When it comes to your wedding day, you will want your skin to look its absolute best. You’ll have booked someone to do your makeup on the big day, and while you know you want to also prepare your skin ahead of time it can be difficult to know how to do it.
There are all sorts of different opinions and articles you can find that will give you every idea under the sun, so it can be difficult to know what to trust. If you want to know what you can do to make your skin look its absolute best on your big day, you can follow these tips like a checklist.
Make Your Skin Look Its Best During Your Wedding
1. Book a Skin Consultation
The fact of the matter is that what will get the best results for your skin depends heavily on your own skin type and factors unique to you. That’s why it’s a good idea to book a consultation well in advance of your wedding with a skincare specialist — a dermatologist or beauty aesthetician, or both, whichever you trust most — to point you in the right direction. You should have this consultation around 9 to 12 months ahead of time.
Ideally they will be able to give you an analysis of what type of skin you have and provide tips specific to you that you can follow. Afterwards, take the information they tell you and keep it in mind when you see or hear other tips you might be tempted to follow. For example, if you have a dry skin type, tips meant to help someone with oily skin usually involve how to remove excess oil and dry their skin out. Following those tips would make your problems related to dry skin even worse.
If you have a chronic skin condition such as rosacea, melasma, or chronic acne, then they can also give you special advice on how to avoid breakouts, and how to do emergency treatments if you have a flare-up close to the wedding day. If you have these conditions, you might also want to book an appointment with them the day before your wedding to do any emergency treatments, just in case.
2. Start Six Months Ahead of Time
It is a good idea to seriously commit to a pre-wedding skincare routine at least six months before wedding day. If you have more serious skin problems to solve, such as chronic acne or a condition like rosacea, you should add a couple of months to that. This will give you more time to revise your routines and treatments if they don’t work or cause bad reactions.
By the time you get two or three months out from your wedding day, you should have your routine nailed down — what products you use, how often you use them, how you deal with things like a breakout of acne, what extra treatments you get, and so on. Keep the advice you got from your consultation in mind, but don’t stray too far from your usual routines that you already know work for you.
3. Protect Your Skin from the Sun
This is a specific piece of advice that works for everyone, regardless of your skin type. Nothing will undermine your careful skincare routine more than damage caused by the UV radiation in sunlight. The heat from sunlight causes your skin to get hot and inflamed, which exacerbates several skin conditions including acne and hyper pigmentation. It also dries out your skin, potentially burns it if you’re really not careful, and can make your skin look lifeless, tough, and even more wrinkled.
If you want to look more tanned for your wedding, make sure you ask how to do it safely at your consultation. Otherwise, do everything you can to protect your skin from direct sunlight — even if you are inside a car or a building, sunlight through a window can still cause damage. Stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible, and when it’s not possible keep your skin covered by a hat or clothing.
Get a good, strong sunscreen that also moisturizes your skin. Apply it to your skin that is not covered by clothing at least 30 minutes before you go outside and re-apply every two hours to make absolutely sure you are protecting your skin as much as possible.
4. Get a Facial Treatment
There are great facial treatments you can get to help get your skin in optimal condition ahead of time, but you should make sure you get the timing right. Some treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion can make your skin look puffy, red and inflamed afterwards. Ask your dermatologist or aesthetician ahead of time how soon before the wedding you should get a treatment. That way you leave yourself the right amount of time to recover enough to use all the makeup you want to wear while still showing all the positive effects.
Chemical peels are one of the best facial treatments you can get. They clear your pores, clear away any debris or old, dead skin cells, and make your surface layer of skin look young and radiant — just how you want to look on your wedding day. You can also get a peel that has natural acids that linger in your pores, eating away any oil or debris from your pores to keep them clear and prevent acne breakouts while it lasts.
5. Don’t Forget Your Arms, Shoulders and Neck
A lot of brides to be focus all of their skincare attention on just their face. While your face is undoubtedly the most important area of your skin to be concerned with, odds are you’ll be wearing a dress and hairstyle that also shows plenty of skin around your neck, shoulders, and arms. You don’t want to ignore those parts of your skin and find out the hard way why you shouldn’t have neglected them.
In general, you can follow the same routines and use the same products you figured out around the 6-month mark. You don’t have to be as vigorous with it, or get the same treatments at a spa or skincare clinic, but being smart about it can help your skin look good enough to break out your wedding pictures for years afterwards!
About the Author:
A Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery in Cosmetic Procedures, Dr. Craig Crippen, M.D. has trained with physicians who are at the forefront of laser & aesthetic medicine. Working extensively in public and private medicine since 2003, Dr Crippen has devoted his practice exclusively to medical & cosmetic skin care procedures/treatments in response to rising demand.