How to Make Sure Your Skin Looks Its Best on Your Wedding Day
This is a guest post courtesy of Dr. Christopher Pavlou, the Founder, Owner, and practicing medical and aesthetics doctor at Skin Technique in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
If you want to look your absolute best on your wedding day, you'll need to put a long-term skincare plan into effect. The skin is a fickle organ — it can change on a dime, but it also takes a lot of time and dedication, plus careful planning, to get it to look the way you want. There are lots of types of skin that require different treatments and products to manage, so it's worth consulting a dermatologist well in advance to figure out your plan. Here's a plan to help you make sure your skin looks radiant on your wedding day.
Six Months Prior
Start revamping your regular skincare routine where you play around with the times, frequencies, products, and types of health and maintenance techniques. You should also start mapping out the treatments you might need to overcome any serious skincare issues you have — from acne or scarring to melasma or hyperpigmentation. Don't just focus on your face either, as you'll likely be showing some skin on your neck, arms, chest, and back on your wedding day too!
It's also a good idea at this point to begin a strict new diet, and not just to lose weight — unless that is one of your goals. Diet has long been known to have an impact on the health and appearance of your skin. Cut back partially on dairy, avoid sugary junk food altogether, and have things like fish and berries to get important vitamins and minerals that can help your skin health. It can be a slow process for a diet to start showing results, which is why you should start it at least six months ahead of time and stick to it.
Eight Weeks Prior
Focus on more intensive and aggressive treatments, in particular acids, lasers, and skin peels. Use them if they help deal with certain issues, like acne, wrinkles, discoloration, scars, and so on. Stop any of these treatments after this point so your skin has time to completely recover by your wedding day. Similarly, if you have been planning to test out any new products in your skincare routine, make sure you stop at this point so you don't introduce something that causes your skin to have a bad reaction.
It's also a good time to get extremely serious about protecting your skin from the sun. While you might want to get tanned for the wedding, you run the risk of getting sun damage caused by UV radiation. That can result in your skin looking burnt, dry, lifeless, or even wrinkled on your wedding day. If you want to avoid that, then whenever your skin will be exposed to the sun — even if you’re sitting inside by a window — make sure you are applying a good quality sunscreen every two hours. You can also keep your skin covered by clothing and hats, or stay in shaded areas as much as possible.
Six Weeks Prior
Focus on hydration and moisturizing your skin at this time with good quality products that help protect and nourish your skin. Look for natural ingredients such as vitamins A, C and E, antioxidants, beta carotene, and others that are best at strengthening your skin and helping it look smooth and radiant. The best sources for those are things like coconut oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and oat kernel extract. Avoid products and ingredients that are synthetic and harsh or even damaging to your skin.
Three Weeks Prior (or Less)
At this point, you should be at the smooth sailing stage. Stick to the skincare and diet routines that have been working for you, and make sure you keep protecting your skin from things like sun damage. The one thing you can look into doing around two to three weeks ahead of your wedding day is some light treatments such as facials and spa days. They can help relax and fortify your skin so your appearance is not affected by any stress.
About the Author:
Dr. Christopher Pavlou is a medical doctor and board certified in aesthetic medicine. He is the owner and founder of Skin Technique, a medical aesthetic clinic in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. He has brought his philosophy of Honour Your Beauty to Skin Technique by offering a variety of specialized services including dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle treatments, lasers, and coolsculpting. When he isn’t performing naturally rejuvenating treatments and procedures, he loves to share his expertise and knowledge on aesthetic artistry with others who are looking to educate themselves in the evolving field of aesthetic medicine.