5 Easy Skincare Tips

Okay, friends, we need to talk about your skincare routine.

Recently I came across a makeup artist telling a bride not to worry about skincare or skin prep, that a MUA should be able to make anything look good. I was so disappointed to hear someone in the industry giving this advice! Incorporating good skincare into your daily routine will improve the overall look of your skin and the way your makeup looks every day.

The secret for gorgeous makeup is good skincare.

Here are five basics you can work into your routine to help your skin live its best life on your wedding day:

1. Wash your face thoroughly every morning and night.

I know it seems silly to say this, but so many people don’t cleanse their faces properly! You should be giving your face a thorough scrub when you wake up in the morning, and before you go to bed at night. If you’re wearing makeup, you really should be cleansing your face twice in the evening. Once to remove the makeup, and once to clean your face. I’m obsessed with my Clarisonic. It cleans your skin 6x better than your hands can and they have a wide range of brush heads for all skin types. You can go crazy with your cleanser or stick to something more budget friendly. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

2. Wash your brushes regularly.

You should be cleaning your tools weekly — at least — to prevent bacteria build up which will ultimately lead to breakouts. I like to deep clean my personal brushes every 2 - 3 uses to prevent product build up for a faster, easier application, and because I’m not really into rubbing bacteria all over my face. As someone who washes dozens, if not hundreds of brushes a week, I’m all about products and that make the job quick and easy!

 
Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner  (this is for quick spot cleaning and does not replace deep cleaning!)  ($13)

Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner (this is for quick spot cleaning and does not replace deep cleaning!)

($13)

 
 

3. Follow your cleanse with high quality moisturizer and/or serum

If you don’t already have one, find a good esthetician that will help you understand your skin type and the best products to be using. If an esthetician isn’t in the budget right now, do some research to find out what products might work for you and start testing them about six months prior to your big day. You do want to give your skin a chance to heal and look it’s best, you don’t want to try something that doesn’t work out for you too close to your wedding day.

Nurse Jamie’s EGF serum is a staple in my nightly routine! (Serums are made up of smaller molecules than moisturizers, which enables them to sink deeper into the skin). This EGF serum helps the skin cells to produce more collagen, fight free radicals and sun damage… I could talk about it forever. I love it. My morning favorite is almost everything from Sonia Roselli’s skin prep line. If you just want to try a few things out, go for the SexAPeel and WaterBalm bundle! It will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated.

These are all wonderful for most skin types, I highly recommend them!

4. Change your pillowcase.

Don’t sleep on the same pillowcase for more than about a week before it is washed. Your face and hair transfer oils, dirt, and dead skin cells onto your pillowcase all night long, and that pillowcase is super close to (if not in direct contact with) your skin. Rubbing all that gunk on your face night after night leads to breakouts and clogged pores, which is the opposite of what we’re going for here. If you really want to get serious with it, launder the pillow itself monthly.

Silk pillow cases are best for your face and hair, and if you’re a side sleeper I’d highly recommend the Nurse Jamie pillow! Not-So-Fun Fact: Side and stomach sleeping can cause significant premature aging. You spend about a third of your life sleeping, and spending that amount of time on your side will cause the fat and collagen to break down leading to premature wrinkles and sagging skin. Some dermatologists and estheticians can tell what side you sleep on just by taking a quick look at your face!! Yikes.

5. Treat yo self to a facial massage.

I love to do this before bed while I’m winding down. Giving your face a little TLC can noticeably reduce and prevent fine lines if done regularly. I use Nurse Jamie’s Uplift every morning and night, and I’ve found that it has truly helped with the congestion in my jawline area making hormonal breakouts (my main issue) next to nothing. It feels so good when its nice and cold if I need to de-puff my face in the morning.

Massaging the skin immediately after applying a serum or moisturizer helps it to sink in to give you the full benefits of the product. (Let’s be real, the good stuff ain’t cheap so I want to get my money’s worth!) Lisa Eldridge has a wonderful nightly routine that she shared on YouTube, she uses her fingers to massage her face which is, like, free. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the NuFace uses electrical currents to stimulate the skin.

Do your future self a solid and give your skin some love.

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