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I cannot stress enough how essential your skincare routine is to achieve a flawless make-up application. No matter how good the make-up artist is, make-up that is applied to skin that hasn’t been properly cared for and prepped well will not look its best!

Everyone, whether you’re a bride to be or not, should keep a good skincare routine. This means cleansing, toning and moisturising morning and night!!

Make sure you are taking your make-up off thoroughly before you go to bed using a proper cleanser and not just a face-wipe. Your skin needs to be able to breathe and keeping on your make-up while you sleep only clogs pores causing spots and blackheads.

Exfoliation is a vital part of your pre-wedding skincare routine. Make-up that is applied to dry, dehydrated skin can look patchy because it clings to areas where dead skin cells are. Skin that hasn’t been properly exfoliated can also look dull and lifeless. As a bride, on your wedding day you want to look healthy and radiant! I recommend purchasing exfoliating pads such as First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads – these are great and can also be used on sensitive skin. These pads (like most) are pre-soaked in lactic and glycolic acids to dissolve dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. This helps to give a brighter appearance to the skin. You may also want to purchase a facial scrub to get rid of those annoying peely patches! Make sure you get a scrub with finely milled exfoliants so it’s not too harsh on the skin. If your skin is really sensitive I would recommend to skip the scrub and to use a muslin cloth instead. When cleansing your skin use a muslin cloth, soaked in warm water, in circular motions, focusing on those dry patches.

Skin often gets de-hydrated due to many factors such as weather, environmental and lifestyle conditions and therefore is so important to moisturise your skin. If your skin is dry you can afford to have a heavier moisturiser such as Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense. For oily skin you will want something lighter and oil-free such as Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel (I personally use this moisturiser and absolutely love it!!). You also may want to consider getting a hydrating facial mask that you can apply once a week to keep your skin in tip-top condition!

Keep lips looking soft by applying a good quality lip balm. My favourite one to use on my brides is Lucas Paw Paw cream. It really moisturises and soothes lips and not to mention it smells great! You can also use it for other skin irritations such as sunburn and eczema. If your lips get really dry it may also be worth getting a lip scrub. Lush does a great one that is made from sugar – so you can have a sweet treat as well as great lips!

Make sure you’re drinking enough water! Aim for at least 2 litres a day – buy a bottle that you can refill and keep it on you, taking sips throughout the day. It’s easier than you think! And no, tea/coffee/soft drinks do not count!! Also watch what your eating – poor diets with high amounts of sugar, alcohol and junk food will lead to a poor complexion and no amount of skincare will change that! A bad diet can cause breakouts, redness, dark circles and puffy eyes. Opt for a more “clean eating” diet and foods with lots of essential fatty acids such as salmon, nuts and avocado, to promote healthy glowing skin.

It can be a good idea to get regular facials leading up to your wedding day. Go to a good beauty therapist who can recommend the right treatments for your skin type and needs. Don’t decide to have a facial anything less than 2 weeks before you’re wedding though – skin treatments can release toxins from your skin causing you to break out and you don’t want to have to deal with unnecessary spots on your big day!

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