- Do seek the care of an Esthetician six months prior to your wedding for monthly facials and, if needed, fruit acid peels (to diminish fine lines, scarring and discoloration).
- Do your research. Get a consultation before starting any treatment. A good Esthetician should be able to accurately analyze your skin and suggest a special program for you.
- Do use good skincare products and use them religiously. This will keep your skin in shape between facials and treatments.
- Do use a hypoallergenic self-tanner if you must look tan for your special day. I recommend testing the lotion on a hidden patch of skin to avoid skin that is too light, too dark or too orangish.
- Do use sunscreen every day! I recommend SPF 30.
- Do drink plenty of water, avoid coffee and other caffeine-laden beverages, and remember to exercise and take your vitamins and herbs, because skincare is internal as well as external.
- Don’t choose a salon according to price or location. Go by recommendations and/or consultations.
- Don’t pick at your skin, as tempting as it may be. Instead, clean your face, gently exfoliate with a non-abrasive exfoliator, and follow with a mud mask. When the mask is washed off you may apply some acne or blemish medication to the breakout area.
- Don’t go to sleep before washing your face, or dirt and makeup will leave your skin feeling and looking unhealthy.
- Don’t bake in the sun. Not only will this dehydrate your skin, but it will also worsen any discoloration, uneven pigmentation or scaring.
- Most importantly, don’t become over-stressed, it will worsen any skin situation.
- These tips should help any bride prepare for that special day.