• Naturally every bride-to-be's dream is to look beautiful and have glowing skin on their big day. Although your hair and make-up-artist are on call to make this dream come true, beautiful bridal makeup starts with good skin - no foundation will look perfect without a smooth, exfoliated base.

    And it's never too early to start perfecting your beauty regime for your big day, beauty experts even recommend to really get your skin in top form - starting a year ahead. If you can't or time is fast approaching, don't worry, as long as you can adopt good skincare habits as soon as possible that is where you will see a big difference.

    There's a few things you can do for your skincare routine in the run-up to your big day that really helps the process to healthy, beautiful skin.

    In this blog post, I tell you just how you can achieve a great skincare routine that is quick and affordable, ahead of your big day. Check out my 5 quick top tips to help you have the best skin not only for your big day but hopefully from there on!

    1. Put in what you want to get out!
    You've heard the expression - you are what you eat! This is actually very true and where it all begins. What you put in your body will show in your skin. Believe me, when I over indulge in sugar foods and saturated fats- not to mention alcohol and fizzy drinks it always shows on my skin. Key here is diet - incorporate fruit and vegetables in your meals, increase the amount of superfoods you eat, cut down the amount of sugar in your food and drinks (do you really need 2tsp of sugar in every cuppa?) and most effective of all - load up on water! 8 glasses of water a day really does make such a difference especially in these last few winter months where skin feels dehydrated, dull and dry. It's as simple as that, water is good for your skin and you will definitely see results if you start drinking more of it, and controlling your diet.

    2. Remember to take off your makeup!
    Cleanse, Cleanse and Cleanse!!! If you are prone to wearing lots of makeup, double and triple cleansing is key and should become part of your everyday routine to the run-up of your big day. Use a good cleansing balm when removing makeup (Bobbi Brown, Clinique and Nars do some great products) and then follow up with either an oil-based cleanser or foam.

    If you have dry skin you may find a foam too harsh so it's best to stick to a soft oil-based cleanser. I personally love the No.7 cleanser and cleansing brush from Boots, but see what is best for your skin and your budget. Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water is an all-in-one cleanser which doesn't stretch the purse strings, it removes make-up, soothes and hydrate the face, eye area, and lips all in one go! With 400ml bottles ranging from £3.29-£5.00, they have products to suit sensitive skin, combination skin and dry skin - with no rinsing required!

    3. Face masks
    Nothing beats a good facial right? And your wedding should be the perfect excuse for those monthly facials to keep your skin looking clean and healthy. But if you can't get a regular facial - the quickest and easiest way to replicate a facial is through a face mask! It gives your skin the injection of everything it needs and there are so many great products available there is something out there for everyone.

    A mask isn't meant to replace your daily face washing routine; it is only meant to enhance it. If your skin is oily - use a mask every other day. If you have dry skin, using a mask once or twice a month should keep the oils from building up.

    When we feel stressed, it annoyingly shows in our skin. That's where a good sheet mask on the morning of your wedding will definitely help. They boost the skin instantly and the difference is amazing! There are some very good sheet masks out there, my favourite is the 'Tony Moly I'm Real' range costing approx £5 in Selfridges, House of Fraser, Cult Beauty. In my opinion, it's the absolute 'holy grail' - there is a mask for every skin problem and it is made from natural extract so is vegan friendly.

    My other mask favourites on the high street include The Body Shop's Nature-Inspired face mask range which costs from £16-£18 for a 75ml tub. I personally love Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask, Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask they are perfect for the blushing bride-to-be. The Ethopian Honey and Japanese Matcha tea are next on my list to try and review! Bobbi Brown's trio of masks are also fantastic if you can stretch your budget - Bobbi Brown Instant Detox, Bobbi Brown Skin Nourisher and Bobbi Brown Radiance Boost. They cost typically £28.90 each, or I would recommend the mini trio's to begin with which are approx £12.50 from Look Fantastic or John Lewis.

     4.  Use skin specific moisturiser and don't neglect your lips!
    Look for a moisturiser that works for your skin. If you have oily skin - you want to hydrate without adding too much moisture so find a moisturiser that contains ingredients to help maintain water such as ferulic acid or hyaluronic acid.

    A favourite of mine for oily/combination and acne-prone skin is the Yesto range, again products are completely natural and safe. Try the  'Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser' priced at £11.99 available from Boots, Amazon and Lookfantastic. Using a matte primer before your foundation is applied will keep your foundation on for longer and balances oily skin.

    For dry skin, stick with ferulic and hyaluronic acid in your moisturiser as it is hydration your skin needs. You don't need to worry about finding an oil-free moisture though as you will find your dry skin drinks up the moisture when applied. A great high-street brand is Olay which is affordable or if you can stretch your budget, I find the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream very good for dry skin, it is an all time favourite for my brides and what I use on myself. It may be worth £43.00 but it is worth it, it feels smooth on skin creating a plumped up, cushiony look and creates the perfect canvas for makeup. A little cheaper between £21 to £34 but just as good is the Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator from Clinique. A hydrating primer will also leave your skin glowing before applying foundation.

     Wear SPF30 on your lips
    Prevent your lips from getting chapped before having to worry about repairing them if they're dry and cracked. It is a lot easier in the long run. If you spend lots of time outdoors, especially in windy or cold weather (like we're having now), hot weather too - a thick balm with SPF30 will keep your lips hydrated. There are some good lip balms and lip creams out there - but my all time favourite is vaseline! An oldie but a goodie.

    5. And last but not least, sleep! Sleep is very important for your beauty regime, aim for at least 7-8 hours sleep as recommended by beauty and healthcare experts. Watch out for my next blog post coming soon on how to tackle those stubborn under eye circles through makeup and home remedies!!

    I hope you have found my Top 5 Quick Tips for the blushing bride-to-be helpful. Please share/comment and let me know if you have any top tips which you find helpful. I'd love to hear from you.

    Love Chelle x


    Love your top 5 tips!! Great Super helpful, especially with the recommended products and retail prices! Xx


    Helpful top tips and love the recommended products, will definitely be sharing with my friends and family. Ax


    Love this, a great read! xx