Beauty Regime Tips

Hi Brides!

I'm getting married in July and want to start a proper beauty regime so I was hoping for some suggestions on products that you ladies have been using for flawless skin and shiny hair!

e.g Face scrubs/cleansers, facial moisturisers, body Moisturisers, hair serums/masks.

Pretty much anything that'll make me pretty!



  • Bean83Bean83 Forumite
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    I get married in November this year, and one of my new year's resolutions was to start a proper regime and stick to it!

    I already have my cut and coloured regularly so I am just continuing with that, but out go the cheap shampoos and in come the slightly more expensive ones designed for highlighted hair! I also use a weekly mask (it's a Lee Stafford one that's supposed to make your hair grow faster - not sure about that but it does make my hair feel nice!).

    For my beauty regime, I now cleanse, tone and moisturise every night without fail - boring, but my skin definitely looks a bit brighter! I use a Soap & Glory cleanser, followed by Champneys toner and moisturiser (a night time one that's supposed to reduce fine lines - it seems to have worked a bit...!!).

    I have also started having my nails done professionally. They tend to split and break quite easily, so I have been having Shellac polish on them every 3 weeks or so which allows them to grow whilst protecting them a bit so they have got a bit stronger. I just want a nice French manicure for the day of the wedding, so hopefully by then I'll have nice strong nails.

    All this pampering is costing me a fortune though, I'd better look blummin' amazing in the photos or I'll be asking for my money back ;)
  • I use Dermalogica beauty products - they're pricey but are amazing and if you go to one of their counters they will do free skin mapping (they look at the various areas of your face and recommend which products you need for your skin type). There is no hard sell and every time I have bought a product I have been given free samples of others to use. The under eye cream I have has lasted at 8 months and the face wash lasts at least 6-8 months, really good value.
  • Although I love beauty products, I think that what has the most influence over your skin is what you eat, I would recommend at least 2 litres of water a day over and above your other drinks, and lots of fresh fruit and veg (so you are eating water and nutrients).

    My routine looks like this:

    Morning - dr organic tea tree face wash which is good for getting rid of any blemishes, redness or rosacea. I like light creams so follow with Elemis pro collagen marine cream, decleor hydrafloral, origins ginzing or caudalie vino source sorbet.

    Evening: double cleanser with a cream cleanser like no7 hot cloth cleanser or Liz Earle c&p. or I use a balm like the elemis cleansing bal m. Two/Three times a week I use no7 microdermabrasion scrub very lightly. Followed by a serum like caudalie SOS or Olay regenerist, followed by the same (non SPF cream).
  • evespikeyevespikey Forumite
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    I'm going to second the Liz Earle cleanse & Polish, it's a great product for everyday cleansing, gentle but really helps the skin.
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  • another liz earle cleanse and polish fan here i also use liz earle skin tonic and no7 moisturiser wrinkle reduce i think. im looking to improve my skin so im looking at serums to add in to routine. iv tested a clairns one but its pricey and also looking at bare minerals because i use their make up. a tip i was told at counter is pat in your moisturiser dont rub.
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  • Congratulations Ringo27!

    The best advice I was given was to go and see and good skincare therapist to see what my skin actually needed (instead of what I'd been giving it since way back when I was a 20 something!).

    Don't change everything all at once, your skin will not thank you! I stripped back my routine initially then switched my cleanser first followed by day time moisturiser and then my nighttime moisturiser to get me back on track. I then added a facial oil and weekly exfoliation treatment.

    It took a month or so to get it right (I was lucky to get some different brand samples from my therapist) and I've switched cleanser again since but worth the effort.

    Routine now is:
    Oqibo Purifying Cleanser and Toner which is amazing (was Dermalogica Special Cleansing also highly recommend)
    Decleor Arromessence Neroli Oil (and balm for the evening.. smells divine!)
    Decleor 3 minute radiance - gentle but really good weekly exfoliator that really does brighten your skin
    Oqibo Hydra Restore Cream for the day

    I also cut back on the caffeine and that extra glass of wine, hot water and lemon every morning first thing and oolong or jasmine tea in the afternoon.

    Best of luck!
  • edited 16 March 2014 at 10:19AM
    TopQuarkTopQuark Forumite
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    edited 16 March 2014 at 10:19AM
    Advice about drinking loads of water to improve skin is a myth. As long as you aren't dehydrated it won't make a difference - all it does is make more work for your kidneys!

    The scientific community can't decide on whether chocolate exacerbates acne though as there is conflicting evidence and more research needs to be done. So if acne is an issue for you, maybe steer clear.

    To be honest, finding an optimum skincare routine is a very personal thing and what works for one person may be unhelpful for you. What is your skin like? Dry? Oily? Mixed? Mature? Do you have allergies or existing conditions? All these things will influence your choice of products. At the very least, if you are doing nothing at the moment then you should start by making sure you remove make-up and/or wash/clean you face at the end of the day. Start using a moisturizer am and pm if you don't already. Take a look at Lisa Eldridge's blog for excellent make-up and skincare advice (she is a famous pro artist).

    One thing that you may wish to use on the day of your wedding (and the day after!) is Clarins beauty flash balm. It is a great product and widely acknowledged to be excellent. Its a kind of skin primer and you put a thin layer on after your moisturizer (don't rub, just smooth on - and it must be a thin layer or else it will flake off). It instantly brightens and tightens your skin (sound like dubious claims but true nonetheless). I use it before events, on mornings after and after long-haul plane trips.

    Good luck in finding a regime to suit you!

    P.S. I have a PhD in chemistry so I like to think I'm pretty discerning when it comes to selecting skincare ;)
    Remember Occam's Razor - the simplest explanation is usually the right one. :)

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