Wedding Makeup :: Skincare Basics

The first step towards perfect wedding makeup is a great skincare regimen. Don’t have one? Well, get on it! Taking care of your skin is one of the best things you can do for yourself. And you don’t have to spend a ton of money if you don’t want to. A product from a drugstore is better than no product at all!! A few general need-to-knows:

  • ALWAYS wear sunscreen. Trust me. It’s non-negotiable and you’ll thank me later.
  • Drink plenty of water, you don’t have to create glow when your skin already has it.
  • Don't stress. I know, it's hard not to right now. But you will see that stress in your complexion.
  • Buy the right products for your skin. If your skin is dry, chances are you won’t need an anti-acne facewash. This is why I personally prefer to shop for skincare and cosmetics in a department store. Then you have the benefit of salespeople who are trained on products and know what will work best for your skin and can recommend products you may not have thought to try.

A typical processes for skin care involves many, many steps. It goes a little something like this…

  1. Cleanse
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Tone
  4. Treat
  5. Moisturize
  6. Eyes

Who’s got time for all that? BTW, this should be done morning and night! And, believe me, I do not always practice what I preach. But, here are the steps I never skip!

Cleanse
Cleanser is a vital first step in your skin journey. If you aren’t cleansing properly oil, dirt and makeup will clog your pores and cause acne. No thank you! For me personally, this is the only product in my arsenal that never changes. Find a product that you like and works well for your skin!

What to skip: Toner, it’s kind of an outdated product as many cleansers have a toner built in. If you have very oily or acne prone skin, however, a toner helps to balance the ph in your skin and should not be skipped!
Bonus: Use an exfoliator once or twice a week after cleansing. (More is not better here. Over exfoliating will strip your skin and cause it to over produce oil.) Our skin is constantly regenerating its cells and that’s fantastic, but it could always use some help! Exfoliating those dead skin cells away will keep your freshest face forward!

Moisturize
Your skin needs hydration. Plain and simple. That’s what keeps it looking young and beautiful! It’s best to moisturize after cleansing because product absorbs deeper when the skin is still slightly damp. I prefer to keep it simple with my moisturizer and add treatment serums to combat my individual problem areas. But, you can definitely find a multi-tasking product to eliminate that step! Remember, get one with SPF for the daytime and oil-free if you are acne prone. And, do not believe that you don’t need to moisturize if you have oily skin, the right product will help balance that!

Bonus: Add an eye treatment if you can! Eyes boast the thinnest skin on your entire face and are the first to show signs of aging. A little eye cream can certainly help with that! Don’t be alarmed by the price tag, eye creams usually last about 6 months because you need so little!

And most important of all...do not make changes to your skin care routine in the months before your wedding. Your skin takes a while to adapt to new products and you don't want to upset it during this crucial time!

That’s my overview on taking care of your skin prior to the big day, stay tuned…we are talking foundation next time!!

With all that Life has to offer,

Molly