Bridal Skin Care Preparations Tips

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Do I really need sunscreen?

Essential Sunscreen

Sunscreen offers you protection against the suns harmful rays which could lead to skin cancer, premature aging and nasty sun burns. Sunscreen is an essential tool for preventing skin cancer. Consider buying foundation and makeup with SPF already in it. And don't forget to reapply when you're in the sun! If you will be in the sun for more than 20 minutes, use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

What skincare treatments should I use for my skin type?

Skincare Treatments

It can be overwhelming trying to choose special skin treatments, given the array of products available. Here is a simplified skin treatment guide for the bride to be:

Oily/Acne prone skin: Serums and gel treatments are best since they are typically oil free and are applied under moisturizers and makeup.

Dry skin: Milky cleansers and heavy moisturizers work best to cure parched skin.

Aging skin: Skin firming treatments can be done at home or at a spa to lift and firm your flabby facial skin.

Dull skin-tone: A skin energizing treatment revs up the sloughing of dulling dead skin cells from your face. Regular exfoliation treatments will help with this issue as well.

Sensitive skin: Gentle skincare lines with natural ingredients will work best for this skin type. Avoid any added dyes or perfumes when looking for a skincare line for sensitive skin.

No matter what your skin issue, rest assured there is a treatment available for you. Ask your esthetician or dermatologist for additional recommendations for your skin concerns.


Exfoliate For Bright Bride

Brighten your skin tone with a weekly exfoliation. Regular use of an exfoliator will help to rid your face of dull skin cells and reveal the fresh skin cells underneath. First wash your face with your usual cleanser, then use the exfoliator of your choice. For an added bonus, use a facial mask designed for your skin type after exfoliation for great results. Facial scrubs, facial brushes and wash cloths are all examples of facial exfoliators.

How can I get rid of cellulite?

Unsightly Cellulite

Cellulite is a nasty little problem that can affect any bride. Whether you are 110 pounds or 210 pounds, cellulite can find its way onto your hips, butt and thighs. Cellulite is a buildup of fat and toxins that are trapped under your skin, which causes that orange peel effect. They are built up under the skin in that area because of poor circulation. To make the appearance of cellulite better in time for your honeymoon, try these tips:

  • Use an exfoliating glove in the shower to boost your circulation in cellulite ridden areas.
  • Use a body scrub that has caffeine in it. Caffeine also boosts your circulation.
  • Cellulite serums and creams massaged in problem areas regularly can have wonderful benefits.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water per day to flush out toxins.
  • Exercise more! Regular exercise boosts circulation and will also help detox your whole body.

What can I do to get rid of acne on my back?

Banish Bacne

Wedding dresses often show off a brides back and shoulders. Keep those areas free of acne and bumps with three simple steps.

  • Switch out your typical body wash for an anti-bacterial one to keep acne stimulating bacteria away.
  • Use a body brush or long handled loofah brush to exfoliate your backside.
  • For problematic skin, use a clarifying mask on your back once a week to remove any lingering impurities in the skin.
Getting a beautiful back is as simple as one, two, and three!

How can I give myself a facial treatment?

DIY Home Facials

For the DIY bride to be, the budget conscious bride or anyone that wants that spa feeling at home, try a home facial. Done once a month, an at-home facial can make a remarkable difference in your complexion.

Step 1: Cleanse your face and neck, rinse with warm water. Repeat.

Step 2: Massage your face and neck for thirty seconds with a facial scrub. Rinse with warm water.

Step 3: To open your pores use a bowl of hot water to steam your face for a minute or two.

Step 4: Brush a face mask all over your face. Choose a face mask based on your particular skin needs. The mask should stay on for 10-15 minutes.

Step 5: Rinse the face mask off with cool water to tighten your pores.

Step 6: Tone your skin with a hydrating or clarifying toner, depending on your skin type.

Step 7: Massage your moisturizer into your skin. Massaging the skin with your moisturizer will encourage new cell growth and proper circulation.

Step 8: If you are doing your at-home facial during the day and plan on being outside, apply an SPF of at least 15 to your skin to protect it.

Step 9: Enjoy your fresh face!

How can I maintain healthy skin on a daily basis?

Daily Skin Care

Brides will need a series of skincare treatments to get their skin in tip top shape for their weddings, but additionally, they need a good daily skincare regimen. A daily skincare regimen should consist of three things:

1. Cleanse

2. Moisturize

3. Protect

Add exfoliation and treatments into your weekly skincare regimen. Find a great facial cleanser for your skin type and wash with warm water. Cleanse once in the morning and once at night to remove dirt, oil and makeup. Moisturizing your skin is essential for any skin type. Facial moisturizers benefit the skin by adding and locking in much needed moisture. Then, protect your skin by using the appropriate sunscreen. Sunscreen will help to protect you from harmful and dangerous UV rays. To simplify this step, use a day moisturizer that has SPF in it. By adhering to a daily skincare regimen, you will help your skin stay at it's optimal level of health and you will extend the benefits of your weekly or monthly facial treatments

How can I get rid of dry, flaky lips?

Pucker Up to a Smooth Smile

Pucker up to your sweetie with smooth lips. You can relieve yourself of dry chapped lips by following these tips:

  • Exfoliate your lips by using an old soft bristled tooth-brush or by using your wash cloth in the shower. Rub gently for 30 seconds to de-flake your pout.
  • Apply Vaseline or a heavy lip balm every night to moisturize dry, cracked lips.
  • Avoid long-wearing lipsticks and lip glosses because they tend to be more drying than anything else.
  • Switch to a tinted lip balm for color and moisture.

Should I shave or wax to get rid of excess body hair?

Smooth Sailing

If you want smooth hair-free skin for your wedding day, there are a variety of ways to achieve it. Although shaving is quite common and inexpensive, hair tends to resurface after only a couple days. Waxing or sugaring are both great alternatives because they last for several weeks (which means you will be hair free through the honeymoon). Waxing is best left to a professional as it can be time consuming and more painful when done at home. Laser hair removal is a long-term hair removal option. It is the priciest option, but is more permanent than all the other options. The method you choose is up to you and should be based on your individual budget and hair removal needs.

What is my skintype?

Know Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type will help you choose skincare products suited for your individual needs. The most common skin types fall into these categories:

1. Oily: Your skin looks shiny by the lunch time, has mild to moderate breakouts and makeup seems to slide right off your face.

2. Combination: Your skin can be oily in the t-zone, by might also be dry everywhere else. This skin type has sporadic breakouts, usually triggered by stress or hormones.

3. Normal : Normal skin types will usually feel have a fresh and clean feeling to their skin throughout the day. Breakouts are very minimal and are usually caused by hormones.

4. Dry: This skin type suffers flakiness and tightness. Premature aging is often seen with this skin type. Dry skin types hardly ever suffer any breakouts.

5. Sensitive: Sensitive skin types usually have redness or broken capillaries. It can also be itchy and sting with the use of certain products.

Using products based on your skin type will maximize the beneficial effects of these products.

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