We know you are probably thinking the last thing on your mind right now is how to prepare your skin for your wedding. You’ve got so many things going through your head!
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Read on and find out how to get your skin in top-notch shape before your wedding and achieve that bridal glow.
If you want to get your skin in top form, it’s recommended that you start an intelligent bridal skincare routine for glowing skin about a year in advance.
It’s okay if you don’t have that long before the wedding day—adopt these good bridal skincare habits as soon as possible.
6 Months Before the Wedding
If you want to achieve that radiant bridal glow, the 6-month mark is when you’ll want to start getting serious with your skincare.
Remember, many skin treatments and products take a few months of consistent use before you start seeing accurate results.
Schedule a Visit with Your Derm
If you have major skin concerns like acne and uneven pigmentation, it’s best to get the situation under control well in advance.
This is the time to have your doctor prescribe topicals, like retinoids and medications to address them.
In addition, brown spots, fine lines, pores, and redness can be attended to with lasers. But because it may require multiple sessions and several months to see their cumulative benefits, you need to start as early as possible.
This is also the right time to schedule a series of derm-administered light peels or microdermabrasion on both the face and body—significantly if your dress exposes the décolleté, shoulders, back, or legs.
Schedule Professional Facials
Your wedding is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering. You’ll want to book monthly facials to refresh your skin.
Experienced aestheticians will massage your skin, scalp and decolletage to stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin looking healthy.
You can also request extractions. This is when your facialist gets all the dirt out of your pores.
Get that acne, hyperpigmentation, or rosacea under control once and for all. If a significant skincare concern has been troubling you, visit your dermatologist to see what your options are.
Issues more severe than the occasional blemish or fine line will take some time to treat.
The process takes preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation, or worse, scarring.
Start Laser Hair Removal Treatments
If you’ve had a lifelong hatred for your moustache or want a smooth bikini line for your honeymoon, head in for your first appointment now.
These treatments require six weeks between each one, so every hair (at each point in its growth cycle) is zapped.
Go Under the Needle
Thinking about correcting those frown lines or brow furrows? If you’ve never gotten an injectable treatment before, go to your dermatologist now for a consultation or your first round of treatments.
Going in blind closer to your wedding could lead to disappointment (and ruined pictures).
Get a Refill
Regular Botox users, head in for your appointment!
Give Your Boobs a Boost
If you think you’d like bigger breasts to fill out your gown, give temporary implants a test run. They only last 24 hours, so if you don’t like them, you’ll be back to normal in the morning.
Zap to It.
Get your last facial laser treatment or in-office chemical peel now, so your skin has time to recover.
If you’re tying the knot in a sunny locale, trying treatments later than this could lead to some nasty burns, as your complexion will be extra sensitive.
“Shrink” Your Pores With Microdermabrasion
We want to give it to you straight, so first, the bad news: You can’t change the size of your pores. The deeper a pore is, the bigger it looks on the skin’s surface.
The good news: You can minimize the depth of your pores to make them seem minor.
Microdermabrasion, glycolic acid and other chemical peels will exfoliate layers of bad skin and minimize pore surface.
Use Salt Scrubs to Soften Elbows
This is the one thing most brides forget about when considering their bridal routine for glowing skin and planning wedding skin preparation.
Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate.
The sodium bicarbonate will break down dry patches and make your skin a sponge for moisture.
For really tough patches, ask an aesthetician to put a glycolic peel on your elbows when you go in for a facial.
Get Your Skincare Sorted
If your current skincare routine is a little lacklustre, this is a great time to book in for a consultation with a dermatologist or skincare specialist.
They’ll be able to assess your skin type and skin goals and tailor a skincare routine to suit.
If you’d prefer to get your skincare sorted DIY-style, consider adding a daily hydrating serum and weekly face mask into your everyday routine––you’ll want to look out for active ingredients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C or Hyaluronic Acid.
You might also want to consider booking in for monthly facials from here until the big day.
Use Skin-Specific Moisturizer
All moisturizers are not created equal. Look for one that caters to your skin concerns.
You don’t want to add much more moisture to oily skin, but you want to hydrate. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ferulic acid, both of which help your skin maintain water.
For dry skin, stick with hyaluronic acid or ferulic acid, but don’t worry about finding an oil-free formula. Your skin craves moisture.
For breakout-prone skin, choose a non-comedogenic moisturizer. It should say so on the bottle. For sensitive skin, your go-to is a fragrance-free product.
Reduce Sunspots With an Acid Peel
Peels are designed to slough off dead skin and bring a new, fresh coat to the surface.
To make the most of these spa treatments, you’ll want to book a series of peels.
Start with six different sessions, each two weeks apart (so skin has time to recover). If you have a full year until the wedding, schedule this treatment twice a year, once in spring and fall.
Deep Clean With a Mask
A mask isn’t meant to replace your daily face-washing routine; it’s only meant to enhance it.
Since it stays longer, a mask will help melt the hard sebum (or oily substance) in your pores, something washing alone won’t do.
If your skin is oily, use a mask every other day. If you have dry skin, once or twice per month, keep oil and dirt from building up.
Wash With Your Hands
Here’s a secret most dermatologists will tell you: Don’t use a washcloth on your face.
Washcloths can harbour bacteria. Instead, use just your hands. But first, use a separate makeup remover to tackle waterproof mascara and long-wearing lipstick.
Use an Eye Cream With Light Diffusers
In many cases, dark under-eye circles are hereditary.
So the only way to reduce their appearance is with makeup. Start with an eye cream with light diffusers, which reflect light to make the eye look brighter.
Then, use concealer only on the dark spots. Look for one that matches your skin tone exactly, not one that’s a shade lighter—that can make your attempt to conceal even more noticeable.
Remember to dab lightly to avoid tugging on delicate eye areas.
Make Time for a Complexion Check-In
Book an appointment with your dermatologist to see how your skin responds to any new prescriptions and products.
At this point, there is still time to tweak your regimen or in-office treatments, so you get the best results by your wedding day.
Begin a Regular Peel Regimen.
In addition to your regular facials (which you get once a month, correct?), try using at-home peels.
Using a gentle formula will fade fine lines, even and brighten skin tone, and ward off breakouts.
Master the Self-Tanning Equation
There’s much to be said for the ethereal beauty of pale skin, but if you prefer your limbs and complexion subtly golden, self-tanner is an option.
Start experimenting with the right shade a few months before your wedding to adjust to seeing yourself with colour.
If you’re getting a professional spray tan, work continuously with the same specialist to avoid any surprises and book your final pre-wedding session three days before the ceremony.
If you’re using an at-home formula, exfoliate before each session and then again every two to three days afterwards to avoid streaks and unevenness.
Two days before you walk down the aisle, if you feel confident that you’ve conquered any chance of streaking, do one last application.
Try a temporary body bronzer that washes off but won’t transfer onto your white dress for those hesitant about committing to self-tanner.
Condition Those Lush Locks
The 6-month mark is also an excellent time to consider getting your hair into prime wedding day condition.
Consider booking in for monthly hair treatment with your local salon, or invest in an at-home deep conditioning treatment or hair mask for regular use.
This is also when you’ll want to test out any significant changes you’re thinking of making to your hair colour, length or style.
You can then tweak or adapt your new look as needed before getting your final touch-ups closer to the day.
Manage Excess Facial Oil
If you’re on the go, blotting papers will help keep your face shine-free.
If you need a more advanced grease solution, streamline your routine. Use a mild face wash, skip the toner and add a lightweight oil-free moisturizer.
Excessive face-washing will kick oil production into overdrive, which is no good for getting that bridal glow.
Eliminate Zits With Benzoyl Peroxide
If you’ve got a problem pimple (you know, one that hurts), there are only two ways to take care of it.
And no, popping it isn’t one of them.
The first is to dab benzoyl peroxide gel directly on the blemish. This will help dry it out (sometimes overnight).
The other option is a faster but more expensive fix: Consult your doctor and ask about an anti-inflammatory steroid injection.
3 Months Before the Wedding
These next 12 weeks are going to FLY by! It’s time to ramp things up a notch with a focus on health and nutrition:
Eat the Rainbow
This is where you’ll want to pack your diet with nutrients to help you achieve that beautiful bridal glow.
Green juices, in particular, are a great way to start the day, detox your body and reduce puffiness.
Pay attention to your gut health, and be sure to eat a colourful diet filled with lots of fruits and veggies. Make sure you’re also staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water each day.
Eat Super Foods
No matter what your skin type is—oily, dry, normal or a combo— it craves water. Sure, drinking water helps, but snacking on naturally hydrating foods like watermelon works too.
Other superfoods for your face? Try grapefruit, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale.
Cut Dairy from Your Diet
This is a challenge for many, but forgoing milk and cheese now (or earlier!) can drastically clear up your skin — and certainly can’t hurt at a gown-fitting appointment.
Considering many pimples take two weeks to manifest, giving yourself a month could guarantee clearer skin.
Exfoliate Your Skin
At the 3-month mark, your skincare specialist might also recommend booking in for a monthly microdermabrasion or exfoliant treatment to remove any dead skin and get your face feeling glowy and fresh.
Book Your Beauty Trials
These final months are also where you’ll want to book in your hair, makeup, and spray tan trials and request any tweaks or changes as needed. Getting these trials done will give you peace of mind when it comes to your bridal look on the big day! Finding your perfect Wedding Make Up Artist doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out our ultimate list here.
Think About Your Pearly Whites
Considering you’ll spend most of your wedding day with a big cheesy grin on your face, this is the perfect time to start any at-home teeth whitening kits or strips. If you’re serious about getting those pearly whites, chat with your dentist for their recommendations or treatment options.
Use Concealer (the Right Way)
Unlike with foundation, your final layer of concealer isn’t meant to be blended. Dab it right where you need it with a pointed brush.
Then, use your finger to pat the perimeter until it’s smooth.
Blend Foundation With Your Fingers
Whether you apply your foundation with a brush, a stick or a sponge, you should blend it in using your fingers. Put a dime-size dollop of moisturizer on your fingers, rub them together and start mixing.
The extra moisture will keep your foundation and skin from drying out and will make your complexion look soft and dewy.
Shampoo Your Makeup Brushes
Every time you swipe on your blush with a dirty brush, you add a layer of acne-causing bacteria to your skin.
Cleaning your brushes is easy: Just suds them with shampoo, rinse them and hang them to air-dry with the bristles facing down. It will make your makeup colours more accurate too.
1-2 Weeks Before the Wedding
It’s all happening now! Complete your pre-wedding prep with these last-minute beauty tips:
Book Your Final Beauty Treatments
This is where you’ll want to get your final beauty treatments done: eyebrows, eyelashes, waxing and hair removal, manicure, pedicure and haircut/colour touch-ups.
If you’re getting a spray tan done, schedule this for two days before the wedding.
Don’t Try Anything New.
When it comes to final skincare prep, this is not the time to try anything new in case of sensitivities or reactions!
Continue with your current skincare routine and consider booking in for one final hydrating facial before the day.
Consider Your Brows
Have your brow groomer settle on a shape and tint as far in advance as possible so you can figure out what you like best.
For the most flattering and youthful effect, we suggest keeping brows as whole and natural (i.e., not too perfect) as possible, which may mean forgoing waxing in favour of tweezing.
Beat the Bloat
This is also an excellent time to think about limiting any foods that cause puffiness and bloating.
These triggers are different for everybody, but common culprits include dairy, sugar, salt, alcohol and carbonated drinks. Continue drinking plenty of water, too!
Sweat it Out
When you sweat, you allow your body to flush out all the impurities embedded in the dermal layer—from pollutants and dirt to old makeup and chemical residue. Regular sweating can improve the tone, clarity and texture of the skin.
Your sweat also contains small amounts of antibiotics that combat dermal bacteria, reinforcing the cleansing process.
Nutrient-rich blood is brought to the surface by increased circulation, allowing essential vitamins and minerals to help fill in the gaps between skin cells and plump up tiny wrinkles while deterring future collagen breakdown.
Rest and Relax
Our final commandment: spend your last few days resting and relaxing in anticipation of the big day.
Book in for a massage, ensure you’re getting enough sleep each night, and try to take it easy as much as possible. Boutique Events Group has proven itself to be an iconic wedding venue and function centre in Melbourne. Book today so you don’t miss out.
Because on the big day itself, all that’s left is for your excitement and happiness to shine through!