Everyone wants to have a picture perfect face on their wedding day, but if you weren’t blessed with flawless skin then you might need to do a little bit of preparation to get your skin looking its best on your big day.
Here are a few tips to getting your best wedding day skin so you can be ready for the hundreds of photo-ops throughout the night.
Start Skin Care Early
Although it would be great if we could get flawless looking skin overnight, the fact is that it’s going to take a very regimented, long-term approach. Start your new skin regimen at least six to nine months before your wedding day for guaranteed results in your wedding photographs.
Drink a Lot of Water
The key to soft and hydrated looking skin is, well, hydration. It’s recommended that you get about 64 ounces of water per day (the easy way to remember is to drink eight ounces, eight times a day). Buy a water bottle with ounce markings on the side so you can keep track of how much you’re drinking each day, and carry the bottle with you to the office, to the gym, and anywhere else that you go so that you can ensure you’re properly hydrated.
You’d truly be amazed at how drinking water is really one of the main keys to achieving gorgeous looking skin. Drinking a large amount of water will not only make your skin look great, but it’ll also keep you fuller longer, relieve fatigue, improve digestion, help with headaches, and boost your immune system.
Moisturize Your Skin Daily
If you’ve never been much of a daily moisturizer, now is the time to start. It’s especially important to moisturize at night because your body loses a lot of water during the course of the evening, and it’ll help “repair” your skin.
When you’re shopping for moisturizer, be sure to pay attention to what your skin specifically needs. For example, if you have dry skin, seek out a moisturizer that replenishes moisture to especially dry skin. And although you may think you don’t need moisturizer if your skin is naturally oily, it’s still a good idea to put it on your skin so that it doesn’t get dried out after you shower or bathe.
Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day
We’ve all heard the dangers about skin cancer, and it’s likely that you lather up with sunscreen before a day at the pool or beach, but you should really be protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays every single day before you go outside. The sun can wreak its havoc on skin during the summer when you’re basking in it outside, but it is really harmful to your skin at all times of the year. It’s important to protect your skin each and every day–even when it’s cloudy and rainy outdoors.
Buy a combination sunscreen and moisturizer product and make it part of your everyday skin care routine to protect your skin from skin cancer and to give your skin a youthful, glowing appearance.
Eat Healthy Foods
The phrase, “you are what you eat” definitely rings true when it comes to your skin. You can buy all the potions, buffers, lotions, and face wash products as you want, but the real way to get healthy, glowing skin is to eat healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, walnuts, and drink green tea.
Of course it’s fine to have sweets and salty foods every once in awhile, make good, clean eating a habit in your life and it’s safe to say that your skin will never look better (not to mention the rest of your body).
Introducing regular exercise into your weekly routine will not only benefit your physique, but it will also do wonders for your skin. Increasing your blood flow is great for your skin cells and increasing your blood circulation sends more oxygen to your cells (which in turn, makes your skin look fantastic).
However, you should keep in mind that sweat from rigorous exercise can also block pores and cause skin irritation so be sure to take a shower and change out of sweaty clothes immediately after working out.
Don’t Stress the Small Stuff
Wedding planning can be a very stressful time. From meetings with caterers, wedding planners, and bakers to dealing with all of the financial stress and unruly family members or wedding party members–wedding planning can take its toll on your body and your complexion.
When you’re going through the various stages of wedding planning, be sure to do some self-care and don’t stress out too much. The best thing for your skin (and your sanity) is to keep calm, don’t sweat the small stuff, and try not to get overly exasperated when the caterer tells you they can’t make vegan food for your cousin or your wedding planner is out of commission because she twisted her ankle. Stay calm, and your skin should look amazing for the big day.
By: Jamie Birdwell-Branson