Your big day is approaching and we’re sure you have a ton of questions on your mind. Well, we’re here to answer every skincare query you’ve ever had! Read on for everything you need to know about bridal skincare.
1. How can I stop my acne from breaking out before the wedding?
There are a few things you can do to help prevent acne before the big day. Keep these tips in mind:
a) Don’t use alcohol-based toners and harsh cleansers as they can really dehydrate your skin. Your dehydrated skin can trap bacteria underneath it, which in turn can result in more breakouts!
b) Use products that contain salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is well known for its ability to treat breakout-prone skin and keep it soft and smooth since it can penetrate the pores and clean out any impurities.
c) Use a water-soluble, oil-free moisturizer on your skin every night before you sleep. It will keep your skin hydrated without clogging your pores.d) Lastly, and very importantly, don’t pick at your skin. That only makes your acne worse!
2. How can I deal with a pimple just before the wedding?
Don’t freak out if you see a pimple rearing its head just before your big day. Call up your dermatologist immediately to see if they can give you a cortisone shot, which helps prevent pimples from growing bigger and redder. Read more about how to deal with pimples before a wedding here.
3. When should I stop experimenting with new skincare products?
We know that the months leading up to your wedding are a time when you want to pamper yourself and splurge on skincare products. However, trying out new products too close to the big day can be counter-productive. You have to keep in mind the fact that new products may cause breakouts if they don’t react well with your skin. Three months before the big day, stop experimenting with new products and stick to your tried-and-tested favourites.
4. Should I exfoliate my skin?
Exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells and keeping your skin soft and smooth. Exfoliate your skin a couple of times every week using a gentle scrub. Invest in a good quality body scrub to keep your arms and legs as smooth as your face!
5. How can I make my dry skin softer for the wedding?
Dry skin can be annoying and flaky. Fortunately, treating it is easy! Just keep these few simple tips in mind:
a) Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize! Use an oil-based moisturizer every morning and night on your whole body.b) Invest in a good night cream and serum, formulated especially for dry skin, for your face. Use it every night before you head to bed.
c) Use a rinse-free liquid to remove makeup without dehydrating your skin. These work better than water and don’t strip your skin of moisture.
6. What should my daytime skincare routine be?
At least six months before the wedding, start a rigorous cleansing-toning-moisturizing routine every morning. Never step out without a sunscreen. If you have dry skin, use an oil-based cleanser. Oily-skinned brides should opt for a water-based cleanser.
7. What should my night-time skincare routine be?
Always remove your makeup at the end of the day before you tuck yourself into bed. This is very important and non-negotiable. Apply spot creams if you use any and then a serum to help you get that bridal glow. After that, use a night cream on your face and a moisturizer on your body.
8. How do I reduce, remove and prevent blackheads?
There is, unfortunately, no miracle cure for blackheads. They happen to almost all of us and have to be removed manually. You can get this done at any reputed parlour.
If you feel that running around preparing for the wedding has left your skin tanned, don’t worry! There’s a lot you can do to remove or lighten the tan.
a) Use a sunscreen before you step out to prevent the tanning in the first place.
b) Apply a paste of lemon juice, chickpea flour, honey and turmeric on your whole body every alternate day till you see results.
c) Mix yoghurt and lemon juice and use it on your body before you shower.d) Consider going in for a de-tan treatment at a reputed parlour.
10. What are my hair removal options so that I have smooth skin at my wedding?
a) Waxing: Safest, most-trusted and easiest option for hair removal. You can use different waxes like chocolate wax for a smoother finish. Depending upon your hair growth, you will need to wax once every 2 to 3 weeks to keep your arms, legs and underarms smooth.
b) Laser Hair Removal: Please consult your dermatologist before going in for laser hair removal. It is considered safe but you’ll need many sessions. You will also need to decide the best time to go for laser treatment after talking to your dermatologist.
c) Epilators: This electronic device removes hair and is a good option for girls who are on the go. You can carry one for your honeymoon, where you probably won’t have the time to wax.
d) Shaving: Shaving is a painless and quick way to get rid of unwanted hair. The effects of shaving, however, do not last as long as waxing.Internal images: Shutterstock