As your wedding day is quickly approaching, everything is seemingly coming together, but your skin just...isn't...cooperating. Here are 5 tips for gorgeous Bride & Groom skin:
1) Receive facials every 4-6 weeks for 6 months prior to your wedding day.
If your skin is being particularly unruly, you may increase this to every 2 weeks until breakouts are under control or if you are in need of age management treatments, you may need more frequent visits depending upon your skincare goals and needs.
Facials can do many things for the skin, but this is also a good time to build a relationship with your esthetician. Once your esthetician understands what your goals are (aka flawless skin for your wedding), he or she will be able to guide you in the right direction.
Facials may include microdermabrasion, peels, microcurrent, vitamin c treatments and more, just be sure not to wait until the last minute to receive a facial before your wedding. (WARNING: DO NOT HAVE A FACIAL THE DAY BEFORE YOUR WEDDING)Although unusual, it is possible to have an adverse reaction to a certain ingredient or product from your facial and if this happens, you have 2 weeks to allow your skin to heal. Plan ahead!
2) Take time to take care of yourself. De-Stress
Book a massage appointment, drink plenty of water, get enough rest, exercise and take your vitamins. Yes, we all know these things and need to hear them repeatedly because they are important things. YOU are important. One of the most important vitamins I recommend my Brides to start taking is Skin Accumax from Jane Iredale. Play a game with your betrothed to see who takes more steps each day or book a couples massage. Healthy activities that can be shared with your soon to be husband or wife can help relieve stress that can build during the whole wedding planning process. Increased stress can lead to increased breakouts and dull skin. Think of these healthy activities as promoting healthy skin.
3) Do your research and don't buy a million products to try out on your face. Just. Don't.
This can create a whole slew of a mess of your skin if you are using too much stuff. If you are one to purchase popular, name brand products from a department store, chances are, you are overspending on products that are loaded with fancy smelling perfumes and may not be the right product for your skin type. Seeing a qualified professional (aka esthetician) will lower the chances of purchasing the wrong products, therefor saving you money and time. Plus, using products that work cohesively together will be better for your skin.
4) Book a professional makeup artist for your wedding.
Not sure how to create that smokey eye or the Boho no-makeup makeup look? Your professional makeup artist takes all the guess work out of it. Once you have your date set, book your makeup artist to make sure you get the date you want before someone else snags your day. Your makeup artist's job is to create flawless skin the day of your wedding and this can include the groom too. Pictures say a thousand words and making sure your glowing skin doesn't look like sweat, is your makeup artist's job.
Be sure to try waxing out ahead of time to make sure you don't have any adverse reactions to it. Some people will break out from waxing (especially if it is their first time). Start around the same time you start receiving facials, that way, you'll know if you're more apt to a breakout after waxing and can plan for it. You do want to make sure your eyebrows are cleaned up and any extra pesky hairs laying around are taken care of too.
Bottom line: Plan ahead, see your esthetician & don't stress, everything will work out, or you'll have some good stories to tell later on.
Karli Stewart is a Licensed Master Esthetician, Makeup Artist & Licensed Massage Practioner. She owns Mode Skin Care & Esthetics in Olympia, WA and is a Global Educator for Bio-Therapeutic in Seattle, WA.