Organising a wedding can be a stressful experience and can take its toll on your health and skin.
Bridal make-up artist Jules Cardozo-Marsh shares her nine tips on how to get your skin glowing and how to prevent major break outs before the big day.
1. Double cleansing is the latest beauty fad hitting the news but is it worth the extra effort? It's crucial to make sure you cleanse your skin properly regardless of whether you choose to double cleanse or not especially if you wear make-up everyday. Cleanse first by using an oil-based cleanser, which will remove dirt and make-up. Try DHC Deep Cleaning Oil. It not only hydrates the skin but contains Vitamin E which is a great antioxidant which helps repair skin cells and is essential for producing healthy collagen. Cleanse again using a cream or gel cleanser and use a muslin cloth to gently exfoliate, but do not over stimulate the skin as this will strip the skin of its natural oils leaving it feeling dry and sensitive. Liz Earle does a fabulous range of cleansers suitable for all skin types.
2. Tone or not to tone? Choosing whether to apply a toner can be a little confusing but it all boils down to personal choice. Using a toner will not damage your skin but the most important point to consider is to choose one that is alcohol free and suitable for your skin type. It can get rid of excess cleanser and oil after cleansing and helps hydrate the face. I like to use Cosmetics à la Carte Total Lift Off one-step oil free cleanser and toner, containing a natural rose fragrance.
3. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week using a gentle exfoliator which helps get rid of dead skin cells and dry and flaky skin. Exfoliating helps speed up the skin's renewal process by revealing soft, healthy skin. Do not use an abrasive exfoliator as this will damage the skin. Try using a brand such as St Ives Apricot Scrub, which is 100 per cent natural and is hypoallergenic.
4. Moisturising your skin is the most important step and you should invest wisely. Anything that soaks into your skin is absorbed into our skin cells, what ingredients are used in your daily moisturiser, which is ultimately being absorbed into your skin? You can opt for an Organic brand if you prefer but always consider your skin type. Try before you buy and don't be afraid to ask for a sample.
5. Do I need to apply a serum? Adding another step into your skincare routine may be time consuming but consider the benefits. These products are more concentrated so they are able to penetrate the skin's layers feeding it with what it needs. Serums are ideal if you have oily skin as they are mainly water based. They can address a whole host of skin concerns such as acne, redness and anti-ageing; they work on correcting the balance.
6. Facials are not only good for the skin but can even help the most stressed out bride relax. If budget allows, book a course of treatments. I would advise not to book a facial the week of your wedding just in case you have a break out. Facials get the blood pumping which is great for your circulation and they help repair skin cells creating a radiant, healthy complexion.
7. Eye treatments suitable for the tiredness of brides... cheap and cheerful are cucumber slices, which have been kept in the fridge. Apply on the morning of your wedding to reduce any puffiness. A brand favourite with celebrities is DHC Revitalising Moisture Strips. Apply under the eye and leave for 20/30 minutes.
8. Chemical peels are not for the faint hearted. They help smooth the skin and can be best suited to those suffering with acne. These peels are more abrasive than microdermabrasion and once the "chemical" has been applied the skin blisters and peels off. The "new" skin will be softer and needs to be treated accordingly, with no direct exposure to the sun. Follow the advice of your dermatologist if you are willing to undergo treatment.
9. Never underestimate the benefit of sleep in the weeks before your wedding. There are lots of products on the market to help encourage a relaxing night's sleep. Lavender is one of my favourites and wearing an eye mask can help block out any light. A relaxing bath and a cup of hot milk also work wonders.
For more information on Jules's bespoke bridal services, go to www.julescardozomarsh.com. Private lessons in her Mayfair studio are available by appointment only. Photography by The State of Grace.