Combat dehydrated skin with the help of Kate Mitchell Makeup Studio and Academy

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I’ve recently learned that my skin is not just dry but dehydrated! How can I combat the dry, rough patches so that my foundation looks flawless in time for W-day?

Kate Mitchell from Kate Mitchell Makeup Studio and Academy (https://katemitchellmakeupstudio.co.uk) says: The most important thing to remember about skincare before your wedding is time. How long do you have before your big day to start mixing up your usual skin care regime? As we all know, the skin is a temperamental and sensitive organ, which after introducing new skin care can often go through many questionable stages before showing off the flawless, finished results. It’s highly recommended that any changes to your skincare routine, including any professional facial treatments are started within six months of your wedding day. This allows for your skin to have time to fully adjust to the changes, with opportunity to make a few tweaks along the way to get it looking and feeling perfect.

If time is on your side, I’d always recommend starting a course of professional facials. There are hundreds on the market, so it’s important to seek advice from a fully-trained professional who’ll be best equipped to adapt treatments around your needs and achieve the results you’re hoping for. The Hydrafacial is an amazing treatment for anyone struggling with combination skin.

If you don’t have six months to experiment though, light exfoliations and hydrating face masks are going to be your best friends. Exfoliating toners with very little acid content are a great way to gently reset your complexion, enhancing your natural glow and evening out texture. Moisturising tissue face masks are then ideal for keeping your skin hydrated and plump, plus they’re incredibly relaxing. For home use, I recommend Pixi Glow Tonic Toner and Garnier Moisture Bomb Face Masks.

I’d always suggest seeking advice from a skin specialist before introducing anything acid-based to your routine. This will reduce the risk of using any contradicting products or medications, which may cause irritation.

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