Soon, you'll be seeing posts all over the blogosphere about Beauty Boot Camp for Brides, Bridal Beauty To-Do Lists, Bride's Skincare Overhaul.
As a makeup artist I am here to tell you color--that's color on the eyes, cheeks & lips--means nothing...hear me--nothing, if the skin's not right. When skin is overly dry (from lack of moisture deep down due to your body or lack of moisture on the top layers due to your environment), it can look red and irritated (uhem..because it is). When skin has erupted in break-out, it not only has a high color issue, it has a texture issue, too!
Maybe I'll do a skincare post about what's going on deep beneath the surface, but right now, I want to give you some tools to battle textured skin that lacks a moisture and a glow.
Morning Cleanser: PanOxyl-4 (4% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Creamy Wash)
This creamy cleanser comes in a flip-cap plastic tube perfect for the shower caddy. Your dermatologist can give you a prescription, but I have read that it's now available without one. Use this every morning or every other morning. In just a few short weeks, you'll notice a difference in your skin. First, you'll noticed a slightly smaller pore size which is probably due to breaking down the excess sebum and keratin being harbored right below the surface of the skin, in what is commonly known as a blackhead or open comedo. Second, you may have tiny breakouts around the crease of your nose or near your ear. Finally, you'll notice a clarity and smoothness about your skin that your previous cleansers just didn't deliver.
Exfoliator: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Did any of you get this in your Birchbox last month? It's ultra fantastic, if you didn't. An exfoliator that delivers great results without grainy beads. (Want a science lesson? The video on the bottom right is so interesting--Dermalogica educates.) Some of you might still prefer a scrub, and I get it. Try Bliss Pore Perfecting Face Wash.
Serum: Peter Thomas Roth Un-wrinkle and Firm-X
This is Powerful stuff! Try whatever you can afford. The results are visible within weeks. I especially love the Un-wrinkle eye cream. I have to admit every night that I use it (and Only a tiny bit so it lasts and lasts!), I take a moment to press the creamy peanut butter-like white lotion between my index fingers. It's so rich...like butter. Mmmm...
Lastly, you might need a little moisture. Hands down, the best brand to deliver moisture is Bobbi Brown. I'm just going to say it...the worst brand to deliver moisture is Clinique. It is. I know---same owner, same research facilities--Clinique just doesn't deliver in my humble opinion. They have other great, great products though. You'll have a smorgasbord of options at Bobbi. Here are a few I love, starting with Face Oil. (I just heard a cheer from lots of fellow makeup artists!!)
Face Oil *Use this over nasty breakouts, and watch the disappearing act. Serious.
Brightening Moisture Cream
Hydrating Intense Night Cream
Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm
There you have it. Nothing really complicated. Just products that work. Use whatever makeup remover/cleanser you have in your vanity at night. Or, try a Cleansing Oil. Shu and Bobbi make great ones.