Everyone wants glowing skin for the walk down the aisle, but how do you achieve this? We have the inside scoop from the experts—when to schedule facials and treatments before the ‘I dos’ as well as beauty basics like how to tame breakouts fast. Keep scrolling for skincare habits guaranteed to give you that bridal glow.
If you really want to get your skin in top form, it’s recommended that you start a smart skincare routine about a year in advance. It’s okay if you don’t have that long before the wedding day—just adopt these good skincare habits as soon as possible.
SCHEDULE PROFESSIONAL FACIALS
Your wedding is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering. You’ll want to book monthly facials to really refresh your skin. Experienced aestheticians will massage your skin, scalp and decolletage to stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin looking healthy. You can also request extractions. This is when your facialist gets all the dirt out of your pores. The process takes preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation, or worse, scarring.
MANAGE EXCESS FACIAL OIL
If you’re on the go, blotting papers will help keep your face shine-free. If you need a more advanced grease solution, streamline your routine. Use a mild face wash, skip the toner and add a lightweight oil-free moisturizer. Excessive face washing will kick oil production into overdrive.
EAT SUPER FOODS
No matter what your skin type is—oily, dry, normal or a combo— it craves water. Sure, drinking water helps, but snacking on naturally hydrating foods like watermelon works too. Other super foods for your face? Try grapefruit, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale.
USE SALT SCRUBS TO SOFTEN ELBOWS
This is the one thing most brides forget about. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate. The sodium bicarbonate will break down dry patches and make your skin a sponge for moisture. For really tough patches, ask an aesthetician to put a glycolic peel on your elbows when you go in for a facial.
Use Concealer (the Right Way)
Unlike with foundation, your final layer of concealer isn’t meant to be totally blended. Dab it right where you need it with a pointed brush. Then, use your finger to pat the perimeter until it’s smooth.
BLEND FOUNDATION WITH YOUR FINGERS
Whether you apply your foundation with a brush, a stick or a sponge, you should blend it in using your fingers. Put a dime-size dollop of moisturizer on your fingers, rub them together and start blending. The extra moisture will keep your foundation and skin from drying out and will make your complexion look soft and dewy.
ELIMINATE ZITS WITH BENZOYL PEROXIDE
If you’ve got a problem pimple (you know, one that really hurts), there are only two ways to take care of it. And no, popping it isn’t one of them. The first is to dab benzoyl peroxide gel directly on the blemish. This will help dry it out (sometimes overnight). The other option is a faster, but more expensive fix: Consult your doctor and ask about an anti-inflammatory steroid injection.
USE AN EYE CREAM WITH LIGHT DIFFUSERS
In many cases, dark under-eye circles are hereditary. So the only way to reduce their appearance is with makeup. Start with an eye cream that has light diffusers, which reflect light to make the eye look brighter. Then, use concealer only on the dark spots. Look for one that matches your skin tone exactly, not one that’s a shade lighter—that can make your attempt to conceal even more noticeable. Remember to dab lightly to avoid tugging on delicate eye areas.
Dr. Shruti Agarwal of clinic calee says that, pre – bridal skin care has come a long way. Every bride wants to flaunt a radiant and flawless skin on her special day. A major concern in pre bridal rejuvenation is the skin whitening. Primitive regimes included a combination of facials/ bleaching/topical whitening agents, both indigenous and medicated etc. Though these treatments are still an integral part of prebridal care, there has been tremendous advancement in various skin treatments done under supervision of qualified dermatologists and cosmetologists. Use of topical whitening agents containing hydroquinone, steroids, kojic and retinoids etc. has its limitations e.g. slow onset of action, short term results, increased skin sensitivity and increased risk of skin thinning ; hence more stress on in – clinic treatments . PRP is a very effective and safe procedure for skin rejuvenation. A platelet concentrate is extracted from one’s own blood and injected on the face and hair. It works very well on uneven skin tone , dark spots, blemishes, acne scars and also provide a shine to the skin with minimum down time and after care. A range of chemical peels are available for skin lightening. They are very effective if done under professional supervision.
Laser based treatments like carbon peeling, MDA , HydraFacials are some other options that can be combined depending on the individual concerns and requirements. Sun protection is the golden rule to be followed with every treatment. Every pre bridal regime needs to be customised based on the client’s need.