Wedding Wednesday | Skin StuffWednesday, April 13, 2016
Who doesn’t want glowing skin for their wedding? I certainly do! If you don’t have perfect skin, that’s where makeup comes in, but of course you want your skin to be the best it can be.
Aside from staying hydrated, eating well, getting regular facials and a special treatment or two, here are a few products I’ve been using on my skin in preparation for the big day:
Cleanse:I typically do a double cleanse every night, whether or not I wore makeup that day. I always start with cleansing oil. Right now I am using the Deep Cleansing Oil that I picked up in Japan from the brand DHC. It is gentle to use and removes all the makeup & dirt from the skin. I usually use a separate eye makeup remover to get off leftover mascara and shadow.
Phase two of my cleanse involves the Clarisonic. I have fallen back in love with this device since I discovered the dual brush head packs last fall. Essentially, it’s a brush head twin pack but instead of having two of the same brushes, you get two different ones. I am loving the Hydrate & Glow combo. It is a Radiance Brush Head to slough off the dead skin cells and the Cashmere Brush Head for a gentle massage.
Exfoliate:Exfoliators are a great way to instantly smooth the skin, plus it really helps your skincare out. I tend to alternate between a physical and a chemical exfoliant. I will always love the Clinque 7 Day Scrub Cream—it is fairly gentle for a scrub and it works well. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel is my favourite quick & easy chemical exfoliant. I don’t like how much alcohol they include in the product because it adds quite a strong scent, but the mix of AHA and BHA can improve uneven skin tone.
Toner:I love a good spray on, alcohol-free toner. Lately, I’ve been using the Fresh Rose Water Toner. While I don’t find it extraordinary, it does give my skin a slight boost and I do enjoy the refreshing rose scent. I also really like the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray, it is half the price & it feels wonderful and hydrating on the skin.
Treatments:I have a tendency to get dark spots from blemishes, so I've been using Retin-A regularly. Retin-A is heavy duty stuff, it's great for dark spots, blemish-prone skin, and evening out your skin tone. It's also a great anti-aging product, it helps plump up the skin. Of course, SPF is a must with this product, just be sure to skip the sunscreen-based products on the big day.
Masks are a great, too. I've been using the Chantecaille Jasmine & Lily Healing Mask and it's really hydrating on the skin. It does not have any anti-aging properties, but it keeps my skin hydrated overnight and supple in the morning. If hydration isn't what you're looking for, there are tons of other ones out there to target a specific concern.
I've been using tried and true loves... It's never really a good time to experiment with new skincare products before a special occasion.
What are your favourite skincare things? x