Top Tips for Gorgeous Skin | Joyce Connor

Nu Bride Ambassador Joyce Connor is always telling me the secret to flawless wedding day make up is gorgeous healthy skin and I believe her.

I won’t reveal Joyce’s age on here (because she’ll kill me), but Joyce is a mother, grandmother,  full-time business owner as a popular beauty expert and make up artist and not one wrinkle. None. Niente and her skin is like velvet.

Clare West PhotographyPhotography: Clare West

It is important to dedicate time to nurture your skin, not just for preparation up to your wedding day, but for your future self. Trust us, your 60 year old self will thank you for it!

Here are some great tips from Joyce on how to look after your skin and incorporate a skin care regime into your day that doesn’t take too much time.


Removing make up and excess oils on the surface of the skin daily is important. If you wear make up you need to do a double cleanse.

The first cleanse to remove the make up. There are many cleansing oils on the market that will work well to make the removal of make up easier. Apply the oil to the skin, emulsify the oil with water and rinse.

The second cleanse is to cleanse the skin. It can be a minefield finding what’s right but choose something for your skin type.

Dry skins need a creamy cleanser to add some oil to the skin, oily skin needs a gentle facial wash that’s not too harsh or a clay based cleanser to absorb the excess oil, the clay cleansers can be left on for a minute or two before removal.

Combination skins can use a mixture of cream cleansers, hot cloths or facial washes.

Joyce loves: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – Suitable for all skin types



Exfoliation is an important part of your skincare routine. Depending on your skin type you only need to exfoliate up to twice a week.

Oily skins need a gentle exfoliant once a week.

Drier skins should exfoliate twice weekly to remove dead skin cells from the surface and to brighten your skin.

There are various types of exfoliant, granular which feels abrasive on the skin, these are great for younger skins and very dry skins.

Skin peels are left on the skin for a few minutes and are usually AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) these dissolve dead skin cells without abrasive methods, best for mature, oily and sensitised skins. Hot cloth method, great for combination and normal skins.

Joyce loves: La Roche Posay Ultrafine Scrub for sensitive skin – suitable for all skins



A masque is so often overlooked or forgotten about in a cleansing routine. Yet it’s one of the most important steps.

Using a facial masque is the equivalent of using a conditioning treatment on your hair.

A masque is the next step after your facial exfoliation, using it once a week is enough to give your skin a boost.

Dry skins need nourishing and hydrating masques, did you know you can mix two masques together to give an extra boost.

For oilier skins clay masques are great for drawing oil to the surface and absorbing it, they also help to mattify the skin.

Normal/Combination skins can use a clay masque on the t-zone and a hydrating or nourishing masque on the cheek and neck areas.

Joyce loves: GlamGlow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment – Great boost for pre wedding skin, suitable for all skins


Eye cream

This product is one I always recommended for anyone over the age of 25. (Nu Bride: Oooh noted Joyce!)

You need one dot of eye cream the size of a rice grain onto your ring finger and pat it between both ring fingers to warm the product. Then gently pat it around the eye area. Patting will help to diminish puffiness and disperse the product without rubbing the delicate skin around the eyes.

There are eye creams for all skin types, use a lightweight one that’s hydrating.

If you suffer with dark circles around your eyes specialist eye creams are available to help fade and reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Joyce loves: Strivectin Intensive Eye Concentrate – Suitable for all skins



A serum acts like your daily skin conditioner, giving it extra hydration and nourishing.

Not all skins need a serum, but if your skin is dehydrated with fine lines and tightness then a serum is for you.

One pump of serum is enough to cover the face and neck. Rub the serum between both hands and press onto the skin, use once a day before moisturiser. Normal, dry and combination skins will benefit most from a serum.

Joyce loves: La Roche Posay Hydraphse Serum



All skins need moisturiser!

A lot of people think if their skin is oily they don’t need to moisturise it. Wrong.

Our faces and bodies have different needs. Most bodies need daily moisturising so does your face. Moisturiser does exactly what it says it adds moisture to the upper layers of skin.

Oily skins need oil free moisturiser, dry skins need a rich moisturiser and normal/combination skins need a medium moisturiser with some oil and well as hydration.

Once you’ve applied your moisturiser if your skin feels oily you’ve applied one that’s too rich, if it feels tight after application you need a richer moisturiser with some oil.

Joyce loves: Strivectin SD Concentrate and Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream both suitable for normal to dry skins


Sun Protection

One of the best skin protection products is sunscreen.

Seen as a non-essential by so many, but it’s definitely one of the most important year round essential products.

Sunscreen protects your skin from sun damage, ageing and burning. Regardless of our ethnicity or skin tone, we all need to take care of our skin.

The minimum SPF – sun protection factor you should be wearing daily in SPF15. Some moisturisers and foundations contain an SPF so it might not be necessary to add this step into your routine.

Joyce loves: Ultrasun, love the sports gel and the tinted face SPF 50 for all skin tones


Final Tips


  • Remember to remove your make up at bedtime, your skin renews itself while you sleep.
  • All skins can burn in the sun, protect it while you’re young to avoid getting age spots too soon.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before venturing outside.
  • If a product stings or burns stop using it immediately, it’s causing damage.
  • If in doubt seek professional advice for skin problems.
  • Hydrated skin is the best blank canvas for make up application. Drink plenty of water!

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