#StayHome Bridal Beauty Routine: 10 Steps To Have A Shine-Free Face
By: Angelynn Teh | May 22, 2020 | in Beauty & Wellness
You’ve taken care of every detail in planning the wedding you have ever dreamt of. But let’s check again, did you miss out anything else? Perhaps something related to your face and makeup? One of the most important tasks on your checklist is to have a skincare routine that matches well with your skin type. The last thing a bride wants is experiencing a makeup crisis on her big day — looking bad in her wedding pictures or worse, having family guests cracking jokes about her shiny T-zone. Okay that was a little exaggerated, but you get the idea.
It’s normal for our faces to produce oil (sebum), but excessive oil secretion makes your makeup slide off easily, not to mention if you’re having an outdoor day wedding that will have you forming beads of sweat on your forehead, nose, and upper lip; ruining your makeup. It's a real struggle for all brides, especially to brides that have an oily skin type.
The good news is, there are still a few ways that could help you prevent causing your skin to be shinier than it needs to be with makeup and having a nearly naked face by day's end; putting you in control of your greasy fate. With the ongoing Movement Control Order (MCO) that has been further extended, brides-to-be now have the time to pamper themselves at home, prep and improve their skin regime. After all, when it comes to skincare, everything matters, from what we eat to what we moisturize with!
1. Have Your Skin Tested
This is the very first step we encourage all brides (and grooms) to take, especially if you have sensitive skin or a skin condition. Meeting with a professional dermatologist or aesthetician and having your skin tested helps you to determine your skin type, and they would be able to direct you to use the right kind of skincare products; building an effective skincare regimen for you. We know it’s impossible to visit a profession during the practice of social distancing, but you can always consult by dropping a call or message to your dermatologist and state your skin concerns, or surf online and have skin type tests/quizzes done on trusted websites like SkinCity, Renée Rouleau, Soko Glam and many more! Some other websites like Kielhs, Glossier, even Sephora would recommend products for you after you take the quiz to help you build a healthy skincare routine that suits your skin type, saving you the hassle! You can also request for samples and they would mail it to you.
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2. Use A Good Facial Cleanser
It’s important to cleanse your face regularly, even if you’re staying home for the entire day. One of the main reasons cleansing is essential as it helps to remove impurities on our faces that our naked-eye can’t see, like pollutants, bacteria, oil and other harmful, unwanted debris. Cleansing twice a day keeps our skin looking healthy and radiant. It’s a big step in ensuring our skincare products/treatments to be absorbed and work properly in our skin. Experts would suggest using cleansing foams for brides that have oily or acne-prone skin types, as cleansing foams work better in deep cleansing the skin, getting rid of excess oil and sebum, helping to keep your skin clean and refreshed.
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3. Apply Serums
Your bridal skincare isn’t complete without a serum! Serums are known as a lightweight moisturiser that is applied right before moisturisers. Serums function by penetrating deeper into the skin and delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. Additionally, it helps to keep our skin balanced by regulating oil production on our faces. Some say serums aren’t necessary but it’s always a great additional step for brides that are looking to go the extra mile in their skincare routines. It all just comes down to personal preferences!
4. Get A Good Moisturiser
A healthy dose of moisturizer would help keep your face bright and prevent the excessive secretion of oil. Dear brides, you might not know this, but moisturising daily actually reduces the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness of the face! Certain external factors such as pollution, UV rays, and also excessive cleansing might damage our skin's moisture barrier; causing an increase of oil production due to the loss of moisture on our face. Moisturisers best act as a nourishing protective layer on the skin to fight against pollutants — giving you supple, smooth and glowing skin!
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5. Use Eye Creams
Women are advised to add eye creams/gels into their skincare routine once they reach their early 20s. No matter what skin type you have, the eye area is more likely to be dry. The eye area is very delicate and sensitive, without proper care we would get fine lines and wrinkles very easily. Thus, it’s important to use eye cream as it nourishes the eye area, keeps it moisturised and prevents dullness and puffiness. If eye puffinesses are your foe, it’s better to massage your eye area using eye gels. Gel textures are easier to be absorbed by the skin around your eye area, instead of cream textures that might be only just sitting on your skin.
6. Shield From The Sun
Premature ageing is caused greatly by ultraviolet exposures. Most of us only know that wearing sunscreen helps us to avoid sunburn and damage outdoors, but not everyone knows the true importance of applying sunscreens indoors too. Even while indoors, some harmful UV rays still do penetrate through the windows and glass. Wearing a layer of sunscreen is an important preventive health care habit that should be maintained, no matter if you’re outdoors or indoors, sunny or cloudy. Some sunscreens help block blue light from phones/tablets and computer screens that could cause the same damage as sunbathing. So, when in doubt, apply full broad-spectrum sunscreens! If you are not a fan of normal sunscreens, opt for day creams or tone up creams that highly contain SPF.
Fact: Anti-aging products are just a bonus in maintaining youthful skin. SPF is the core product in slowing down the development of wrinkles and leathery skin, and prevents facial brown spots and skin discolourations!
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7. Use Facial Masks
Facial masks are the perfect skincare treatment for any skincare concerns. They’re excellent in pulling out impurities, hydration, removal of excess oils and improving the appearance of the pores. The right facial masks rejuvenate and improve the baseline level of moisture and hydration of our skin, helping our skin to not feel the need to overproduce oil to replace the moisture!
8. Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
We know this might be a stressful time for you and your fiancé, but honey, it is still no excuse for you to indulge in sweets and junk food! Having an unhealthy diet and binge-eating on unhealthy food can dilate your blood vessels and make you sweat unwittingly. This means you can sweat from your face and cause breakouts and rashes. So, cut down on the sugar and replace it with plenty of leafy greens and fruits. Don’t forget to get loaded with H2O! Hydrating yourself by drinking enough water is hydrating your skin cells. You’re doing yourself a favour; keeping your face clear of acne by flushing out toxins from your body with water. If you’re bored of drinking plain water, infuse lemon, cucumber or fruits to flavour your water and make it even more beneficial to your health! Also, you can always watch the next episode of your favourite TV show or Korean drama the next day, so turn off your electronics and go to bed early, get enough beauty sleep!
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9. A Little TLC On The Lips
We understand that lip care is not something that crosses everyone's mind, as our lips are the most neglected part of our face. Who doesn’t want to have soft, plumped lips to kiss their prince happily ever after, right brides? Don’t leave out the lip scrub while prepping your face. Regular lip exfoliation helps remove dried skin cells, nourishes your lip and results in a smoother and easier lipstick application. Moreover, your lips would be pretty and pouty when you smile for the camera during your wedding day!
Fact: Chapped or cracked lips require some serious attention, it’s your body's way of crying for more water. So drink up! Moisturise and reduce your pain with lip balms.
Tip: Did you know you can make your own lip scrubs at home? Simply mix a small amount of sugar and Vaseline petroleum jelly together and voilà!
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10. Remove Your Makeup
We believe most brides have not been applying makeup products as much as they were before the Movement Control Order (MCO) began. But it is still important to cleanse and remove all the cosmetic/skincare/UV products you have applied during the day before you go to bed at night. Unthorough cleansing would leave you with clogged pores, which results in pimples and oily face. You could use micellar water or a gentle cleansing balm and wipe it all over your face to help remove gunk and makeup/product residues before cleansing.
Tip: Applying night creams before bed are encouraged too as night creams work as a shield to repair and protect your face from harmful pollution, and locking in your moisture while you sleep; regulating oil secretion!
Remember, brides, before you even go ahead with a bridal makeup choice of yours, think wisely before you take a call on the makeup type for you may need to consider the suitability of the makeup look and product with your skin type. There are tons of useful methods and great makeup products available that can help you with perfecting your wedding makeup, but nothing is more effective than taking care of your skin and improving your beauty treatments — having beautiful, healthy skin! Feel free to experiment to find out which product or method works best for you!