If you’re engaged, understand that bridal madness is real for so many reasons. But high on the stress meter for brides-to-be is, “I MUST have gorgeous skin for my wedding!” At no other time in your life will all of your relatives and friends have their camera phones pointed directly at YOU. Retouching everyone’s photos is out of the question. But there’s no need. These tips will help you get that bridal glow.
Plan early if you’re starting a new skincare routine. If your skincare isn’t meeting your needs anymore, experiment with other formulas and ingredients; but leave yourself at least 60 days (preferably more) to test reactions. This is not the day to be adventurous with your face.
Consider what you’re eating. There’s so much stress around guests lists, food choices and bride’s maids dresses that sometimes you’re working the hand to mouth motion more than you’d like. Stress eating, especially sweets and fried foods can wreak havoc on your skin (and your butt) before the big day. Toss a bag of chopped veggies or a nutrition bar in your purse, or grab a green smoothie when you’re feeling hangry and over-stimulated.
Stay hydrated. I feel like I’m constantly telling everyone to drink water, but I can’t help myself. It’s the cheapest, most effective skin care nature has provided. Get in the habit of drinking eight glasses a day before your wedding. It’s a myth that water “plumps out wrinkles” if your body is already sufficiently hydrated, but if you’re dehydrated, your skin will look dry and wrinkled – the opposite of what you’re going for on your wedding day.
Use sunblock. Every. Single. Day. And put it in places you may normally ignore, like your ears and neck. The last thing you want is a painful, lobster-hued sunburn as you walk down the aisle.
Respect the toss-away dates for makeup. Old makeup can harbor ugly bacteria that can cause breakouts and eye infections. As a conservative rule, toss powder products at the two year mark. Liquid products at the one year mark. Mascara is always a three month toss. Here’s a great infographic to help you remember.
Do you have tips on how you avoided beauty disasters on your wedding day? We’d love to hear them!