Eight Face Masks That Are Safe to Use Right Before Your Wedding
As the months and weeks wind down and you get closer and closer to your big day, you're probably scrambling to finish your to-do list. Of course, that includes important wedding-planning activities such as completing the seating chart, squaring away must-play songs with your DJ or band and ironing out last-minute details with your coordinator. Also on top of that list should be pampering yourself—seriously! Every bride deserves TLC in the months, weeks and days leading up to her wedding. While you might not have time to sneak in a visit to the spa, here are some at-home face masks that estheticians swear by for creating a healthy glow that'll last until you reach the altar.
If puffiness and dull skin are your top concerns, this face mask will become your new best friend in the weeks leading up to your wedding. "It contains horse chestnut, white clay, and callicarpa—a magic combination that instantly depuffs, minimizes pore size and gives a glow for the big day," says Angelina Lucheux, award-winning esthetician and owner of Tailormade for You Skin & Body Care in Long Island City, New York. She even recommends using it the day of your wedding, as early as possible, and leaving it on for 15 minutes.
Clarins "V-Facial" Intensive Wrap, $60, sephora.com.
Brides-to-be are pros at multitasking, so why should they use a face mask that does anything less? With ingredients like kaolin clay and bentonite clay, this mask works twice as hard to provide balance and control of excess oil that skin tends to produce when we are under stress, explains Amy McLain, aesthetician and director of education at Kenneth's Hair Salons & Day Spas in Columbus, Ohio. "The enzymes in this mask gently dissolve dead skin cells, which brightens skin," she says. "It also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin and peptides to firm and tighten the skin."
HydroPeptide Miracle Face Mask, $32, hydropeptide.com.
Sheet masks are ideal for busy brides who want to wedding plan while masking. While there are tons of sheet masks to choose from, this one from Neutrogena is great for pampering in the months, weeks and days leading up to your big day. "Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient, which is great for plumping and smoothing the appearance of lines and wrinkles," explains McLain. "It also contains antioxidants to protect the skin and even the skin tone."
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating 100% Hydrogel Mask, $3.49, neutrogena.com.
If your skin's feeling a little dull, this mask will brighten it right up. "It uses innovative phytonutrient-enriched microcapsules with blue green algae and watercress that chlorophyll, which is nutrient rich and great for detoxifying the skin," explains McLain. "Chlorophyll will immediately illuminate the skin, making it look healthier, so it's perfect for the bride with stressed out skin!" She recommends using this mask two to three times a week even up until the night before your wedding.
Perricone MD Chlorophyll Detox Mask, $69, sephora.com.
Sarah Lore, esthetician at Apothecary Co., recommends using this mask in the weeks leading up to the wedding to restore a healthy balance of flora on the skin, especially if your skin is just feeling a little off and you can't pinpoint exactly what you want to fix. "Just like you might double up on probiotics during a stressful time of your life, this mask will help your skin double up on what it needs to stay healthy," she says. "Fatty acids, honey and ceramides help to plump and smooth skin and soothe irritation and their biotic balancing complex ensures that the natural balance and flora of the skin is maintained, which is important during a stressful time when things can get a little imbalanced."
Dr. Brandt "Hydro Biotic" Recovery Sleeping Mask, $52, sephora.com.
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Really want to feel pampered as you gear up for your big day? Don this 24K gold mask clad with pure 24K gold and colloidal gold! "Gold is great for lifting and firming as well as giving a 'glow' to the skin," says McLain. "The ingredient that catches my eye in this mask is the peridot, which is rich in magnesium and great for re-energizing and reducing the effects of stress in the skin." Additional ingredients that are major pluses include plumping hyaluronic acid and glycerin.
Peter Thomas Roth "24K Gold" Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask, $80, dermstore.com.
Don't be alarmed by the appearance of this one-time-use mask—it really, really works to help brighten and rejuvenate dull and tired-looking skin! "It's great to do once a week for a few weeks leading up to the wedding if you are worried about dark spots or uneven skin tone," says Lore. "It does contain vitamin C, however, which can irritate skin, so be sure to test it out several weeks before the wedding to see how your skin tolerates it." If all goes well, she recommends using this mask once a week as it gets closer to the wedding to keep your skin brightened and hydrated.
Dr. Jart "Bright Lover" Rubber Mask, $12, us.drjart.com.
Not only does this mask smell delicious, but its ingredients are clean and organic, which means it's totally safe for a bride-to-be. "It's packed with antioxidants such as sour cherry, blackthorn berry, honey and algae that will make your skin glow," says Cecilia Wong, celebrity facialist and founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare in New York City. "It's also great for fatigued, stressed and puffy skin." She recommends using it three to four times a week for five minutes at a time.
ilike Organic Skin Care "Sour Cherry" Gel Mask, $59, buyilike.com.