How to Prepare Your Skin for Your Wedding Day
Congratulations, you’re getting married! The dress? You’ve got a vision. The venue? No sweat, the Pinterest mood boards have started too. But wait, when do you start your skin preparation? Should you be adjusting your skincare routine? And when? Where to start!
I too was a bride last year and I know the entire process can feel completely overwhelming, and that’s without worrying about skin preparation on top. So, fear not, here is my tried-and-tested simple guide. Let’s get into the details…
How far in advance should you start your prep?
This very much varies from person to person and depends on your specific skin concerns. If you have acne or other skin conditions such as rosacea, I highly recommend seeking guidance from a skin specialist or dermatologist a minimum of 12 months in advance of the big day. Certain medical skin conditions can be incredibly complicated, so the longer you have to treat them, the better.
If you have no medical skin conditions, I recommend following the below timeline:
Thinking about injectables before your big day? I would look to start this journey around 12 months in advance, as achieving your desired end goal could require a few sessions. Don’t forget to always seek a medically trained professional when you’re booking cosmetic procedures.
This is the perfect time to build out your AM and PM skincare regimen or tweak your existing routine to reach your personal skin goals. Perhaps you wish to focus on hydration or maybe reduce breakouts, either way, setting a realistic goal is important. Remember: real skin has pores, flaws and texture.
It’s also important to remember that skincare products take time to work. The longer you can give the ingredients to work, the better results you will see. Time and consistency are the real winners here, so prioritise your routine and treat this as self-care and a time to switch off from the madness that is wedding planning.
If you’re not sure where to start, book a consultation with a skincare specialist who will be able to review your existing routine and provide a dedicated plan based on your skin and desired outcome.Now is the time to start using a retinoid (aka vitamin A)
One of the best skincare ingredients you can add to your routine is retinoids. The gold-standard ingredients of the skincare world, not only are they collagen-boosting but they can also improve skin tone, texture, and reduce hyperpigmentation. The perfect addition to any wedding skin preparation.
Here are a few of my favourite retinoid products:
Zelens Power A
Medik8 Crystal Retinal Range
Skin & Me Tretinoin
Not sure how to start retinoids? Check out this beginner’s guide.Vitamin C
Another brilliant ingredient to add to your routine is vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant and industry favourite. Vitamin C serums aren’t essential, but they do make an excellent addition to your AM routine for a few reasons. They help to protect against free radical damage, even skin tone and promote collagen production. For me, this is the ingredient that brightens and delivers the dewy glow that we all lust after.
These are my recommended serums:
The Inkey List Vitamin C and EGF serum
Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum
If you cannot tolerate vitamin C, niacinamide is a great alternative.
The time to seek a reputable aesthetician to start a course of facials/treatments is now.
Treatments such as microneedling, chemical peels and laser all require a course of sessions to achieve the best results. It is also important to note that all these treatments have downtime, and your chosen specialist will advise and provide a plan around your big day. Do your research and be picky with who you choose.
Hello, is that results you see?! You will likely start to see some changes at this point in your journey. Your treatment plan and new skincare routine will be starting to work, and now is the time when results may be more noticeable.
Your skincare professional may also want to make some minor tweaks to your routine around this time, too.
This is your cut off for starting any new products. Your skin is a very sensitive organ, and you never know how it’s going to react to something new, so stay consistent with your current routine.
Your aesthetician will likely carry out the last of ‘heavier’ treatment around the 1-month mark.
A HydraFacial (or a similar alternative) may be advised by your aesthetician at this point. Hydrodermabrasion treatments are often recommended because they are decongesting and brightening but hold no/very little downtime, leaving your skin looking bright and dewy ahead of the big day. Avoid any invasive treatments during this time.
And what happens if you have a spot rear its head particularly close to the wedding? Follow my spot-busting plan:
First things first, do not stress. Stress will only make things worse and could cause a few more friends to rear their ugly heads.
Ice it. Ice will help to reduce the inflammation and redness. It’s also great for puffiness. Wrap in a muslin cloth and apply directly to the spot for a few minutes.
Apply a spot cream which contains breakout-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (one that you’ve tried and tested before, no new products).
Whatever you do, do not pick! What may be a fairly small spot will very quickly become a large wound/scar and be more difficult to cover up with makeup.
Day of the wedding
The big day is finally here! Ice globes, jade rollers and gua shas are all wonderful tools to depuff. Keep them in the fridge the night before to really give puffiness a good budge.
You will also want to speak to your makeup artist ahead of time and agree your required skin prep routine for the morning.
Regardless of what you do or do not decide to do to your skin, you are already the perfect bride. At the end of the day, it’s about you and your partner’s love and celebrating that with your friends and family. The best advice I can give you from one bride to another is to try not to stress. The napkin colours will not be remembered by a single guest. Believe me, I asked!
Qualifications - VTCT Level 3 Facial Electrics, VTCT Level 4 in Microneedling and Chemical Peels
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