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Wedding Day Skincare

By Maureen Sangiorgio Beauty portrait

Worried about how to get your skin in top-notch shape for your wedding day? Take a deep breath and relax! Follow this step-by-step countdown for glowing wedding skin.

Six Months Prior:

Moisturize from the inside out. Whether your skin is oily or dry, skin craves water, so aim for 8 to 10 glasses a day. Keep a water bottle at work, and one in your car for quick and easy access. Also snack on moisture-rich foods such as watermelon, grapefruit, broccoli, and lettuce.

Nix the java. It’s not only better for your skin, but the last thing you need now is drinking anything that makes you stressed out! It’s easier to gradually cut out caffeinated foods and drinks rather than going cold turkey right before the wedding.

Three Months Prior:

Schedule your first facial. “Three months prior to the wedding the bride should have  a consultation with a licensed, reputable skin care professional,” advises Irene Kouflis of European Body Concepts. “The bride should then get a facial once a month until a week before the wedding. The facials should minimize large pores, even out skin tone, and result in glowing skin for all the wedding photos.” Also discuss make up, eye brow shape, excess facial hair, and Brazilian waxing.

One Week Prior:

Exfoliate. “I recommend a Vichy full-body exfoliation so the skin glows, and to make it come alive when wearing the bridal gown,” says Kouflis. “Exfoliating the skin will also make it more receptive to an all-over-body moisturizer in tint Veil Shimmer so the skin sparkles!”

Apply a self-tanner. Follow these tips from the American Academy of Dermatology:

  • First, apply an exfoliating product to help remove dead skin cells. Spend a little more time exfoliating where your skin is thickest — elbows, knees and ankles.
  • Second, dry your skin so the self-tanner goes on evenly.
  • Third, apply the self-tanner in sections (such as the arms, then legs, followed by the torso). Massage the self-tanner into your skin in a circular motion.
  • Wash your hands after each section to avoid orange-colored palms.
  • Give your skin time to dry. Wait at least 10 minutes before getting dressed. For the next three hours, it is best to wear loose clothing and try to avoid sweating.