Between all of the consult emails going on with all of my clients, I get asked a lot of questions!
This one is from an upcoming bride who just added a daily workout every morning before work, and wanted to know the best routine for her skincare while prepping for wedding time. Read my suggestions below!
I have recently started weightlifting at the gym 5 days a week before work (yay sweat...) Do you have any recommendations on how to beautify my skin and keep it clean even with all the sweating and cold weather?
After workouts, I use the Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes, followed by Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Wash and Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash, and finished with either Philosophy Hope in a Jar or Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream.
With going from the gym and work, I'm probably just going to start swiping on mascara as far as makeup goes. But let me know any suggestions! I don't usually get any breakouts, but I do usually have redness in my cheeks.
here are my thoughts:
Do a little less
Since you're working out in the morning, I would recommend doing a little less in terms of skin cleansing post-workout. It seems a little counterintuitive with more sweating, but our faces are still fairly clean in the morning if you washed your face the night before. I would suggest just going straight to working out without doing anything to your skin. Then, after working out, I would only do your Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Wash followed by a serum (see below!) and then whichever moisturizer you use.
Add a Serum
I would also suggest adding a serum into your routine, which would be applied after washing, before moisturizer. Since you're already using Olay Regenerist for a moisturizer, I would recommend their serum, which is a really reasonable price point and works well!
The more foundation-free days we can give our skin, the better, so you could incorporate 2-3 days of that in a week to let your skin breathe!
Leave Deep Cleaning for nighttime
It is more important to wash thoroughly in the evenings, after a day of makeup, residue, and sweat. Generally, I would bypass the facial wipes and use a warm washcloth instead to help wipe off makeup at the end of the day only. I would only use the Exfoliating facial wash 2-3 times a week, only at night, in place of the Purity Made Simple wash (instead of one after the other.)
If you ever work out after work, only then would I use the facial wipes to wipe off makeup from the work day, then work out, then do the Purity Made Simple wash, serum, and moisturize.
Drink LOTS of water!
I know that seems like it won't make a difference, but I assure you, it will!! Do as much as you can to avoid dehydrating (coffee, sodas, alcohol) and doing extra hydrating with water!
Hope these tips help! Everyone's skin is different, so if you notice irritation, redness, or increased breakouts, talk to your esthetician or dermatologist for the best pre-wedding skin plan for your needs. Try not to make too many changes to your skincare routine once you are within 6 months of your wedding date!
With blush & bobby pins,