Venue booking, menu tasting, dress shopping and the countless other wedding planning tasks are likely to take up alot of your pre-wedding time but taking some time to prep your skin will ensure you are glowing on the big day.
The more in advance you can start your skin prep regime the better as it will allow your skin to adjust to its new regime. In a perfect world you'll start you skin prep a year before the wedding but six weeks before will give you enough time to get that glow.
You don’t need to spend half your wedding budget on dermatologists though, most of the work can be done by yourself at home. Here you will find a guide to achieving the ideal skin prep regime leading up to your big day.
6 – 8 Weeks before
Exfoliation is key to achieving healthy looking skin. Every bride should exfoliate their skin and entire body at least three times a week during a morning shower. This will train your skin to be in great condition for the wedding day.
If you don’t already, then cleanse, tone and moisturise your face every day to clean your pores, tone skin and leave a radiant glow on your face.
If you’re looking for that perfect skin for your wedding day then getting a Glycolic Peel treatment or doing it yourself at home may be the answer. This will give you a deep clean of your pores, improve any scarring or pigmentation and leave your skin looking and feeling fabulous. The treatment will exfoliate dead skin cells and rejuvenate the new skin cells underneath, leaving you with a fresh layer of skin looking its best. The number of treatments recommended for your wedding is six, with the last treatment being done at least two weeks before your big day.
Also, if you’re looking to experiment with self-tanners for that golden glow on your wedding day, now would be the ideal time to start.
Diet and Exercise: Examine your eating habits as early as possible. Do not deprive yourself of food or try a crazy new crash diet but instead, set goals to incorporate more fruit, vegetables and wholegrains into your meals. Try to avoid salty foods and excessive carbohydrates as this can cause your body to retain water which will result in you having a puffy face and eyes. Vitamins are a great way to give you an energy boost. Taking a daily multivitamin can help from keeping your digestive system stable to maintaining a good sleep pattern, both of which is important before your big day and will also make wedding planning a whole lot easier. A detox on alcohol will also help to keep water retention at bay, allowing your skin to look and feel its best.
Exercise is a perfect way to relieve some of that pre-wedding stress which can cause skin breakouts so aim to pack in a couple of exercise sessions a week whether it be at the gym or at home. Yoga is a great way to relive that built up tension and will leave you looking and feeling better. Don’t overdo the exercise though, especially in the week before your wedding as you want to avoid any water retention or sore muscles.
4 – 6 Weeks before:
As well as maintaining your daily cleanse, tone and moisturising regime, use a face mask once or twice a week for the perfect canvas for your bridal makeup. Applying your facemasks four weeks before the big day is ideal as too close to the wedding may risk a breakout in blemishes.
Finish this treatment with a light moisturiser before going to sleep. This will seal the goodness from your face mask and nourish your skin to prevent it from drying. Be sure to use the correct type of moisturiser for your skin type too.
Remember to drink plenty of water to further plump your skin and leave you with a dewy glow.
2 – 3 Weeks before
Face prep – the finer details
Eyes: You don’t want to be rocking the puffy eyed look on your wedding day so make sure you keep these at bay on your big day. The skin under your eyes is the thinnest part of your face, so you need to care for this part differently. When removing make up from this area avoid scrubbing and instead use a micellar water eye make up remover. This will dissolve makeup off with ease and prevent the need for scrubbing, which can cause irritation and inflate skin. Always apply an eye cream around the eyes after removing makeup to further hydrate and tone the skin.
If it’s the dreaded dark circles you want to get rid of, try to get more sleep! Also apply a firming eye cream every night before bed. Dark circles are caused by blood pooling around your eyes so applying your cream will soften and plump skin and conceal the bags that are caused from sleep deprivation. Slice cucumbers into round circles and place over your eyes to de-puff and soothe skin around the eye area.
Lips: It’s important to ensure lips are left looking luscious and healthy on your big day. You will be the centre of attention with many cameras snapping away so get your pout game on point. Dehydration is one of the main causes of dry lips, so treat them as you would the rest of your skin and stay hydrated through drinking plenty of water and applying moisture. If you want a quick fix at home, mix sugar and water together, it works as a great lip exfoliator. Simply rub into lips using a circular motion to remove dried skin. A lip balm rich in vitamin E will nourish and hydrate your lips, leaving them smooth and ready for your day’s big kiss.
1 Week before - Final countdown
In the final week’s build-up to your big day, you can give your skin a bigger boost by getting in some extra hours of sleep. Lack of sleep will disrupt all the skin prep you have worked hard on before the big day so ensure you jump into bed a little earlier than usual. This will make a huge difference to the appearance of your skin on the day, as well as how much energy you have. If you can, avoid wearing makeup a few days before your wedding day. Leaving the skin fresh and product free will mean the make-up applied on your wedding day will take better to your fresh skin and be longer lasting.
Pre wedding stress can cause havoc on your skin and the last thing you need is a breakout in spots or blemishes the week of your wedding. If pimples do erupt, don't panic. Use a concealer as close to your skin tone as possible to cover any spots. If your blemish happens to be dark then apply a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone using a makeup brush. Do not overdo this as the point is to de-emphasise and not try to remove completely.
1 Day before
Remember to drink plenty of water the day before your wedding. This is important to maintain that healthy body and mind you’ve worked so hard on over the past few weeks. Take a long, relaxing bath and enjoy looking forward to the amazing day that lies ahead.