The last thing that you want captured on film on your blissful wedding day are your under-eye circles, open pores and heaven forbid — pimples. It's never too early on your wedding beauty calendar to tackle the issues that keep your skin from looking and feeling its best. The typical bride aims for rosy cheeks, pink lips, lush lashes and radiant skin (although I encourage you to express yourself in your own way). To ensure that your face is as flawless as possible, here are a few tips to help prep your skin for your exciting walk down the aisle.
- Acne: If you are prone to acne or cystic acne, you may want to see a dermatologist and try a round of antibiotics to keep breakouts at bay. You can also try a vitamin C or glycolic peel a few months before to see if they will help kill unwanted bacteria.
- Sun spots: If you have apparent spots on your face from spending too much time in the sun, there are ways they can be lightened and removed (if necessary), but it can take up to six months. The first step is to exfoliate regularly. If that doesn't help, move onto microdermabrasion in combination with lightening creams.
- Large pores: Large pores attract dirt which automatically draws more attention to them. Play around with using a pore minimizing primer or serum, to help shrink them after you have deep cleansed your skin.
- Dark circles/bags: For eye bags, restrict your diet to low-salt foods and see if that helps. Apply de-puffing eye creams to help draw out moisture, and use a regular mask. Treatments for dark circles include creams and makeup to help hide them or Restylane injections and laser treatments to completely remove them. Again, this could take a few months so it's something to consider when you still have a good amount of time before the big day.