I understand the importance of everything being ready for one of the most important days of your life as there is months worth of planning that goes into making sure that everything is perfect. Months or years prior to the big day the location is already sorted, food, photography and the dresses/suits, but during all of this planning do you set aside time for your skincare?
I often get brides approaching me just one month prior to their wedding asking to help get rid of blemishes in time for their big day which is a bit unrealistic in all honesty. Depending on your age, the skin cell renewal process can take 4-6 weeks and up to 90 days if you are aged 50+. The reason why this is important to know is because if you are wanting to see improvements it will not be a quick cycle. The continuous renewal of skin cells to replace dead ones can be a long process as those dead cells still linger within the body, increasing the risk of ageing skin. It has also been said that older skin cells have been known to produce more melanin resulting longer-lasting hyperpigmentation. Your skin cell turnover can also affect acne as there is a build-up of dead skin if your body is taking long to replace dead skin cells and this is why we encourage regular exfoliation and treatments.
Now that we have briefly spoke on the impact of the skins renewal process on certain skin conditions and the time the cycle actually takes, we can now move on to when you should start to prepare your skin for your wedding. In my professional opinion, (if you haven’t previously taken care of your skin) I would start your skincare routine pretty much as soon as you have said “yes” or got on your knee to pop the question. The latest I would leave it to start a routine and having professional treatments would be 6 months prior to your wedding day.
How can I prepare my skin for my big day?
Firstly, see a professional! This is your big day and pictures are everything! You want to make sure you are using the right products and ingredients on your skin to ensure they are targeting your skins condition and not worsening it! Booking a consultation will provide you with a plan to get your skin healthy, smooth and clear. You will know the right products to use, which ones to avoid and the ingredient to look out for – so book a consultation.
What about a skincare routine?
Again, it is really best that you see a skin specialist for more tailored advice, however, let us start by look into getting into a habit of maintaining your skincare routine, and tips can be found in my "Are you really dedicated with your skincare?” blog post. You will need to be doing it both at the AM and PM as this will provide you with effective results. Your routine may consist of a cleanser, treatment with serum, moisturiser and ALWAYS SPF. You may also be advised to exfoliate 1-3 times a week.
A key aspect of your routine is hydration. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, peptides, ceramide, squalene, Vitamin E, glycerin or AHA’s will provide you with hydration. This will enable water retention, constant healing of the skin and a healthy, radiant glow.
Exfoliation is also a necessary part of your routine to help remove dead skin cells so the renewal process can occur. You have both chemical and mechanical exfoliants for the skin, but your therapist will advise on what is most safe for you.
What about facials?
I do recommend going for monthly facials with a professional as they will have modalities that will work at a deeper level than OTC products. A great facial prior to your wedding is dermaplaning simply because it clears the skin of vellus hair making it smooth which gives your great makeup application. Another treatment which should be started months prior to your wedding for the best results is chemical peels as they target a number of skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, acne, and skin texture that can provide you with the clear skin you desire. Lastly, microneedling is also on the list of my recommendations as it stimulates wound healing which leads to collagen synthesis for the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles which evens out the skins texture. All treatments require a course for the best results which is why I recommend to start as soon as you know you are getting married.
Not only do you want great skin for your pictures on your big day but you want to keep it going for your honeymoon to! Book a consultation so we can get started!