Since my skin consultation with Dermalogica Caribbean I’ve begun to take beauty and the well being of my skin more seriously. Also, naturally given my own Island “I Do” is only three days away I’ve begun to think about what brides like myself, especially the destination bride, should do to prevent break-outs and skin flair ups before her big day. I recently sat down with a Dermalogica Skin Therapist to get their tips on how to ensure my skin looks and feels its best not only on the day, but during the entire week when out-of-towners are arriving to the island and pre-celebrations are well underway.
PACK. Before my skin consultation I was notorious for going to bed with makeup on, that’s until I was told doing so causes the skin to get congested, leading to blackheads, wrinkles, age spots and uneven skin tone. Futhermore, if you are prone to breakouts, leaving on makeup can cause an increase in acne. As I’ve planned to fall into bed most evenings this week, especially after days spent confirming last minute details, and even more so now the pre-celebrations have begun, I’ve kept the PreCleanse Wipes by my bedside. Then again, if you have a bit more willpower than I, the convenient travel size Skin Kits may be perfect for you.
HYDRATE. Plan for your skin to be dehydrated the week of your wedding, especially if you are taking full advantage of the sun; even more so if days leading up to your wedding are celebrated in direct sunlight with a cocktail in hand, just as I will be doing. When you are dehydrated your skin will have more fine lines, apply Dermalgoica’s Skin Hydrating Booster every morning and evening. Also prevent sunburns the week of by applying SPF, or do as I do and mix Solar Defense Booster spf50 with your foundation. Some of the immediate effects of sunburns are dehydration, unexpected breakouts due to congestion, and gasp, peeling!
PREP. Similarly to how I’m doing a microZone treatment three-to-four days before our wedding, I will prep my skin before applying make-up. On the morning of my wedding I will exfoliate with the Daily Microfoliant so as to create a smooth and hydrated canvas. Following the application of the clearing mattifier all over my face and not just to my T-Zone, as I am prone to oily skin and intense shine, I will then even out my skin’s texture and tone with skin perfect primer SPF30. Not forgetting my lips I will apply the renewal lip complex which hydrates and prolongs the staying power of lipstick.
PLAN. Among the items you’d expect to find in a bride’s emergency kit, I plan to include the intense Concealing Spot Treatment which with its natural-looking tint conceals breakouts. So my skin continues to appear hydrated throughout the day and well in to the wee hours of the morning I will spritz the Antioxidant Hydramist over my make-up every few hours.
As there are three days until I say “I Do” I would love to hear from brides who have any skincare tips or tricks by which they swear.
P.S. See my single most important Dermalogica item I am taking with us on our honeymoon.