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Get your skin naturally beautiful for your wedding day – the countdown to the big day

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Bridal natural beauty

This afternoon it’s the final part to our natural beauty skincare series, helping to get your skin as lovely as possible before your wedding day.  Helping us do that we have Laura The Organic Make-Up Artist, who’s been guiding us through her advice on how to give our skin the best chance of looking beautiful in a natural way.  You can catch up on the importance of a good skincare regime and skincare products and how to use them before reading on.

In this final part, I’ll hand you over to Laura to take your through the skincare countdown to your wedding day…

Hi everyone!  Today is the final part in our bridal skincare series – I hope you’ve found it useful.  If you have any questions today, please leave me a message in the comments box below and I’ll try my best to help you out.

So, there’s not long left in the quest to achieve wedding day skin perfection.  Here is my skincare countdown to the big day – this countdown is written only a rough guide to pre-wedding skincare preparation, not a bible and I am suggesting when is the best time to undertake various treatments prior to your wedding.  

Everyone is different so don’t feel obliged to undertake everything (or even any of the below) if it is not to your taste or liking – in other words, feel free to vary as is your want.

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3 Months To Go…

  • Have regular facials – be it in a salon or a DIY one at home, this will help rid your skin of toxins and impurities.
  • Exfoliate your body regularly, getting rid of all the dulling dead and dry skin cells, alternatively you could add body bushing to your daily routine.
  • Remember to maintain your daily cleansing routine and regularly apply hand cream.
  • If you haven’t done it already, book your make-up artist and hairdresser (if you’re not doing it yourself) – we book up months ahead, so the further you do this in advance the greater the chance of getting your first choice!
1 Month To Go…
  • Time for another facial.
  • Prepare your hands in advance of the big day and treat yourself to a manicure.
1 Week To Go…
  • Have any hair removal treatments i.e. waxing or electrolysis.  This allows your skin time to calm down and any blood spots or redness to subside.
  • Relax and have a final facial.  This gives your skin a chance to get rid of any impurities before the day.
  • Massage your cares away!
  • If you are having your eyelashes and eyebrows tinted, then now is the time.
  • Top up your tan – if you are having a fake tan then now is your chance.  The colour will have a chance to bed-in, appearing more natural on the day.  If you fancy a more natural approach, see my tips below.
  • Avoid any last minute panic and check you have all the make-up and skincare products you need for your wedding day.
The Day Before…
  • Tidy your eyebrows if you need to (hair removal usually leaves red patches, something you don’t want on the big day).
  • Get a manicure (or do it yourself) – check out my tips below.
  • Have an easy day – take a long walk and try to relax.
  • Give your feet a treat – a pedicure will remove any hard skin from your feet and gives your nails a splash of colour – check out my tips below.
  • Try and get an early night.
The Big Day…
  • Shut all the chaos out and have a relaxing fragrant bath with essential oils or your favourite bubble bath.
  • Apply body lotion and hand cream and allow to sink well in.  This will avoid any oily marks on your dress.
  • Cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin thoroughly with your usual products – now is not the time to be experimenting.  If you have a make-up artist to do your make-up, don’t be afraid to ask her to use your own skin products.
  • Sit back, relax and let everyone else do the running around.
  • Pop all your wedding day necessities in a small bag (to be looked after by your mum or bridesmaid) – remember: tissues, lipstick/gloss, pressed powder and a couple of cotton buds (for catching any stray tears!).
  • Have a lovely day and smile!

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To Spa or Not To Spa?

All of the treatments I have suggested can be undertaken at home with ease (and usually without assistance) and so it isn’t necessary to visit a salon or spa.

If you don’t fancy a trip to a spa then why not try…

Manicure/Pedicure

Pamper your hands and feet at home.  An organic range called Pink’s Boutique are my favourite ‘at home’ manicure and pedicure products, however you don’t need to buy salon style products in order to pamper those paws, there are many recipes out there both online or in natural healthcare books (easily obtainable from the library) for DIY hand, foot and nail care.

It is impossible for nail polish to be organic, but some of the more chemical-free alternatives to traditional ranges are: Priti NYC, Zoya and Butter London (all available online from websites like Love Lula and Pure Girl).

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Faking It

There are some lovely organic products to help you ‘fake it’ on the day.  You can use a fake tan, however if you don’t fancy that bronzed look, then why not try a tinted moisturizer instead?  These will give you a lovely natural sun-kissed glow with much less effort.  Online store Love Lula, supply a great range of natural and organic tanning products and tinted moisturisers.

N.B Please don’t use a tanning product on the day/the day before – try it out a few weeks before to test the results and then it has a chance to fade and you have time to try another product if you don’t like the colour!

Going Au Naturel

Ok, so I am a make-up artist but that doesn’t mean that I would force you into wearing layers of make-up on your wedding day, it is possible to get a more even skin tone and flawless complexion without piling on the slap by using a tinted moisturiser rather than a foundation. Tinted moisturisers are a fantastic addition to any make-up bag or bathroom shelf, giving your skin a natural radiance and a healthy glow without that ‘caked-on’ feeling.

So there you have it, my three part guide to naturally beauty skin in the lead up to your wedding.  If you have any questions please leave them below in the comments box or email me at laurajsessions@yahoo.co.uk.

Thanks so much Laura!  I really hope you’ve found this 3 part feature helpful and inspiring to get your skin beautiful the natural way.  I’ve been a convert to natural beauty products for a number of years now and would never go back to conventional products.  As a complete novice when it comes to beauty and skincare products, I went for a facial at Neal’s Yard Remedies where they gave me lots of advice about my skin and the kind of products that would be good for it.

I really hope that Laura’s advice will guide you and I’d love to hear from you if it’s inspired you to try out some natural products.  Do check out Laura’s blog over at The Organic Make-Up Artist as she’s always writing fantastic and honest reviews of different natural beauty products.

If you’d like to book The Organic Make-Up Artist to do your wedding make-up, visit www.organicmakeupartist.co.uk or email Laura Jane at laurajsessions@yahoo.co.uk.

Images: (1) via Ruffled; (2) Wedding Paper Divas; (3) Josh Goleman via Once Wed; (4) Ozzy Garcia via Once Wed

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