We all want to look drop-dead gorgeous on our wedding day (of course!), and having that picture-perfect effervescent skin is such a big part of that! But if you have problem areas, or you’re unsure about prepping your skin beforehand, it can be overwhelming to think about how to take care of your skin for the big day; including what treatments you should book, and what products you should be using. We are so glad to have local wedding professional, Madi Leigh Artistry, as a guest on our blog, sharing her bridal skincare tips and tricks as a makeup artist and esthetician.
Bridal Skincare Basics
Four things you can start doing today to get your skin on the right track:
Ditch Those Makeup Wipes
Not only are makeup removing wipes really harsh on your skin, but they create a lot of waste for our planet. I recommend double cleansing at the end of each day to remove makeup and sunscreen. Start with your favourite makeup removing cleanser and a microfibre towel (I recommend the Mega Purifying Cleanser from Glymed Plus). Once the surface makeup is removed, follow with a second cleanse using an active cleanser (such as Gentle Face Wash from Glymed Plus).
Don’t Over Wash Your Skin
As important as it is to cleanse and exfoliate, it’s just as essential to insure you’re not over cleansing or over exfoliating your skin. Overcleansing can result in a compromised skin barrier causing itchiness, dryness, sensitivity and acne. Stick to a simple routine, cleanse in the morning, double cleanse at night, and don’t use an exfoliator more than twice a week.
Everyone needs moisturizer, even if you have oily skin! Keeping the skin hydrated is the key to maintaining a healthy skin barrier, preventing wrinkles and sagging, and healing blemishes. Most people believe that if their skin is oily or prone to acne, that the best action is to dry out the skin by not applying a moisturizer. This can actually make the oiliness worse and can prevent breakouts from healing properly. I
recommend using a moisturizer twice daily or more as needed. (I recommend the Comfort Cream, Oxygen Treatment Cream, or Daily Repair Mega Moisture Cream from Glymed Plus)
Sunscreen is the Key to Life!
If you’ve ever wanted to know the secret to keeping your youth, here it is. 95% of premature aging is caused by sun exposure! SPF is the most important step in any skin care routine. It should be worn every day no matter the weather or if it’s cloudy, and preferably reapplied every 2 hours to maintain its potency. Some favourite sunscreens of mine are the Tuel Daily Protect lotion and the Glymed Plus Environmental Protection Gel.
Before The Wedding
Treatments Leading up to your Wedding Day
With so many treatments out there it can be hard to know where to start! At Madi Leigh Artistry I make it easy by offering free consultations to all of my clients.
When in doubt, starting with a monthly custom glow facial is a great place to start. In my custom glow facial we cover all the bases and are able to properly assess the skin for future treatments. The custom glow facial is appropriate for all skin types and is safe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
I recommend starting skincare treatments as early as possible before your wedding, but it’s never too late to get started! Dermaplaning is also a great treatment for Brides as it removes the surface layer of Vellus hair (Peach Fuzz) and dead skin, making the
skin smooth and the perfect canvas under makeup. As with any new treatment or skincare products I recommend trying them out well before your wedding date to avoid any stress should you have an allergic reaction to any products or treatment.
Day Of The Wedding
Good Skincare Practices for The Day-Of
You’ve made it to your special day! Some makeup artists like myself will apply some skincare or offer skincare packages before your makeup application, however if yours doesn’t here’s what I recommend for the morning of your special day!
Make sure to cleanse the skin using a gentle cleanser. If your skin is feeling flaky, dull or dry you can use a light scrub or a hydrating mask such as a sheet mask to revive tired skin and provide a burst of moisture. If you’re feeling puffy, cool jade facial rollers are a lifesaver! They can be used around the cheekbones, eye area and jaw line to sculpt the face and reduce inflammation and puffiness. I wouldn’t use any skincare that you haven’t used beforehand to ensure no reactions are present. Follow up this simple routine with a light moisturizer and your skin is prepped for your big day!
Follow all these great bridal skincare tips to to have your skin glowing on your wedding day and looking picture-perfect! (On top of the already-present “I’m getting married today” beautiful glow you’ll be wearing that morning too!)
All products mentioned including sheet masks and jade rollers are available for purchase at the Madi Leigh Artistry Studio. To book a complimentary skin consultation or to book an appointment, please visit my website www.mlartistry.ca
Tips from the Pros
Madi Leigh Artistry
Madi Leigh has been a makeup artist for close to 8 years, servicing a countless number of brides throughout Calgary and the RockyMountains. She owns and operates her Clinical Esthetics business from her AHS approved and fully licensed home based studio.