Radiant Skin for Your Picture Perfect Day

HOW TO GET YOUR SKIN IN TOP-NOTCH SHAPE BEFORE THE WEDDING
Beautiful bridal make-up starts with good skin – no foundation will look perfect if your skin is not in good condition, it will show through. A good skin care routine is something you cannot ignore. It will spare you from the trouble of layered foundation and concealers on the wedding day, as well as the events leading up to it. Here are some useful bridal skincare tips to keep in mind for achieving that flawless and glowing skin.

ASSESS EARLY
If you really want to get your skin in top form for the big day, don’t leave it until the last minute. The longer you have to correct any skin issues, the better! Ideally, preparing your skin should begin at least 6 months in advance of your wedding. If you don’t have that long before the wedding day don’t worry – just adopt good skincare habits as soon as possible.    

REDUCE STRESS
Skincare doesn’t stop at the surface. Stress is often the culprit of breakouts, and unfortunately, the months, weeks and days leading up to your wedding day can be an extremely stressful time! The good news is that there are many ways you can keep your stress levels low during this time – take a walk, stay organized, communicate clearly and don’t hold things in, take deep slow breaths often, or incorporate yoga into your weekly gym routine. For more ideas on staying stress free check out ‘30 Days to Less Stress’ (link to April Challenge blog)

STAY HYDRATED
If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will lead to dry, tight, and flaky skin. Dry skin is less resilient and leaves you prone to wrinkling. To add water to your skin you should drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. And, by applying a hydrating moisturizer to your skin within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower when your pores are open and prone to absorption.

"SHRINK" YOUR PORES
The deeper a pore is, the bigger it looks on the skin's surface. So, even though you can't actually change the size of your pores, you can minimize the depth of your pores to make them seem smaller. Microdermabrasion, glycolic acid and other chemical peels are the most effective options for exfoliating layers of bad skin and minimize pore surface.

DON’T FORGET YOUR LIPS
It's easier to prevent your lips from getting chapped than it is to repair them if they're already dry and cracked. Wear a good quality lip balm and re-apply regularly throughout the day, especially before bed. Do this for at least a week before your wedding and your lips will be beautifully soft and smooth, and ready for your first kiss as man and wife!

REVITALIZE WITH A PEEL
Peels are designed to slough off dead skin cells, which tend to build up and leave your complexions looking dull and lifeless. Removing the dead layers will bring new, fresh skin to the surface and leave your complexion looking fresher and more vibrant. To make the most of these spa treatments, you'll want to book a series of peels. Start with six different sessions, each two weeks apart (so skin has time to recover).

ELIMINATE ZITS WITH BENZOYL PEROXIDE
There are several options for taking care of problem spots on your face. And no, popping it isn't one of them. If you have a pimple first try dabbing benzoyl peroxide gel directly on the blemish. This will help dry it out (sometimes overnight). If that doesn’t work, and you are limited on time consult your doctor and ask about an anti-inflammatory steroid injection. If you have a problem with blackheads or hormonal spots on your chin, try using a salicylic acid product as part of your skincare regime. This will help to gently exfoliate the skin and clear out pores.

SHAMPOO YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
Every time you apply makeup with a dirty brush, you add a layer of acne-causing bacteria to your skin. Cleaning your brushes is easy and should be done at least once a week. To wash them suds them up with shampoo, rinse them and hang them to air-dry with the bristles facing down. It will make your makeup colors truer too.

AVOID NEW PRODUCTS
It may be tempting to, but don’t try any new products up to three weeks before your wedding – this includes skincare, hair care, make-up, and even body wash! Any kind of a reaction, it could take a couple of weeks to calm down, which the last thing you need before your big day!