As a makeup artist, I understand the importance of having a healthy and radiant canvas for your wedding day makeup. Beautiful skin is the key to a flawless and long-lasting look. Yet whilst you are consumed with all the other preparations it can be such a simple thing to overlook until the last minute. In this blog post, I’ll share my tips on how to care for your skin before your wedding, ensuring that you achieve that desirable bridal glow.
- Start Early and Stick to a Routine: Begin your pre-wedding skincare routine well in advance to give your skin time to adjust. Six to three months earlier is a good time to start taking more extra care than normal. Consistency is crucial, so establish a daily regimen of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing that works for your skin type. Exfoliate once a week. Invest in serums that address specific skin concerns – for example, Innisfree Green Tea Seed serum is fantastic for reducing melasma. Consider cutting down on stimulants like coffee and tea to no more than 3 cups a day.
- Consult with a Skincare Professional: Consider scheduling a consultation with a skincare professional who can assess your skin’s specific needs and recommend treatments or products tailored to you if you have problem skin. They can help address concerns like acne, uneven texture, or dryness effectively.
- Nourish from Within: Remember that healthy skin starts from within. Prioritize a well-balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and hydration. Foods rich in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and avocados, can contribute to a glowing complexion. Don’t cut out healthy fats like olive oil from your diet – when working with clients with super dry skin I find that nearly all of them try to consume as little fat as possible because of it’s high calorie count. Try to see if there are other ways you can cut calories instead like reducing carbs. Take a multivitamin and consider hyaluronic acid supplements as they actually work better over the long term than applying a serum topically.
- Exfoliate Gently and Regularly: Regular exfoliation is key to removing dead skin cells and revealing fresh, smooth skin. However, be gentle to avoid irritation. Opt for chemical exfoliants or mild physical exfoliators that suit your skin type. Bicarbonate soda is an excellent and inexpensive mild exfoliant!! Another inexpensive and very effective option for removing dead skin cells is chickpea flour mixed with a enough yoghurt to make a paste, pinch of turmeric and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply and wash after it dries – about 20 minutes.
- Hydration is Key: Keep your skin hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day. You don’t necessarily need to be chugging down a 4 litre bottle but try to drink one glass every hour during daylight hours. Additionally, use a hydrating moisturizer and consider incorporating a hydrating hyaluronic serum into your routine for an extra boost of moisture.
- Protect from the Sun: Shield your skin from harmful UV rays by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF daily… at least 50+. Sunscreen not only prevents sunburn but also helps maintain your skin’s youthful appearance. It is the most effective anti-aging cream there is.
- Relax and Minimize Stress: Wedding planning can be overwhelming, but it’s essential to find ways to de-stress. High-stress levels can impact your skin negatively. Engage in activities like yoga, meditation, or even taking leisurely walks to promote relaxation. Consider hiring a wedding planner to take a considerable amount of the stress out of the day for you.
- Pamper with Facial Treatments: Treat yourself to regular facials leading up to your wedding day. Professional facials can help deep clean your pores, address specific skin concerns, and leave you with a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion. A great, inexpensive product is multani mitti . You can mix it with other products like rose powder or sandalwood powder, yoghurt and almond oil for a nourishing mask for dry skin or with amla and tulsi powder for oily, acne prone skin. Boxes of these products cost around $3-4 in Indian grocery stores.
- Avoid Trying New Products or Treatments Close to the Wedding: To prevent any unexpected reactions or sensitivities, avoid experimenting with new skincare products or treatments too close to your wedding day. Stick to the routine and products that have been working well for your skin. Simpler is often better and doesn’t have to be expensive, sorbolene for example is a great cleanser and a few drops of olive oil on damp skin is a great moisturiser.
- Get Ample Rest: Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep especially right before the wedding. Sufficient rest allows your skin to regenerate and repair itself, resulting in a healthier and more vibrant appearance.
As a makeup artist, I believe that taking care of your skin before your wedding day really is just as important as the makeup itself. Follow these tips, establish a consistent skincare routine, and consult with professionals if necessary to ensure your skin is in its best possible condition. By dedicating time and effort to skincare, you’ll achieve that radiant bridal glow that will make you look and feel absolutely stunning on your special day.