Is your wedding happening soon or is it happening next year? Whether it’s happening sooner or later it’s never too early to start a skincare regimen. Here I am sharing some advice on how to get your skin clear and luminous for your wedding day.
1. It’s never too early to start a daily skin care routine.
A daily skin care routine should consist of the following.
A. Cleanse (Once in the morning and once at night. If you are wearing makeup cleanse once to remove makeup and a second time to cleanse your skin)
B. Tone (Make sure your toner is alcohol free for less irritation)
C. Moisturize (Heavy duty in the P.M. and light weight in the A.M.)
D. Protect (SPF) (To cut down on steps you can purchase a moisturizer that has SPF in it. Remember you don’t need an SPF in the evening)
In the evening you will want to use a thick eye cream and a night cream. You will also want to add exfoliation (1-2 times a week) into your skin care routine. Be careful not to scrub too hard. You don’t want your face to be beet red when finished. A nice flush is what it should look like. I prefer to exfoliate with products that contain glycolic acids or fruit acids. The granular scrubs tend to irritate my sensitive skin. Schedule a monthly facial with a licensed esthetician and if you have problematic skin contact a dermatologist. When you stick with a daily routine your skin will stay at it’s optimal level of health.
2. Hair today, gone tomorrow
Your makeup will go on much better and your skin will look smoother if you dermaplane. What is dermaplane you ask? It is a safe, non-invasive treatment that uses a special tool at a forty-five degree angle and stroked along the skin, while holding the skin taut to remove “peach fuzz” as well as dead skin cells. Dermaplane does not require any downtime and will give you the smoothest skin possible. Of course you could shave your face but it may result in ingrown hairs and make you break out or you could opt for laser hair removal, which is very costly. Contrary to popular belief, your hair will not grow back thicker. Always see a licensed esthetician or doctor for dermaplaning.
3. Bye Bye Bacne
Most wedding dresses show off a brides shoulders and back. You will want to keep those areas free from acne, especially if you are wearing your hair up. Here are some things you can do to rid yourself of these unsightly bumps.
A. Start using an anti-bacterial wash on the problematic areas to keep acne stimulating bacteria away.
B. Use a long handled loofah brush or sponge to exfoliate your back.
C. If using an anti-bacterial wash and loofah brush or sponge doesn’t help you can also use a clarifying mask on the problem area once a week. Another option is to schedule a back facial with a licensed esthetician who can do extractions on top of giving your back a deep cleanse and mask.
4. See Ya Later Chicken Arms
Do you have tiny bumps on the back of your upper arms? I jokingly refer to them as chicken arms because it feels like chicken skin but the correct terminology for it is Keratosis Pilaris. While there is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris, you can effectively reduce the bumps by using a moisturizer containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid.
5. To Tan Or Not To Tan
I do not promote tanning beds as I know they are not good for your skin (more wrinkles and skin cancer to name a couple). I do, however, encourage anyone who wants to look tan to try a spray tan. You will want to avoid any spray tan disasters and book a test a few weeks out to make sure that you like the way it looks and to make sure you don’t have any reaction to the product used.
6. Pucker Up
Don’t neglect your lips! Use a good quality lip balm daily and before bed on the days leading up to your wedding. Do this for at least a week before your wedding and your lips will be amazingly soft, smooth and ready to kiss the man of your dreams.
7. Don’t Stress
Stress can lead to breakouts, which can be frustrating when you have spent money and time getting your skin in the best shape possible for your wedding. Prior to your wedding try meditating (there are plenty guided meditation apps out there) to reduce the amount of stress. Yoga can also help calm your mind and balance the body. If you wake up the day before with a major pimple don’t pick it! Picking it will make it worse, cause scabbing and make more pimples surface. If you have a dermatologist you could ask them to give you a cortisone shot in the pimple, which will shorten the duration of the pimple. I had to do this the day before my wedding and the next day it was almost gone.
8. SPF, SPF, SPF
Yes, I said it, SPF. Not only should you wear SPF every day leading up to your wedding, you should wear SPF every day. Period. The last thing you want to have on your wedding day is crispy red skin. Not only is it hard to cover sunburned skin because makeup doesn’t want to stick, it’s painful and increases your chance of skin cancer, wrinkles and brown spots. Whatever you do make sure you are wearing an SPF of 30+ every day.
9. Don’t Try Any New Products
Don’t try any new products up to four weeks prior to your wedding. This includes skin care, hair products or even laundry detergent. If you have any kind of reaction to these products it could take weeks to calm the irritation so I believe it’s best to stick with what you have been using until after the wedding.
10. Don’t Wait
Don’t wait until the last minute to think about your skin. The longer time you have to correct any skin issues, the better. I have many products in my professional makeup artist kit and it’s best to start with a great canvas to achieve amazing results.
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