You’ve probably pictured your wedding as the perfect day. Beautiful hair, flawless makeup, and a gorgeous dress… But have you given a second thought to the quality of your skin?
No matter how much you pay for a professional makeup application, your wedding makeup won’t be able to mask serious issues in your skin, like discolorations, acne, and scarring. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take in the months leading up to your big day to bring your skin back to health and look like a radiant bride-to-be walking down the aisle – regardless of your age.
• Exfoliate. This is the simplest step that you can take in the months leading up to your wedding. Exfoliating several times per week will remove dead skin cells and stimulate new, healthy cell growth. Make sure to use an exfoliant that is appropriate to your skin type for the best results.
Sensitive skin types should use a gentle exfoliant like a pineapple enzyme scrub, and oily skin types can use more aggressive products like glycolic or salicylic acid exfoliants. When exfoliating, scrub every other day at the maximum. It’s important to give your skin time to rest and repair in between exfoliating treatments to keep it balanced, fresh, and healthy.
• Tweak your diet. Ever heard of the saying that you are what you eat? This couldn’t ring truer than for a bride-to-be preparing for her wedding. The first order of business for strong, beautiful skin on your wedding day is to amp up your calcium count to 1000 mg per day, which can come from low-fat dairy products.
Make sure to focus on eating omega-3 fatty acids for fresh, firm skin and shiny hair. If you struggle with acne, omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and avocado can help to decrease inflammation and reduce redness in your skin.
• Consult a professional. Preparing for your wedding is the perfect excuse to pamper yourself! But it’s important to choose your professional treatments wisely… If you have very sensitive skin, opt for a series of microdermabrasions, which deeply exfoliate the surface of the skin and stimulate cellular turnover to prevent wrinkles.
For more serious issues like scarring and hyperpigmentation, you may want to consider an IPL treatment or chemical peel to remove layers of damaged skin and stimulate healthy cell growth below the surface.
When it comes to looking beautiful on your wedding day, less is truly more. By taking the time to care for your skin before your wedding, you’ll be able to wear less makeup on your big day to let your true, natural beauty shine through. It doesn’t get any better than that…
About the Author
Bethany Ramos is a licensed aesthetician and wedding makeup artist who is passionate about healthy, beautiful skin. Please visit her HGH website for more information on health and nutrition.