Bridal Skincare with Skin Expert Katherine Taylor
Every bride (or groom!) wants to feel beautiful and confident on their wedding day. No matter what your bridal style, glowing skin and a flawless base is a must. We know, like all wedding details, preparing your skin requires care and planning – so we sought advice from skincare expert Katherine Taylor, Founder of The Skin Gym, to find out the simple changes you can make to achieve radiant, glowing skin for your big day.
What are the common issues most brides come to you with and how do you solve them?
I treat a lot of clients that struggle with breakouts, which is so rewarding when we can improve the skin and their confidence before the big day. We treat breakouts with a holistic approach meaning the internal as well as external factors. That may be taking supplements as well as topical skincare and addressing other factors such as stress.
What products/ingredients do you think are beneficial to add to your routine before a wedding?
First of all, I would recommend getting the basics in place. This would include a routine starting with a cleanser that is formulated for your skin concern, Vitamin A (retinol), moisturiser and always SPF! Using these products is a great starting point which we build upon with skin-specific boosters and serums, and introducing ingredients like peptides (to improve texture and elasticity), Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (to exfoliate) and Vitamin C (to provide antioxidant protection, even skin tone and enhance skin radiance).
What advice would you give to a summer bride vs. a winter bride in terms of skincare and treatments leading up to the big day?
Every client’s skin is unique, so my advice varies depending on how their skin changes from season to season. However, in general, the skin can become slightly dry or dehydrated during the winter months. To achieve a radiant glow I would advise adding hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid for additional hydration and ceramides, to lock in moisture.
For summer brides – or any seasonal bride – SPF is a non-negotiable to protect your skin from UVA/B rays. I would also advise using ingredients like Vitamin C to give your skin a healthy glow. Vitamin C can also help to improve uneven skin tones, texture, fine lines, acne scars making it a perfect all-rounder to add to your routine.
What treatments do you think are the most effective and how long before the wedding should a bride start their routine to get the maximum results?
At Skin Gym, we have created wedding packages working from 12 months to 6 weeks before the wedding date. We believe that skin analysis is the cornerstone of successful wedding skin, so we ensure each client goes through this process to establish their bespoke programme.
All our treatments and skincare are results-driven. We use a combination of medical-grade skincare and high-tech innovative treatments such as Sonophoresis, skin peels, LED light therapy and SkinPen skin needling. You can find out more about Skin Gym treatments here.
In an ideal world, we would look to work with a client 6-12 months before the wedding, as this allows enough time to see physical changes to the skin.
What is your general advice for looking after your skin before a wedding/preparing for an event?
Firstly, I would advise an in-depth skin consultation with a skin therapist. It is a minefield out there with hundreds of different products and one size doesn’t fit all, so I’d always suggest getting expert advice. It is easy to access good advice from a reputable skin expert as many have now opened up virtual consultations online.
Don’t be tempted to try anything too close to the wedding. It takes approximately 10-12 weeks to see results so leaving it until the week before could leave room for residual redness when it comes to the big day.
If your budget allows, treating yourself to regular monthly facials will help to intensify results from treatments or to enhance your skin. If not, don’t worry, the cornerstone to healthy, glowing skin is a consistent home skin regime. If you master your basic routine, you’ll be on your way to beautiful bridal skin.