Skin Prep before the Big Day!
Keep reading to find out some great tips and tricks on how to best prep your skin before makeup application on your big day. Send these tips to your bridal party too, they’ll thank you later.
You’d be surprised at how this super important part of skin care is overlooked before the big day. We’ve seen it one too many times and decided to create this post all about skin prep following up to the months and weeks before your wedding day.
Having a clean canvas for your makeup artist to work on, will ensure a more beautiful, even, and longer lasting makeup application. Following these tips will help your skin look its best on your big day, thus making you feel more confident.
Here are some things you can do to prep your skin.
Splurge on a facial
If you’ve never had a facial done before, ask around for a referral to a spa that's highly recommended and reputable, by your family and friends. You’ll want to try them out several months before the wedding to see how your skin reacts to the facial, and to make sure this is the right place for you.
Your esthetician will discuss with you any concerns you may have and give you the best facial according to your skin issues, if any. This facial will help clear out your pores and address any major issues such as acne, pigmentation, dark circles, dryness, oiliness or scarring.
Depending on the type of skin problems you may be facing, they can best guide you to the right products to use, and any possible follow treatment recommendations as well.
A couple of weeks before your wedding, make sure you have your appointment already booked at the same spa, preferably with the same esthetician (given you had a fantastic experience with).
Apply your sunscreen daily
This is an important step, and can be pretty effortless if your BB cream or foundation already contains SPF. On a side note, since we're talking about skin care, you don't want any sun burns on your body either so lather up on that SPF. Wearing a sun hat or baseball cap is highly recommended if you know you’ll be out in the sun for long periods.
Don’t try new products
Sephora can really test your temptations, with all the products you see that claim to work magic for your skin. But now is not the time. There's a tendency to want to try out new skin care products right before the wedding, and of course this can cause irritations and breakouts you really don't need to deal with before the big day! You don’t know how your skin is going to react to these new products, so stick with your good ‘ol routine if it has been working for you. It’ll save you a lot of time, money and stress (and stressed skin).
Sleeping with your makeup on is a No-No!
You’ll have many pre-wedding events, late night parties and events to attend before your big day, and likely you will be wearing makeup, that you’ll probably be tempted to leave on at the end of the night. But don’t! Try your best to at the very least use a good quality makeup wipe, and give your face a quick rinse, then go through the full routine when you get up in the morning.
It’s even more recommended to just give in and go for the whole routine from start to finish, knowing it’ll pay off in the long run and prevent you from waking up to dull, overly oily/dry skin with a few new pimple friends for the next week or so.
Think about your diet
Drink the daily recommended amount of H2O each day, and to make things fun add some flavour to it with a squeeze of fresh lemon, apple cider vinegar and/or fresh mint leaves. Try to stay away from deep fried foods, and other not-so-high-on-the-healthy-list, kinda foods like pizza, and ice-cream, chips, sour keys, you get the idea. Salty foods can really cause skin dehydration, and oily foods can cause breakouts, just to name a few.
Find other yummy options to replace your not-so-healthy meals or snacks and easily kill the craving with things like smoothies and date bars easily made at home. If you really find your diet and food consumption to be a struggle and want to make changes to benefit your body inside and out, try contacting a nutritionist or a health coach to get you feeling like the best version of you, before you say I DO!