Every bride wants the most glowy skin for her wedding. All eyes will be on you and, of course, you’ll have those stunning wedding photos to last a life time. One of the biggest concerns for brides is having dull or dry skin—or worse, a breakout— on the big day. For many women, the countdown to get clear and clean skin for your big day pretty much starts the minute your engagement ring is placed on your finger. Good skin, and therefore good skincare practices, takes time. Getting a radiant complexion isn’t hard; it just requires some discipline and self-compassion (after all, not everyone can have J. Lo’s flawless skin). Here’s how to get glowy skin for your wedding.
Start prepping in advance
Good skin takes time, and so does implementing a healthy skin routine (especially if you’ve been one to go to bed still wearing your makeup). Start a personalized bridal skincare routine for glowing skin about a year in advance. If you can, consult with a dermatologist or esthetician for their advice on protocols and treatments. Of course, it’s perfectly fine to pay attention to your skin a few months in advance but the sooner you tend to it, the better.
Drink plenty of water
Water is amazing for your skin. It’s nourishing, hydrating, and plumping. It also helps to flush out toxins from your body that can accumulate into pimples and other skin ailments. Most experts recommend at least 64 ounces a day. You can also get your water intake from fresh veggies like cucumber, watermelon, celery, and kale. Organic herbal teas are another nice option, too.
Eat a balanced diet
It’s said that whatever you eat and digest will show up on the outside of your skin since food gets broken down and sends vitamins throughout your body. This means that the more you eat nutritious food, the more your skin will be nourished. On the flip side, the more you eat a lot of processed and sugary food, the more likely your skin will appear ruddy and inflamed. Avocados, salmon, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and walnuts are known to help promote supple skin.
Wash your face every day
This means no going to bed with your makeup on! It’s also important not to wash your skin too much or with harsh cleansers as it can strip the natural oils and cause your face to flake. If you’re not sure which cleanser works best, don’t hesitate to ask a facialist or skin expert.
Exfoliation is key to help transform the texture of your skin by removing skin impurities and dead skin cells to reveal fresh and smooth skin. It’s best to exfoliate every other day or three times a week.
Get plenty of sleep
Getting solid sleep is amazing for your skin. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face, which in turn encourages inflammation in the skin, causing flare-ups in conditions like acne, psoriasis, and even eczema—even more reason to get your beauty sleep!
Schedule professional facials
Scheduling regular facials with a professional over the last few months before your wedding is a great way to boost your skin’s glow by stimulating blood circulation, extracting yucky blackheads, and injecting moisture. Avoid a heavy-duty exfoliation facial session before your big day. Instead, schedule a moisturizing and relaxing facial about a week before your wedding.
Stress isn’t good for your skin. Although it’s perfectly normal for brides to get stressed before the wedding, try your best to implement relaxation techniques throughout the planning process whether that’s through a meditation practice, yoga, or just taking the time to walk by yourself every day near nature.
Getting glowy skin for your wedding day is possible by sticking to a natural routine (with a little bit of pampering) that helps nourish your skin from the inside out.