Beautiful Skin - 10 Tips for Brides
Having worked as a makeup artist in the wedding industry for over 4 years, I have seen some brides experience traumatic skincare nightmares. From pop up pimples to serious rashes, no bride wants to endure a potentially avoidable skincare problem. Today I'd like to share with you (bride or not) 10 tips for brides I've learned over the years to help ensure that your skin will not only be ready, but radiant for your big day!
1. Plan ahead and get into good skincare habits
Whether or not you are prone to some skincare trouble, I highly encourage you to treat yourself to some professional skincare services leading up to the big day. A consistent at home skincare regimen coupled with occasional professional treatments, such as a facial, can yield radiant results!
No matter what your skin type, exfoliating is highly important. Regular exfoliation will remove dead skin cells, impurities, and blackheads, which will leave your skin bright and refreshed. Exfoliating can be achieved through many different skincare treatments including chemical treatments (chemical peels or enzymatic masks) and physical treatments (microdermabrasion, dermaplane, or abrasive scrubs). Feel free to contact me for a skincare consultation to find the best treatment for you!
3. Try to avoid foods that can cause breakouts
Of course all of our bodies are different from one another, but one common culprit for breakouts is DAIRY! For some it may be sugar, for others it may be alcohol, but whatever it is, if you think it might cause a pimple, put it down. Did you know that it takes skin cells about a month or more to completely turnover and regenerate? So if you know a food causes breakouts for you personally, cut it out of your diet at least a month before the big day to see the biggest benefit!
4. Drink water
I tell this to my Colorado brides often because of our dry climate, but the same goes for other locations too! Your skin (and body) will thank you! Drinking water hydrates your body, which includes the body's largest organ - the skin. Dehydrated skin will look dry and dull - and who wants that?!
5. Use products you know
The last few days leading up to your wedding are not a good time to try a new moisturizer, mask, or random beauty trick your MOH saw on Instagram. If you want to try something new, make sure you give your skin enough time to react, just in case the reaction is negative. Other beauty products can play a role in skincare too. Products such as shampoo, conditioner, and even toothpaste can cause reactions. Be wise before you try!
6. Wash your face and moisturize before you fall asleep
Let's be realistic, I know you're going to be tired after a night out before your wedding, but it's still super important to wash off makeup and all the bacteria that accumulated on your skin throughout the day. Your skin will thank you for it, and it will help reduce the risk of a pop up pimple the next morning.
7. Get some sleep
I'm all for nights out with your best gals, but getting enough sleep is crucial for feeling good the next day! Try not to let your friends guilt you into extra shots and partying till the sun comes up. It's called beauty sleep for a reason.
8. Wake up at least a half hour before having your makeup done
If your eyes are like mine, you might sometimes wake up puffy. This is normal, but it's a good idea to give your skin and eyes some time to wake up too. No need to set an alarm for an obscene hour on your wedding day, just shoot to be up and at 'em at least a half hour before your scheduled makeup appointment.
9. Wash your face… Again
Good morning, beautiful! During a night's sleep, we naturally sweat, and bacteria accumulates on our skin. It's unavoidable, that's just how the body works. Wash your face in the morning so that your skin is fresh and clean before having makeup applied. This will also help your makeup last longer - BONUS!
10. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up... and then keep drinking water throughout the day
I mentioned the importance of drinking water earlier, and that's because it truly is so important for healthy, glowing skin. Hydration is key, not only for your body, but also for your mental health. You will think more clearly, feel more refreshed, and look bright eyed and bushy tailed. It's common for brides to go hours without eating or drinking, and then when it's time to drink it's often a cheers with a glass of champagne. Water is essential (especially if you live in a dry climate like Colorado) for glowy, dewey, plump, healthy skin. Dehydration or altitude sickness on your big day would be a big bummer! Avoid it by having a water bottle nearby at all times. Add that to the list of things your MOH needs to take care of!
If you do wake up with a nightmare skin situation, don't worry. Part of my job is to help address and reduce those issues. I've got your back (and your face)!
I hope this list of 10 tips for brides has helped you make a plan for your big day! Thanks for reading!
What are some of your skincare tips? Comment below!