Every woman wants to look her best on her wedding day. But then, it takes a lot of effort to achieve that glowing and radiant skin, and you need to start prepping your skin from at least three months before the wedding date. Here we bring you the ultimate skin care guide for the bride-to-be!
3 Months before:
- Visit a dermatologist: This will be especially helpful for those women with sensitive and/or acne prone skin so that your skin issues can be solved before your wedding. If you have got major skin issues, it is advisable to visit a dermatologist at least 6-9 months before the wedding. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, detox facials, laser treatments (all these treatments) should go on the to-do list at least 3 months prior to your wedding.
- Get full body laser treatments or treatments for bacne so that by the time you get married, there are no skin reactions or spots.
- Start visiting salons to get facials, so that your skin looks tight and smooth.
- Along with taking care of your face, start taking care of your body. Go for body polishing so that your body looks radiant, smooth and supple.
- Book your makeup artist 3-4 months prior to your wedding so that you get enough time to do at least 2 trials to get an idea of the type of makeup you want on your Big-Day!
- Start incorporating fruits and nuts in your meals. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.
- Try to get rid of the dark circles: there are plenty of creams available in the market for this purpose.
- Start exercising. Exercising means better blood circulation, and better blood circulation will give you a glowing skin.
- Build a good skin care regimen with good quality products meant for your skin type and it should include – cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer and a sunscreen. For that extra glow and to repair the skin while you sleep, use a night cream to wake up to a beautiful, glowy skin. Make sure you choose the products as per your skin type and that caters to your skin concern if you have any!
One month before:
- Start dry brushing your body for a healthy glow. Dry brushing is very helpful if you’ve got cellulite; it promotes blood circulation and makes the body soft and toned.
- Focus on those facial and masks that give brightening and nourishing effects.
- Start stocking up your products and makeup to avoid running out before the celebrations. Build a makeup trousseau of all the must have products from your favorite brand.
- If you want to try any new makeup or select the colours, now’s the right time!
- Exfoliate your body with a gentle exfoliating scrub if you aren’t dry brushing it, you wouldn’t want to stand up there on the stage with a glowing face and a dull, tanned body! You want to look good all the way from top to bottom and that’s why you shouldn’t ignore exfoliating your body. If your feet are dull & tanned, you can not miss to check out this post ~ How I Got the Original Complexion of My Feet Back Again!
- For the lips – use a good lip balm with SPF 20 or above, exfoliate your lips gently with a soft toothbrush or sugar-lemon mixture and use lip packs regularly for a month if your lips are pigmented, chapped or dry. We recommend using honey, crushed rose petals and glycerine mixture as a lip pack, for more lip packs, you can check out this post ~ Special Lip Packs.
- Dark Circles – If that expensive under eye cream didn’t work on your dark circles, it’s time to take the 30 day ‘potato juice‘ challenge, yes you read it right! The potato juice challenge is basically where you use potato juice extracted out of a fresh potato under and over your eyes regularly for 30 days and this should be done one month before your big day and if you have severe dark circles, then you should do it at least 45-60 days before the big day.
- Get hair spa a month before your wedding once every 10 days. Forget any chemical hair treatment as it’s the time to nourish and condition your hair & not to call uninvited demon which you’d have to deal with in those golden days when you have to nurture and pamper your skin and hair to look best. For hair treatments, it’s best to get them 2-3 months before the wedding so that you have enough time to deal with the after effects (hair fall, damaged hair if any)! Replace your conditioner with a hair mask for extra nourishment, if you are a homemade junkie, then you’d want to check out some at-home hair masks which we’ve got covered for you Here.
- If you are prone to breakouts, you should go gluten-free closer towards the wedding and one month prior to your big day is good time to make changes in your diet. Skip eating sugar, refined flour, refined oil, rice and incorporate skin clearing foods like radish, pineapple, celery, lemon, orange, strawberry and citrus fruits.
- You might want to start taking special pre-wedding supplements that aims at giving beautiful hair, skin and nails or you can include ‘Biotin‘ and multivitamin supplements in your diet to make sure you get every dose of those essential vitamins.
One week before:
- Don’t try any new products. Stick to those products that you know work well for your skin.
- Exfoliate, but don’t overdo it.
- Use hydration masks to look fresh in all pictures.
- Most importantly: Sleep for at least 8 hours. There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep.
- You have 7 days left so make the most use of these days and use body packs, ubtans on full body so that you have a glowing, clear skin when you’d make your appearance on your big day in your dream(y) outfit. This DIY Fairness Pack works wonders if used regularly. Take bath with raw milk, use glycerine-lemon-rose-water mixture every night on full body, doing all this would ensure that you have perfect looking skin on your big day.
Two Days before:
- Visit salon for threading, upper lips, waxing and other touch ups to avoid any redness or rashes on the wedding date or during other wedding celebrations.
- Get your last facial done two days before the wedding. Also get bleaching done if you have to!
- Get manicure and pedicure, you want to look good from top to bottom so don’t forget your hands and feet and get them polished with pretty nail polish that matches your wedding outfit.
- Indulge in full body massage to de-stress yourself before the wedding day. If you don’t have the time to go to the spa, do it yourself with aromatic and relaxing oils.
- If you are prone to breakouts, keep aspirin handy, it can be a saviour for those sudden breakouts you might face before the big day. Mix in one crushed aspirin tablet with rose water and apply it on the zit, you can also use baking soda and lemon juice mixture on the breakout to minimize it.
- Use a gel mask if you have oily skin and a sheet mask if you have dry skin two days before the wedding which will make sure that your skin is perfectly nurtured and pampered. You can use these masks regularly prior 3 days to the wedding.
On the wedding day:
So here comes the day you’ve been waiting for. Cleanse, tone and moisturize with your usual products. You can use a face mask if you want, but we would recommend using one a night before because with most products, the effects are visible the next day.
- Wake up and give yourself a good oil massage, followed by a brightening body pack and get ready for the big day by taking a short, warm shower.
- Don’t overdo the makeup. No one wants their face to look cakey on the most important day of their life. So, warn your makeup artist about that and also don’t go for the “Make me fair and shiny like a bulb look” which is most common with all bridal looks. Completely avoid it! Glowy, dewy skin is what’s in and that fair, over done makeup no longer exists (or at least is no longer in the trend). Keep the makeup as simple and as natural as possible.
- Use blotting papers to control the sebum without messing your makeup.
- Make sure your face is clean before getting the makeup done.
- Don’t stress: Stress and anxiety affects the skin in a very bad way.
- Smile. It’s the starting for the rest of your life; make sure that you have a good time.
After all the celebrations are over, clean up your face (don’t forget to use a makeup remover to wipe off all your makeup) and follow it up with a face mask to avoid any breakouts.
Hope this list helps ☺
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