Wedding skincare routine

Start following my skin and haircare tips now, so you feel your best self for your wedding day

I completely understand that skincare and haircare can be overwhelming. Nowadays, particularly with social media, we are exposed to SO much product advertising and it’s hard to know what we should and shouldn’t be using to get the most from our skin and hair. Well I’m here to help guide you through some simple steps that you need to be doing in preparation of your special day. Everything I tell you will help make your makeup application and hairstyling easier, last longer and overall be more flawless because we will have a great base to work onto. I also want to empower you take some time out of your day to pamper yourself and have some ‘me time’ – skincare and haircare is a great way to do that.

If you’re doing most of these already, then great job! I will be releasing a new blog post soon with advice of ways to elevate your existing skin and haircare routines soon.

Photography by Molly Georgia Photography

Let’s start with Skincare…

Double Cleanse

Cleansing your skin is super important, it helps remove any impurities/dirt/makeup from the day. It also unclogs your pores to help prevent acne and blackheads from forming. Cleansers don’t have to be expensive – at the end of the day you will just be washing it off your face so you don’t need to spend a fortune. I also don’t recommend solely relying on ingredients such as acids (salicylic/glycolic/lactic etc..) in cleansers to improve your skin. These are great to be used in moisturisers/serums that have the time to sink into the skin. However as a cleanser is going to be washed off after a couple of minutes, your skin doesn’t have the time to see the benefit of these ingredients. Stick with a simple, gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser. If you can, I highly recommend double cleansing your skin. Personally, I love to use a oil/balm cleanser first like The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm. This balm is brilliant at melting your makeup and SPF off your skin and deeply cleaning into your pores. I then go in with a gentle cleanser (like one of the ones mentioned above) to firstly, remove the initial balm cleanser, but secondly, go in for a deeper cleanse. Each cleanser should be massaged into the skin for around 1 minute and then removed with lukewarm water. All of the cleansers mentioned are suitable for all skin types.

Makeup artist recommended cleansers

Moisturise your skin – yes even if you have oily skin!

Moisturising is a fundamental skincare step that is going to help your skin, whatever your skin type. A moisturiser will bring hydration to dull, dry and sensitive skin, but it will also help reduce oil production if you have oily skin. If you deprive your skin of a moisturiser, your skin cells will work overtime to produce oils to balance out the dehydration. This is where, if you have oily skin, you become even more oily because your skin is trying to correct itself.

There are different types of moisturisers for different skin types. If you have dry/sensitive skin look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, shea butter, oat or squalane. All of these ingredients help to attract moisture (hyaluronic acid and squalane) or are emollients that soften the skin (shea butter, oat or ceramides). Stay away from heavily alcohol-infused formulas and too many fragrances as these can further dry out or irritate the skin. A few of my favourites are: Tropic Skin Re-leaf Moisturiser (suitable for normal to dry and sensitive skin), Cerave Moisturising Cream (suitable for very dry, eczema-prone skin), Medik 8 Daily Radiance Vitamin C Cream (I absolutely love this range and if you are in a position to treat yourself to a bit of luxury, I highly recommend this).

If you have oily skin, you want to be looking for moisturisers that are in a gel, lightweight consistency. Stay away from phrases such as ‘nourishing’ and ‘repairing’ as these tend to be thicker in formula. Avoid ingredients such as shea butter or oils that may clog the pores. Some of my favourite lightweight/gel moisturisers are: Tropic Fresh Waves Moisturiser (silicone-free formula that contains antioxidants to help prevent breakouts and skin clarity), Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser (lightweight gel formula that doesn’t clog pores) and La Roche-Posay Effacular MAT moisturiser (mattifying moisturiser to help with excessive shine).

If you class your skin as relatively normal or combination and don’t have any allergies or sensitivities, you don’t have to be too picky with your moisturiser choice. A few ingredients that will elevate your moisturiser are SPF 50, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid – these ingredients benefit any skin type. As long as you find a moisturiser that works for you and you consistently use it, your skin will thank you for it.

Start wearing SPF (sun cream) everyday

SPF is one of those things that we associate with sunny days and going outside, but the reality is, we need to be wearing it everyday -even when it’s cloudy and raining! SPF acts as a barrier to the skin and protects it from harmful UV rays and some can protect you from free-radicals in the air such as pollution and dirt that can clog your pores. Without using an SPF, the majority of your skincare routine becomes pointless. You need that final barrier to lock-in your previous skincare and protect you throughout the day.

You should be applying SPF in the morning after cleansing/toning/moisturiser and then reapplying throughout the day every few hours. There are now lots of spray sun creams and even some powder ones that make applying throughout the day even easier – they can even be applied over makeup. Here are some SPFs that I recommend: Tropic Sun Day UV Defence (lightweight, kind to skin and hydrating formula), La Roche-Posay Anthelios Oil Control Gel SPF (lightweight mineral sunscreen to help protect from pollution as well as UV rays) and Sun Bum SPF Face Lotion (lightweight, non-pore clogging formula with a dewy finish).

Now onto Haircare…

Perfect your washing technique

Perfecting the method of washing your hair can help improve its overall condition. How often you wash your hair will be determined by your hair type, but you shouldn’t need to wash your hair everyday. Excessive shampooing can strip your scalp of it’s natural oils, making it over-compensate and produce more oil. Equally, only washing your hair once a week/even less often can cause a build up of product and dirt in your scalp which isn’t healthy for your hair. Washing your hair between twice and three times a week is generally enough.

You want to find products that are suitable for the overall goal you would like with your hair. For example: if you have coloured hair look for products labelled to help protect coloured hair, if you have dry/damaged hair you want to find products that are labelled as nourishing or repairing. If you lead a particularly active lifestyle or a more oily scalp, and have to wash your hair more regularly, opt for a mild daily products that aren’t going to dry out the hair. This Grüum shampoo bar is very mild and has minimal ingredients so is best for more regular use.

When physically washing your hair, focus the shampoo on the scalp as apposed to the hair length. The scalp is the area that you need to cleanse to ensure the hair grows healthily. You can then let the rest of the shampoo fall down the length of your hair – this is less damaging as over-shampooing can dry the hair out and cause it to become coarse, dull and fly-away-prone. Focus the conditioner through the ends of the hair – placing conditioner through the scalp or top of the hair can lead it to look limp or greasy.

Treat your hair

I think sometimes we forget to treat our hair as we can be consumed in the world of skincare. Having regular treatments on our hair can be such a lovely way to relax and help our minds, as well as helping our scalp. I recommend setting aside one ‘hair pampering day’ a month to focus on a treatment with your hair.

Choose a treatment to help your hair concern. For example, if you have a dry scalp/coarse hair, opt for a deep conditioning treatment that can help hydrate and soothe your scalp and hair. Ingredients such as ceramides, peptides, aloe vera and oils are great for nourishing the scalp. This The Ordinary Multi-Peptide serum can help promote healthier hair growth and fuller, more nourished looking hair. For an oily scalp choose an exfoliating treatment that can remove excess oil and impurities from the hair. Ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid and witch hazel can help. Try The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment. If you have a relatively normal scalp, opt for a lightly conditioning treatment to rejuvenate your scalp and add shine, for healthy looking hair. I like this Olaplex Strong Start Hair Kit. If you want to get into a new routine to improve the strength and condition of your hair, this is a great way to try lots of different products without breaking the bank.

Eat your way to healthy hair

Nutrition can play a big part in promoting healthy hair and skin. There is only so much topical treatments can do so we need to fuel our bodies with a healthy diet and lifestyle to promote healthy hair. Having a diet rich in greens, eggs, berries, avocados, fish, nuts and seeds are great for our hair. If you find it hard to fit these into your diet, taking targeted supplements can also improve the condition of your hair. Look for hair-friendly ingredients like biotin, folic acid, Vitamins D, A, C, E, H, B12, Omega 3, 6, 9 and amino acids like cysteine, methionine and lysine. You shouldn’t solely rely on supplements but they can be a good way to boost your intake of vitamins and proteins that help hair growth and strength.

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