The amount of stress that goes into planning a wedding may result in the worst thing a bride or anyone
for that matter can imagine - acne. It's called SELF-CARE ladies and gents & you deserve it! Here are my best finds for an affordable night time skin care routine every bride needs!
1. Micellar Water
Drop the make up wipes ladies - you may feel great about wiping your make up off at the end of a long day but you have no clue how much damage these wipes do your skin. Replace this with Garnier’s Micellar Water and a couple cotton pads and you’re good to go. It is extremely gentle but removes the toughest mascara and eyeliner. Breaks everything down without feeling like you’re peeling your skin away and you walk away without an oily and sticky feeling! $8.99
2. Cleansing Oil
Cleansing oil is a MUST for all skin types!! Cleansing oil helps clean your impurities and deep cleans your face. You’d be so surprised at how easily it breaks down your stubborn make up left even after the micellar water! I personally have extremely oily skin but cleansing oil serves as gentle cleansers designed to balance and remove everything and leave your skin feeling softer than ever. I use DHC’S Deep Cleansing Oil on a daily basis and can’t tell you how radiant my skin feels after! $28
“Double cleansing is a method of cleansing your face twice: First, with an oil-based cleanser and again with a water-based cleanser. It can help remove stubborn, pore-clogging and acne-causing impurities that can remain on the skin even after washing your face once,” says board-certified dermatologist David Lortscher, M.D. I have oily skin so I personally am using Paula's Choice Defense Hydrating Gel to Cream Cleanser. $18
4. Physical Exfoliation & Chemical Exfoliation
So what is the difference? “Physical exfoliators work by manually removing dead cells from the surface of the skin, while chemical exfoliators help dissolve connections between skin cells, so they may be more easily shed,” Dr. Zeichner said.
a. Physical Exfoliation
Physical exfoliates truly help you unclog your pores, evens your skin tone, increases cell turnover, and even stimulates collagen synthesis. I love taking time to really massage this into my skin as it boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage. Physical exfoliators are typically grainy, like sugar scrubs that sink into your skin and tend to be okay to use a bit more often than chemical exfoliators. Currently LOVING the Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant and can't say good enough things about it. $29.50
b. Chemical Exfoliation
"A chemical peel is an anti-aging treatment with a host of benefits that include exfoliation, but it also builds collagen, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, boosts radiance, shrinks pore size, diminishes dark spots, and clears the complexion,” says Dennis Gross, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist.
I currently am a huge fan of The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which is a chemical exfoliator but is extremely gentle. This is a AHA tonic which is a Alpha Hydroxy Acid aka chemical exfoliator. This breaks down all the dead skin cells on top of your skill cells and even gets rid of make up your cleaner might not have picked up. I use it once a day. $8.70
II. Peeling Solution
If you haven’t picked up yet I am a huge fan of the Ordinary due to their simple ingredients and affordability! I use The Ordinary's AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution once to twice a week at most as my chemical exfoliant and ten minutes at most during each use. Beware it does look like you’re applying blood on your face...you look more like a serial killer than a soon to be bride but hey 10 minutes a week won't kill ya ;) ! $7.20
Boyyyy do I love retinol. This Vitamin A is commonly used to target hyper pigmentation and moderate to severe acne. When spread on your face, it unclogs pores and allows the other medicated creams and gels to work better! I currently use The Ordinary Retinol 0/5% in Squalane. I emphasize that it does get worse before it gets better initially IF your skin is not used to retinol. However, the results are phenomenal. $5.80
6. Face mask
I looove sleeping face masks! They are so amazing especially in the winter to bring moisture and hydrate dry skin. I’ve noticed that it also helps me with clear up stubborn acne and redefined my pores. I tend to wake up with a glowing and even skin tone.
Dr. Brandt's Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask has soothing peptides along with a restorative blend of ceramides, fatty acids, and calming ingredients. They also work the night shift to help soothe, nourish, and restore hydration to the skin. Come morning, angsty skin is hydrated and beautifully balanced for a glowing, refreshed complexion. While this is on the pricier side - I actually got it from a subscription box, Boxycharm. I’ll dive into how Boxycharm could even be beneficial for brides in another blog…;) This is more expensive than the others but you'd be surprised at how long it last and the results that come with it. $52 - (Less than $23 with Boxycharm)
Now it’s time to lock in all your hard work! Moisturizing is so important especially after a hot bath as you’ve wiped away all of your natural oils. Moisturizing is also vital for keeping your face hydrated, fights wrinkles, reduces blemishes, and most importantly reduces potential long term skin damage. Currently loving Paula's Choice Oil Free Moisturizer. It hydrates my face and leaves it feeling extremely cool. $29
Hoping these tips were helpful to brides looking for a consistent and affordable night time skin care routine! I would LOVE to hear your feedback regarding any of these products and I recommend doing some research to ensure the product fits your specific skin type. Just like all weddings, all skin types are different! Happy H(Ours) is always happy to offer any knowledge we have that may be helpful to any and every bride. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments!