BFF (Beauty Find Friday): Skin Care Advice for Brides-to-Be

How to get your skin in shape for your special day.

Close-up portrait via Shutterstock

Close-up portrait via Shutterstock

Planning a wedding can stress a bride-to-be’s complexion. When the big day arrives and cameras pop, no one wants to worry about less-than-gorgeous skin.

“The skin is the body’s largest organ and is the living, changing picture we present to the outside world,” says Dr. Barney Kenet, dermatologist and author of How to Wash Your Face. “On your wedding day, you want that picture to be as close to perfect as possible.”

Here’s how he suggests getting your skin in shape for your special day.

If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It: If your regular skin care routine has been working for you, the days leading up to your wedding day are not the time to make a change. “Don’t take the risk of trying something new that might cause an allergic reaction,” he says. “Be wary of procedures such as chemical peels, facials, herbal wraps, cosmetic tattooing, and eyelash dying, if you’ve never done them before.” These procedures sound great, but could cause a negative reaction.

Test It Out: Whether you’re having your makeup done professionally or by a friend, or if you’re going to make it a DIY moment, he suggests doing a test run at least a week before the big day. Even something as simple as mascara can cause a complicated problem. “For example, waterproof mascara contains chemicals that can cause severe allergic reactions, including swelling, itching and rashes in and around the eye area that can last for several days,” he explains. “If you don’t normally wear waterproof mascara but want to do so on your wedding day, you should test the mascara at least two weeks prior to your date.” Stick with that same brand for the big day.

Nothing Borrowed: Don’t use anyone else’s makeup. “If you’re using a professional make-up artist, inquire about the brushes and makeup he or she will be using. When were the brushes last cleaned? Or, better yet, insist on disposable applicators,” says Dr. Kenet. Makeup brushes should be washed with an antibacterial formula at least once a week, and hands should be washed with soap and water before applying makeup.

Hair Alert: Do a test run with your wedding day hairstyle well in advance. Hair products, such as dyes, relaxers, and keratin treatments can cause allergic reactions or hair damage, while chemicals found in hair extensions and wigs can also cause problems, such as rashes on the neck or itchiness.

Shaving and Waxing: Handle hair removal as far in advance as you can, so you’ll avoid having skin irritation on your big day.

Consult a Professional: If your skin isn’t in the best condition, Dr. Kenet suggests consulting with a dermatologist who can make some recommendations for you. If you do go this route, be sure to bring all your skin products and cosmetics with you, so your dermatologist can make a full assessment.

Most importantly, Dr. Kenet says, “Try to relax. The connection between stress and the skin is well-documented in medical literature, and the stress of planning for a wedding can have a negative impact on your skin.” And remember, there’s always Photoshop.

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