Bridal Club Magazine
creating an effective skin care routine
Your wedding day will see you be the center of attention for the
entire day. You'll be getting upclose and personal with not only
your guests, but a camera lens as well. To look great all day - and
for years to come listen to the experts. They
recommend a minimum six months of stress-relief, proper nutrition,
and added water-drinking. Since much of your beauty condition on
your wedding day is completely in your own hands, there are a few
things you'll need to do before the wedding to ensure your skin is
The first and most important step towards healthy skin is a good
cleansing program. You should be using a multi-step system
~ a good cleanser appropriate for your skin-type in the
~ make-up remover and cleanser at night
~ daily moisturizer
~ an exfoliant once to several times a week
Also try keeping your hands away from your face - - dirt and
oils can contribute to blemishes and other skin problems.
If you can afford it, this is a great time to consult a
professional dermatologist. Tell them your wedding date, and your
skin-care goals. They may recommend treatments such as glycolic
peels or regular facials that will help you have picture-perfect
skin. Prescription medicine may also be helpful.
Also, if you take birth-control medication, talk to your doctor
about which kind is best for your skin and body. Switching
birth-control brands may make a dramatic difference in your
Examine how much water you drink daily. Drinking eight to 10
glasses daily will help clear up blemishes and make your skin more
luminous. While you're increasing your water consumption, it's a
great time to be decreasing your caffeine in-take. Passing on that
morning trip to Starbucks may seem like a daunting task, but not
only will less caffeine help your skin, it will also help you feel
less stressed out!
You should also be cautious if using tanning beds. Many brides
make the mistake of tanning and looking too dark, red or freckled.
If you must get color, try a self-tanning treatment applied by a
skin care professional. It's safer and more natural looking without
the risk of sunburn or freckles.
Finally - and most importantly - get some sleep. Your body
requires a minimum of eight hours of rest to rebuild and repair
itself. In that time, it sheds dead skin cells, flushes toxins and
excess water, and regulates its natural moisture levels (among
other things). Deprive yourself of sleep, and expect to see dull
skin, dark circles, and puffiness when you wake up in the
Let's face it -- most of us don't have perfect complexions, and
with the anxiousness surrounding a wedding, looking your best can
be a challenge. But with a little extra care and some advanced
planning, however, you can easily achieve a radiant, flawless face
for your wedding day!
Make note of your day-to-day beauty dilemmas, such as mascara on
your bottom lashes tends to give you dark circles or lip liner
makes your lips dry, and share these concerns with your makeup
artist. And don't be afraid to try something new -- as long as you
test-drive the look before the wedding. You may find colors or
combinations you are afraid of actually look great on you!
Whether you're going for a natural look or for something more
lavish, chances are you'll definitely want to put your best face
forward on your wedding day. Your hair, makeup and skin have to
look picture perfect -- and with a little practice and planning the
reward for all your exhaustive work is a smooth event that everyone
- especially you - can enjoy.