8 Steps for Getting a Glowing Complexion for Your Wedding Day
Even the most radiant skin benefits from a little help. Whether you've got months or minutes before you get married, you can boost how gorgeous you look with these professionally vetted techniques.
Set a Strategy
Meet with a dermatologist or aesthetician to develop a prewedding routine. "With celebrities, I do a six-month plan to work on breakouts, fine lines, and dullness," says New York City facialist Joanna Vargas of Joanna Vargas Skincare. "But even in as little as two weeks, you can still revive tired-looking skin and decrease puffiness."
"It may sound basic, but moisturizer is crucial," says Vanessa Centeno, lead aesthetician at the Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie. "Even acne-prone complexions benefit from an infusion of moisture, which can help regulate oil production." The newest innovation in the field? Facial oils such as Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil ($49.50; sephora.com).
Create a Clean Slate
"If you do only one thing, exfoliate. It will give you clear, glowing skin," says Francesca Fusco, a NYC dermatologist. Sidestep irritation by using a gentle exfoliator daily, like the Clarisonic Mia 2 ($149, clarisonic.com). Or, if you get the green light from your doctor, try a weekly at-home peel with salicylic and glycolic acids for more dramatic results. Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel has both ($16; sephora.com).
Even Skin Tone
Troubled by dark spots or redness? Jessica Wu, a dermatologist in Los Angeles, swears by intense pulsed-light therapy (IPL) to reduce discoloration. "You don't have the downtime of other procedures," says Wu. If you can't get to your doctor, make skin appear more uniform with a BB cream such as Neutrogena Visibly Even BB Cream ($15.99; neutrogena.com).
Fake a Tan
A subtle boost of color can add a healthy glow and even make you look slimmer, says Wu. Whether you visit a salon or DIY, apply self-tanner two or three days before the wedding so there's time for excess pigment to wash off in the shower (and not rub off on your dress). At home, try quick-drying L'Oréal Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist ($10.99, lorealparisusa.com).
Refresh Tired Eyes
Make Time for Masks
In the days leading up to the main event, it's important to keep your skin calm. Rouleau suggests using an anti-inflammatory or hydrating mask once a week. "They can help combat the redness and flushing some women experience when nervous," she says. Fresh Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask soothes skin and smells great ($130, sephora.com).
Carry a Kit
Make the Boy Scouts' motto your own—and be prepared. NYC dermatologist David Colbert suggests creating a skin 911 kit and having it handy on the day of. Pack a hydrocortisone cream for rashes and irritation, antihistamines for hives, and aloe vera gel to treat flakiness, itching, or redness. (Ted Baker London Large Bow Cosmetics Case, $50; nordstrom.com.)