What Beauty Treatments Should You Avoid Before Your Wedding?

A bride holding a pink bouquet underneath her veil.

Your big day is almost here. You want to put your best foot forward, looking energized and beautiful on the day of your wedding. The question is, what should your beauty routine look like—or better yet, not look like?

There’s no shortage of brands and influencers who will try to tell you what treatments to use in advance of your wedding. So in this article, we’re breaking down three things that you should steer clear of when approaching your happily ever after.

New Skincare Products

A woman looking in the mirror and taking her makeup off.

We totally understand the temptation. You see an advertisement or a promotion for an exciting new skincare or makeup product. The packaging is so pretty, and your favorite influencer recommends it. What’s the harm in giving it a try?

But here’s the thing—introducing your skin to a new product without giving it time to properly acclimate can result in dryness, redness, and irritation, all of which are things you want to avoid on your wedding day! It typically takes 2-6 weeks for your skin to fully adjust to a new product. The week before your wedding isn’t the time to dabble in something entirely new.

As you approach your wedding, stick to your tried and true beauty routine, boring though it may seem. Screenshot or bookmark the new products you want to try, but experiment with them after the big day.

Excessive Tanning

Perhaps you dream of being golden and sunkissed when you walk down the aisle. That’s great! Just make sure you have a plan for getting that glow, or else you could become a tanning cautionary tale. Here are some general pieces of advice when it comes to tanning before your wedding.

Remember that episode of Friends where Ross spends too long in the spray tan booth? How about the episode of Schitt’s Creek where Patrick uses too dark a tone of self-tanner? Both of these are humorous reminders of why it’s important not to deviate from your typical spray tan routine in the days leading up to your wedding. If you want to get a spray tan before your wedding, make sure it’s from a studio that you trust and have used before (and make sure that you’re crystal clear on the instructions for caring for the tan after you get it).

If you’re a true sun-tanner, be very mindful of how much time you’re spending in the sun before your wedding. Sunburn can be extremely painful and would make your wedding less pleasant. Additionally, long-term sun exposure can have detrimental effects to your overall health. Use caution—and sunscreen!

Skipping Sleep and Hydration

A woman smiling and holding a glass of water.

In the busy days leading up to your wedding, it may be easy to let the basics of sleep and hydration fall by the wayside. However, they’re crucial to your overall wellness and are vital elements of your beauty routine! Lack of sleep and hydration will not only drain your energy levels, but can also have a damaging impact on your appearance. If you want to look fresh and beautiful on your wedding day, treat yourself to eight hours of sleep each night (it’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason) and keep a water bottle handy at all hours of the day.

At the end of the day, your body is yours and so is your beauty. You want to feel fresh and energized during your happy day. So, don’t fall for the latest fads and beauty trends. Stick to what works for you, be mindful of your sun exposure, treat yourself to plenty of shut-eye and water, and be your most beautiful self on your wedding day!

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