This was a fun post for me to write. I am a closet skincare junkie and am obsessed with beauty, spas and wellness. I get excited at the sheer thought of a lavender scented oil and some Enya playing in a treatment room, lol. So, even though this post may not be all about spas…you can think of your skincare regime as a journey to your personal wellness and you can do treatments at home which will help prep your skin for your wedding day. Don’t worry..you can get some amazing spa and pampering time in on your honeymoon. 😉
Ok, as a bride, of course you’ve taken great care to make sure you look picture-perfect from head to toe, right? Designer pumps are on your pedicured feet, and your glittering flowing white dress is accented by gorgeous headpiece you’ve chosen or the perfect vintage inspired veil which will lie atop your beautify; flowing locks pr perfectly coifed up do!
You feel confident and beautiful, am I right? No one can steal the spotlight from you on your wedding day! Then.. the horror..before you turn the corner to walk down the aisle, you take a quick look in the mirror to discover that a flaming red pimple has taken up residence in the space between your perfectly shaped brow, eek!! You open your mouth to scream, but instead, you wake up in a cold sweat. It was all a pre-wedding nightmare.
To any bride slacking off on their daily skincare regimen, don’t let this nightmare become your reality! Use the months during your engagement to whip your pores into tip-top shape, no matter what the present-day condition of your complexion may be. Every bride can have skin that radiates with a natural glow..all it takes is a little preparation and special attention to detail. Here are 10 tips I’ve put together to help you achieve gorgeous skin by the time your wedding day arrives! Hope it helps! It’s helped me writing this even if I am already married! Every girl needs a little skincare help to give us that special glow!
Get ready to inspect those pores
Alright girls..pull out a magnified mirror, turn on a bright light (Oh no!!) and take a long look at your reflection. Do you have dry skin or an oily complexion? Knowing your skin type will help you decide which skin care regimen is right for you. If you suffer from regular breakouts or acne, you may need to seek the help of a professional to ensure your skin is in great shape by the wedding. Some medications take up to 12 weeks to take effect, so book an appointment with a dermatologist for a consultation at least six months in advance of the big day. Even if you don’t have a year to prep your pores, it’s important to adopt a healthy skin care regimen as soon as possible! I think you will thank me on your wedding day!
Drink plenty of H2O!
It’s no secret that drinking water is good for your health. And while experts can’t prove that drinking pure H20 will give you clear skin, it can’t hurt to cut carbonated beverages from your diet and drink more water instead! I always wonder if thats true so I slack on drinking water myself, but I will tell you that once I start pounding the water, great things start happening in my body and my skin does indeed have a much prettier look! Some attribute a glowing complexion to water, and that may be true. Experts report that drinking two or more glasses of water a day increases blood flow to the skin, perhaps giving the organ a little boost at the same time. Fine lines and wrinkles may become more visible if you’re dehydrated, so drink plenty of water in the months before your wedding to look and feel your very best. So drink up my Ladies!!
Wash your face every day
Regardless of how much makeup you wear, it’s imperative that you wash your face every night before you go to bed in order to maintain a clear complexion. Use a cleanser that will effectively wash away makeup, dirt and bacteria from your face, and when you’re traveling, use makeup remover towelettes as a convenient alternative. When in doubt, reach for a foaming cleanser that rinses with water — it works well with most people’s complexions, including those who suffer from breakouts. No matter what skin type you have, always use cold water to rinse the suds away — skin could become irritated when exposed to hot temperatures. I also notice that if I have any broken capillaries (which I do sadly), that the warmer or hotter the water is…the more irritated they become. Keep it cool..
No matter how hard to you try to keep your skin in tip-top shape, the stress of planning a wedding is bound to leave you with a pesky pimple or two over the course of your engagement. I find this still to this day during a stressful time or that “time of the month” especially. To safely zap a zit, dab a small amount of benzoyl peroxide on its surface before going to bed. The blemish should dry out and reduce in size, and in some cases, it could completely disappear by morning. Whatever you do, never squeeze or pick at a blemish (although so tempting!!), even if you’re in a pinch! Doing this could result in an infection, or worse, leave you with a permanent scar. eek!
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize, did I say Moisturize??
Skipping the use of a daily moisturizer will most likely wreak havoc on your skin. Whether you wash your face in the shower or in the sink, apply a moisturizer immediately after drying off — skin is porous and will absorb liquid best during this time.
Those with oily complexions may choose an oil-free moisturizer that’s applied only once a day, while those with dry skin may need a product that’s applied in the morning and at night. Remember, you don’t have to treat all patches of skin the same. Pay attention to which areas are dry and oily, and moisturize accordingly!
Get your beauty rest girlies!
Keep Makeup Brushes Clean
Try some at home face masks
While masks shouldn’t replace your daily cleansing routine, wearing one regularly can improve your complexion. Masks melt hard sebum that resides deep in your pores, removing grit and grime that most daily skincare products are unable to do. Plus they look funny and you can scare anyone around you while wearing. haha!
Those with oily skin should wear a mask every other day to remove oil and dirt, while those with dry skin should wear a mask sparingly — just once or twice a month. Even though masks work well with most skin types, don’t wait until right before the wedding to try one for the first time — there is a small chance that you could have an allergic reaction!
Slather on that SPF!
Many brides want their white dress to pop against bronze, sun-kissed skin, but exposing yourself to the sun’s harmful rays without wearing sunscreen is dangerous to your health. To prevent skin from burning, choose cosmetics with built-in SPF. These makeup products should include a label with PA+, PA+ or PA+++ to indicate the level of UVA protection in the formula, but achieving full coverage doesn’t stop there. Most women don’t wear a makeup application heavy enough to protect them over the course of an entire day, so it’s best to layer moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher on skin before applying a base. When you’re outdoors for a significant amount of time, always reapply sunscreen and makeup to ensure long-lasting coverage from morning to night. Finally, don’t forget to wear lip balm that’s SPF 30 or higher to maintain a perfect pout — a very important accessory for a successful first kiss as husband and wife!
Hope these tips helped and you will be on your way to a fresh face for your wedding day!
Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu