The preparation process leading up to a wedding can be both exciting and stressful. Stress can manifest in many different ways and one of them can be on your skin. You know you want to look your best on your BIG day when all eyes will be on you. Stop stressing and start prepping!
A month prior to your wedding, I would recommend getting a facial. If you have sensitive skin, acne prone, or have never had a facial at all, this will give your skin enough time to heal. Facials are a great way to extract any clogged pores that are deep within your skin.
A well-trained and experienced aesthetician will listen to you and address your areas of concern. Inform them of the proximity of your wedding so they don’t happen to address a major issue that might leave your skin irritated or scarred for a bit. You should come out of your facial looked rejuvenated with all the dead skin being sloughed off.
At this point it is essential that you begin to hydrate properly, especially right after a facial. Make sure you are guzzling that water as much as you can. Months before my wedding I pretty much stopped drinking sodas, coffee, and tea. It can be hard at first, but the initial craving does subside. And your skin will thank you for it. The additional water intake will help heal your skin from within and make it look both plump and luminous.
Now it is time for you to really focus on your skincare game at home. Take a look at the items that you are using. Do you have something that counterbalances the other product? For example, if you are using a toner for acne prone skin, is your moisturizer a hydrating one to add in the moisture that your toner might be stripping?
I like to mix my products in a way that they are not all overly moisturizing at once. Go in with a mild face wash in a cream form. Those tend to be more moisturizing but don’t leave your skin greasy. After I have massaged the cream into my skin, I use a damp towel to gently remove it from my face. This acts as a gentle exfoliator as well.
Next go in a with a refreshing toner. Not only will this help deliver essential nutrients to your skin, but it will also help prep your skin for moisturizer. At this point go in with your serums and oils. I am very partial to the argan oil if my skin is looking rather parched or I want to use it at night for a deep moisturizing treatment. It adds the perfect amount of moisture to my skin on a daily basis. It seeps in quickly so if you are in a rush you do not have to worry about your face looking greasy. Finally apply a gentle moisturizer to your skin (or a richer one at night) making sure to lock in all the goodness you just applied.
Now here are your alternatives. You will still need to do a proper exfoliation of your skin. I would recommend to do it once a week so you don’t cause an irritation and I would do it with a very mild product. Fa cw masks are also a great way to treat your skin. There are so many out there that focus on many different skin care issues. I would alternate using a detoxifying one and a hydrating one once a week each. This will help keep your pores clear and your skin hydrated.
Above all else try to stay calm. I know it is easy to say but remember that it will all work out for the best. Hydrate, get your 8 hours of sleep in, and stay on your skincare game. You will look stunning without a doubt.