As I was thinking about my favourite products that make a bride's skin glow and debating on whether I should focus on the bronzer, a highlighter, or a tinted moisturizer, I realized what you really want is your skin looking the best it can possibly be before all the makeup goes on. As equally important as those other products are in helping you achieve the look you want for your wedding day (don't worry you will hear all about each of them separately over the next few weeks), I believe that a canvas of good healthy clean skin is key in helping the makeup do its job and result in actually needing less.
A few years ago a friend introduced me to Paula Stark Esthetics (68 Scollard St. in Yorkville, 416-968-8869)—the best facialists on earth and I know a ton of other makeup artists, models, photographers and friends that feel the same way. I have nick named them "magic fingers'" based on the lengthy face massage they do. Trust me, its heaven and I would go there for a facial over a full-body massage any day!
I know not everyone can get out for a facial. Even I get too busy to go regularly and use it more as a treat a few times a year. But what I have taken home from there and use whenever my skin needs a little "pick me up'" is the Gommage 305 by Yonka. This product is amazing. Period. It not only exfoliates, but it hydrates, tones and brightens. It eliminates dull lifeless cells and leaves your skin feeling smoother and more supple. I prefer using it as the exfoliant but you can also leave it on all night long as a soothing hydrating mask. Unlike most exfoliants, it is a gel that contains no abrasive grains and is so gentle it can even be used on the eyelids. It might take a little practice in using it, but it's well worth it.
Use after cleansing. Apply a thick layer over the face and neck. Leave for approximately five minutes or until mostly dry and tacky. Next, eliminate the peel with your fingertips in an upward and outward circular motion. The peel coming off looks and feels like all your dead skin cells are coming off! I like to splash or gently wash off any excess with a soft cloth and then moisturize. The best part is you can even use it the day of wedding and not have to worry about breakouts or redness from a facial.
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