Every bride wants to be more beautiful on her wedding day than she is every other day of the year. You’ll be taking pictures that will document your day for years to come and friends and family will be up close and personal giving hugs and congratulations. Most importantly, you will be kissing and dancing close with your love. The last thing that you want on your wedding day is to have blemishes or less than radiant skin. Here are eight steps to having really beautiful wedding day skin.
Seek Professional Advice
The first step to getting beautiful wedding day skin is to pay a visit to your dermatologist. Your dermatologist will look closely at your skin and recommend the best course of action for a healthy wedding day complexion. This may include antibiotics, topical creams or prescription soaps if you have difficult blemishes or discoloring such as dark spots. A visit to the dermatologist should be scheduled four to six weeks before your wedding. This will ensure that any issues that need to be medically resolved are completely cleared up before your big day. After your initial appointment, make a follow-up appointment as recommended by your doctor or a couple of weeks before your wedding, just to make sure you are on the right track.
Head to the Spa
What bride doesn’t love a day at the spa? Taking time to start a routine of facials before your wedding will get your skin extra clean, and will supplement the treatments recommended by your dermatologist. Just like the dermatologist, begin your facial routine four to six weeks before your wedding. This will give your skin time to recover from your treatments. Schedule your last facial a couple of days before your wedding. Having a facial the day before or day of your wedding may risk you having red or irritated spots. Make sure you give your skin plenty of time to recover and look beautiful.
Improve Your Daily Routine
If your dermatologist hasn’t prescribed a special face wash or moisturizer, this is the ideal time to take your skin routine to the next level. If you have wanted to start using a new product or if you have been meaning to make moisturizing a part of your daily routine, a few months before your wedding is a great time to start. Skin that is clean and properly moisturized will look glowing and radiant in pictures, and is the easiest way to having great looking skin.
Don’t Forget Your Body
If you are wearing a strapless dress or if your dress has fun cut-outs, you don’t want the skin peeking through to have blemishes or look dull and drab. While you are working on getting the skin on your face to look amazing, don’t forget to take care of the skin on the rest of your body. Talk to your dermatologist about problem areas on your back and chest, as a different medication may be necessary to clear up skin in these areas. If you don’t normally get blemishes on your back, arms or chest, take the time to pamper yourself and get a salt scrub. Salt scrubs can be done the week of your wedding, but before you get that spray-on tan. As a matter of fact, clean exfoliated skin will look better and your spray-on tan will go on more even if you take the time to pamper your skin first.
Avoid the Sun
The last thing you need on your wedding day is to be bright red from a sunburn or peeling from an old sunburn. In the weeks leading up to your wedding, be diligent about staying out of the sun. No matter how much we love the sun in Southern California, you won’t be loving it if you are suffering from a sunburn on your wedding day. If you are going to be outdoors, don’t forget to apply and reapply plenty of sunscreen (at least SPF 45), wear a hat that covers your nose and ears, and cover up as much as possible.
Get Your Tan On
If you want a bronze glow to go with your wedding dress, head to the spa and get a spray-on tan. This will give you a beautiful glow, without the danger of getting burnt. Make sure you test out your tan a couple of weeks before your wedding. If your skin reacts to the spray or you don’t like the color, you want to know well before hand.
Hire a Professional
For your wedding day, hire a professional make-up artist. On the day of your wedding, you will probably be full of emotion and nerves. A professional make-up artist will be able to make you look radiant, with flawless skin and make-up and you can relax and enjoy the experience and the day. Besides, this is a once in a life time experience, why not pamper yourself a little?
That’s right. Water. Drink lots and lots of water. Water will hydrate your skin from the inside, making it more elastic and supple. If you drink soda, coffee or alcohol regularly, consider replacing those drinks with water. Soda, coffee, and alcohol can make your skin look dull and they can be triggers for blemishes. Not only will water keep your complexion clear and beautiful, it’ll also help to keep your waistline in check right before your wedding, ensuring that your dress fits just right.
Taking good care of your skin is the easiest way to look flawless and radiant on your wedding day. A few simple steps in the weeks leading up to your big day will ensure that you are ready for those candid photos and those up-close moments with your new husband.