BRIDAL SKINCARE TIPS – Getting Started, Know your skin type.

bridal-makeup-tips-oily-skinBlog Three in this series covers OILY SKIN.

Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands make too much sebum.  Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that hydrates and protects the skin.  However, when overproduction of sebum occurs, the skin can become oily, pores get clogged and breakouts can develop.


  • The face is shiny and usually appears greasy later in the day.
  • Makeup doesn’t stay put and seems to “slide” off.
  • The oilier areas of your face have blackheads, pimples or other types of acne.
  • Pores are visible and are enlarged, especially on the nose, chin and forehead.

Products that you can use to help combat this overproduction –

Use a water-based cleanser.  Dirt, excess sebum and impurities can build up and clog the pores overnight, so cleansing is essential for oily skin.  Cleanse morning and evening (use a double cleanse for the evening to first remove makeup and then to deep clean the skin).


Exfoliation is also key for this skin type.  Oily skin is especially prone to dead skin cell build-up, blackheads and clogged pores.  Environmental damage can also cause the surface of the skin to become dull, rough, uneven and can worsen the appearance of fine lines.  To help prevent clogged pores and rough skin, it’s important that you exfoliate regularly (x1-x2 weekly) with a gentle exfoliant.  Chemical exfoliants -such as AHA’s and BHA- are great to boost cell turnover to help lighten dark spots and add radiance to dull-looking skin, whilst physical exfoliants help to refine skin texture.


Toners.  Toners for oily skin will essentially do the same thing as toners for dry skin.  They should get rid of residual dirt and makeup, close pores and prepare the skin for moisturiser.  A good toner designed for oily skin will address oiliness and shine on the skin, without drying out the skin.  Look out for a toner that refines the skin’s texture and minimises the look of pores, while at the same time maintains the moisture balance of the skin.


Try targeted treatments for oily skin too.  Serums/essences/facial oils.  Use this step to tackle whatever skin concerns you have in a targeted way.  If it feels like your skin needs hydration use a hydrating serum or facial oil.  If you feel you need something to tackle fine lines, then use a serum designed for ageing skin.  My advice is to stick to watery, lightweight treatments like gels, that absorbs easily into the skin and don’t leave a residue.  Note: – Facial oils designed for oily skin, CAN help by counteracting sebum production and effectively correcting overproduction.


Moisturiser, yes oily skin needs hydration too!  Stick to emulsions or gel-type moisturisers.  Richer creams are more likely to clog your pores and make the skin look shinier.  If you have sensitive or irritated skin, look for moisturisers with calming and soothing properties to alleviate irritations.



bridal-skincare-tipsBRIDAL SKIN CARE TIPS – Getting Started, Know your skin type.

Blog Two in this series is COMBINATION SKIN.

Put Simply, this skin type is a mixture of oily and normal or drier areas on the face.  Generally, the T-Zone tends to be oily and the cheeks dry.  Those with combination skin tend to be in constant battle with their T-Zone.

Choosing products for this skin type, the secret is to spot treat your problem areas.

Cleanse with a cleanser formulated to cut down on sebum production and use a moisturiser on your dry areas.  Try exfoliating the face with a warm washcloth or muslin square once to twice a week.  This will help to break down oils and remove dead skin cells.

Try a basic skincare routine….  In the summer, wash with a cleanser formulated for oily skin and in the winter one that’s formulated for normal to dry skin.  Cleanse the skin thoroughly at night and rinse off with warm water in the morning so you’re not over-cleansing the skin.  Over cleansing can cause the skin to over produce oil.

Moisturise your dry spots well with a light, oil-free moisturiser.  Skip your oilier areas throughout the summer.  In the winter you can moisturise the whole face with a heavier moisturiser that’s designed for combination skin.

Exfoliate twice a week with a gentle facial scrub.  Make sure it’s designed for combination skin.

If you suffer from breakouts, an astringent may help but be careful to use it only on your problem spots and avoid your dry areas.  You can also use a toner; these can be too drying for other skin types.  Again, ensure not to use over the drier areas of the face.



  • Normal or Dry, flaking areas on cheeks
  • Excessive oil on nose, forehead and chin
  • Prone to breakouts where oil production is found
  • In a constant battle with the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin)



BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIPS – Getting Started, Know your skin type.

It’s never too early to get your skin Wedding Day ready.  With the next series of blogs, you’ll be well on your way to the perfect skincare regime in no time.

Let’s start with getting to know your skin type!

Do you know what bracket your skin falls into?  Do you get overwhelmed in the skincare aisle at the supermarket?  Fear not, I’m here to guide you in the right direction.

I will go through each skin type so you can identify the characteristics of your own skin and help you choose the correct products that are suitable for your skin and improve its condition and overall look, meaning you can wear less makeup and still look amazing.

Let’s start with the rarest…… NORMAL SKIN.

Yes, it is, in fact, rare to find someone with skin that is classed as normal.

This skin type is classed as well balanced with an even texture and tone.  If you’re lucky enough to fall into this category, you are few and far between.


  • No or few imperfections
  • No severe sensitivity
  • No visible pores
  • A radiant complexion

Normal Skin is neither too dry or too oily.  The T-Zone (nose, forehead and chin) can be a little oily but generally, the skin is well balanced, not lacking moisture or overproducing sebum (the light yellow, oily substance that the skin produces to hydrate or lubricate skin and hair).

With this skin type, it doesn’t mean you don’t or won’t develop skin concerns or complaints.  Prevention is the best remedy, so get yourself into a good skincare regime well ahead or any concerns.

You get the pick of most products and brands on the market.  A gentle, effective daily cleanser followed by a toner and good moisturiser is a great way to start.  Add in a weekly treatment facial scrub and mask and ensure you wear your SPF (Sun Protection Factor) DAILY, come rain or shine!