Top tips for glowing skin on your wedding day with Vanessa Peacock
We understand that you want to look and feel beautiful on your big day, which is why we’ve teamed up with Vanessa Peacock, an experienced and talented make-up artist with heaps of knowledge when it comes to skincare.
“Whether you plan to do your own make up or employ a professional on your wedding day, you will want to have glowing skin. After all, the better the canvas, the better the finished effect. No one has perfect skin, not even catwalk models and believe me I’ve seen them close up. As a professional make-up artist dealing with acne, rosacea or birth marks is not a problem. However we can all improve our skin and the sooner you start the sooner you will see the results. Below I have listed my top tips that I personally use and recommend to my brides…
CLEANSE: morning and night. Always remove your make up before going to bed. Use a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type and that you know you will continue to use. I personally use micellar water because I want an effective cleanser without too many steps to my routine.
SERUM: at night. This is applied after cleansing and before moisturising. It helps to boost the moisture level within the skin and when looking to buy a serum (there are a huge number on the market) one particular ingredient to look for is hyaluronic acid. This helps to increase the hydration levels within the skin and makes for a very effective serum.
MOISTURISE: morning and night. Find one that suits your skin type – it does not have to cost a fortune. Even if you have oily skin you need to moisturise, just use a light moisturising gel.
EXFOLIATE: once or twice a week. There are many types of exfoliators available now, you can even make your own. Some that are gaining a good press are chemical exfoliators containing glycolic acid. They are very effective exfoliators, but can dry the skin if used too frequently. If you choose this type of exfoliator always choose one with at least 5% glycolic acid.
SPF: Sun exposure is extremely ageing and therefore I would always advise wearing SPF at least 25. The only time I would advise against this is on your wedding day as SPF can cause flash back on your photographs.
WATER: 6-8 glasses per day. I can’t stress enough how important water is to your skin. I can always tell when a bride drinks plenty of water, hydrated skin is fabulous to work with, foundation sits beautifully and the final make up is always amazing.
STOP SMOKING: it really would be remiss of me not to mention smoking. Smoking really does age the skin, it dehydrates and causes premature wrinkles.
I could say so much more about skincare, but to keep things brief these are my top tips and my final word is to say, don’t think you have to spend a fortune on your skincare. There are a lot of good products available at affordable prices, the key to good skin is a good routine and plenty of water.”