It's that time of year again! That period from about November to April where it's all tulle, tiaras, tantrums, teas, tuxedos, tears and til death do us part - it's wedding season. If you're not preparing for your own nuptials, chances are you're getting ready for somebody else's.
Although I won't be getting married until next year, this season, I'll be attending three and counting. For brides-to-be, it's a good chance to gauge trends in make-up, hair and fashion but one thing that's never out of style is a clear complexion. And because it's never too early to begin your wedding prep, I caught up with Adore Beauty Skin Centre therapist, Kristina, for some valuable advice.
She recommends getting professionally analysed 12 months out, so you can individually tailor a plan as to when treatments should be and what sort of products to use at home.
"It gives you enough time to discover what works best for you," Kristina says. "It usually takes about three months to see the FULL effect of a completely new regime."
Here's what we recommend if your skin is...
OILY AND PRONE TO BREAK-OUTS
You need to be using a good cleanser that's going to mop up your skin's excess oil without stripping it. Look for a gel formulation with lactic acid or a gentle foam, like Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Foaming Cleanser.
If your breakouts are large, red, sore and whitehead-free, try vitamin A to help kill off bacteria.
Make sure to keep your skin hydrated with a good moisturiser that isn't too thick. For very oily skin, a hydrating serum like Medik8 b5 serum, can be used instead.
A cleanser with some lactic acid is a good start; gel consistency in particular is great for this sort of skin.
You tend to get little lumps and bumps under the skin, plus blackheads. Combat those nasties with a daily exfoliant in a serum form, looking for products with some salicylic and even niacinamide to help even out the tone and texture.
It's important to keep your complexion hydrated, so a light moisturiser like Dermalogica Active Moist, with its watery consistency, is ideal.
DEHYDRATED AND PREMATURELY-AGED
Go for a milky cleanser, especially one that contains lactic acid to help give you that bright, healthy complexion with even tone.
Combat pigmentation with Ultraceuticals' Brightening Serum, renowned for its exfoliating ingredients that block further damage.
Lastly, moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!! A nice thick one with a butter base (like shea) will nourish your skin, leaving you looking nice and dewy.
IN NEED OF A HERO
Don't miss Ultraceuticals Energizing Mask. It can be left on overnight and even used under the eye area, to brighten up your peepers. You'll get that beautiful glow you want on your big day - what more could a bride ask for?!
"Remember, 80% of your skincare results come from what you do at home," Kristina stresses. "There's no point going into the salon for treatments if you're not doing the up-keep before and after."
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