The dress you choose for your wedding is a big deal, of course, but more than anything you want people looking at your happy face. Radiant, glowing, luminous — these are words any bride would surely love to be called.
And while your energy and excitement will be obvious no matter the state of your skin, with all eyes on you it's a good idea to take extra care of your complexion in the months leading up to the big day. After all, stress, which virtually all brides have, can be traumatic to our largest organ. A little planning and dedication, however, can get you the desired results.
"It's important to prepare well in advance with a solid skincare regimen, as radiant, clear skin takes some work for most," according to Dr. David Lortscher, San Diego-based dermatologist and founder of Curology. "In general, avoid products with too many ingredients, including fragrance and preservatives that can trigger irritation or allergy, and try not to experiment with new products within the last few weeks."
In addition to sticking with specific formulas, Beverly Hills celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer also advises making dietary changes the month before the wedding: "Cut out white carbs, processed foods and excessively salty foods or snacks." That, alongside a daily and nightly skincare regimen, "will reveal new, glowing skin by the time the day has arrived."
So that you're armed with the best out there, we asked Lortscher and Lancer, along with A-list go-to estheticians Vanessa Hernandez and Shani Darden to each recommend their favorites, broken down into normal, dry, acne/oily and sensitive skin types. One thing they all agree on: everyone can benefit from retinol. Go forth and glow!