Skin Care Tips for the Run-Up to the BIG Day!

28 Sep

You´ve found the gorgeous dress, you´ve chosen the flowers, you´ve booked the hairdresser and decided on your hairstyle, but there is still something important to prepare for your wedding… Your skin! To look your best on your big day, it´s essential to prepare your skin months before so here are some tips and tricks to help you:

– Set an appointment with a dermatologist as early as possible to address any skin issues you may have. He/she can also recommend regular facials or peels and the best skincare regime for you to follow for that picture-perfect skin for all them close ups! Even if your skin breaks out the day before your wedding, something like a cortisone or triamcinolone shot can be done to bring down the swelling almost immediately.

– Start a good cleaning routine. You should be using a multi-step system including; a cleanser appropriate for your skin-type in the mornings, make-up remover and cleanser at night, daily moisturiser mornings and evenings, and an exfoliant or mask once or twice a week. Avoid toners containing alcohol, even if you have oily skin, as they can dry the surface of your skin, blocking impurities beneath the surface.

– Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Find a moisturiser that fits your skin type (even if you have oily skin you still need to moisturise, just with an oil-free cream) and makes your skin look and feel soft.

 – If you take birth-control medication, talk to your doctor about which kind is best for your skin. Changing birth-control brands a few months before may make a dramatic difference in your skin.

– Follow a healthy diet with plenty of veg, fruit, whole grains, lean proteins and “superskin foods” supplemented with a daily multivitamin. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in saturated fats and carbohydrates may promote younger looking skin. Also, even though you´ll have heard this a thousand times, drink lots of water! Aim for at least 8 to 10 glasses daily, it will help clear up blemishes and make your skin more luminous. Keep a bottle of water on your desk at work and a bottle next to you in the evenings at home.

– Get the sufficient amount of beauty sleep every day and never sleep in makeup.

– Limit bath time.Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Take shorter showers and use warm, rather than hot, water..

– Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Obviously, this is easier said than done as planning the prefect wedding is more than stressful but set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list by asking for help from friends and family (all of my married friends have told me the same thing, try not to manage everything on the day of your wedding, surround yourself with people you trust, let them know your wishes, and TRUST them to carry out their tasks) and make time to do the things you enjoy. Yoga and Pilate classes are ideal and also I find an evening in with a glass of red wine, a face mask and good film, great for relaxing.. 🙂 The results may be more dramatic than you expect..

– Exercise a bit everyday, even if it´s just going for a walk or a quick run, to get the blood pumping around your body and oxygenating your skin. Ideally join a gym for spinning or swimming classes or take up an outdoor sport, any cardio exercise will do really! Also sit in a steam room post workout to draw out toxins and rev up microcirculation.

– Test new products 2-3 months before (fake lashes, self tanner, make up..). This includes sleeping pills, you might want to take one the night before your big day to make sure you sleep a good 8 hours, so test them first, some women get a Benadryl “hangover”.. Waxing, threading, bleaching, etc must be done at least four days before the big day, or 2 weeks before if it´s facial hair you are removing, to give your skin time to settle down and to combat any allergic reactions that may occur.

Hopefully, this will help you on your way to looking radiant when he lifts that veil and glowing in the photographs! More soon on home-made skin treatments and “superskin” foods


One Response to “Skin Care Tips for the Run-Up to the BIG Day!”

  1. karen September 29, 2011 at 09:40 #


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