Visit an Esthetician
An experienced esthetician will be a great resource to help you customize and perfect your at-home routine. Dedication and consistency with products customized specifically for your skin will be key. If you don’t already have a trusted esthetician, schedule a monthly facial three to six months ahead. Facials will help deep cleanse, smooth, and brighten. I also love their added benefit of helping to quiet the mind during this busy, often stressful time.
Up Your Game
Add a serum and/or face oil to boost and treat your skin. I suggest a vitamin C serum each morning under your moisturizer to revitalize and provide a radiant glow. A nighttime treatment could involve a deeply nourishing burst of hydration with an oil while alternating with a retinol to prevent breakouts and smooth skin.
Once a week add a mask to treat your specific skin conditions. I often recommend multi-masking, i.e. a clay mask in the t-zone area and a hydrating mask for cheeks, neck and décolleté.
One Month Before
Avoid the temptation to try anything new up to three weeks before your wedding (including body care, hair care and make-up). Eliminating the risk of reaction, as any reaction you do have could take a couple of weeks to calm and leave your system.
The Week Before
Should an unexpected breakout occur just before the big day you can consider visiting your derm for a cortisone injection although I would reserve this as an emergency option. It’s essential you resist the urge to pick at your skin as you risk making the blemish worse and creating a scar.
When planning your wedding skincare it’s always good to think about your lifestyle choices too. Beauty preparation starts on the inside so consider some of the following:
- Drink plenty of water – ideally starting the day with warm water, lemon and 1tbs of apple cider vinegar to help purify the skin
- Consider adding a probiotic
- Avoid processed food
- Avoid excessive alcohol
- Reduce caffeine and processed sugary snacks
- Incorporate green tea and low sugar green juice
- Eat more organic dark leafy greens and good fats such as swiss chard and avocado
- Learn to breathe! Weddings are stressful, so start practicing a few breath work rituals through yoga and mediation to help you find some inner calm when you need it the most.