By Jennifer Dawson
A Month-By-Month Guide to Bridal Skincare
We all want to play the part of the ‘blushing bride” on our wedding day, but flawless skin takes planning and preparation. With everything else going on, from dress fittings to cake shopping, it’s easy to lose sight of yourself. It’s essential that you take a little time out of each day to pamper yourself, though. Not only do you deserve a bit of time away from the stress of wedding planning, you also need to make sure that you keep up your daily skincare regimen. You may even want to add a few steps to ensure that your skin is looking its best in your wedding photos. Here’s our bridal beauty countdown for the months leading up to your big day.
Six Months Ahead
Now is the time to schedule a visit with your dermatologist. A professional can help you to eliminate problems such as acne and uneven pigmentation, but it may take some time. It’s best to plan in advance and schedule an appointment at least half a year before your wedding if you have any major skincare concerns.
Your dermatologist may prescribe a variety of treatments for unsightly skin conditions. It may be as simple as applying a topical ointment such as a retinoid or taking a daily medication. Some skincare problems require more dedication than others, however. If you have oily or dry skin, your dermatologist may recommend a change in diet. Eating more fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants can help keep skin looking young, bright, and firm.
Three Months Ahead
You should make another appointment with your dermatologist about three months before your wedding to make sure that your skincare routine is on track. This gives your doctor a chance to see how your skin is responding to any new medications and make changes in your prescription if necessary. You can also ask for advice on how to tweak your daily routine.
Two Months Ahead
Many brides like to have a golden complexion to offset the white of their dress, but tanning causes more harm to the skin than good. As well as choosing a foundation to match your skin tone, fake tans are a good alternative for the health-conscious bride, but it can be tough to tell how a color will look on your skin. It’s a good idea to experiment with spray tans at least two months ahead of your wedding to make sure the look is right for you.
One Month Ahead
In addition to your regular skincare routine, you may want to get additional professional treatments in the month leading up to your wedding. Chemical peels or gentle laser treatments can make your skin look years younger, but it takes a couple of days for the effects to kick in. You should schedule skin treatments at least a week ahead of your wedding.
Maintaining a healthy skincare routine is the first step towards looking your best in your wedding album. By following this monthly schedule, you can keep yourself looking fresh and vibrant on your big day.