Four affordable wedding skincare resolutions

21 Feb 2017

Want to overhaul your skincare regime ahead of your wedding day? Here's how to do it without breaking the bank

You’ll want to look like the best version of yourself at your wedding. It’s likely you’ve been making mood boards of beauty inspiration and have booked a trial with every make-up artist you could find. If so, you’ve made a great start, but your skin needs to be in great condition to get the most out of your makeover on the day.

To help, here's a list of affordable skincare resolutions to make as your wedding approaches. To ensure you’re glowing when you say “I do”, read on to find out more.

1. Clean your make-up brushes

Devising an effective skincare routine is important, but your face won’t see the benefits if you’re applying make-up with dirty brushes every day. Therefore, it’s wise to wash them once a week.

Simply rinse your brushes, massage them with brush cleaner or baby shampoo, and rinse again. You may have to repeat the process a couple of times for each brush before the water runs clear. If you want to ensure you do a thorough job, you can pick up a Real Techniques brush cleansing palette from Boots, which will help.

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating is an important step in any skincare routine. It gets rid of dead skin cells, brightening and improving the texture of your skin. It also helps other products – moisturisers and serums, for example –to sink into your skin much more easily.

There are two main types of exfoliator: chemical exfoliants and scrubs. Traditional exfoliants, or scrubs, contain particles that physically slough off any dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, are gaining popularity, as they can penetrate much deeper and clean out your pores more effectively.

If you would like to try a chemical exfoliant, Nip and Fab has a whole range of Glycolic Fix products, which work incredibly well.

3. Use a specialised face mask regularly

It’s easy to make the mistake of using a new face mask the night before a big event, only to wake up to find it hasn’t agreed with your skin. So, avoid this common nightmare by using a face mask regularly in the lead-up to your wedding.

It’s best to choose one that will deal with your specific skin complaints, and it’s wise to opt for one that’s gentle. The Sweet Cecily’s Pink Clay Face Mask, which you can pick up from Millbry Hill, is ideal as it’s formulated for sensitive skin and has been handmade using organic ingredients.

4. Don't forget about your body

While you’re washing, exfoliating, and applying masks to your face, give your body some TLC, too. Your arms and legs will need to be exfoliated and moisturised to look their best - especially during the colder months. So, invest some time into helping your body glow, as well.

Body scrubs and butters will serve you well, as long as you use them correctly. Rub exfoliator over your arms and legs in circular motions, and apply moisturiser no longer than 10 minutes after you get out of the shower to lock in as much moisture as possible.

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