If you really want to get your skin in top form, it's recommended that you start a smart skincare routine about a 6 months in advance. It's okay if you don't have that long before the wedding day, just adopt these good skincare habits as soon as possible.
Schedule Professional Facials
Your wedding is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering. You'll want to book monthly facials to really refresh your skin. Experienced beautician will massage your skin, décolletage to stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin looking healthy and youthful. You can also request extraction facials. This is when your beautician gets all the dirt out of your pores. The process takes preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation, or worse, scarring.
Manage Excess Facial Oil
If you're on the go, blotting papers will help keep your face shine-free. If you need a more advanced grease solution, streamline your routine. Use a mild face wash, skip the toner and add a lightweight oil-free moisturizer. Excessive face washing will kick oil production into overdrive.
Eat Super Foods
No matter what your skin type is oily, dry, normal or a combo it craves water. Sure, drinking water helps, but snacking on naturally hydrating foods like watermelon, grapefruit, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale work too.
Shrink Your Pores With Microdermabrasion
You can't actually change the size of your pores. "The deeper a pore is, the bigger it looks on the skin's surface,". The good news: You can minimize the depth of your pores to make them seem smaller. "Microdermabrasion, glycolic acid and other chemical peels will exfoliate layers of bad skin and minimize pore surface
Use Salt Scrubs to Soften Elbows
This is the one thing I feel most brides forget about well I did anyway. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate. The sodium bicarbonate will break down dry patches and make your skin a sponge for moisture and a perfect canvas for your golden Tan if applying.
Wear SPF 30...On Your Lips
It's easier to prevent your lips from getting chapped than it is to repair them if they're already dry and cracked. If you spend lots of time outdoors, especially in windy, sunny or cold weather, a thick balm with SPF 30 will keep your lips hydrated.
Use Skin-Specific Moisturizer
All moisturizers are not created equal. Look for one that caters to your skin concerns. For oily skin, you don't want to add much more moisture, but you do want to hydrate. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ferulic acid, both of which help your skin maintain water. For dry skin, stick with the hyaluronic acid or ferulic acid, but don't worry about finding an oil-free formula your skin craves moisture. For breakout prone skin, choose a moisturizer that's non comedogenic. It should say so on the bottle (Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-cream, Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer). For sensitive skin, your go to is a fragrance-free product.
Reduce Sunspots With an Acid Peel
Peels are designed to get rid off dead skin and bring new, fresh skin to the surface. To make the most of these treatments, you'll want to book a series of peels. Start with six different sessions, each two weeks apart (so skin has time to recover) The Skin Clinic in Aberdeen is Fabulous and very affordable.
Deep Clean With a Mask
A mask isn't meant to replace your daily face washing routine, it's only meant to enhance it. Since it stays on longer, a mask will help melt the hard sebum (or oily substance) in your pores, something washing alone won't do it. If your skin is oily, use a mask every other day. If you have dry skin, once or twice per month should keep oil and dirt from building up.
Use an Eye Cream With Light Diffusers
In many cases, dark under-eye circles are hereditary. So the only way to reduce their appearance is with makeup. Start with an eye cream that has light diffusers, which reflect light to make the eye look brighter. Remember to dab lightly to avoid tugging on delicate eye areas. I always use my index finger, or a traditional flat foundation brush.