The Skin Care Expert’s Guide to Essential Pre-Wedding Skincare

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Of course, you want to look like a million bucks. The perfect dress will take you far, as will a flattering hairstyle, but you can’t sleep on your skincare. As you gear up for the ceremony, you need to begin your skincare routine as soon as possible. Starting one year out, you have to pamper your skin in preparation for saying “I do.”

Minimize Your Stress

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Living a stress-free life is easier said than done, especially when you’re planning a wedding. Stress ages you. Every time you scowl at your wedding planner, your fine lines and wrinkles dig in a bit deeper. Stress also prompts your body to release more cortisol, which affects your complexion by causing acne, blemishes, and even skin conditions such as eczema.

So how do you cut the stress? Do whatever you need to do. Book a weekly massage or set aside an hour each day that’s just for you. Meditation helps, too. More importantly, remember that the marriage itself is the best part of the big day. Everything will pass by in a blur once it begins. Permit yourself to stop sweating the small stuff.

Find a Dermatologist

About a year out, you need to book an appointment with a dermatologist, particularly if you have problem areas. Sometimes, flawless skin requires the help of the big guns. Visiting a pro can allow you to pinpoint precisely what you need to do to improve your complexion. Then the two of you can put together a plan of action. Ask about the benefits of taking supplements for your hair, skin, and nails, too.

And an Esthetician

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Your esthetician can help you to maintain a gorgeous, glowing complexion, as well. Making regular appointments during the lead-up to the big day can keep skin issues and irritations at bay. Better still, as you enjoy facials, steams, and other skincare treatments, you’re giving yourself time to relax and forget about all the stresses surrounding you. Just remember not to treat yourself too much—you have to give your skin a break every now and then.

Think about Hair Removal

Do you dread the thought of plucking, shaving, and waxing as you prep for your wedding day? Forget about traditional hair removal methods, then. Opt for laser hair removal instead. At most med spas, you can target any area on your body. Zap the hair on your forearms or upper lip, for example, or get your bikini zone ready for the honeymoon. You can even have a unibrow taken care of with the help of a targeted laser treatment.

Put Thought into Your Skincare Regimen

Your everyday skincare regimen is fine and dandy, but you need to take it to the next level if you want a perfect complexion on your wedding day. Talk to your esthetician about the best products for your face, and don’t skip a step. From weekly sheet masks to exfoliation routines, you need to pamper your skin in a variety of ways to ensure that it’s hydrated, supple, and free of blemishes.

How are you prepping your skin for the most romantic day of your life?

Author Bio:

Tess is a Santa Monica-based freelance writer and content strategist. As a passionate yogi for over 10 years, she is an advocate for healthy, balanced lifestyles. She writes about the latest developments in yoga, alternative medicine, and the benefits of natural, wild-crafted ingredients in skincare and beauty products. She also does collaborative branding efforts with up-and-coming designers and fashion companies.

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