A Complete Guide For Bridal Skincare Regime
As the big day approaches, it’s important the bride looks good form head to toe. Right from her skin to her face to her hair, the blog will take you through the right bridal skincare regime by Dr Rashmi Shetty.
General tips for hair, body, and skin 3-6 months in advance.
> First and foremost, consult the right doctor.
> Right nutrition and a proper diet are important for beautiful glowing skin.
> Supplements rich in protein, calcium, iron, vitamin B3, B6, B12, and antioxidants are very important and help in nourishing the skin.
> Weddings can be really stressful and the stress can lead to acne, breakouts, and rashes. For those who cannot handle stress well and want to avoid the above, make sure to apply and also take supplements rich in Vitamin A, C, and E and Coenzyme Q 10.
> A daily workout regime which includes yoga and routine exercises is a must. A good workout is not only a great stress buster but also gets the blood rushing, leading to the release of right hormones.
> Start off by using the right peels and Medi-Facials for your skin type. It is ideal that you start your bridal skincare routine at least 3 months in advance so any acne and pigmentation have enough time to clear up easily. Skincare is no magic and it takes time to get the best results. It’s also a good time to try lasers for any unevenness in your complexion or fractional lasers and micro-needling with radio frequency for old acne pit marks. These may also be used for those stretch marks that you got during your teenage weight loss days. Today, you have an array of gadgets to choose from to make your skin look perfect. If you have dull skin and if you are a 35+ bride then your skin could look great with micro-injections of hyaluronic acid.
> When it comes to your body, make sure you take cream and oil massages and keep your skin exfoliated. Focus on your feet, hands, neck, and décolletage.
> If you are considering laser hair removal, then it is ideal to start it at least 6 months in advance.
> To keep the hair luscious and beautiful, regular oiling, washing, and conditioning every 2-3 days is a must. I’d suggest doing Mesotherapy, a popular treatment that helps in making thin and weak hair strong and thick.
When you have one month to go
> All the above mentioned steps should be followed.
> For tired looking eyes, I recommend under eye filler which will make you look fresh and reduce under eye lines instantly in just one sitting. Lip filler is another popular treatment that helps in plumping your lips slightly which further softens your face, making you look absolutely gorgeous and glamorous. It is not necessary that your lip shape needs to change when you do a slight refreshing of your lips. N If you suffer from excessive perspiration or hyper- hydrosis, then this is the right time to try Botox injections instead of being seen with and ruining your most beautiful outfits with an embarrassing big, wet underarm patch.
1 week before the wedding
> Do not start anything new if you have not done it before. Sometimes things can go terribly wrong and you don’t want last minute mishaps as there is no time for recovery.
> Make sure you indulge in only the mildest peels or microdermabrasion and Medi-Facials.
> Everyone has heard of Botox and it’s a great way to shape your eyebrows and give you that glamorous arch. Filler, a no down time, very low risk method of non-surgical nose sculpting is also becoming very popular.
> Q switched NdYag laser is a safe and good option if you opt for lasers.
> Opt for regular, full body hydration, exfoliation, dermabrasion, and peels, and make sure you do not ignore the basics of sunscreen and moisturizer application.
Your SOS kit for the big day
> Calandula or Caladryl mixed with very mild steroid application—keep this as an emergency pack in case of a break out or a rash.
> Since you’re going to apply make up for long hours, keep a hydrating mist with you at all times. It will help you look refreshed.
> Keep a derma-shield ointment or petroleum jelly if you’re allergic to metal or any fabric or if jewellery doesn’t suit your skin.
Honeymoon skincare for brides to be
One important advice I would like to give to all the brides is to maintain your skincare routine even after you are married. Usually, before the wedding you go all out to do the best for your skincare, you go to the best doctor, get the best of everything, pamper your skin like never before for 3-4 months, and once the D-Day happens, its all over all of a sudden.
I have never seen a bride come to me asking for skincare advice post wedding. The next time I see them, is usually when they are panicking with a bad tan or a breakout. So to most of the women who come to me before their wedding for different treatments, I tell them that they need to take care of their skin before the wedding, through the wedding, and post wedding as well.
Make sure you carry on your bridal skincare routine as meticulously as you were doing it before the D-Day.
It might not be possible to go for regular treatments once you are married, as you have so many things to do, so many relatives to meet, before you go for your honeymoon.
So, in advance you should plan with your doctor about your post wedding bridal skincare routine.
Say, for example, if you are not doing a peel every week anymore, you should be doing some appropriate home treatments after the wedding in consultation with your doctor. Depending upon your skin type; there are milder peels that can be used at home.
To continue taking care, also make sure you do not stop the oral supplements that you’ve been taking.
On your honeymoon, you want to look good 24/7, so you are bound to wear make up most of the time, but no matter how tired or busy you are, do not forget to remove your make up at the end of the day.
Always an emergency kit at hand. A new relationship often gives you a lot of excitement and there are other things like travelling and meeting relatives that can also add on to a lot of stress. Add to it the food you are eating, the sleep you are being deprived of—all this adds extra stress to the skin too. In such a situation you may have breakouts, so an emergency kit with anti-breakout creams is important.
It is also very important to ensure you are getting sufficient rest. Plan your itinerary in such a way that there is enough time for rest.
In a nutshell
> Don’t give up your bridal skincare completely after the wedding.
> Continue taking oral supplements.
> Make sure you remove your make up at the end of the day.
> Keep an emergency kit to deal with sudden breakouts.
> Get enough rest, so that there’s no excessive stress to your body and skin.
On a seaside honeymoon
Depending on which place you are going to, among the most important things to carry in your bag is plenty of sunscreen. Also carry liberal amounts for your favourite hand and body lotion.
Make sure you carry a calamine lotion or any other calming and soothing balm. So, if you are on a seaside trip with a lot of sun exposure on the beach, make sure you apply sunscreen. Wash your skin post the sun exposure and apply the calming lotion it will reduce the chance of inflammation.
On a hill station
If you are on a hill station, cold cream is good for you. Having said that, sunscreen is equally important.
Also do not forget to take care of your lips. You so do not want chapped lips at the end of your honeymoon, so carry a very good lip balm or use plain cold cream.