Did you know that the most common reason for having a bad skin day is due to external factors like weather, stress, and hormones? Your skin is no match for the elements, so let it breathe with some simple tips from a Portland-based wedding beauty expert. With spring in full swing, weddings in Oregon and Washington will be popping up in record numbers this spring and summer.
Whether you are looking for an outdoor ceremony in Portland, Oregon, a rustic setting in the Mountains in the Pacific Northwest, a lavish reception, or a combination of all of these, you won’t have any trouble finding the perfect wedding venue in Oregon or Washington. From intimate Oregon Coast elopements to classic backyard affairs, to a luxury wedding venue that overlooks the breathtaking view of Mount Hood, there will be something to suit every bride-to-be. With so many stunning settings and so many amazing wedding vendors to choose from, it won’t be hard to find the best wedding in Oregon or Washington that’s just right for you and your significant other.
And, with natural-looking wedding makeup and effortless hairstyles making a huge comeback this 2022 wedding season, healthy skin with a glowing complexion is one of the most sought-after wedding looks! A radiant complexion can be achieved by using skincare products that target specific skin concerns like dryness, oily skin, large pores, wrinkles, and discoloration. In addition to the right skincare regimen, a glowing complexion can also be achieved through the correct application of makeup. To get the most out of your makeup and make it look natural, healthy skin is the foundation of good makeup application. The steps for applying makeup for a glowing complexion depend on your skin type. As you plan your big day, take note of the following skincare tips to ensure a flawless skin on your wedding day:
Pick the Right Skin Care Basics For Spring
In spring, temperatures and humidity are rising in Oregon, and the weather is becoming warmer and more humid. This is when many climates see the first signs of spring flowers, and it’s also when the earth starts heating up again, getting ready for summer in Portland. At this time of year, many skincare experts recommend switching to a lighter moisturizer that’s enriched with antioxidants. These protect your skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun and also help to repair any damage that may have been caused by the dry winter weather. Unlike the dry weather in winter, spring is probably a good time to replace the heavy creams and switch to a lighter moisturizer. It’s often recommended to use richer moisturizers and occlusives during dry winter months to reduce transepidermal water loss. As the season changes and temperatures and humidity increase, we can replace the rich moisturizer with lighter moisturizers with humectants. For a lighter feel on the skin, try a gel-type moisturizer like Avene Hydrance Aqua Gel. It contains thermal spring water, hyaluronic acid, and cohederm (a patented lipidic trio that helps to restore the skin barrier and prevent water loss. This is a perfect moisturizer for spring which provides all the necessary hydration without the feeling of greasiness. It is lightweight and non-greasy, and it absorbs really well into the skin, so it’s great for use during the day or before applying makeup. Another great thing about this moisturizer is that it doesn’t clog pores, so it’s good for acne-prone skin. It’s suitable for all skin types.
Start Exfoliating Your Face and Body
A lot of people experience dry, flaky skin during the winter months because they want to avoid exfoliation during winter to prevent over-drying the skin, as a result, spring is the perfect time to introduce exfoliation for both our face and our body back to our skincare routine. Exfoliation can be a helpful way to rid the skin of dead skin cells, dirt, and grime that has built upon the surface of the skin during the colder months. It can also help improve the complexion of the skin by increasing blood flow to the skin, which helps to moisturize and brighten the skin. Exfoliating your skin during spring is a great way to prep your skin for summer and summer activities like spending time at the pool or at the beach. By exfoliating your skin, you’re removing dead skin cells, which leaves your skin smooth, soft, and supple. There are many excellent chemical exfoliants and physical exfoliants on the market. One thing you can add to your spring skincare routine is to try chemical peels. It’s a quick and effective way to stimulate collagen production and reveal a brighter complexion. Paula’s Choice has a great chemical peel that you can do at home. It’s called Skin Perfecting 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel. This is a rinse-off peel that contains both AHA and BHA. It helps to resurface the skin, unclog pores and brighten skin tone. And for exfoliation, it shouldn’t be limited to the face only. Don’t forget about the body, especially the areas on the elbows and the heels. For body exfoliator, try Paula’s Choice Weightless Body Treatment 2% BHA. Similar to the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Exfoliant Peel, this is a leave-on exfoliant for the body with 2% salicylic acid. It is a great product to get rid of layers of dead skin on arms and legs and to reveal the smooth and radiant skin with your wedding dress.
Protect Your Skin From UV Rays
While the function of SPF is not to protect your skin from wrinkles, it is used to protect our skin from sun damage. After a long, cloudy winter, many Oregonians are very excited to enjoy the long-awaited beautiful sunny weather in Portland. It’s important to wear SPF daily to protect the skin before the day of the weather to avoid sunburn or pigmentation before the wedding. On the day of the wedding, depending on the location of your wedding venue or wedding ceremony style, the bride may be staying outside for hours. It’s worth mentioning sunscreen for your body on the wedding day as well- our faces aren’t the only place that needs protection from harmful rays. If your wedding will be outdoors in the spring or summer, remember that your skin may be extra sensitive to the sun. For those who are prone to sunburn and plan to wear a strapless dress, you should consider including sunscreen in your emergency kit. For outdoor Oregon weddings, keep your skin, protected by applying sunscreen on your body 15-30 minutes before you leave for the reception site. You can totally use face sunscreen on other parts of your body but just in case you’re wondering if there is a certain type that would be easy to apply, Shiseido carries this lightweight sunscreen spray called Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body.
Mask Before the Wedding Day
Selecting the right type of face mask could be beneficial to your skin before the wedding. Select the mask based on your skin type and concern. The right face mask will nourish your skin and help reduce signs of aging. In order to choose the right face mask, you must know your skin type. There are three common skin types: oily, dry, and combination. Knowing your skin type is the first step to choosing the right face mask. Next, you must determine your skin concern. There are many face masks on the market that are designed to address specific skin concerns. From anti-aging to acne, there is a face mask for every skin concern. For dry skin that needs extra hydration, try a hydrating sheet mask. They’re super simple to use, often inexpensive, and super hydrating. You can try Babor Hydro RX Hydro Gel Mask. This cooling face mask hydrates and plumps skin. It contains triple strength hyaluronic acid which improves the skin’s moisture level. For extra moisture, try a honey or avocado mask. They’re often super affordable and packed with vitamins and antioxidants that will help your skin look and feel extra hydrated. Try Kiehl’s Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask for the extra hydration needed for extra-dry skin.
If you have oily skin, try a clay mask – they absorb excess oil and draw impurities out of your pores. Clay also naturally exfoliates your skin, removing dead skin cells and improving the texture of your complexion. If you struggle with acne, try an acne-fighting clay mask to calm your skin and reduce inflammation. You can also try a detoxifying clay mask to minimize the appearance of pores and reduce oiliness. Clay masks often come with added minerals and vitamins to help your skin appear visibly healthier. If your skin is extra dry, a clay mask may not be suitable for your skin because it might cause dryness. Try Superclay Purify + Clear Power Mask from Youth to the People. This triple clay mask contains 2% niacinamide, which deep cleans and clears pores; also boosted with exfoliating salicylic acid and balancing kombucha. This purifying treatment targets the root of skin issues like acne by evening out your tone, absorbing excess oil that could trigger breakouts without disrupting your skin’s moisture barrier.
Even Out Skin Tone with Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an amazing skincare product because it is a potent antioxidant that has the ability to fight free radicals that cause aging. It also has the power to increase collagen production, which will give your skin a plumper, smoother look. If you want to improve your complexion, try incorporating vitamin C into your skincare routine. Vitamin C can brighten up your complexion as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It’s important to use sunscreen after applying a Vitamin C serum. Skinceuticals CE Ferulic is one of the best-quality Vitamin C serums on the market. This serum provides our skin with environmental protections, firms skin, lightens lines, and brightens our skin complexion.
Now that you know how to protect your skin, keep it hydrated, and even out your skin tone, your wedding day will be perfect. I hope you enjoyed these simple tips. And remember: a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and a consistent daily skincare routine are the best ways to keep your skin looking great for your wedding day. Stay tuned for more helpful advice, and as always, thank you for reading!