Getting Your Skin in Shape for Your Wedding

perfect wedding day skin Getting my skin in shape wasn’t at the top of my to-do list when I first got engaged, but then I realized that the sort of results I’d like to see in my skin wouldn’t take place overnight. I needed to devote some time to them.

My main goal is to lessen the fine lines that have popped up on my forehead. I also have problems with redness, and my skin can be very reactive. Your skin’s needs will likely be different, but it’s smart to address them early on in the wedding planning process. This way, if the first thing you try doesn’t work, you still have time to correct course.

Here are some guidelines.

Get a facial that addresses your specific needs.

Not only will a skin therapist address your skin issues in an intensive way during a facial, the therapist can also recommend products to help you as part of your daily routine. (Make sure they are a licensed esthetician.) If you want to see substantial results from a facial, you’ll probably need to go more than once. Depending on your needs, consider spacing out three visits to a skin therapist during the course of your wedding planning.

Start testing skin products early.

It’s unlikely that the first thing you try will be the perfect fit for you. The first product I tested to address fine lines — a retinol-based cream — irritated my skin. So I’m trying out another non-retinol night cream now — it doesn’t cause my skin to freak out, but it doesn’t seem to address my fine lines in any real sort of way. So I’m glad I have plenty of time to try something else out before my wedding in July.

I also recently tried out BB cream — the “BB” stands for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm” — it’s basically a tinted moisturizer.  I thought it might be a nice alternative to foundation, but I still would like some light coverage. However, the one BB cream I’ve tried left my skin feeling itchy. But again, I have enough time to correct course and determine if this brand is the issue or if BB cream just doesn’t react well with my skin.

Consider buying the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin System.

I rarely flat out plug a product, but I bought a Clarisonic Mia recently, and my skin is seriously softer than it has ever been. It basically helps you deep clean and prep skin, so it readily absorbs any moisturizers, creams or serums you use.  At $100-plus, it’s pricey, but it’s made such a difference in my skin that in my mind, it’s worth it. And for the record, it also has Robert’s endorsement, who says my skin “feels like a cloud.” (I think that’s a good thing.)

Go to a dermatologist.

I’m going to a dermatologist this year, and while I’m there, I’m going to address a few skin issues, such as removing a very visible cyst-like bump that will take awhile to heal. I’ll likely be left with a red mark after its removal, but my wedding is far enough out.

Your dermatologist is also a good person to recommend skin products as well. So if you’re looking for an effective line-reducing night cream that doesn’t have retinol in it (or is that just me?), ask your dermatologist for suggestions.

Have any skin tips? Please share them! And follow Robert’s and my story here!

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