Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day so a bride often spends hours deciding on the perfect dress and accessories while getting makeup and hair trials. This is very exciting and in all the flurry of things to get done before your big day skin care often gets forgotten until just before the wedding when it is often too late to tackle any big skin “problems” or when a new product inevitably causes an undesirable reaction. Here are my tips for how you can get your skin and my canvas ready for your big day!
- See a Dermatologist for any Acne or other persistent skin problems– 1 year to 6 months in advance.
Lately the rate of adult acne has been on a sharp incline due to many factors. It may be beneficial for you to invest in your health and skin and go see a dermatologist to get put on a regime to tackle your concerns. This is often best done at least a year in advance so that the active ingredients or medications you get prescribed have some time to work.
- Start a skin care regimen with scent free non comedogenic products – At least 3 months in advance.
In my opinion, most people should have a short daily skin care routine, but if you aren’t one for lotions and potions then I would suggest starting to incorporate using a cleansing lotion and a light moisturiser every morning and every evening. In my opinion skin care should not break the bank and that affordable brands like Simple Skincare are often best for sensitive and reactive skins. I think it’s important to avoid products that aren’t fragrance free (this includes essential oils) and make sure you’re using formulations that don’t break you out. I am also a huge fan of the First Aid Beauty products.
- Start taking Omega 3 – At least three months in advance.
Taking Omega 3 supplements can be great for skin that is inflamed or prone to redness as well as just supporting overall health and wellness. Good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in Fish oil or Flax seed oil supplements. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE TAKING ANY SUPPLEMENTS.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen everyday – At least a month in advance.
Skin cancer is a very real threat and steps should always be taken to make sure you have adequate UV protection. But health benefits aside sun damage can lead to peeling and dehydrated skin not to mention the redness. Even the best concealer in the world will not be able to effectively hide the side effects of a sunburn so Sunscreen and cover up!
- Watch out for foods that affect your skin badly – At least two weeks in advance.
Foods like refined carbohydrates, sugar and some sources of dairy can have bad effects on the skin and cause breakouts and tired looking lackluster skin so it is best to avoid these and instead chow down on greens and whole wheat foods. Both your skin and your energy levels will thank you!
- If you are so inclined get a facial – At least a week in advance.
This is not a necessary step by any means but if you want to indulge in a facial before your big day I would caution you to do it at least 7 days before hand to ensure that IF you have any problems with redness or irritation it has time to subside.
- Get your eyebrows done – At least 5 to 3 days in advance.
If you already have a spa or clinic where you go to get your eyebrows shaped or other facial waxing done the best time to do this is between 3 and 5 days before your wedding day to give redness and tenderness time to subside. However if you have not done this before you should start shopping around for an eyebrow person you can trust at least 6 months in advance, this is to give any mistakes chance to grow back. The same goes for any waxing of an ehm, intimate nature.
- Destress – At least 3 days in advance.
Stress is not just bad for your skin, it has a negative impact on your whole body. Being stressed before your wedding day is almost an inevitability so three days before walking down the aisle (but really all the time) you should take extra care to relax and unwind. Yoga, meditation and a bubble bath are great for this but if your days are crazy just taking a couple of minutes to take some deep breaths and have a cup of chamomile tea can make all the difference.
- Avoid alcohol – At least 2 days in advance.
Alcohol disrupts sleep patterns, dehydrates the body and causes the face to look a bit puffy so it is best avoided for at least two days before D day.
- Prioritise sleep – At least one day before.
Most married ladies will say that the most important thing you can do right before your wedding is to relax and get some good sleep and I can’t agree more. Lack of sleep causes dark circles under the eyes, break outs and lackluster skin, so make sleep a priority and look your best.
- If you want, do a hydrating mask – The day of.
If doing masks make you feel like a million bucks then why not do it on your wedding day? The extra hydration will help makeup glide on and sit beautifully on the skin and the extra pampering will aid in calming a nervous bride. The key thing to remember is that you need to go for a calming mask for sensitive skins. That means NO heating, peeling, exfoliation or drying masks of any kinds, I would highly suggest that you try this mask on at least 3 other occasions prior to your wedding day to ensure that it agrees with you.
- Speak up if you want to change anything about the makeup – Day of.
If on the day you decide you do not like something or you want to change anything you liked after the trial you should absolutely let your makeup artist know. Most makeup artist knows that making you feel good is just as important as making you look good so please do not hesitate to tell your makeup artist how you feel. . . just because we are super does not mean we can read minds :p
I really hope this post was helpful in getting you ready for your wedding day while looking and feeling great. Hope your wedding day is magical.
Have a beautiful day.