It is official: you are getting hitched! There is so much excitement leading up to THE DAY that some little, not-so-motivating, details go overlooked. Yes, you will be able to wear an amazing dress, celebrate with your family and friends, and make that a special moment to remember for the rest of your life. The downside is that like it or not, the Bridezilla side of your personality will be unveiled along the way. Imagine having to deal with the guestlist, the cake, the venue, the wedding favors...and, on top of that, making your skin look immaculate for the once-in-a-lifetime occasion. It seems like mission impossible, right? Well, that nervous breakdown will have to wait as we have the perfect simple to-do list for brides (and bridesmaids too!).
AND, the good news is that you won't have to spend a fortune on skin beautification and add up to your already overwhelming wedding bills. So, let's have a look at the
top bridal skincare tips.
Do #1: Stick to the basics
When: as soon as he/she/they propose
Most brides focus on fancy, expensive, and state-of-the-art treatments to achieve the perfect glow. Let's be realistic; you won't be able to do them on a day-to-day basis. Even though they can help you get closer to your skin goals, their effect can and will be lost if you lack a solid foundation. Your daily
bridal skincare routinemakes up the pillars of a healthy complexion: cleanser, serum, moisturizer, face oil, and sunscreen (SPF 30+). If you still don't have a formal skincare regime, this is the right moment to start. Oh, and you might want to have that spot treatment handy for that unsightly, last-minute pimple (thanks cortisol levels!)
Do #2: Get expert's advice
When: once the bling bling is on your ring finger
You are either the type who only washes their face with soap (and nothing else), or buys every single beauty box and smothers your skin with all the
skincare productsthat you come across. None of these options are conducive to skin health, especially if you are experiencing skin issues and have no idea what to do next (because you have tried everything under the sun to “get rid of them”). This is the perfect timing to call the pros and get a skincare diagnosis and plan tailored to your needs, whether they are related to acne, hyperpigmentations, rosacea, aging, or just deep hydration purposes.
Do #3: Activate yourself
When: you are already running late!
We are not referring to physical activity, but to the application of active ingredients that are capable of transforming your skin into its best version. In the morning, maximize the usage of hyaluronic acid, the different forms of vitamin C, algae/seaweed, niacinamide, and other antioxidants such as ferulic acid, green tea extract, and resveratrol. At night, on the other hand, introduce ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, ceramides, peptides, and retinol-like alternatives (bakuchiol and bidens pilosa). Just remember that everyone is different and Do #2 will help you determine what are the best actives (and the right%) for your complexion. The rule of thumb is not to experiment with new ingredients just 1 month ahead of your big day. You certainly do not want to deal with a pre-wedding skin reaction that not even professional makeup will be able to conceal.
Do #4: Go tech and clinical
When: at least 3-6 months before walking down the aisle
If you really need to up your game, then why not consider the addition of technology and much more potent procedures? The hydrafacial is the perfect option for brides that are worried about manual extraction and harsh peelings. It calls for the application of microdermabrasion alongside serum infusion that leaves your skin impurity-free and looking super luminous. This is arguably the
best facial for wedding prep. LED, laser, and radiofrequency (Morpheus) sessions are wonderful alternatives for those who want to stimulate collagen production and achieve a firmed-up appearance. The latter can be applied to the body as well.
Peelings can provide jaw-dropping results, especially if dark spots and scars are an issue for you. They can't be taken lightly as they might cause uneven skin tone, scarring, and infections depending on the depth and pH of the formula. Not to mention that certain phototypes do not respond well to them. So, they should only be recommended and performed by a qualified professional.
And, of course, injectables are there for you as well if you want something a little bit more invasive that produces fast results. Again, do not do anything radical to your skin 1 month before the wedding. It is best to focus on deeply moisturizing, soothing, and nourishing facials a few days leading up to the wedding.
How often should you get a facial before the wedding?It really depends on your needs, but the general recommendation is every 2-6 weeks.
Getting a facial before the weddingis absolutely possible, and the deadline is one week before the marriage takes place. Now, invasive treatments should be spaced out a little bit more; every 3-6 months. Together, the actives and treatments will create the perfect canvas for your wedding makeup. Can you see
why skincare is important? By the way, we recommend that you have 2 “makeup drill” sessions to make sure you are happy with the result and avoid any disasters.
Do #5: Cherish your self-care
When: You haven't started yet?
The aim is neither to look “perfect”, nor to fit into size zero jeans. What we really really want is that you to experience a sense of well-being. Think of this as the perfect opportunity to regain your health, or achieve a greater level. You have the power to transform your life, and you deserve it. Your diet should be chock-full, and in balanced proportions, of nourishing foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds, whole fats, legumes, and animal proteins (for those who are not vegan). It is ok to eat a treat every now and then, but always go back to your wholesome lifestyle.
In order to avoid inflammation, it is best to minimize refined sugar, gluten, salt, alcohol, trans fats, alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. Nutraceuticals are ok, provided they are prescribed by a qualified nutritionist or physician. The same applies to detox diets; not all of them are and might leave you feeling depleted. Do not forget to drink pure water based entirely on your thirst signals.
Exercising will help you deal with all that awful stress, improve your mood, stimulate your microcirculation, strengthen your muscles and bones, etc. Most people only do it for aesthetic purposes, and that is a big mistake. There is so much more to it! Try to find a physical activity that agrees with you and practice it 3-4 times per week. It will literally change your life.
We can't emphasize enough the importance of sleep. Everyone seems to be willing to sacrifice their sleep hours without realizing how much they will lose. A sleepless bride is an unhappy bride. Try to secure 7-9 hours and turn in between 10 and 11 p.m. If possible, add some beauty naps to your routine. Sleep is one of the best cosmetic treatments out there, did you know that? When combined, all these elements will potentiate the effect of your
wedding skincare prep.
Do #6: Have some me-time
When: Right here, right now
Brides get so carried away by all the frenzy that it is so difficult for them to set apart a time to be with themselves. And then, the skyrocketing cortisol levels start to wreak havoc on your skin and health. Even if it is 5 minutes per day, take some time to connect with your inner self. Meditate by focusing on your natural breathing rhythm. Just let it flow and perceive what happens in your body without being judgemental. If your mind diverts, you can always go back to your breathing. This is completely normal and part of the process. You will soon notice that thoughts are thoughts. They are, by no means, facts or represent reality. Regular meditation will help you become more aware and see things from a completely different perspective. Your wedding worries will not go away, but you will be better equipped to deal with them and enjoy life to the max.