If there is one day in your life that you want your complexion to be flawless it's your wedding day. All eyes will be on you, and so will the unforgiving camera flash. In this day of digital photography and smartphones with zoom lens, imperfections are rarely missed.
Celeb Dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, suggests starting a skincare regimen three months prior to the big day in order to avoid breakouts. Well, good intentions are fabulous but since planning your wedding event can be taxing, you might have missed that mark. But don't fret! We've got you squared away with some well-chosen products that will give you a picture-perfect glow overnight from head to toe.
For Normal Skin
While your skin may be easy to care for, that doesn't mean it can't look better. Start your night before regimen by washing your face with POREfinist Anti-ShineFresh Cleansing Oil, as it enhances your natural glow. After blotting your face dry, apply a mask, such as Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Mask Boost, which is not only nourishing but also contains anti-fatigue ingredients. End your night with a Vitamin C enriched product such as Tarte's Maracuja Oil which leaves you looking brighter minus any greasy feelings. (POREfinist Anti-ShineFresh Cleansing Oil, $31, available at Shu Uemura; Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Mask Boost, $65, available at Estée Lauder; Tarte Maracuja Oil, $47, available at QVC)
For Dry Skin
If you are unsure whether your skin falls into this category, simply wash your face and stay product free. If you notice that you feel a little tight and well, dry, keep reading. Before bedtime wash with Anew Vitale Gel Cleanser, which helps prime your skin for
hydration. Although night creams are great, you can gain better hydration with an overnight product like Boscia's Tsubaki Deep Hydrating Sleep Mask, it will give you baby soft skin in the AM. After rinsing away the remnants of the mask and applying Obagi Hydrate Luxe, your skin will be ready for the ultimate make-up application. (Anew Vitale Gel Cleanser, $4.99, available at Avon; Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydrating Sleep Mask, $34, available at Sephora; Obagi Hydrate Luxe, $37.99, available at Amazon)
For Acne Prone or Oily Skin
If you're prone to breakouts, your sensitive skin needs to avoid as much impurities as possible. Leave it to the French girls to discover a miracle worker. Micellar water first gained popularity in Paris, a city notoriously known for having H20 that is less than kind to the skin. Try a product like Simple Micellar Cleansing Water; it's triple purified, Vitamin B3 and C removes make-up, unclogs pores, and won't irritate your epidermis. Follow up with a face mask like FlashMasques, which completely exfoliates the skin in only five minutes. Now spot treat areas that might have a blemish or two with AcneFree Drying Lotion, it instantly covers up those yucky whiteheads and pimples. Treat the rest of your face with Korres Pine Noir, which is awesome at soothing easily-irritated skin. *(Simple Micellar Cleansing Water, $6.99, available at Target; FlashMasques, $50, available at Neiman Marcus; AcneFree Drying Lotion, $5.99, available at Ulta; Korres Pine Noir, $68, available at Sephora) *
Now that your face is prepped and ready to go there are some other problem areas we should turn our attention to...
No one wants dry, chapped lips at the altar, so before you say "I do" treat your kisser with Suki's Two Step Ultra-Soft Lip Kit. It's also a great primer, ensuring your lipstick will go on smoothly in the AM and last way into the PM. ($16.95, available at Suki Skincare)
Though your stylist will be there early in the morning to create your magical 'do, give her a little boost by applying an overnight treatment such as Matrix Exquisite Oil Protective Treatment. This lightweight overnight liquid gold works well for all hair types. ($22, available at Ulta)
After all that prep, the rest of your body deserves a treat. Remove all your dead skin cells and gain baby soft skin with Dove's Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash. While still warm and dewy, apply Vaseline's Jelly Cream — it boosts moisture by 250 percent for 18 hours! (Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash, $7.99, available at Walmart; Vaseline Jelly Cream, $9.49, available at CVS)