Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life. You’ll want to look your absolute best and make sure you look beautiful and radiant in all the photos that will be taken. A lot of meticulous planning goes into choosing the perfect wedding gown, hair and makeup, but you should also make sure to prep your skin. Here is the ultimate guide to prepping your skin before your wedding day:
Dry, flaky skin can completely ruin your look, as your makeup won’t glide on smoothly, and can appear rough and textured, or even flake off. Keep your skin soft, smooth and plump by moisturizing regularly months before your wedding. It can be challenging to find the perfect organic beauty products for your skin type, but start with a moisturizer that’s lightweight and made from high quality ingredients.
A good moisturizer quickly sinks into your skin without leaving a greasy or heavy-feeling residue. It should feel comfortable to apply in the morning and at night, and even during the warm summer months. Your skin should feel well-hydrated and moisturized hours after you apply moisturizer. You can also choose a product with added benefits, like a brightening or antioxidant moisturizer.
Regular exfoliation keeps dead skin cells from building up on the surface of your skin, which can give it a dull, lackluster appearance and a rough texture. Exfoliation can also help to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation, as well as minimize the appearance of scars. There are plenty of different types of exfoliators these days, both physical and chemical, and it’s up to you to choose the one that suits your preferences and matches your skin type.
If you have very rough and flaky skin, you might prefer a physical exfoliator like a scrub or clay mask. Make sure to choose one that is gentle, without overly harsh or jagged scrubs, and always use a light touch when applying on your skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliator that can work wonders on your skin type.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, you might prefer a product with lactic acid or mandelic acid. These can gently yet effectively exfoliate your skin without causing irritation or excessive peeling. Lastly, if you have mature skin or want a product with anti-aging properties, you can try a retinoid. Whichever type you go for, regular exfoliation is the best way to ensure your skin is clear, smooth and radiant on your wedding day.
While regular exfoliation is extremely beneficial for your skin, many exfoliating products can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen every day, which you should be doing anyway, whether you exfoliate or not. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and broad spectrum protection, so it can shield you from both UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to reapply every two hours if you’re going to have prolonged sun exposure, to avoid potential skin problems like sunburn, dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles.
Start caring for your skin this way at least three months before your wedding, and you’ll be sure to get your skin in its best condition in time for the big day.