When a Bride books with me I talk to her right away about the importance of having moisturized, hydrated skin. I suffer myself from dry skin, and when I get it my foundation sucks into my dry patches and it is just awful. If you are getting married or have a special event coming up. Make sure you do the following:
Exfoliate: If you have dry to combination skin exfoliate two times a week. If you have oily skin, exfoliate three times a week. Sloughing off the dead skin will help prevent breakouts. Just remember you have three layers of skin, it takes approximately 21 days for the second layer of your skin to become your first.
Masks: I have done weekly hydration masks when my skin was particularly dry. The treatment helped with two weeks to clear up so I highly recommend these. Obviously mask treatments can be found for all sort of skin types and problems. The Face Shop has reasonable masks if you are on a budget.
Daily Regime: Make sure you are using a cleanser that takes your makeup off. Some do not dissolve makeup as think they do.
Moisturizer: Having the right moisturizer is important. A thinner formula for the day and thicker for the night. I personally seek a formula with no SPF in it. This way I can use it for both day and night. Do not put a moisturizer on at night which has SPF in it. SPF clogs your pores and creates breakouts.
Eye cream: Anti-aging or hydration, the skin around your eyes is thinner and requires a different formula than the rest of your face.
Serums: Serums are expensive. However I have found they work. They are designed to seep into your skin and treat your second layer of skin. As your skin grows out, and your second layer becomes your first layer, it has already been treated and taken care of. They do make a difference so this might be something you do just as your day approaches-don't bother starting if it's a month away and you expect results on the day. Start at least 6 months before.
What do I use? I use Bioderma. You can find it at Shoppers Drug Mart. Models during Fashion Week use this product as it melts makeup off, keeps skin moisturized, and is gentle enough not to irritate. My skin is as good as it has ever been.
There is much to chose from, do some research, ask friends what they use, ask experts-don't forget they are trying to sell you something. ASK FOR SAMPLES!
Wishing you all the best in the search for beautiful skin!