On your wedding day, you want your skin to look smooth, fresh, and glowing. Check out these practical tips for achieving photo-ready skin for those wedding photo ops.
1. Start Right Away
Don’t wait until the last week or two before starting to take good care of your skin. Ideally, you should begin the process months in advance. Have a skilled friend help you assess your skin and identify problem areas to work on.
2. Ask for Professional Advice
If you have severe acne, rosacea, or another condition, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. You’ll need professional advice about the best way to treat your skin and the ideal products to use.
3. Experiment Early
Try out the makeup you plan to use for your wedding day a couple months in advance. Avoid switching to new makeup products right before your wedding; because if you don’t react well, you could be facing a flare-up at an inconvenient time.
4. Arrange Monthly Facials
Maybe you already pamper your skin occasionally with professional facial treatments. If so, continue those treatments right up until the wedding. If you haven’t had a facial done before, schedule one every month until your wedding day. A good facial can deeply cleanse the pores, stimulate blood circulation, and give your skin a fresh glow. Don’t try to save money by doing an at-home version, or you might make matters worse. Instead, let the professionals do their job.
5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Almost any dermatologist or aesthetician will tell you about the importance of hydration for clear, healthy skin. Drink water every day! When you think you’ve had enough, drink some more! Eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water are recommended daily. Sure, you may have to stop by the restroom more frequently, but your skin will thank you. To make hydration easier, invest in a couple of water bottles that you really like and keep them filled at all times. Remember to moisturize on the surface as well, using a moisturizer designed for your skin type.
6. Eat Healthy
Skip the greasy fries, the fried chicken, and other heavy, oily foods. Instead, focus on hydrating foods like grapefruit, kale, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Want a snack? Grab some super-foods such as almonds, chia seeds, blueberries, or sunflower seeds.
7. Treat Other Skin Issues
Remember to pay attention to other parts of your skin, not just your face. Maybe your elbows and knees have rough patches that could use some attention, or maybe your feet are callused from a summer in sandals. Ask your aesthetician to treat those areas for you, or do the glycolic peels and salt scrubs yourself at home.
Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to photo-ready skin for all those photo ops leading up to the big day, from the bridal shower to the rehearsal dinner. At your wedding, you’ll have a fresh, clear look that you can show off all day long.