Bridal Skin preparation
Updated: Jun 10
How to prepare your skin for a perfect, flawless finish?
For all my brides, I really do care for your skin and how you feel in it. Whether you have skin texture issues such as big pores or uneven skin tone accompanied by blemishes and lack of glow, here are the few steps that I encourage you to follow for a beautiful and flawless skin:
You have heard it right! This is one of the most important steps in skin-care. There is always some amount of dead skin sitting on top of your skin that makes it look dull and dry. Not only exfoliation helps you skin breathe better, but it would also help in absorbing your other skin care products much better. Hence it increases and enhances the efficiency of your expensive serums and moisturisers upto 50% more.
My favorite daily exfoliator:
Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb exfoliator(Everyday use): This is gentle enough for everyday use and is made of natural ingredients. I have been using it from years and love how gently and organic it is. You could either order from Amazon or buy it directly from the Eminence salon near your home.
GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator(Once a week) This is simply one of the best exfoliate in the market today. It's full of good ingredients and does not enlarge your pores. Your skin feels super slippery and clean after one use.
Face-wash: I am obsessed by Fresh cosmetics soy face wash at the moment. Its maintains the ph balance of your skin, making it smooth and fresh.
Growing up I never fully understood the importance of a good toner. As a professional makeup artist I exactly know why vogue kept stressing on it. First of all, it removes the extra dirt or makeup from your pores, shrinks your pores, restrores the ph balance of your face especially after cleansing (as cleansing throws off your ph balance sometimes), prevent in grown face hairs and lastly, adds moisture to your face.
My Favorite Toner:
Watermelon Glow Toner: This toner tightens the pores and leave a beautiful glow on the face.
Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Toner: I alternate my toner with this another favorite all time favorite of mine.
Serums reach the deepest layers of your skin as opposed to your creams. Hence they are equally or shall we say more important than your face moisturizers? I recommend two different types of serums-day and night.
Vitamin C: Serum prevents premature wrinkling and boosting collagen, making your skin more brighter, even-toned, plump and radiant. It's an antioxidant fighting free readicals while reparing damged skin cells from UV readiations and enviornmental damage like pollution. Finally, it prevents the formation of dark spots on your skin leading to hyperpigmentation.
Glycolic Acid: On the other hand does everything that we have discussed so far in one step. It exfoliates, brightens and peels the skin off, especially the dead skin.
Use vitamin C from Drunk elephant. Use this serum every morning before sunscreen.
Glycolic Acid from Drunk elephant. Use this every other night or if it is not too drying, use it every night.
I personally use the Virgin Marula oil from drunk elephant and swear by it's maximum hydration. Highly recommend laying it on the top of all the serums.
It's a no brainer that sunscreen is so important. It helps to protect your skin from forming brown spots leading to hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Some of the essential skin proteins such as keratin are protected if you use sunscreen. On top of all, it helps prevent skin cancer.
After trying couple of sunscreen's I have finally made peace with Goop sunscreen. Both of the sunscreen are very good from this brand. I love using it so far. However, I am keen on trying the tinted Skinceutical's sunscreen spf. 50. I have had a very good feedback on this one. Let me know how you like it?
I am really hooked on to the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped cream moisturizer and I highly recommend it. The beauty of this cream is that it can be used for day or night. Since I have a combination skin, this cream works for every skin and it does not break out my skin like the Charlotte Tilbury magic cream.
Maximum hydration(Night time): Highly recommend the "Cosmedix Opti Crystal" eye-serum for hydration, dark circles, crow's feet and wrinkles. Or you could buy the Filorga time filler cream, both are highly recommended by the best of the best in the industry. There is nothing that I have experienced more hydrating then these two eye creams for night time.
Caffeine Eye Cream(Day time): Is the most important step in makeup and skincare that people often neglect. It depuffs the eyes as well as help reduce wrinkles and dark circles. As a makeup artist, it helps when my brides have a smooth and hydrated under eyes.
I alternate this cream with The Olehenriksen bright banana eye cream.
It is so important to hydrate your lips and yet I see some brides with chapped lips. Well, your long wait is over as this is a heaven mask made for your lips. You will bless me for the rest of your life to bring this amazing mask to your attention. This winter will be your favorite one because of this buttery award winning lip mask from Lineage. It comes in various flavors and they are all subtle. https://www.sephora.com/product/lip-sleeping-mask-P420652
This face pack is my all time favorite. I have been using it from a long time and it still excites me when its face pack time:) Please use it once a week.
T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial Mask; This face pack is made out of Chick-pea's and is my favorite for two reasons. Firstly, it shrink the pores and secondly, it make your skin glow. I would prefer if you try this out at-least two weeks before we meet, to see how your skin likes it and then, the night before our appointment.
For Open pores:
(Short term solution)
If you have huge open pores, please use egg-white only mask for the day of the event, it would work wonders for that day.
(Long term solution)
Laser treatment does work wonderful for open pores, I'll be adding some of the reliable links soon regarding this problem.
Absolutely my favorite is the face toner from- Micro-current Nuface toning device. This tool helps create natural face contours as well as gives you the lymphatic massage to drain out the excess water and antioxidants when done in a certain way.
Drinking carrot juice gives you the much needed glow as well as hydration. However, please be careful with your sugar calories intake as juices tend to add up to your daily calories, especially the carbohydrates.
Cumin and Fenugreek seed water
Another miraculous drink for decreasing the swolleness in the face as well as better digestion of flushing toxins, is the cumin and fenugreek seed water soaked overnight. I drink this first thing in the morning. I guess I first came across when my doctor recommended it, but it caught my attention when celebrity-Malaika Arora reveled it as her best kept secret.
It helps flush toxins and make your skin smooth. We all know its benefits, so I will not go in details and leave it up to you...
To flush toxins and release stress, it is very important to exercise. Additionally, camera makes you gain 10 pounds, so you need to take into account how to shed the extra pounds before your wedding day.
Yoga for meditation
There is always an extra rush of anxiety on your wedding day. So, its important that you practice being calm and collected for not only your wedding day, but your life in general.
I highly recommend pranayama-the five breathing exercises or the Surya namaskar.
I would love to have a platform for my present and future brides to share and comment on the above recommendations. Please feel free to add, share or comment, I would love to hear your thought and experience using these products. I will keep updating all the products that I recommend and love:)