Get Gorgeous Wedding Day Skin

Article Published: Monday 10th February, 2014 - 12:09pm

In an online special, professional make-up artist Victoria Penrose offers her expert advice on how to prime your skin to achieve its beautiful best right in time for W-Day...

"Everything that will benefit the condition of your skin in the run up to your wedding can be incorporated in your normal routine at little expense. All of my advice for looking after your skin needs to follow on from a good routine that involves cleansing, toning and the removal of makeup, which I will go into detail in a follow up article.

Of course everyone's skin is different. I can only advise for a general 'normal' skin type - for any extreme skin problems or conditions it's best to seek advice from a dermatologist. Firstly, skin has to be open to accepting products, therefore dead skin cells have to be removed from the top layer of skin. This needs to be done with an exfoliant.

A good gentle cream exfoliant is Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream, it's gentle and can be used often. Massage a small amount into circles on damp skin and pat dry (never rub). This means the skin has lost the dead layer and is more susceptible to hydration. After exfoliating, you need to moisturise well. Obviously there are many options for night creams for all skin types and it is something that you have to research through in-store testers or even from online reviews. I know my skin goes through a lot of wear and tear, so I appreciate thick moisturisers that really nourish.

Clarins Extra Firming Rejuvenating Night Cream is creamy and smells beautiful and balances intense moisture without feeling greasy. Work a light layer  into your skin, avoiding the eye area.

Eye Cream is a must have. This is due to moisturisers usually being too heavy for the thin skin under the eyes, so products can build-up and cause bags. I recommend Simple Regenerating Age Resisting Eye Cream. Using your ring finger, pat a small amount of eye cream from the inner eye gently out to the outer corners. This also helps lymph drainage for bags and dark circles.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask can be used in place of your moisturiser. Apply in a thick layer once a week. It will take a few minutes to sink in but you will not need to wash it off. The Hyloronic Acid and fruit enzymes
work to take off a fine layer of dead skin and then really plump up and nourish the skin below. In the morning your face is bright and dewy. In the mornings wash your face in cold water with your morning cleanser and pat dry. It is a must that you use a day creams with a high SPF.

Protect your skin from from the sun's rays, external irritants and pollution with Estée Lauder's SPF Day Wear UV Base. It is also a great light layer to help foundation stay in place, alongside primers (which I will discuss in another article!)

Remember to drink more water than you think you need, eat lots of colour in your foods - especially berries - and SLEEP!"