The earlier you start, the better your chances, but improving your skin before the wedding day is definitely a realistic goal.
For maximum glow, start your campaign for clear skin six months before the wedding. Beautiful skin is healthy skin, so start drinking lots of water to keep yourself hydrated, and remember to exercise regularly and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Dermatologists recommend cleaning your face twice a day with a cleanser or cream matched to your skin type. Pat your face dry and then follow up with a toner and a moisturizer. Daytime moisturizers should always include sunscreen, and nighttime creams should be rich in vitamin E. Finally, put your best face forward by exfoliating or using a facial mask twice a week.
To keep dry, itchy skin at bay, skip steaming showers and baths, and avoid harsh soaps or bubble bath. Hot water and the detergents in soap will further dry your skin, so keep your water temperature cooler and choose a moisturing bar or body wash. Pass on exfoliating and avoid your loofah; too much scrubbing can remove essential oils from your skin.
Choose a rich, creamy moisturizer and apply it all over at least twice a day. Make sure all your products match your skin type. Your toner should be alcohol-free, and your facial and body creams should be specially formulated for dry skin. Finally, treat your hands and feet to some extra pampering by moisturizing and then wearing cotton gloves or socks to bed. Pay attention to these tips, and your skin should feel softer, more supple, and smoother almost immediately.
To keep your complexion clear for the wedding, make sure you have the right products. Use an anti-bacterial cleanser, a toner with alcohol, and a water-based moisturizer to fight your skin's natural oils. Also, avoid touching your face or other problem areas as much as possible, and try to keep your hair back away from your skin. Finally, tighten pores with weekly firming mud masks.
If you have oily skin and are planning to wear a strapless gown, it's especially important to baby the skin on your chest and back. Indulge these areas with the same twice-daily beauty routines you use on your face.
The best defense against breakouts is a good skin care routine and regular stress management. Make sure you indulge in stress-relieving activities such as yoga, time with friends, exercise, or a blissful soak in the tub. You'll look better, but most importantly, you'll feel better.
Unfortunately, no matter how well you take care of yourself and your skin, breakouts do occur. If disaster strikes in the days before the wedding, schedule an emergency appointment with your dermatologist for a cortisone shot. If you know you're prone to breakouts, fight back with a cream or gel with salicylic acid. Also, treat yourself to twice-weekly steaming sessions to open pores, followed immediately with a gentle exfoliating scrub.
If you suffer from adult acne, the best thing to do is see a dermatologist. There have been great advances in treating acne, including new topical treatments, light peels, microdermabrasion, medical facials, and noninvasive laser treatments.
Remember, what you can't cure, you can always conceal. Apply a dollop of pigment rich concealer with a brush to the middle of your blemish and then blend out toward the edges. Cover with a fine powder and repeat until your skin looks flawless once again.
The quest for the perfect tan in the days before the wedding often results in a major bridal emergency. There's no quick cure for bad sunburns, but you can minimize the damage by acting fast. First, get out of the sun and stay completely covered until your burn is gone. Then, get an aloe vera plant from the nursery and slit the leaves to drench your skin in healing aloe liquid. Choose a plant, rather than a lotion or gel, for full potency. When your skin has soaked up as much aloe as possible, take a cooling bath and follow up by slathering on moisturizer. Avoid soaps and long soaks in water, as they can dry your skin. Keep cool by storing your moisturizer in the refrigerator and applying it often.