You’ll want to look your very best on your wedding day, and your skin will play a big role in that. However, do you really need to start thinking about wedding day skin a whole six months before your big day?
Ideally, yes, because deep changes in the skin, meaning the changes that are capable of giving you the skin of your dreams versus a temporary fix, don’t happen overnight. That said, if you only have a few weeks, or even days, before your wedding, this checklist can still help you. However, for everyone else, giving your skin six months of extra attention will bring you that ravishing bridal glow that you see on all of your favourite Pinterest boards.
6 Months Before the Big Day
It may seem like you still have plenty of time before your wedding, but, trust us, the next six months will fly by. Now is the perfect time to take control of your skin and make a start on dealing with any major skin concerns.
Identify Your Main Skin Concerns
Close your eyes and imagine your ideal wedding day. What does your skin look like?
Now, make a list of everything that’s standing in your way of achieving that skin. Is it acne? Dark spots? Wrinkles? All of that and more? Don’t worry if your list looks ominous – once you have identified each individual issue, you’ll be able to make a plan to deal with them.
There are many treatment options out there, some of which we’ll be talking you through. However, if any of your skin concerns are severe, now is the time to take that list you’ve made to a reputable dermatologist.
Consider a Chemical Peel
Don’t let the name put you off – chemical peels are basically a form of exfoliation. The difference is that their effects are more intense. This makes them capable of treating everything from breakouts and dark spots to dryness and wrinkles.
Peels are available in three strengths; superficial, medium, and deep. The strength that you choose will dictate how much downtime your skin needs after your peel.
Peels work best when used as a series of treatments, but you obviously don’t want to be dealing with the above-mentioned downtime on your wedding day. So, book yourself in for monthly peels for the next five months, with your last peel two weeks before your wedding day.
Look Into a Course of Laser Treatments to Clear Acne and Unwanted Hairs
Regular peels are great for beating breakouts, but if you really want to banish your acne, a course of laser treatments will work wonders. While you’ll notice some results after your first treatment, two or three sessions are needed for maximum benefits. Start now and you’ll have a beautifully clear complexion just in time for your wedding.
Work on Improving Your At-Home Skincare Routine
Remember that list of skin concerns you made earlier? Turn to it once again – this time to ensure that your daily skincare routine is targeting each issue. If anti-aging is your focus, look for serums containing retinol, vitamin C, and peptides. Those trying to fade dark spots should search for a good skin whitening cream, while anyone dealing with dryness will need to invest in rich and hydrating products.
Chances are that you have a few different skin concerns you’re trying to tackle. However, don’t add more than one new product into your routine at a time. Give your skin a couple of weeks to adjust before exposing it to another new formula.
Make SPF Your Best Friend
You know those wrinkles, dark spots, and/or pimples you’re trying to clear? UV rays will make that impossible. Not only does the sun accelerate the skin aging process, but it also causes hyperpigmentation and increases oil production.
So, if you aren’t already, it’s time to get diligent about SPF. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30. You’ll need to apply this once in the morning and then reapply it onto any exposed areas of skin every two or three hours. It’s important to do this no matter the time of year or the weather outside – not only are UV rays present year-round, but they can also penetrate through thick clouds, as well as glass.
Overhaul Your Diet
The food that you eat has a direct impact on the appearance of your skin. Salty foods, processed snacks, sugar-rich treats, alcohol – none of these are doing your skin any favors.
While a solid skincare routine will help to counter this to an extent, the products that you apply onto your skin are only able to penetrate down to a certain depth. This means that the only thing nourishing those deeper skin cells, ie. those that are responsible for firmness and elasticity, is the food that you eat.
Your new pre-wedding diet doesn’t need to be anything complicated. Think healthy and balanced – plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins…this alone will give your skin a radiant glow on your wedding day.
3 Months Before the Big Day
With three months to go, there’s still enough time to try professional treatments. However, don’t leave it too long before taking action, especially if you have multiple skin concerns you’re trying to treat.
Book Yourself in for a Facial
A facial will give your skin a deep cleanse and a boost of moisture, leaving it plump and glowy. They’re incredibly rejuvenating, which is why results get better each time.
You may be busy, but a facial doesn’t have to take long. Even a quick, 15-minute treatment once a month until your big day can help with everything from dullness to fine lines. There are so many different types of facials out there, so you’ll no doubt be able to find one that works well for you.
Consider a Microdermabrasion Treatment
Here’s another multi-tasking professional treatment worth considering – microdermabrasion. Just like a chemical peel, it’s another treatment that exfoliates the skin. However, this one doesn’t make use of chemicals – instead, a handheld device sprays a jet of crystals onto the skin, while rubbing them back and forth at the same time. It works in a similar way to a face scrub, except so much more advanced.
Whether you’ve been struggling with skin texture, tone, or elasticity, microdermabrasion can help. The effects of each treatment will last for about a month, which is why regular sessions are usually recommended. Book yourself in for three, scheduling the last one for a couple of weeks before your wedding day.
Get Consistent With Your Skincare Routine
Hopefully, you’ve spent the last three months experimenting with different skincare products, meaning that you’ll now know which ones are effective at treating your skin concerns. Great – because it’s time to start getting consistent with your skincare routine. It usually takes a skincare product at least three months to really kick in and trigger changes, making now the time to show some loyalty to your favorites.
1 Week Before the Big Day
Hopefully, your skin is now starting to look just like how you imagined it would. However, if you still have a few minor issues left to tackle, don’t worry, there’s still time.
Have Your Last Facial
You may be tempted to book your last pre-wedding facial for the day before your wedding day, but resist that urge. Even if you’ve had the exact same facial regularly for the last three months, or longer, you just never know when you might experience reactions or side effects.
Give yourself a week. This way, even if the worst-case scenario happens and your skin reacts badly to the facial, it will have enough time to recover.
Don’t Try Anything New
You know that skincare routine that you’ve been strictly following for the past three months? Stick to it. Now isn’t the time to try out a new product, no matter how many promises that new serum may make.
Granted, your skin may not usually react to new products, but these aren’t normal times. Your stress and adrenaline levels will be high, meaning that there’ll be hormones shooting around your body that aren’t usually present. It really doesn’t take much to trigger the skin at a time like this, so keep it calm and content by saving it from having to deal with any new changes.
Chances are that your stress levels are through the roof, and your skin will be bearing the brunt of this. Feelings of stress stimulate the body into releasing cortisol, a hormone that causes increased sebum production, fine lines, dryness, and dullness. Frown lines also become more prominent during times of stress.
Reducing your stress levels a week before your wedding day will be easier said than done. However, you’ll need to set aside some time specifically to do this – your skin, and your mental health, will thank you.
There are plenty of science-backed stress reduction techniques out there. Deep breathing, meditation, journaling, exercise – the options seem endless. Do some research, make a list of those that sound most appealing to you, and then work your way through them whenever you feel your stress levels rising.
The Night Before Your Wedding Day
Whether you’re calm and collected or you’ve got the jitters, here’s how to pamper your skin the night before your wedding day:
Apply a Tried-and-Tested Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are great for hydrating the skin, which immediately makes it look fuller and more radiant. That said, now isn’t the time to try out new mask formulas. If you want to use a sheet mask, make sure that it’s one that you’ve used before – skin reactions are the last thing that you want to be dealing with tonight.
To maximize the effects of your sheet mask, double cleanse your skin and then apply a serum, before layering your mask over the top.
Treat Yourself to a Facial Massage
Whether you hire a professional or go down the DIY route, facial massages stimulate blood circulation. This means that your skin will be receiving more oxygen and nutrients, which will give it a rosy glow.
Simply trying out a few facial massage techniques while applying your nighttime moisturizer is all that it takes – you’ll notice a difference pretty much immediately!
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
You don’t want to be waking up on the morning of your wedding day with dark circles and puffy eyes, making a good night’s sleep a must. If you know that you’re going to be too excited to easily fall asleep tonight, take some precautionary measures.
Turn your bedroom into a soothing haven. Dim lighting, soft music, calming aromatherapy scents, silk bed linen, and the perfect ambient temperature – you’ll drift away in no time!
Glow On, It’s Time to Get Married!
If you’ve been following this checklist for the past six months, your skin should now be looking better than it ever has. You’ll no doubt be turning heads at your wedding, and it won’t just be because of your dress. With a complexion like that, you’ll be the epitome of radiance, so make the most of it.
That said, things don’t have to go downhill after your wedding day. Follow all of the above tips into the long-term and you’ll be able to easily maintain that bridal glow.