Ideally, beauty prep should begin about six months before your big day, but, let’s face it, with all of that wedding planning to take care of, it’s easy to let skincare slide. Don’t worry, whether you’ve given yourself plenty of time or you only have a few weeks to go, this five-point beauty checklist will ensure that your skin looks its very best on your wedding day.
A series of weekly or monthly facials (depending on how much time you have left) will do wonders in terms of whipping your skin into shape for the big day. Yes, there are plenty of products you can treat your skin to at home, but nothing quite beats that professional touch.
Your facial therapist will be able to use specialised products and techniques to target specific skin concerns, while also giving you tailored advice for maintaining your skin in between sessions.
One thing to keep in mind – make sure that your final facial is booked for at least a week before your wedding day. No matter how many successful facials you’ve had in the past, post-facial redness and irritation is still a risk each time, and you don’t want to be dealing with any skin reactions on the big day itself.
You probably already know that processed and sugar-filled foods aren’t doing your skin any favours. However, even if you aren’t quite ready to completely kick the habit, making the effort to eat healthier before your wedding day will really benefit your skin.
Try to incorporate as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, along with nuts, seeds, oily fish, and whole grains. Staying hydrated from within will reflect on your skin too, so make sure that you are drinking plenty of water.
While the stress that comes with organising seating charts or managing your wedding budget may tempt you to reach for those junk foods, resist this urge by ensuring that you’ve always got healthy snacks available at home. Batch-cooking some of your favourites makes eating healthy even more convenient!
While your face will be the star of the show, everyone will be looking at your gorgeous dress too, making it important to give the skin on your body a beautiful glow.
Dry brushing is a great technique to try – in addition to providing a mild exfoliation, this ancient beauty ritual will also help to eliminate toxins and boost circulation, giving your skin an all-round radiance.
Make sure that you’re also regularly cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising the skin on your body, especially in the run-up to your wedding day.
If you’re needing some extra colour, a tanning treatment can give you this, but be sure to trial this at least a month or so in advance. If all goes well, you can then book yourself in for another session a couple of days before the big day.
You’ll definitely be puckering up on your wedding day, meaning that your lips need to look ultra-soft and smooth.
Just like the skin on your face and body, your lips need to be exfoliated too. Either find a good lip scrub or use a toothbrush to gently exfoliate away any roughness. Follow this up with a moisturising lip balm, which you should be using regularly, even after your big day.
Once you’re in the final 24 hours, professional treatments are best avoided in case of reactions, but a hydrating face mask would be extremely beneficial. As always, make sure that it’s a mask that you’ve successfully used in the past – never try a new product so close to your wedding day.
If you can find an overnight formula, this would be even better – simply apply the mask before you go to bed, and then wake up to a brighter, clearer and softer complexion. If possible, try a few different masks in advance, so that you can pick the one that works best for your skin.
It takes some advanced planning to get your skin wedding day-ready, which is why it always helps to have a checklist to work your way through. While it can be easy to neglect your skin for all of the other wedding prep you need to do, taking the time to ensure that you’ve got a bright and clear complexion on your big day is truly worth it, especially when you’ll be looking back at all of those wedding photos for years to come.
Meheret Hailemelekot is a Marketing Assistant at Myer and has worked with such iconic Australians brands as Jetstar, Snooze, and UniSuper.
Images: Feature Image (Emilio B Photography), Prep your lips (Mark Jay Photography)