How to prep your skin for a special occasion
Can you believe it’s July already?! I think this time of year, aside from Christmas, is the busiest time for social events. Our calendars are usually full of weddings, balls and garden parties which is perhaps why this blog was so highly requested on Instagram yesterday!
So tonight, I’m sharing my personal ‘get event ready’ schedule in the hope that it helps you to both look and feel your very best all season long.
1 month before: Tackle any major concerns
If I’ve got a particularly special event coming up, the prep usually starts a month before so I have a full skin cycle to correct any concerns.
For me personally, this means giving myself a professional skin treatment as if I were one of my clients. I usually opt for a light skin peel just to boost my day-to-day routine and specifically target any key areas of concern.
If your schedule is super tight however, incorporating the Pure Roller into your routine will recreate that treatment feeling at home. Use it twice a week alongside your Proactive Age Kit and it will accelerate the results at an astonishing rate.
2 weeks before: Treat your feet
Now, this is an area I’m guilty of neglecting, but when I know my feet are about to be paraded around in a pair of beautiful, strappy heels, I do my best not to let the shoes down!
The most effective and easiest way to have them feeling super smooth is with a foot peel. They come in packs with face mask-like booties, you pop them on, let the gentle acids exfoliate the dead skin and then they peel for 10 days or so.
Afterwards, it’s like having a new pair of feet!
1 week before: The body blitz
My legs very rarely see the light of day, so a little bronzing is such a confidence boost. However, I always think fake tan looks more natural (and smells a little less like biscuits 😂) if you do it the week before.
Although it often feels like a total faff, I exfoliate with a gentle body scrub first to give me an even canvas to work on. I then go in with a gradual tanning lotion as it’s fool-proof and nourishes as it bronzes ensuring there’s no dry, scaly patches on my elbows or knees.
I apply a layer a week ahead of the event and top-up 3 days before if I need to.
The night before: Tame the barnet
This one may be slightly controversial and is dependent on your hair type, but I always wash my hair the night before a special occasion. My hair is quite fine and flat, so I find washing it ahead of schedule gives me more texture and a better hold when it comes to styling it…It also saves me half an hour in the morning which is always a winner.
My other trick is to pop my serums and moisturiser in the fridge before heading to bed…see below.
On the day – Not an ordinary skincare day!
On the day itself, it’s all about the skincare for me. Although I do my routine religiously day in and day out, I always make an extra effort for a big occasion, and this is how I do it.
Step 1: I give myself a face massage as I cleanse. It doesn’t have to be a specific routine (here's one of my videos on Instagram to follow along with), even sweeping, lifting motions will sculpt and lift your face in less than a minute.
Step 2: I apply my products straight out of the fridge. The cold temperature instantly helps to reduce puffiness and offers a temporary skin tightening effect too.
Step 3: I apply a double layer of the Ultimate Moisturiser and leave it to totally absorb for 30 minutes. It delivers the most plump and hydrated complexion to apply makeup onto.
Step 4: This is something you won’t hear me say very often, but if there’s going to be flash photography at the event…skip your SPF. The light can create a flashback which develops as a white cast over your face in the photos. For this reason, it’s the ONLY time I’ll advise you to dodge your sunscreen!
And now, you’re good to go! I hope you have a wonderful summer celebrating with all the people you love most and remember to send me all your skin selfies along the way 🥰
Amy is a qualified skin expert and founder of BASE. When she’s not writing about skincare, you’ll find her applying it, developing it or daydreaming about it instead!