Everyone wants it. That dewy, no-filter-necessary skin. And especially on your wedding day, when all eyes are on you and there’s a photographer zooming in for your close-ups! Here’s the good news. You don’t have to cake on tons of makeup, turn to harsh treatments that might damage your skin over time, or spend tons of money on designer products. Natural, glowy skin is well within reach–simply follow these tips and you’ll be putting your best face forward (okay, pun intended) in no time.
Eating right. Good skin follows good health. Drink lots of water and mix in fruits like watermelon, which will help hydrate your skin. When you’re craving a snack, reach for foods that will do double duty and nourish you from the inside out, like sunflower and pomegranate seeds, walnuts, and Greek yogurt with blueberries. These super foods will help clear your skin, diminish redness, and even out your tone WHILE making you feel great. And, if you are craving something sweet, dark chocolate has just enough caffeine to energize you and your skin!
Daily do’s. A skin care regimen will help your skin get in tip-top shape. Wash your face every morning with a cleanser and then apply a moisturizer and facial sunscreen (and, in general, avoid direct sunlight and wear a hat and sunglasses when you’re outdoors). At night, be sure to completely remove your makeup so your pores can breath. Before you dive between the sheets, use a cleanser or face wash and apply under-eye cream and moisturizer. This is a basic skin regimen but you can tweak it for your skin’s specific needs. For example, if you have oily skin, you may only want to moisturize once. Work these steps into your routine and you’ll have a bridal glow, even after the wedding!
Weekly care. Pamper your skin once a week by exfoliating and using face masks. Gentle exfoliation prior to applying a face mask will slough off dead skin cells and a face mask will help remove excess oil and tighten your pores. After you remove the mask, apply a toner and moisturizer to optimize your results. Consider it your spa-at-home-time! You can decompress from all your wedding planning while you do your mask by putting on some soothing music and making yourself a cup of green tea. This may just become your favorite time all week! Makeup artistry. For your wedding day, you’ll want to hire a professional makeup artist. This isn’t because you want to change your type of beauty or “cover up” the way you look. Rather, an experienced makeup artist will know how to apply makeup that will photograph well and help fight any shine or sweat that will naturally occur as the day progresses. It’s always a good idea to schedule a makeup trial ahead of time. This way, you can discuss the specific needs of your skin, show your artist any inspirational photos you may have, and, if there is anything you don’t like about the makeup she applies, there is plenty of time to adjust. Overall, it’s usually best to go for a natural look–after all, you’re perfect the way you are! The goal is to highlight your beauty, NOT change it.
Kissable skin for your wedding day? Done!