Looking to get a gorgeous wedding day glow? We’ve got you covered. From sudden breakouts to sun damage, read our expert advice on how to tackle some of the most common skin care dilemmas – and get a camera ready for your day – below.
What if I break out a few days before my wedding?
If you just have a whitehead or two, don’t fret. Your makeup artist can easily cover up small pimples with a few dabs of concealer. Just remember: Don’t try to pop your zits! It’s much harder to try to hide an infected scab than it is to cover up a tiny blemish. If your breakout is more serious (think: deep, painful cysts), a trip to the dermatologist might be in order.
How do I prevent pimples on my back?
If your wedding dress is strapless or has a plunging back, the last thing you need is a bacne breakout. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to help you treat these breakouts at home.
• It’s a good idea to shower right after the gym, as bacteria can develop from sweat and trap dirt and oil in the glands.
• Clean your back with a loofah or washcloth. Frequent exfoliation will help keep your pores clear of buildup and oil.
• Antibacterial soaps and body washes containing benzoyl peroxide will treat the pores on your back, drying up any blemishes.
• Consider cutting out oily hair products, since they can transfer from your hair to the pores on your back.
Are there anti-aging products I should start using before my wedding day?
While an elaborate anti-aging routine may not be your biggest concern right now, sticking to a solid skin care regimen will help you maintain a healthy glow, even if wedding planning stress gets the best of you. Start by using sunscreen, a lightweight day lotion and a moisturizing eye cream to prevent sun damage and stave off tired-looking eyes. Then, consider investing in some heavy-duty age-defying serums and night creams. Pro tip: Don’t test out new skin products (especially prescription ones) in the week leading up to your wedding.
I have sensitive skin, but I want to amp up my skincare routine. What products should I be using?
Avoid cleansers and other products with abrasive ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide and alcohol, that will irritate your sensitive skin. Cleansers targeting acne or oily skin usually contain at least one of these, so read the label before you purchase. And keep in mind all facial scrubs are not created equal.
What if I have sun damage or more serious discoloration?
Usually, concealer can cover up smaller areas of sun damage. If you’re concerned about larger dark spots, laser treatments can help even out your skin tone. Another idea: A series of professional peels will gradually diminish spots and scars, without the side effects of scabbing or flaking – just make sure to start early.
What if my skin looks dull and dry?
It may be surprising, but the easiest way to avoid drying out your skin is to leave it alone. Using astringents or over-washing your face can strip away your natural oils, creating rough patches. If you’re a couple of weeks from your wedding date, using a light chemical peel will slough off dead skin and improve the texture of your skin.