Pre-Wedding Skin Care

The last thing you want is a breakout on your big day - here's tips to avoid it!

On your big day, the last thing you need to worry about is a breakout! It is best to start working on your skin as early as possible, because your results won’t be nearly as noticeable if you start only a week before the wedding.

If you start breaking out in the weeks preceding the wedding, it can be tempting to use the harshest acne removal products several times a day. While this may seem like a good idea, it will only lead to irritated, dry, and red skin. These products strip the moisture and natural oil from your skin. To compensate, your skin generates even more oil leading to acne-infested, overly oily skin. If you are concerned about your acne, leave it to the professionals and visit a dermatologist to find a solution that won’t damage your skin.

Keeping skin moisturized is essential for a healthy, glowing look. Make sure to drink lots of water to keep your skin and body hydrated, but being hydrated isn’t an excuse to skip moisturizers. Use a gentle facial moisturizer before applying your makeup in the morning. The morning moisturizer should have a SPF over 20. Using sunscreen daily does wonders to preventing wrinkles and skin damage. Use another moisturizer before bed. Night moisturizers are usually labeled differently from daytime ones and they do not have a SPF component.

Facials and masks are another way to get one step closer to perfect skin. Many types of facials are available and provide differing benefits. Paraffin facials are popular in bridal spa packages and help with anti-aging and rejuvenating the skin. If you can’t afford going to a salon or spa, similar products can be bought in store or online for a fraction of the price and used at home! Similar to facials, sheet masks are the lazy girl's facial. These thin cotton or fiber sheets cover the entire face with holes for the eyes and lips. They are available for almost every skin type and provide a variety of benefits. Sheet masks are easier to do at home than facials, as they require no experience and there is no clean up involved.

For even better results, consider having chemical peels or microdermabrasion. These treatments even out skin tone and get rid of scars and dead skin. These should be scheduled as early as possible and should not be done in the days right before the wedding. You don’t want red skin on the big day! Consider also getting treatments on your shoulders and back if your wedding dress exposes these area. Consult your dermatologist about the best treatment options for your skin type and needs.

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