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If your fiancé and his friends are like most men (clueless when it comes to skin), they're probably thinking the only beauty prepping they need is a haircut a couple weeks in advance and quick shave on the morning of the big day. And well, that's where they'd be dead wrong! We turned to Skin Coach Celeste Hilling, CEO of Skin Authority, to get the scoop on exactly what your groom and his guys should do to get all groomed up for the wedding. Feel free to pass this piece along (hint, hint men!).
Consider getting a coach
Your guy's accustomed to having a coach in sports, but he may not realize just how helpful a skin coach is when it comes to getting his groom on for the big day. As Hilling points out, guys want hassle-free regimens and immediate results (uh, you're telling us!), both of which are best achieved when an esthetics expert creates a personalized plan for him. "It's tough to navigate grooming, and a coach takes away the guesswork," she notes. "They'll assess his current skin, map out his unique needs and hold his hand as much as he wants/needs throughout the process." Now, your job is to drag him there in the first place!
Establish a strict regimen
As we mention above, a skin coach will help creating a routine for at-home and professional treatments in a spa or salon. Hilling suggests monthly facials to begin six months out from the big day. "Professional treatments accelerate results and guys are all about seeing a visible difference quickly."
Exfoliate (and no, shaving won't help)
According to Hilling, guys often think they're resurfacing when they shave. That's a myth, however. Men's facial skin is typically thicker than women's, which makes skin exfoliation very important, she says. "I recommend a plan of resurfacing 3-4 times per week at night. I love glycolic acid, which is derived from sugarcane, as a natural way to dissolve layers of dead skin while you sleep." Of course, professional facials include resurfacing as well.
Don't forget sunscreen
Unless you want to look like the groom in The Hangover! As us girls know, men often forget to wear sunscreen. They need it daily though, rain or shine, with an SPF of at least 30, stresses Hilling. UV rays penetrate through glass so even if you work in a window-less office, you'll still be in a car, outside, etc. so be sun safe always, she advises. "Also, anywhere your hair is thin should be protected against sun damage. That includes bald spots and receding hairlines."
Invest in the best shaving cream
To avoid razor bumps and redness, Hilling suggests looking for a shaving cream or serum that contains glycolic acid or salicylic acid, both of which are exfoliating agents that unplug your pores. You'll also want to keep an eye out for hypoallergenic products without fragrance to avoid further irritating your skin (particularly if it's on the sensitive side), she warns.
Keep your beard conditioned
Yep, you read that right! Stock up on some oils, especially ones that contain vitamin D to thicken and smooth beard hair before the big day, says Hilling. "You can rub the oils in your hair as well as an at-home scalp treatment."