12 Oct How To Get The Perfect Wedding Glow
Today we have a guest post brought to you by Generations Skin Centre! They’re giving you great insight on how to achieve the perfect wedding glow! Read further for all the deets.
The old-school image of “the blushing bride,” may be a thing of the past, but a gorgeous glow on your wedding day never goes out of style — especially when the photos and video will be viewed for years afterward. Achieving radiance on the big day starts with maintaining healthy skin months in advance. But skin care should not be something you think about only before your wedding, says Laurie Glodowski, skin expert at Generations Skin Centre.
“Skin is the largest organ in the body, and should be part of your regular medical health care for a healthy life,” Glodowski says. “Strong and healthy skin helps you feel good about yourself, which often leads to an improvement in overall health.”
Daily Skin Care:
Glodowski says improving the look and feel of your skin starts with daily care. Your regimen should include:
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C plays a role in collagen synthesis and is an antioxidant, making it an important part of skin health.
- Sunscreen – Sunscreen should be applied daily, with no less than SPF 15. Sun causes most of the damage to our skin and speeds up the aging process.
- Retin A or Retinol – Both come from vitamin A and promote faster skin cell turnover, treating skin issues ranging from acne to signs of aging.
- Good cleanser – Use a gentle cleanser each night to remove makeup, preventing clogged pores and breakouts.
- Think holistically – Better skin starts from within. Strive for whole body health by eating well, exercising, and drinking lots of water.
Pre-Wedding Skin Care:
In addition to your daily skin care routine, Glodowski offers some extra dos and don’ts for a luminous look on your wedding day:
Don’t tan. Avoid ugly tan lines and protect your skin from UVA/UVB sun exposure by skipping the beach and tanning bed for several months. Get the golden glow with self tanner. (Just be sure to practice using it multiple times months before the big day — unless you want to be an oompa loompa bride.)
Don’t try new products in the last four weeks before the wedding. New products may cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction, which may require four weeks of steroids to clear.
Do prevent pimples. Planning a wedding is stressful, and stress is no good for skin. Prevent a pre-wedding breakout by washing with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid face wash. Each night, attack stray zits with a spot cream containing either 5% benzoyl peroxide or 2% salicylic acid.
Do maintain good health. Inner health is part of your daily skincare routine, but it can be tough to keep up in advance of the wedding. Still, a fresh complexion stems from within, so keep up the water, exercise, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Many skin treatments can improve the look and feel of your skin, but some should be done far in advance of your wedding day for your best look, according to Jennifer Hellinger, PA, a skin expert with Generations Skin Centre.
“Some treatments take a few weeks to show full results, while others may change the skin temporarily,” she explains. Some treatments to try:
- Rejuvapen tricks the brain into rebuilding your collagen and replaces the damage done to your skin. Treatment is done in a series of three and should be completed 2-3 weeks prior to you wedding day.
- Chemical peels leave you looking fresh-faced by removing discoloration, fine lines, and more. But they should be done three to four weeks before the big day. Women of color need to be conscious of whether the peel product is specifically made for darker skin tones. Hellinger recommends one of Generation Skin Centre’s Perfect 10 Peels for a medical grade peel appropriate for all skin tones.
- Treat your crow’s feet, an area very important in photos as you smile. But Botox and injectables should be done at least six to eight months prior to your wedding.
- Dermal Fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma and Radiesse): Any type of filler should be done two to three months ahead of time due to possible bruising.
- Latisse lash enhancements should be done four months in advance.
- Be sure to use high-quality skin care products following any cosmetic procedures to enhance and extend the outcome. Skin care products from Topix Pharmaceuticals are one of the most popular cosmetic brands available today.
Although treatments are a wonderful way to look your best, remember you still want to be recognizable, Hellinger says. “Your future spouse fell in love with you for YOU,” she says. “It is important to look as natural as possible and like yourself. You are beautiful!”