I feel like the British Summer (or any summer) is otherwise known as ‘Wedding Season’.
Last year it was my own and if there is one event that I wanted my skin to glow…it was my wedding day. (You may think the main image is odd but they were actually a cute wedding gift so I wanted to feature them 🙂 )
However I wasn’t going to make the lead up to the day, a testing period of every ‘glow-promising’ product under the sun.
About 3 months before was when I got into a regimented routine, but nothing crazy. I’m talking: cleanser, morning & evening serum/treatment, moisturiser, eye cream. That’s it. What I hear more and more when listening to dermatologists is that having a consistent routine or system works. And brands know this which is why you see Clinique, Paula’s Choice, Dermalogica, Proactiv etc all with systems of 3+ steps. Now I’m not loyal to one brand and I think you can mix up products from different brands to achieve the results you want.
My focus is clarity most of the time and 3 months before the wedding was when I discovered The Ordinary’s Niacinamide & Zinc serum. This gave me my clarity and so that was firmly in the morning serum/treatment category.
If hydration is your thing because you’re dry, then your treatment might be reaching for a product with hyaluronic acid.
If it’s brightness, then vitamin c could be your go-to.
For cleanser, I didn’t use anything too stripping, oily or heavy. I stuck with my milky cleanser morning and evening and if necessary used it twice in the evening: once to remove makeup, once to cleanse skin.
Evening serum/treatment, I alternated between a retinol and an acid to make sure I was consistently exfoliating skin without using anything too abrasive or physical.
Moisturiser- again sticking with a gently, fragrance free, not-too-heavy option.
Cleanser– La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser
Morning serum– The Ordinary Niacinamide and Zinc
Night treatment– Pixi Pads (don’t currently have so included the Nip & Fab which are just as good) / The Ordinary Retinol / The Ordinary Vitamin C / Dif
Moisturiser– Bioderma Sensibio Light (not pictured)
Masks: Fresh Rose / Fresh Black Tea
And THAT WAS IT.
I got my skin in a really happy, calm place.
I didn’t get any professional treatments done as I didn’t have a major concern. If this is the case for you, I’d recommend seeing a dermatologist/facialist at least 6 months in advance.
Avoid starting new products or treatments right before the wedding- you don’t want to risk a nasty reaction!
The night before the wedding I did exactly the same routine but used a hydrating mask as well as the morning off. This was really to make skin nice and plump as well as smooth for applying makeup.
I’d love to know how other people prepped for their big day!