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Your wedding day is all about celebrating the love between you and your partner with the ones you care about most.
Who are we kidding? It’s also about looking damn radiant and relishing in the oohs and aahs that come your way.
With all eyes on you, you’ll no doubt want to look flawless on your big day. Sure, you’ll likely have professional hair and makeup artists on hand to work their magic, but you’ll need to take matters into your own hands with some prior preparation to achieve that bridal glow.
Get your skin wedding-ready with this 4-week guide to glowing skin.
One Month Before
By now, you’ll have most of your wedding plans finalised (hopefully!), so you can turn your attention to yourself. Focusing on your diet, exercise, and hydration will help encourage a better complexion.
Cut out foods that are known to cause breakouts, such as dairy, trans fats, chocolate, and alcohol. These naughty (albeit, delicious) culprits can lead to congestion. Some face-friendly foods include:
- Strawberries – Bursting with vitamin C for fighting free radicals and reducing fine lines.
- Sweet potatoes – Filled with vitamin A for keeping skin cells hydrated.
- Almonds – Offering plenty of Vitamin E to fight free radicals and give you youthful-looking skin.
Now, we love our vino as much as the next gal, but there will be plenty of time for that on your honeymoon. Stick to foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants to keep your skin happy for your special day.
As well as reducing stress (farewell, Bridezilla!) and generally making you feel good, exercise increases blow flow and helps carry cell waste away from the skin. Just be sure to shower after your workout, as sweat can cause breakouts.
Up your water intake to remove toxins from your body and welcome a more glowing complexion. At least 8 glasses a day should do it, but if you live in a hot and humid climate or are pretty active during the day, you should be having more.
Two Weeks Before
Closer to the big day, you’ll want to book in with your beauty therapist or cosmetic technician for any treatments. Even gentle skin treatments can have temporary side effects, so be sure to have them done with plenty of time to heal.
Remove dead skin cells to reveal fresh, glowing skin with a salt scrub or other exfoliating treatment. These can also increase blood circulation to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
A cleansing facial is perfect 2 weeks out from your wedding day as it gives your skin a chance to clear. Some facials can draw imperfections out or cause temporary redness, so you should never leave your pre-wedding facial to the last minute.
Two Days Before
Now that you’re buffed and primed for your big moment in the spotlight, consider any last-minute beauty enhancements.
If you’re wanting a faux glow on your wedding day, get your spray tan a couple of days beforehand. This will allow it to fully develop and settle down, and in case you change your mind, you’ll have time to remove it.
There’s really only one thing left to do: take a deep breath and do a face mask! We love the Aspect Hydrating Mask, which can make skin silky smooth with its hydrating and calming ingredients.
Make sure you’ve got your skincare regime sorted before your wedding day with this helpful post.
There’s nothing quite like having a fresh, glowing face after a skin procedure, but don’t expect to be a radiant Goddess immediately following your treatment. All the best things take time – cheese, wine, and your results.
Learn how to take care of your skin post-procedure to speed up recovery and enjoy your results sooner.
Different Side Effects of Skin Procedures
Generally used to treat light scarring, fine lines, and pigmentation, microdermabrasion uses microcrystals to gently remove the top layer of skin to reveal fresh, younger-looking skin.
Possible side effects include tightness, sensitivity, redness, and bruising.
A chemical solution is applied to the skin to eventually cause peeling of the outer layer. This is generally used to treat ageing skin with fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
Possible side effects include redness and swelling.
Used to remove hair, treat pigmentation, sun damage, acne, and thread veins, IPL treatment involves delivering intense pulses of non-coherent light on the skin with a handheld flashgun.
Possible side effects include redness and swelling.
Ideal for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, laser resurfacing uses concentrated pulsating beams of light to treat affected areas of the skin.
Possible side effects include itching, redness and swelling.
Also known as skin needling, this treatment is generally used to treat acne scars and other scarring, pigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks, large pores, and blackheads.
Possible side effects include redness, irritation, and dryness.
This a general guide to treating your skin following one of the above skin procedures.
- Wash face to remove any remaining micro-crystals (microdermabrasion) or residue left on your skin after the procedure. We love the Dr Spiller Hydro-Marin Freshener as it’s formulated to effortlessly remove microdermabrasion crystals and conductive gel used in some treatments.
- Avoid intentional sun exposure for a week after your treatment. Sun damage can slow down the healing process. If you’re heading outside, wear a hydrating sunscreen with at least SPF 30+, like the Asap Moisturising Daily Defence SPF 50+.
- Use a rich moisturiser to avoid excessive peeling. The Medik8 Ultimate Recovery™ provides intense moisture and promotes healing.
- Apply a soothing gel (like this one from Asap) to reduce inflammation and redness.
Your needs may change depending on the procedure you received, so always be sure to ask your cosmetic or medical practitioner how to best care for your skin following a procedure.
Our Favourite Post-Procedure Products
The right skincare products can help your skin heal faster. These are some of our favourites:
- Aspect Gold Post Laser Gel – Designed to soothe and protect skin following laser and IPL treatments, this hydrating gel is full of antioxidants to reduce heat and promote healing.
- Skinmedica Post Procedure Kit – A gentle cleanser, sunscreen, and TNS ceramide treatment cream in one handy kit, suitable for use immediately after a peel.
- Cosmedix C.P.R. Skin Recovery Serum – Use day and night to reduce redness and provide much-needed moisture.
Check out all the post-procedure products on the Tina Kay Skincare website.