On the day
The sunshine rays of summer can help craft some stunning photos of your wedding day, but they can also leave your skin oilier, melting your bridal makeup. To combat this, invest in a refreshing facial mist to help keep your skin cool and your makeup intact. Many beauty brands have their own sprays, loaded with antioxidants and refreshing ingredients. A simple homemade spray of rosewater and glycerine will keep your makeup looking fresh and dewy throughout the day. Those with oilier skin, may also like to bring blotting papers to help keep any shine at bay.
In the summer months, oil can quickly build; leading to blocked pores and breakouts. It’s particularly important to keep skin well-cleansed, in order to avoid breakouts: investing in a good oil-based cleanser, followed up by a facewash, will ensure that your makeup and SPF are eradicated at the end of the day.
Layering moisturiser on top of dry skin is not likely to do much, unless you exfoliate first. Exfoliating will help your skin stay clear, and is key to helping your skin look smooth, fresh, and glowing.
Exfoliating will also help your makeup appear flawless in your wedding photos, as applying makeup over dry skin can leave it looking cakey.
Exfoliating also helps unclog your pores of dirt and oil, which lead to large pores and breakouts. A microfiber cloth acts as a wonderful, simple exfoliator, helping to shrink pores and leaves skin looking clear and even.
Boost your tan
Many summer brides like to opt for a subtle sun-kissed look in their wedding photos. Key to getting a pretty glow, is to ensure you first exfoliate to remove any dead skin cells; this will help your tan to last much longer. Be sure to use SPF to protect your skin from burning and damage.
It can also be helpful to know your skin tanning time, as Cosmopolitan explains: “Your skin reaches a tanning cut-off point when it physically can’t produce any more melanin, the tanning pigment, so it’s pointless to lounge by the pool all day. “Everyone has their own melanin cut-off, typically two to three hours or much less if you have fair skin” Dr Nick Lowe. After this you’re just subjecting your skin to the risk of UV damage”.
Switch your moisturiser
In the winter, thick creams work beautifully to keep the skin soft and moisturised. In the summer, it’s still important to moisturise to keep your skin looking fresh, but changing to a lighter moisturiser will stop skin from becoming overloaded and appearing greasy.
Summer skin care
Our summer skin care advice will help you prep your skin for your summer wedding photos: don’t forget your SPF!