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The Questions I Get Asked the Most About Bridal Skincare as an Aesthetician

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If there’s one thing that’s surprised me about my first year as a practicing esthetician, it’s the seasonality of it.

Sure, there are the same evergreen concerns and questions: How do I get rid of my acne scars? How can I prevent wrinkles? Should I be using retinol?

But it’s been interesting to observe the progression from queries about post-summer deep cleansing to winter rehydration, and most recently, the big one: How do I prep my skin for a wedding?

Interestingly, this one doesn’t just come from brides. I’ve had grooms, guests, bridesmaids, and mothers-of-the-brides booking in for everything from courses of facials to my skincare routine coaching, in which I overhaul clients’ homecare routines. No matter where your place in the wedding party, having bright, glowy skin on the big day seems to be at the top of everyone’s agenda. 

I’m fortunately well prepared to help my bridal clients in their quests because I am myself getting married this year. In fact, I’ve spent the past few months living and breathing my very own master plan to achieve my best skin ever in time for my wedding date. 

I’ve upgraded my supplement routine, invested in a Stanley cup (in the hope that it’ll force me to drink more water), committed to using my LED mask every single day and my ZIIP microcurrent device as frequently as I can, and my skincare routine consists of a lineup of my tried-and-tested favourites.

The goal is to really ramp up hydration in order to have fresh, glowy skin on the day, to do everything I can to eliminate my acne scarring and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and to sculpt and de-puff my face as much as I possibly can. Oh, and the big one, keep my skin as clear as possible.

As someone who’s lived with breakouts for almost their entire life (I had severe acne for about 15 years), my biggest fear is waking up to a breakout on my wedding day. I’m doing everything I can to make it impossible, but I also know that products, treatments, and devices alone aren’t enough to keep spots at bay. Stress and lack of sleep are some of the biggest triggers for breakout-prone skin, and, unfortunately, come hand-in-hand with planning a wedding. 

I’m trying not to get too in my head about it, and if it happens, I’m in the great hands of an amazing makeup artist, who I’m sure, will have an arsenal of spot-concealing tricks to fall back on.

The pressure to look absolutely perfect is something that is hard to escape from. After all, that is the traditional wedding trope – a fits-like-a-glove dress, a fairytale venue, and flawless skin.

It’s for this reason that my bridal clients are some of my most committed and loyal clients. They book their six-weekly facials months in advance, follow their routine plan to a T, and actually listen when I explain just how important it is to wear SPF every day.

The hardest part? Managing their expectations. 

 

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While I will do everything in my power to help them feel confident and comfortable in their skin on their wedding day, I also have to remind them that things like lifestyle and diet will impact their skin, that skincare products and treatments can only do so much, and that, ultimately, skin will always have texture and pores.

In a perfect world, a bridal client would start coming to see me about a year before the wedding. But no matter how far in advance of the date we are, the first thing I recommend is to strip their routine back to basics and focus on rehydrating their skin and strengthening their skin barrier.

From there, we can add in active ingredients that will help to address their specific concerns—be that enlarged pores, lines and wrinkles, breakouts, pigmentation, or dullness. 

My second piece of advice is to book in for regular facials – not only for the more advanced level of skincare, but for the consistency of advice and guidance they’ll get from having me by their side in the lead-up to the wedding. 

And finally, invest in some skincare tech. If they’re booking in for advanced facials that feature the likes of microcurrent, LED light therapy, or radio frequency, then even with a lower-level home device they can maximise results by maintaining treatment in-between facials.

When I ask my bridal clients what their goals and concerns are, they’re all very much in line with my own. ‘Glowy’, ‘fresh’, ‘radiant’, and ‘glass-like’ and the words I hear most frequently when I sit down with brides for a pre-wedding consultation.

It makes sense, given that brides these days are eschewing the traditional heavy-duty, matte makeup looks in favour of a lighter, more natural-looking aesthetic that enhances rather than masks their features. 

Fortunately, this month’s latest skincare launches really are all about radiant skin…

 

11 new skincare launches for glowing pre-wedding skin

 

CurrentBody Skin Anti-Blemish LED Face Mask

I always recommend investing in an LED mask that combines both red and blue light, especially if breakouts and pores are among a client’s skin concerns. This new launch from CurrentBody features an impressive number of lights (132) for the affordable price point (£299).

 

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Overnight Eye Serum

Not only soothing, cooling, and hydrating (the perfect antidote to puffy eyes), but an independent clinical trail found that 100% of users saw an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles and just two weeks of use.

 

Sisley Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Age Fresh Gel Cream

An investment, granted, but if there ever was a time worth investing in your skin, it’s pre-wedding. The multitasking gel-cream moisturiser helps with everything from enhancing firmness and reducing wrinkles to giving skin a radiant glow.

 

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Resurfacing Dream Serum

This is a new launch, but the reviews are already incredibly impressive. Ideal for targeting uneven tone and texture, this gently exfoliating serum works while you sleep to smooth and brighten skin.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Face Self-Tanning Drops

To tan or not to tan? Another question I’m frequently asked by bridal clients. If you do decide to get a spray tan, my top advice is to avoid having it on your face. Use tanning drops instead, and ensure they’re ones you’ve used plenty of times before in the lead-up to the wedding.

I personally will be using these ones – a few drops mixed into moisturiser gives an even, sunkissed glow (and no breakouts).

 

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Image – Charlotte Tilbury

 

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Hue Drops

If you opt not to tan at all, tinted drops like these can help to temporarily enhance your complexion on your wedding day instead. The makeup-skincare hybrid uses niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to brighten and hydrate, while a sheer bronzed tint adds a subtle warmth.

 

Naturium Fermented CamelliaCreamy Cleansing Oil

Cleanser may not directly impact your skin’s glow like a serum or moisturiser does, but it certainly has an incremental indirect effect. This gentle oil-gel formula is perfect for removing makeup, SPF, and stubborn impurities, without stripping or irritating sensitive skin.

 

Comfort Zone Sublime Skin Intensive Serum

Designed to have a natural ‘filler’ effect, this skin-plumping serum uses peptides and hyaluronic acid to reduce wrinkle depth and make skin appear firmer, smoother, and tighter.

 

Murad Cellular Hydration Barrier Repair Mask

This is an ideal ‘night before the wedding’ mask, formulated to work overnight to replenish lost moisture and repair a damaged skin barrier. Any last minute flare-ups of dryness or redness will be targeted while you sleep.

 

Skin Rocks The Gentle Acid

This certainly isn’t one to introduce the week before your wedding, but if you have a few months to play with and rough texture or pigmentation are amongst your concerns, look no further. Formulated to be suitable for sensitive skin and those new to using acids, this exfoliating toner will help to leave skin smooth, radiant, and even.

 

Super Facialist Vegan Collagen Super Smooth Day Cream

This has everything you could possibly want from a moisturiser if glowing skin is top of your pre-wedding agenda. Hyaluronic acid to hydrate, vegan collagen to support skin elasticity, and a tetra peptide to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

 

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Freelance Beauty Writer

Grace Day is the former Beauty Editor of Beauty Bay and a regular contributor to publications like Hypebae and POPSUGAR UK.  A qualified aesthetician, Grace is regularly featured in the likes of The Evening Standard, In Style and Brydie for her expert skincare consultations and facials at Dolls Part salon in Manchester.

Expertise: Skincare, makeup
Education: University of Manchester
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