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Ultimate Pre-Wedding Skincare Prep For Glowing Skin

31st January 2023

It is instilled into us, that our wedding day has to be the most perfect day. The sun should be shining, the birds chirping, our teeth sparkling and practically blinding everyone within a 5 mile radius; and your skin, well your pre-wedding skincare routine should be immaculate to ensure your skin glows to the gods – so we’re told (!).

Looking after your skin, health, and well-being is all important throughout your life – not just on your wedding day! If you stress about wanting the most perfect glass skin on your wedding day, the thought and pressure of this could quite possibly cause some stress spots instead. 

Before you start, manage your own expectations and try to understand exactly what you want to achieve with your skincare. Is it to reduce acne, increase the glow, minimise your texture? This will help you to best understand your routine.

We are here to help you on your pre-wedding skincare journey, and ensuring you simply use your wedding as a catalyst to help you find a sustainable pre-wedding skincare routine for yourself, to keep you glowing 24×7: pre-wedding, on your big day, and every day after that.

 We answered some of your key FAQs and spoke to Skincare with Janki, Pharmacist, Skin Education & Positivity, to answer some more and provide her top tips & advice for pre-wedding skincare.

How long does it take to get your skin wedding-ready?

Skin can be tricky, and everyones is different. Unfortunately, there is never a ‘one size fits all’, so you want to allow around 3-6 months at minimum to get a routine in place. It is often advised, that if you have acne-prone skin, or anything which is slightly difficult to control (from your previous experience), you want to allow around 6-9 months.

The way our skin works is extremely unique, and it actually will often have adverse reactions to any harsh changes, simply because it’s not used to it. You may have heard of the “skin purge”, which is where the rate of skin cell turnover (aka the speed at which new & healthy cells reach the surface layer are increased); essentially it means the healthier cells need to push out the old, dead and unhealthy skin cells first. This is the saying it usually gets worse, before it gets better. So ideally, the earlier on your skin purges, the better.

Ideally, the goal is to give yourself as many healthy skin cells, to ensure you feel the most confident and comfortable on your big day.

Flawless skin just doesn't exist - don't be too hard on yourself. Your partner & guests will be in awe of how happy you look. More importantly, you want to feel your best on your big day.

Treat your skin from within

Eating well & maintaining a good diet is the first and most important step in getting your skincare routine on track. Honestly, hydration is key.

Your skin is the largest organ of the body, and is often a window into the health of your internal body. By maintaining a well-balanced diet, opting for fresh and fibrous meals, and ensuring you have enough probiotics in your system; your skin will thank you.

Eating and drinking with enough balance and moderation is important. So, if you can, maybe minimise the alcohol intake in the lead up to your wedding day. Give you skin enough time to recover. So, maybe skip the gin and start juicing.

Does my wedding skincare routine really need to differ from my normal one?

“Not at all! If your current skincare routine is working for you and you are happy with it, then there is no need to make any changes” – Skincare With Janki

If your skin generally behaves well, you actually don’t want to risk over-indulging in too many different skincare products or treatments. Not to mention, it can also be quite expensive!

Stress less, sleep more

Your skin really knows when your mind is distressed, and unfortunately it reacts with obnoxious spots, bumps or dryness. 

It’s so much easier said than done, but you want to try and find various outlets for when wedding planning gets stressful. Whether it be the gym, spa, meditation – be sure to keep calm and balanced as much as possible.

Visit a dermatologist or aesthetician

Always speak to a trusted professional.

If you are looking to understand any problems within the skin, or have specific areas that have recurring issues; speak to a dermatologist to look within the skin and put together a long-term sustainable treatment.

Additionally, visit an aesthetician to have regular facials and treatments that will really work on improving the top layers of your skin.

“I would recommend trying any new treatments a few months before your wedding, and then again around 2/3 weeks before the big day. Observe how your skin feels a few weeks after the treatment, for the best indicator.”

Get that inner glow

Dead skin cells can often accumulate on your skin, and give more of a dull and uneven appearance. Regular exfoliation, cleansing, and the right serums can definitely help.

Check out some of our recommended products below.

Dry brush, exfoliate & moisturise

Exfoliating your body is just as important as your face, and you want to stay on top of your moisturise routine as well.

Be sure to nourish your skin with a gentle cleanser, and either air-dry or pat-dry your skin after a shower. Apply moisturiser whilst the skin is still damp, to soak it all in.

Try laser hair removal

Honestly, if anything has been stopping you, then your wedding day is the best excuse to invest in laser hair removal, if this is something you believe in. 

If you do invest in hair removal, it might be the right time to try laser hair removal to take one less thing off of your wedding week to-do list, and to relieve any stress. 

Make a haircare plan

This starts months in advance!

Our biggest tip is to oil your hair, which really helps to nourish the hair and retain moisture, to ensure it’s as healthy and bouncy as it can be. Make a frequent routine and set reminders every week to oil your hair at least once, if not with every wash.

In addition to this, if you enjoy hair colour and trying out different styles and looks over various seasons, try and plan your strategy in advance. You should know exactly how far in advance you want to dye your hair, so it still looks healthy, fresh, and doesn’t lighten to an undesired colour before your big day.

Cuticle care

So many couples overlook the importance of taking care of your hands. Honestly, they’re probably photographed the most on your wedding day.

Invest in a good cuticle oil & hand moisturises, to keep your skin looking fresh. Book in your pre-wedding nail appointment in advance as well; and honestly, there’s no harm in using the time between your engagement and your wedding to trial out different colours to find your perfect wedding day nails.

Clean our your teeth

Visit your dentist about 6 months in advance, to see how you can ensure your pearly whites shine through. Some couples opt for teeth whitening, others go for more regular hygienist clean appointments – do whatever suits you the best.

Battle of the brows

Maybe take it easy on the tweezers, and define a consistent brow routine. Often, most brides are used to doing their own eyebrows, but closer to the wedding, they go into a panic for perfection and over-tweeze. 

Try and see professionals to ensure your shape stays consistent and even (remember, your brows are sisters, not twins!).

If it’s something for you, maybe invest in microblading? It will definitely take another wedding week appointment off your to-do list.