Glowing skin is not an overnight achievement (for most of us) and as many make-up artists would agree, a good skin-care regime will make a world of difference on how your makeup sits on your big day. So here are some tips that may help you prepare for your festivities.

1) Start early

This is the first and most important step of them all (if the first line of this article didn’t give it away). Skin is the largest organ in the body and as such is very dynamic. Adjustments to your skincare regime may involve introducing some new treatments which can significantly alter the pH and cause temporary imbalance. This of course can lead to your skin ” getting worse” before it gets better. So just to be on the safe side, definitely don’t wait till the week before to slather the new night cream you picked up t the bridal expo.

2) Work out your skin-type

Unless you are seeing a professional, it is crucial to actually assess your skin to see if you have dry, oily or combination skin. A lot of skin-care treatments are catered to specific skin types although it is convenient, your  sister’s moisturizer just might not be the right match for you if you have different skin types. Don’t forget, skin type can change with age AND the season so play close attention.

3) Did someone mention hydration?

Okay, I know you’ve probably heard this a thousand times but if H2O isn’t already your best friend, it’s time you guys patch-up. Water acts as an internal moisturizer for your skin, helps to minimize wrinkles and adds a natural glow.

4) Be sun-smart

Use sun-screen every. single. day that you go out ( even if it’s raining or cloudy). Especially with the rate of ozone layer break down, the sun’s rays are penetrating faster than ever and it could be reversing all the treatment that you’ve done the night before. There are now thousands of brands of SPF suited to all skin-types so there is no excuse to skin this step.

5) Pamper yourself with facials

If this interests you and you can afford to, book yourself in for a full consultation and facial with a professional. Ideally, if you do this at least 6 months before your wedding, it will give you skin enough time to adjust to the changes and ensure optimum results. Do be careful though if the demographic of your location is not the same as your background. For example, if you are South-Asian living in Australia, I would choose skin specialists who have worked with your skin-tone before as the amount of melanin in your skin can greatly vary results and can also lead to unfortunate scarring.

6) Don’t forget to pucker up

A lot of skin-care regimes forget about the lips. A well maintained pair of lips can do so much for bringing up your lip colour on the day and to ensure it is long-lasting. If you suffer from dry and cracking lips, try a well moisturizing lip-balm (preferably with sun-protection) and lather on several times a day. This is especially crucial on the week leading up-to your wedding. Trust me, this little habit is going to be well worth it.  A once a week lip-scrub can also do wonders. Here is list of some DIY lip scrubs if you are feeling a bit creative: DIY lip scrubs

7) If all else fails

Whatever you do, make sure you DO NOT start any new treatments or new makeup products within 4 weeks of the wedding. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya. Remember, skin is unpredictable and it can react really badly to new changes. You want to have enough of a buffer leading up to your big day to sort out any new issues you come across.

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