“The bride was glowing.” Isn’t that what everyone says? But with the stress of planning the wedding, wrangling the Best Man, AND keeping the in-laws happy, it’s not uncommon for a bride’s skin to revolt days before she walks down the aisle. If there’s one last minute stress you don’t need, it’s waking up on game day with an acne outbreak. While wedding planning can inevitably have its skin-wrecking stresses, there are key steps you can take to keep your skin radiant and blemish-free when you say “I do.”
3 months out
If you’re not already using high quality skincare products, begin at least three months before your wedding in order to see results in time for the big day. Find a stack of products that works for your skin type.
I recommend that my brides begin using my TCA Multi Acid Face Peel combined with a serum and my Collagen-Boosting Microroller a few months in advance to help resurface, tighten, and brighten skin. It’s a painless way to help high quality serums absorb more effectively into your skin. Pair it with my EGF Activating Serum to encourage seriously glowing skin.
3 weeks out
While you’re probably already on some kind of pre-wedding eating plan, start eating for your skin three weeks before your wedding. Avoid inflammatory foods like dairy, wheat and alcohol, which not only cause redness and puffiness but also skin dehydration. Instead, load up on antioxidant-rich veggies like bell peppers, carrots, squashes, and greens. Add fruits rich in water to your diet as well (think melon, apple, oranges, and stone fruit) to keep your skin moisturized from the inside out.
This is also a great time to begin using a body peel to encourage smooth, supple, blemish-free skin all over. Begin by applying my TCA Multi-Acid Body Peel once or twice a week. If you want a deep peel, use it without a moisturizer. If you’d like more mild results, follow with a body lotion. This peel will help soften bumpy chicken skin, banish body acne, and encourage softer, brighter skin.
2 weeks out
Two weeks before your wedding, consider booking an appointment with your esthetician. She will be able to give your skin a deep cleanse with exfoliation and recommend any additional treatments that will help prepare your skin. Two weeks is plenty of time for any redness caused by extractions or treatments to subside.
1 week out
One week before your wedding, use a face peel like my Deep Sea Mineral Peel or TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel to resurface your skin. You should also be regularly using a serum rich in hyaluronic acid like my HA Hydrating Serum. This will help draw moisture into the skin and create a plumper, smoother, more moisturized appearance. It will also help alleviate flakes and dryness, which can become more apparent with wedding makeup.
The big day
When you wake up on your wedding day, immediately drink a full glass of water with lemon. Try to squeeze in a workout to get your blood pumping to the surface of your skin. Avoid mimosas with your bridesmaids. Instead, sip on herbal teas and water to maintain optimal hydration. Apply the HA Hydrating Serum to keep your skin moist until it’s time to sit down in the makeup chair.
Do you have questions about how to prep for your wedding day? Send them to me in the comments or chat me on social media for more tips.