Before you opt for any skin treatment, don't forget to visit a certified dermatologist.
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear wedding bells is a beautifully bedecked bride, glowing gorgeously, in her newfound bliss!
Everything at a wedding is centred on her. However, that glistening, smooth, blemish-free skin and vibrant glow takes a lot of discipline and a strict regime to achieve.
Every bride's first concern is how she is going to look on the best day of her life.
A healthy skin is the first step towards a confident self, which makes for a proud bride on the D-day.
With the pandemic has turned our lives upside down, even weddings are a restricted affair these days.
The kind of restrictions imposed on public movements, including in work areas like beauty parlours and spas, brides stressed about the absence of help regarding a healthy skincare regime to get ready before their wedding day.
For the brides-to-be, Sandeep Gupta, chief executive officer of e'clat, superior suggests skincare tips to glow like a goddess on your wedding day:
1. Visit a dermatologist
A visit to a good dermatologist is an auspicious start because it is important to know where your skin stands in terms of skincare.
Experts suggest that you need to plan for this visit as early as two months before your D-day.
If you plan early enough, you will be able to discuss in detail your skin concerns with the dermatologist and it will also give you time to address those concerns as well.
Skin issues like acne, scars, pigmentation, pimples etc trouble an average bride more often than not.
Though doctors suggest starting skin treatments at least 6 months in advance, two to three months's time can also give you the necessary head start.
Even if you are not troubled by the aforementioned skin issues, bringing on that necessary glow to your face or uplifting the skin is a task that a would-be bride cannot do single-handedly.
2. Pick the right treatment
After your meeting with the dermatologist, you can zero in on specific skincare treatments like anti-pigmentation, tanning and removal of dullness.
Services like Q-switch laser are becoming increasingly popular among brides preparing for their wedding.
Such services give you an even-toned skin, improved texture and de-pigmentation.
The beauty of these treatments is that you can customise them as per your personal requirement, but, of course, under the able guidance of your dermatologist.
In addition to the specialised skin treatments, what a would-be bride also requires is regular morning & night skincare routine.
3. The ultimate morning skincare
If you are already following healthy and complete night-time skincare, you can start your day with just cleansing your face with water.
Using a Konjac sponge or natural clays on your face will give you all the benefits of gentle exfoliation.
After skin cleansing, using a hydrosol or toner adds a water barrier to your skin and helps in providing a good foundation for the rest of the routine.
The next thing to add to your routine would be serums. Till a few years back, serum was not a part of a skincare regime in India.
Some experts even call a facial serum 'the doer' for the amount of change its regular use can bring to you. Now moving on to moisturising your skin with the help of facial oil or a face balm.
Most experts ask brides to refrain from using creams in favour of plant-based products, which have minimal chance of side effects.
Towards the end of your skincare routine, you must apply sunscreen, a non-nano mineral sunscreen being an ideal choice.
If you are one of those women who believe that sunscreen is only to be used if one is travelling outdoors, you are far from the truth.
Present-day experts suggest using sun protection regularly every morning, whether you are going out or staying indoors.
4. An ideal night-time skincare regimen
At the end of the day, your skincare routine is not much different from what it should be in the morning.
Start with cleansing your skin of make-up or any other residual material, giving the skin time to breathe after making you look good the whole day.
Pamper your skin some more by applying a good serum.
A suitable serum can save your skin from headaches like acne, hyper-pigmentation and anti-ageing.
Then comes the time to quench the thirst of your skin with a good hydrating agent or toner, which is a watery product containing beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or humectants.
Would-be brides, who follow this routine religiously, see a notable improvement in the greasy feeling on their skin.
In the end, a good moisturiser helps your skin settle in for the night, and getting up fresh and happy the next morning.
5. Opt for a facial
Amidst the pandemic, organising a wedding can be a hectic job to do.
You may also have to miss out on salon treatments as well, owing to myriad reasons.
In such a scenario, facial steaming relaxes your skin while detoxifying it as well, leaving it glowing and clean.
Humectants like honey and glycerine or hydrating aloe vera gel also give you supple skin, in absence of professional beauty care.
In case you have uninterrupted access to a beauty spa or parlour, experts also suggest new-age treatments like O2-derma facials to de-stress your skin in the run-up to the wedding day.
Every woman dreams of waking up with beautiful skin as a bride. Apart from beauty sleep, your skin needs a lot to get wedding-ready.
With the help of these skincare steps, you will definitely be the most gorgeous bride ever!