March 22nd, 2022
Revamping your skincare routine before your big day is a great way to practice some self-care, de-stress and unwind. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of looking your very best.
Weddingsonline.ie have partnered with an expert to reveal the dos and don’ts of wedding skincare, including when you should start your new regimen.
Dr Anny Choudhry, Aesthetics Physician at Aventus Clinic says:
Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life, and you want your skin to look immaculate. Starting a regular skincare routine is vital from about six months before your big day, if you don’t already have one.
Dr Choudhry has also shared her dos and don’ts for wedding skin:
- Practice makes perfect: stick to your skincare regime. Skin loves consistency!
- Start retinol about 6 months before your big day. If you’re new to retinol, start a light preferably non-prescription retinol serum every other night.
- Speak to a professional: a skin consult can help you focus on your skincare needs and plan your time to see how you can tackle them.
- Change your skincare routine six months in
- Try harsh new products before your big day, especially in the last two months. This is vital as drastic changes can cause breakouts, redness and dryness.
- Wear heavy make-up and thick SPFs in the last month. Give your skin room to breathe; debris and micro pigments can really build up on the skin and make it look dull and dry.
In terms of the best skincare for your skin type, Dr Choudhry says:
For oily skin and combination skin, nicanimade-based serums really help regulate oil production and calm the skin preparing it for bridal make-up. For dry skin, licochalcone-based moisturisers can help soothe and calm the skin. It’s also anti-acne to help prep your skin for wedding-day make-up.
If you’re thinking of trying some aesthetic treatments before your big day, Dr Choudhry has the following advice:
Tired eyes are one of the major problems brides-to-be discuss with me. Three months before your big day, I would recommend botox for a brow lift and around the eyes. You can combine this with a tear trough filler to give amazing results, giving fresh, bright eyes. Foundation and concealer also sit better on a tear trough that is plump and tight, not settling in lines or causing caking.
I would also recommend weekly peels. Try a light BHA peel around twice a week to help resurface your skin. This exfoliating gives brighter, tighter skin which is a great canvas for cosmetics on your big day.
Above all, plan! Your skin needs time. To achieve the results you want, you should plan your skincare needs with a dermatologist and then stick to the routine!
For your wedding makeup, Dr Choudhry advises taking full advantage of makeup trials, and knowing which products will suit your skin.
With make-up, do at least two make-up trials to make sure the products sit well on your skin. For all skin types, I would recommend a hydrating under-eye concealer. For dry-skin types and acne-prone skin, avoid foundations and concealer with talc. This can cause the skin to look cakey and dry.
Finally, Dr Choudhry stressed the importance of leaving alone any breakouts on your wedding day:
A breakout on your big day is a major incident. This can be traumatising. Firstly don’t panic- stress can make it worse! Also, DO NOT TOUCH, POKE OR PICK IT. This can cause it to look worse or even cause it to burst! An oozing lesion is impossible to cover with make-up. Use a deep salicylic acid face mask to contain it and then cover using a highly pigmented concealer.
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