ASK LIV // Pre-Wedding Skin Care Regime
One of the most common questions I am often asked by bride-to-be’s is how do I prep my skin for my wedding day? As a fully qualified Facialist and Makeup Artist who has made-up and treated many a face, I am more than happy to provide some advice and a timeline below.
Quick disclaimer: everybody’s skin is different, please seek advice from medical / beauty professionals before major treatments or changes are made. Also, you better believe you are beautiful just the way you are, this article is just to ease the confusion around common skincare and beauty related questions.
6-12 Months Out
Chat to your Dentist…
about professional teeth whitening if this is something you would like. Not for everyone, but if you feel you would like your chompers to look a little whiter, getting onto it early is the key.
Chat to your Doctor…
about any major skin concerns. They can then assess, treat or refer you onto a dermatologist.
Chat to a Beauty Therapist…
about minor skin concerns at least 6 months out from your wedding day. They will be able to assist you with a treatment plan. Fully qualified and reputable beauty therapists only please - don’t be afraid to ask if they hold relevant qualifications.
If it’s not within your budget to see a beauty therapist, consider making DIY face masks and scrubs at home. There are many nurturing and natural ingredients you can use like oats, avocadoes, sugar and honey. Test these out a few months prior to your wedding day to be sure your skin wont have a reaction to any of the ingredients.
Less than 6 Months Out
Drinking 2-3L of water every day until your wedding (and then probably afterwards too!) will likely prevent your skin from dehydration. Dehydrated skin can be caused by many factors including heat, air conditioning, caffeine and excessive sweating from exercise. The main cause of dehydration is not drinking enough water.
Dehydration causes dull skin and dark rings under eyes so if you drink your 2-3L you wont need to wear as much makeup on your wedding day - win, win!
If you get into the habit of removing your makeup before you go to bed and exfoliating your skin regularly it will ensure you are removing dead skin cells, dirt and pollution, making way for new, fresh skin cells.
To lessen fine lines around your peepers, find an eye-cream that works for you and apply it every day.
Also, consider a skincare regime that uses active ingredients.
For my own skin I love using AHA exfoliants, Glycolic Acid serums and Retinol creams. Test a few products and find what works for you. If you have sensitive skin seek advice from a Beauty Therapist. I love Drunk Elephant and budget-friendly alternatives The Ordinary and ASAP.
You probably already know this but getting 7 -9 hours sleep a night will give your skin time to renew and repair, diminishing dark circles, puffy eyes and brightening your complexion. Put your phone down and get some beauty sleep!
I go to bed at 9 and read (a real book!) until I get sleepy. It is an excellent way to switch off the brain and get ready for sleep. Try not to look at any screens an hour before bed.
Cut back on caffeine, alcohol, sugar and salty foods as they can cause many skin issues. Eating loads of fruit and veggies, full of vitamins and antioxidants, will brighten your complexion.
I dont eat refined sugar anymore after doing the Whole 30 and the results have been life-changing. I have beaten my addiction to sugar. It was a hard 30 days but 100% worthwhile and I lost 15 kgs over the last year! Always chat to your GP before starting any dietary changes.
Wear sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and stay out of the sun if you can. Skin that is sun-damaged will show pigmentation changes and premature ageing in the form of dull skin and wrinkles.
Also harsh tan lines or sunburn on your wedding day is never a good look. If you must go out into the sun make sure you cover up to avoid the dreaded tan lines.
2-4 Weeks Out
Fake Tan Trial
Ask around to find out who does a great tan in your area and ask friends who share a similar “aesthetic vibe” to you.
Also, I recommend a tan trial 2-4 weeks before your wedding. Maybe for your hen’s? If you are unsure how dark to go or you are new to spray tans, go for a light tan that is 1-2 shades darker than your natural skin tone.
I don’t believe a spray tan is essential. I would say at least a quarter of my brides don’t have one. I didn’t have one for my wedding (see below). Only you will know what is right for you!
The Week Of
Schedule a manicure and/or pedicure the day before your tan. This is not as important if you are doing a DIY job of your nails, you can do anytime, just make sure you remove any polish prior to your tan.
Book your tan 2 days before your wedding day. For example, if you are having a Saturday wedding book for Thursday. Your Beauty Therapist will be able to advise on pre-tan preparation.
You can get a light spray on your face if you like but it’s not essential as I will match your foundation to your neck / décolletage. Avoid harsh exfoliants or chemical-based cleansers afterwards as these will fade your tan quickly.