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A blushing bride wants to have glowing skin on her special day. Your skin will be the base to your over all bridal look, so you’ll want to make it the freshest canvas possible. The best skin care routine for brides is all about keeping up with what already works for you and eliminating a few habits that may hinder that look of perfect skin you desire. Follow these perfect skin dos and don’ts before your wedding day for a gorgeous, glowing complexion.
Do: Try microdermabrasion one month before the big day. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, microdermabrasion helps to brighten and smooth out your complexion by removing layers of dead skin cells that build up on the outer layer of your skin over time. This build up can contribute to a dull or lackluster appearance of the skin. You could also incorporate exfoliation into your regular skin care routine to achieve a clean, refreshed appearance – ask your dermatologist how often you should exfoliate for optimal results.
Don’t: Use tanning beds to get glowing skin. Instead of helping your skin’s appearance you’ll actually be damaging it by over exposing it to harsh UV rays. Sun exposure causes wrinkles, sunspots and may even result in sunburn. Apply SPF to your face, neck, and any other body parts unprotected from the sun. And remember, perfect skin does not have to mean tan skin. Your skin can look absolutely lovely when skin is simply fresh and hydrated. Dab blush or bronzer onto your cheekbones to accentuate your natural complexion.
Do: Find ways to stress less. Stress has a huge impact on the skin and wedding planning can add extra anxiety to even the simplest of situations. It’s important to understand what keeps you calm and helps you relax and incorporate those activities into your routine to better keep your nerves and your skin calm.
Don’t: Eat too many refined sugars. While you may be tempted to indulge in a late night cookie or even early morning chocolate chip muffin, try to resist the urge. The American Academy of Dermatology says that a diet rich in sugary foods and carbs may accelerate premature signs of skin aging. A bride at any age will want to preserve her natural beauty and keep the development of new lines and wrinkles at bay.
Do: Increase your omega-3 fatty acids intake. Good fats contained in foods like salmon, avocados, walnuts, canola oil and flax seed, can help you maintain glowing skin from your ‘I Dos’ through the honeymoon if they stay incorporated in your diet.
Don’t: Try new skin care products or methods that you have never tried before. Now is not the time to experiment with trendy peels and treatments. The best skin care routine is the one that you know works: Cleanse your skin, moisturize and protect it from harmful UV rays. Follow these basic steps and incorporate gentle treatments, like an eye cream, that you have already tried before.
Do: Exercise. Feel-good endorphins that are released when you exercise will foster glowing skin and a healthy body. Sweating out toxins three to five days a week will give your skin a much-needed detox—not to mention help you better manage stress and provide some body confidence that you’ll want to call on when it comes time to slip into that white dress.
Don’t: Get any facial waxing too close to the big day. Try to wax your eyebrows no sooner than one week in advance to avoid any potential skin pitfalls that you could otherwise avoid.
Do: An overnight mask the night before. Keep in mind though that it should be a mask or multi mask combination that you have tried previously. An overnight mask will keep your skin plump and leave it looking rested and hydrated for your special day. You will wake up with radiant skin.
Don’t: Take a hot shower the morning of your wedding day. Hot water can make your skin more sensitive to what you plan to put on it later – including facial oil, moisturizer and some makeup. Rinse off your facial mask and cleanse using water with a mild temperature. Follow up with a moisturizer while skin is still damp to seal in moisture for bridal skin that glows.
Do: Have the best day of your life with the love of your life. Whether your wedding is big or small, it’s raining or the sun is shining remember that this is one of those happy moments you will remember forever. You’ll have your perfect day, perfect skin and perfect partner – what more could you need?