new products as this may react badly causing red, flaky skin.”
However, you don’t need to splash out on the latest treatments to help your skin.
“A weekly intense hydration mask will help you achieve plump, youthful and healthy skin and will reduce fine lines and wrinkles made worse by dehydration”, Patricia explains. “Make sure you either apply sunscreen at the end of your skincare routine in the morning or incorporate make-up with a high SPF to protect your skin. Finally, use a natural face oil and work it firmly in small circles upwards and outwards over your face. Do this daily before you go to sleep to allow the ingredients to settle into your skin, this will add glow and define the face contours.”
Weekly Intense Hydration Mask
Your skin needs to look and feel revitalised as opposed to dehydrated. This is not be confused with dry skin, which is down to a lack of oil, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water in the skin. Low levels if moisture can give you a dull complexion, increase fine lines and wrinkles, and even cause sensitivity and irritation. This affects every type, even oily skin. A weekly intense hydration mask will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that are exacerbated by dehydration and leave you with plump, youthful and healthy skin.
Brides tend to forget about their arms, legs and chest during their bridal skin prep. All eyes are on you during your big day, so you need to reduce any existing or potential dry patches. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate, this will break down the dry patches and make your skin supple and a sponge for moisture.
Sun damage will undo all your hard work and you can be affected more easily than you think. Dull, lackluster skin and dark spots can all be a result of UV rays. Either apply sunscreen at the end of your skincare routine in the morning or incorporate makeup with a high SPF to protect your skin. If you are wishing for a slightly sun kissed and bronzed look for your big day then gradually build in a bronzed moisturiser about three days before your wedding. This will give time for your colour to adapt into a beautiful and natural subtle tan.
Exfoliate and Moisturise Your Body
Use a chemical exfoliation product, whether in a wash or lotion that has AHA or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) to break down dead cells on the top layer of the skin, doing this daily allows further penetration of the moisturiser you apply. Do not exfoliate with hand held sponge scrubs as these often remove living cells as well which cause damage to the skin.
Achieving A Dewy Look
Use a natural face oil and work firmly in small circles upwards and outwards over your face. By using the knuckles of your index and middle fingers, work along the jawline and use the heels of your hands to press and hold under the cheekbones. Do this daily before you go to sleep to allow the ingredients to settle into your skin, this will give the skin an incredible quality and glow whilst defining the face contours.