Venue booking, menu tasting, dress shopping and other wedding duties are likely to take up a lot of your pre-wedding time, but what about skin prep? Taking the time to understand your skin goals for when you tie the knot can help you look and feel your best when the big day arrives. So, whether you’re starting your wedding skin prep six months in advance or even just a week before, our guide will help you get your skin the healthiest it can be!
Understand Your Goals
Everyone’s skin is unique, meaning there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach to wedding skin prep. Some may want to reduce the appearance of acne and hyperpigmentation; others might want to hydrate the skin and encourage radiance. Whatever your desired outcome, knowing exactly what you want will help you to work out whether to pay a visit to the dermatologist or go it alone!
4-6 Months Before
Of course, there’s no official timeline for wedding skin prep; however, the general consensus is that starting around six months before your wedding is ideal. This will give your skin enough time to acclimatise to any new products and treatments you might want to introduce.
If you have skin goals that require specialist treatment, speaking to a dermatologist or aesthetician will be your best port of call. They’ll be able to advise you on the best treatments for your specific skin concern, which could include everything from facials to chemical peels.
If you’re prepping your skin yourself, you’ll want to ensure that you have a consistent morning and evening skincare routine in place. Alongside the usual cleansing, toning and moisturising, you might want to start enlisting the help of skincare ingredients that will help brighten and promote a radiant complexion. If you haven’t already, trying out chemical exfoliants such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid could work for you, as they can help shed dead skin cells and revitalise the overall appearance of the skin. Similarly, retinol is another ingredient to consider working into your routine, as it can help boost collagen levels and may reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Just be sure to read the instructions on application and mixing of these ingredients! It’s also advisable to complete a patch test before use.
3 Months Before
Alongside a consistent skincare routine and/or beauty treatments, do not underestimate the importance of building healthy lifestyle habits into your routine! Tiredness, dehydration and stress can all have negative impacts on the skin. You may experience skin concerns like increased oil production, lacklustre skin and dark circles (to name a few!). So, try to take time to wind down and relax. Trust us, your skin will thank you for it!
1 Month Before
When your wedding is around a month away, you’ll want to move away from exfoliating treatments like peels and extraction facials, as they can sometimes cause lingering redness, breakouts, and irritation. But, if you’re super keen to squeeze in one last facial, go for one that’s hydrating and plumping instead.
In terms of at-home skincare, you’ve probably worked out what does and does not work for your skin at this point. As fun as it is to try out new and exciting skincare, now’s the time to stick to tried and tested products for your morning and evening routine.
The Week Before
With your wedding just around the corner, you’ll want to decrease your use of products that could cause dryness and irritation (like glycolic, salicylic acid, retinol etc). On the other hand, you’ll want to up your usage of products with hydrating and brightening ingredients like hyaluronic acid or vitamin C for an effortless glow from within!
The Day Before
Ready for the final night of wedding skin prep? This close to tying the knot, it’s important to focus on gentle ingredients that will boost your hydration and soothe your complexion. It’s the perfect time to whip out your favourite hydrating face masks for one final surge of moisture. Don’t forget to drink water and most importantly, take some well-deserved rest, and look forward to the amazing day that lies ahead!
On the Day
Well, the day is finally here! Be sure to prep your skin for the day with products that work will smooth and hydrate your face. This will help your makeup to appear flawless from the ceremony, all the way through to the last dance!