The Bridal Skincare Bible

July 10, 2024

Skincare is a huge part of your bridal make up. Putting in the effort now will pay off hugely when it comes to your wedding day. As much as make up is a powerful tool, there is nothing that can beat good skin as a beautiful canvas beneath make up.

Start as soon as you can with a good skincare regime, ideally 6-8 months prior to your wedding day but if you have less time than that, you can still make a big difference in a few weeks.

In my ten years in the industry, I have tried and tested so many products. I also personally take a huge interest in skincare. So, although I am not a qualified facialist, I feel I can certainly help guide my brides towards better skin. 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

It’s one we have all heard before but drinking plenty of water is the first simple and free step we can take towards better skin. It is beneficial in so many ways, not just with our skin.

Supplements

Consider taking omega 3 supplements (at least 3-4 months prior to see a difference)

Remove your make up, leaving no trace!

It goes without saying, at the end of the day, the make up on your skin has to come off! Love make up as I do, it is not going to benefit your skin sleeping in it. If you’re looking for some lazy-girl make up removal tips, read on. Taking your make up off does not need to take a lot of effort but it is the best thing you can do for your skin as a make up wearer.

Clean your skin – the good old fashioned way

I’m not talking just a splash of water in the shower, I mean taking the time to properly cleanse your skin with a specific facial cleanser, water and a clean flannel. I love balm, gel and oil cleaners and a soft clean flannel. Cleansing your skin morning and night (on top of make up removal) is a must.

Get to know your skin

Assess your skin, does it look dry/flaky? Maybe oily and shiny? Are you getting breakouts or maybe your skin feels tight which is a sign of dehydration. Check in with your skin, this can help making product choices much easier. 

Ever taken acid?

The number one product that has improved my skin is an acid toner. This product removes surface dirt, oils and dead skin cells to reveal glowing skin and improved skin texture. It also makes any product you use after it penetrate deeper as it isn’t having to fight obstacles. It makes your skincare work harder! Use an acid toner/AHA product after cleansing a couple of nights a week. Read on for product recommendations.

Spend wisely

If you are going to invest in skincare, spend it in the right spot. In my opinion, a decent cleanser, serum and acid toner are the three key ingredients to good skin. Moisturisers and eye creams are great too if the budget allows but I wouldn’t spend big in these areas.

See an Expert

If budget allows, treat yourself to a course of facials. Not only are they super relaxing but they are so beneficial! I can spot a bride who has invested in facials from a mile off! Facialists will know just the right products to use to make your skin look its best – this takes all the guesswork out of which products to buy. 

To tan or not to tan?

Unless you are a die-hard spray tanner with years of experience, read on! In my years of experience, I have seen too many spray tans gone wrong with brides who have never had one deciding to go for it a few days before their wedding. If you are desperate for a tan on your wedding day, definitely find a spray tanner that can do a trial run with you to check you are happy with the outcome. Always err on the side of caution with how dark you go! There are some incredible subtle tan products on the market you can use to get a natural glow. See my product recommendations below!

Kissable lips

If you are someone who suffers with dry lips, start using more hydrating lip products, avoiding matte and drying products ahead of your wedding day.

Stop everything 2 weeks before your wedding day

A cautionary tale, avoid any NEW products or facials too close to your wedding date as you may experience sensitivity/redness or small breakouts soon after. Now is not the time to go experimenting. Keep it simple with the products that you know work for your skin.

The simple skincare regime

Implementing a good skincare regime doesn’t have to be overwhelmingly complicated or expensive. My key areas of focus would be a simple three step:

1. Cleanse

Make up wipes & micellar water (although very convenient!) sadly do not clean skin that well. They are are great first step if you wear make up but you must be cleaning your skin to get the best out of it. Cleansers that are removed with a flannel and warm water are best.

2. Exfoliate/Tone

This is something that would be added into your routine 2-3 times a week after cleansing. In my opinion, exfoliating is the best way to get glowing, smoother, brighter and more youthful skin. The best exfoliators usually come in a liquid form containing acids such as glycolic/salicylic/lactic. Sound mega scary but nothing to fear! These are much gentler on the skin compared to your old-fashioned ‘scrubby’ exfoliators which can cause damage to the skin (St Ives I’m looking at you!)

3. Moisturise

Moisturising is a no-brainer – especially if you have more dry/dehydrated skin. However oily skin types should not skip this step either. The moisturiser you use will depend largely on your skin type. Drier skins tend to prefer a richer, creamier texture whereas oilier skins may opt for a lighter gel formula. Serums are also a wonderful product to add into your routine as they penetrate the skin on a deeper level.

The dream skincare regime

1. Cleanse

Make up wipes & micellar water (although very convenient!) sadly do not clean skin that well. They are are great first step if you wear make up but you must be cleaning your skin to get the best out of it. Cleansers that are removed with a flannel and warm water are best.

2. Exfoliate/Tone

This is something that would be added into your routine 2-3 times a week after cleansing. In my opinion, exfoliating is the best way to get glowing, smoother, brighter and more youthful skin. The best exfoliators usually come in a liquid form containing acids such as glycolic/salicylic/lactic. Sound mega scary but nothing to fear! These are much gentler on the skin compared to your old-fashioned ‘scrubby’ exfoliators which can cause damage to the skin (St Ives I’m looking at you!)

3. Treat

Let’s get serious about what results you want for your skin. This takes a bit of self-assessment! Need more hydration? Invest in hyaluronic acid products. Want to improve skin texture? Retinol is the only proven ingredient to help with that. Want a radiance boost? Vitamin C will be your best friend. 

Everyone has different requirements for their skin, focus in on what you want and find the products most suitable

Face Masks – a weekly treat to the skin that can work wonders. With so many on the market you can tailor them to your concerns (hydrating/deep cleansing/exfoliating/plumping etc)

4. Eye Cream

Our eyes are normally the first place to show signs of ageing on the face as the skin is so thin. Getting a hydrating eye cream can make a huge difference to how under eye concealer sits on the skin. Gel eye masks are also a wonderful idea for the wedding morning.

5. Serum

Lightweight in texture, serums are a wonderful product to add into your routine as they penetrate the skin on a deeper level. If in doubt, a hyaluronic acid serum will be a welcome addition to any skin type.

6. Moisturise

Moisturising is a no-brainer – especially if you have more dry/dehydrated skin. However oily skin types should not skip this step either. The moisturiser you use will depend largely on your skin type. Drier skins tend to prefer a richer, creamier texture whereas oilier skins may opt for a lighter gel formula.

Product Recommendations

If you are looking for more information on specific product recommendations please check out my skincare favourites here.

Final word

It has to be said that great skincare can be adapted to all budgets – don’t think that you have to spend a fortune to improve your skin, high street brands have really upped their game in recent years. Lastly, if you’re happy with your skin – stick to the good saying ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!’ just keep up the good regime.


I can’t wait to support you along the way to becoming a bride! As always please reach out if you want any personalised advice, I am always more than happy to advise if you are looking for more guidance.

Ruby x

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