Bridal Beauty: Prepping Your Skin For The Big Day
As most of you know, I am getting married this November! I also have acne-prone skin and I work in Dermatology...so you better believe I am all about getting my skin camera ready for the big day! haha. Here are some tips for getting your skin prepped for your wedding day.
ASSESS EARLY ON
It is important to assess your situation early on. 8-12 months in advance is ideal. If you are dealing with eczema, acne, rosacea, etc. you should see your Dermatologist to go over your treatment options. Also, if you have a lot of sun damage, you can discuss different options to help with brown spots (IPL, Chemical Peels, etc) and/or wrinkles (Botox/Fillers, etc.)
SCHEDULE REGULAR FACIALS
Doing regular facials (monthly, if you can) is the perfect way to get your skin ready for your wedding day. Doing regular facials will help keep your skin nice and plump/moisturized which is key (especially if you are planning to do things like chemical peels & microdermabrasion). Facials are also a great way to RELAX (which we all can use)! Facials help promote the circulation of blood under the skin which helps to keep your skin glowing and fresh. The aesthetician will also do exfoliation and extractions (if needed) and will help you develop a good daily skincare regimen. Not all facials are created equally. Make sure you go to a spa/aesthetician that is reputable.
FIND YOUR DAILY SKINCARE REGIMEN
Like I said above, an aesthetician can you help with this but in short, a daily regimen should incorporate the following:
- Gentle Cleanser
- Antioxidant (like a vitamin C serum)
- Moisturizer with SPF (30+)
- Gentle Cleanser
- Retinol Product
- Night Cream
- Eye Cream
HYDRATE, EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL
Your skin is a direct reflection of what is going on with your body. For instance, if you are a sun worshiper or if you drink a lot of alcohol or if you smoke...your skin's health will definitely be affected by this. Also, it has been found that dairy and high glycemic index type of foods can add to acne. So my point is, what you do to your body matters. Make sure you eat well (which will help you for getting wedding ready anyway...I still need help with this! haha), drink a ton of water and get good sleep. Your skin will thank you!
This and chemical peels deserve their own blog post but Microdermabrasion is basically like a glorified exfoliation. It helps to brighten your skin and to help smooth out your complexion. It will also help with fine lines and pigmentation issues.
Chemical peels are a sort of chemical (rather than physical) exfoliation that help to remove outer layers of skin on the face to smooth texture, reduce scarring, and remove blemishes. The result is healthy, glowing skin. Microdermbrasion, in comparison, is a physicial type of exfoliation and requires less "down-time". There is usually little to no peeling with microdermabrasion whereas with chemical peels, you do get a "sun-burn"-like peeling for a few days to a week after the peel. Of course, the strength of the peel will determine how much downtime you will have. A typical peel, however, will not prevent you from going about your daily business. I will do another post about chemical peels.
Botox & Fillers get a bad rep sometimes. If it is done correctly, the results are really soft and natural (people should not be able to tell that you have gotten "work done"). If you have fine lines / wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows (11's) or by the eyes (crows feet), Botox (or a similar product) may be something worth your while. Fillers are used for under the eyes, in your laugh lines, etc. They can also be used to give volume to your cheeks. Fillers, in their most basic sense, "fill-in" etched wrinkles that are present at rest. This is something to talk to a plastic surgeon/dermatologist about. Just because it is available, does not mean you should do it, though.
Comment below with any questions!