Wedding is all about preparation and it isn’t just booking the reception, arranging flowers, selecting the food that requires attention. Every bride wants to look her most beautiful on her wedding day as equally every groom. The D-day is so important that one of my patients confessed to me-“I spent more money on skin care and cosmetics than I did on my wedding dress.” All the preparation and running around leads to high levels of stress and that we all know can bring about bouts of acne, tanning and hyperpigmentation. Are you dreaming to get yourself ready for the occasion? Through few simple tips-learn how to put your best face forward on your wedding day.
- Visit a dermatologist if you have acne or dark spots on your body. Even if your skin breaks out the day before your wedding, something can be done to sort it out almost immediately. This is the place to address wrinkles, unwanted hair, skin tags, and tattoo removal. You dermatologist should also check for skin cancer.
- Regular skin care-If you don’t have a regular skin-care routine, start 3-5 months before the wedding. This will give your skin time to adjust. Follow a basic cleansing, toning and moisturizing regime. Skin care doesn’t have to be expensive or confusing.
- Exfoliate your skin to combat dryness and remove dead skin cells using skin care products that contain alpha hydroxy acids. Apply a moisturizer that contains vitamins A and E after exfoliating to help improve the smoothness and freshness of the appearance of the skin on your face.
- Forget the so called ‘bridal facials’. Get smart, get scientific, get with the 21st century — ask your dermatologist to start skin-peeling sessions or microdermabrasion (skin polishing) or even laser resurfacing (laser facials) for your face (depending on your budget). They are all painless and not at all time-consuming. Four to six sittings at 15-day intervals can give you an unbeatable glow on d-day. They improve skin color, texture and smoothen out patchy pigmentary irregularities. Smoother, even-toned skin ensures compliments and better light reflectivity of the skin ensures wonderful photographs!
- A glowing tan may make you look healthier… but it’s terrible for your skin. Spending time in a tanning salon is no healthier than exposing your skin to the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. So don’t think short-term when it comes to skin care.
- Stop experimenting anything new as you never know what chemical will how what effect on your skin
- Stock up on SPF 25 products for both of you, and take care to cover every area of your skin that will be exposed to the sun. Apply at least 20-30 minutes before going out. That includes ears, lips, neck, hands, and arms. And don’t wear SPF skin protection just on holiday; use it every day. Sun damage is cumulative. Avoid the sun’s strongest rays, which shine between 10 am and 4 pm. Try using wide-brimmed hat when going out for shopping or use umbrella.
- Prevent dark circles from appearing under your eyes by getting as much sleep as possible and eating healthy in conjunction with your skin care beauty regimen for your wedding. Dark circles may also be related to stress and allergies, so it may also be worthwhile to use products that contain vitamins C and K to reduce the discoloration under your eyes. You can also use makeup concealer to cover it up.
- Foundation – On an everyday basis, a foundation with SPF is recommended, but on your wedding day, you should use a foundation that does not contain any sort of sunscreen ingredient. The ingredients that act as sunscreen will reflect the photographer’s flash, making your face look brighter than the rest of your body. The reflection also washes out your features. During formal portraits, the photographer can “bounce” the light, which neutralizes the SPF brightness, but candid shots, photos during the ceremony, and the reception are usually not staged, and therefore it is best to eliminate SPF in your foundation altogether.
- Hair reduction – This isn’t just limited to Brides, we see a number of males keen to reduce unwanted body hair, an ever increasing number of bride and grooms are opting for permanent hair reduction. For Indian skin, Long Pulsed ND Yag laser is best suited. So, visit a dermatologist for hair free skin.
- Detox your skin – Stop eyeing sweets and festive goodies if you want flawless skin for your wedding. Drink two glasses of vegetable juice daily. Take plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables of different colors. Try yoga, especially Pranayama and Kapal Bharti — they are excellent stress-busters.
- Supplements – Cheat a little on nature! Give your body a temporary boost with a mega dose of skin nutrients — take an antioxidant capsule in the morning, an omega-3 supplement in the afternoon and watch your skin and hair become super-lustrous. Ask your dermatologist for a prescription for these supplements.
- Ensure your makeup artist uses the best quality, hypoallergenic products to glam you up. Swollen lips due to a cheap lipstick allergy are enough to ruin a honeymoon!
- Hair care – Start thinking about the overall health of your hair. You may start applying a deep conditioning treatment (available inexpensively at drugstores) once a week. If your hair is dry, consider changing to a moisturizing shampoo and/or shampooing less often. And stop diving headlong into that chlorinated water if you have light blonde hair.
It would not be justified if I don’t mention any skin care tips for the groom as he deserves more skin care than the bride, because men spend nearly 80 percent of the day outside the house in dust, pollution and dirt. Hectic schedule and lack of time, sometimes, does not allow men to take care of their skin. Now-a-days grooms are taking interest in making their skin clean and clear, so that it will glow and radiate, especially, on the day of the wedding. There are few Groom Skin Care or techniques/ways which are very useful – cleansing, exfoliating, nourishing and toning. The most essential thing to do is to wash your face, twice or thrice, daily with a soap free moisturizing face wash which is very gentle on groom’s skin. To get that extra freshness you can use cold water. Indulge in exfoliation of your skin on a regular basis, say once or twice in a week. It will help remove the dead cells from your skin, leaving it fresh, smooth and glowing. Astringents and toners with glycolic or alpha hydroxyl acid work best to make skin firm. Groom Skin Care can also be accomplished by homemade facial, which contains some effective herbals, make skin better and glowing. It is important to drink 10 to 15 glasses of water daily to keep skin healthy.
Lastly, how can we forget the Mother of bride and groom; it’s their son/daughters big day. They would also like be the center of attention and they don’t want their wrinkles to divert away all the compliments. Combination of treatments including chemical peeling, Microdermabrasion, Botox and Fillers will sure give them a fresh, young and radiant skin tone, which feels soft and smooth and is sure to be the envy of all. Hurry! Reach Pulastya Skin Clinic.
Tips for the big day!
- Thoroughly cleanse tone and moisturise your face before applying your make-up and resist the temptation to change your make-up routine at the last minute!
Enjoy the experience of looking more beautiful than you ever remember.