While Charlotte is the undisputed makeup guru around here 😉 I happen to have a few tricks up my sleeve for some bridal beauty buffing pre-wedding day.
Often the first thing brides think of in terms of a beauty regime is skincare, by which I mean facials, a good cleansing regime and moisturisers that perfect all your hard work. But with gowns getting ever more inventive and an often sun soaked honeymoon hot on the big day’s heels, what of the body beautiful?
There are pleanty of beauty treatments designed to tighten, tone and make your skin shine but with so many different aspects of planning to stretch the budget, this is one area you can save a few pennies and still get skin sexy with some home skin priming for perfection.
I Aint no Scrubber!
I’ve long been a devotee of the body scrub and it’s ability to turn the roughest backside into silky smooth skin. Not all scrubs are equal however so here are my personal favourite which I guarantee will slough off any undesirable bumps and leave you with a bottom as smooth as a babys.
First up, my absolute favourite Sanctuary Salt Scrub. In a gloopy oil based liquid this salt scrub smells absolutely heavenly and is rough enough to smooth your skin to perfection, yet the oil base stays on the skin meaning you can skip on moisturiser and skip out of the door in no time! Probably not the best for oily skin, it’s never-the-less a life saver for dry winter damaged hides.
Like your skincare natural? Then it doesn’t get better than this… Buffy the Backside Slayer from Lush. Nothing to do with vampires, this scrub bar was inspired by the beautiful Brazilian women who rub a mixture of sand and suntan oil on their bodies to improve circulation and reduce cellulite. Mixed with cocoa and shea butters (to soften and moisturize), ground rice, almonds and aduki beans (to exfoliate you to velvety perfection,) voila, Buffy was created! This is another super moisturiser too, perfect for dry skin.
Fancy a scent-sational treat? Origins Incredible Spreadable Ginger scrub has a fabulous Ginger boost to revitalise your senses yet with warming properties to cosset you as we move from Winter into Spring and you get ready to bare! Once again, a heavy duty scrub with good sized rough bits, a handful of this stuff will smooth your bumpy bits away and make you smile.
In your Arms
Nearly every woman I have ever spoken to gets those annoying little bumps on the top of their arms and I’m no exception. With a dose of sun the only sure fire way I knew of to get rid of them, but being sun safe here at Rock My Wedding that was no longer an option and I had to find a solution fast before Wedding day! Correctly named hyperkeratosis pilaris the condition improves with age and can be treated by your doctor with salicylic acid preparations. I preferred to go down the ‘extra time in the bathroom’ route and discovered a gem…
Exfoliating Gloves from Boots cost around £2-4 and used daily with your usual shower gel may just be the most effective thing I have ever stumbled upon to make your upper arms bump free again. The key here is being religious about it and using the glove EVERY day as it is a build up of keratin that causes the ‘plugs’ which must be kept at bay!
With all this buffing you’ll need to keep on top of your skins moisture levels and Lush Dream Cream is my top pick to do just that. With a distinctive smell of the ‘acquired taste’ variety, (Although I’m a complete addict now!) this body cream was developed to superbly moisturise and calm troubled skin. With a calming oat meal base it’s packed with every soothing plant the geniuses at Lush could find: tea tree, lavender and chamomile, moisturizing olive oil and loads more. It’s the only cream I have found that leaves my skin as soft at the end of the day as when I first applied it that morning.
And last of all, if you are a fan of layering your fragrance I’m also a convert to theGinger Souffle also by Origins. This luxurious cream really melts in and leaves your skin smelling all gingery, warm and zingy 🙂
Ahhhh, breath a sigh of relaxed relief. Lock yourself in the bathroom for some quality time, soak away the day, scrub yourself silly, then smooth things over and sleep like a baby.
You can thank me later 🙂