You’ve set the date, picked your dress, booked a makeup artist, and know exactly what sort of hair style you want to sport—but if you’re a bride-to-be, have you given any thought to your skin? Oftentimes in the beautiful chaos of wedding planning, everything makes it onto the to-do list, except for the best skin care regimen that will ready your skin for the big day. With so much going on, it’s totally understandable that a few things slip your mind—after all, you’ve got quite a lot going on! But when it comes to your wedding day, chances are you’ll want your skin to look luminous as you walk down the aisle—not to mention in all of your photos. Below, we share seven skin care tips (along with product recommendations, such as our best moisturizers for every skin type), to help you achieve glowing skin by your big day.
BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIP #1: ASSESS YOUR SKIN SITUATION
Take inventory of your complexion so that you can start a tailored skin care routine as soon as possible. Whether you have dark circles, large pores, or something else you’d like to address, look for skin care products that can help minimize the appearance of these imperfections before you get married.
BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIP #2: ADD A PEEL PAD TO YOUR NIGHTLY BEAUTY ROUTINE
Don’t let dull skin get you down! Use a peel pad, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads, before bed. They’re formulated with glycolic acid to help resurface dull, uneven skin tone and rough texture. Plus, the multi-ply textured pads physically exfoliate dead skin cells. Immediately, skin will look brighter, clarified, and more radiant, while skin tone will look more even with continued use over time. Smooth a pad gently over cleansed skin—just make sure to apply a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, in the morning as directed. Alpha hydroxy acids—like glycolic acid—can actually increase your skin’s sun sensitivity. Take other sun protection measures including limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seeking shade, and throwing on a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIP #3: PAMPER YOURSELF WITH A FACE MASk
If there’s ever an excuse to splurge a bit, it’s getting married! So, go ahead and treat yourself to a spa day beforehand. If you’re strapped for time leading up to the event, try an at-home face mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Face Mask, which is formulated with three types of clay (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava) and enhanced with charcoal to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the look of dull skin. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry. Use three times a week for best results.
BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIP #4: PERK UP YOUR eyes
The last thing you want is for your eye area to look drab on your wedding day, right? So, add an eye cream to your daily skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Eye Treatment is a luxurious, lightweight cream formulated with hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and Pro-Xylane™ to help reduce the look of under-eye bags, wrinkles, and puffiness. Plus, the cooling applicator feels so good! Massage the eye cream gently around your eye area until fully absorbed, morning and night.
BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIP #5: EXFOLIATE FROM HEAD TO TOE
Exfoliation is the process of sloughing dead skin cells off the surface of your skin and it’s a great idea to incorporate this into your regular skin care routine—especially before your wedding—since this buildup can lead to dullness. Reach for a face scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, which gently exfoliates for glowing, baby-soft skin. And don’t forget to use it on your lips, too—you’ll want your lips to be as smooth as can be when you hear the words “you may now kiss the bride.” For the skin below your jawline, gently massage a body scrub in circular motions over your body, paying particular attention to areas that tend to be on the dry side, like your knees, elbows, and feet.
BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIP #6: MOISTURIZE MORNING AND NIGHT
Your skin care routine isn’t complete without moisturizer. Apply your face lotion of choice to damp skin to help lock in hydration. Choose one that suits your skin type. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. If you’re looking to squeeze in a little anti-aging action before you’re wed, try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica instead. This lightweight cream helps hydrate, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, firm skin, and resist other visible signs of aging.
BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIP #7: PRACTICE USING SELF-TANNER
One of the biggest occasions in your life shouldn’t be the first time you try a new beauty technique. Just as makeup and hair trials are a must, you most definitely shouldn’t break out a bottle of self-tanner for the first time the night before you’re to be someone’s bride. Too risky! Instead, work on your tan in the weeks leading up to your wedding. That way, you can find out exactly how sun-kissed you want your skin to be ahead of time. Use the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium, which offers a gradual glow.
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