This is a guest article written by Laura Gavin
On your wedding day, you want to be ready for every close up, aglow with ethereal beauty and composed in the knowledge that you look totally radiant. All eyes will be on you, after all. While not all of us wake up to a clear, perfect complexion, everyone can work towards having one, especially with good planning and preparation.
One year before
Some people use their wedding day as a motivational goal, usually to drive weight loss. Use yours to aspire to beautiful skin with a diet that will make you glow from the inside out. Cook oily fish like salmon, trout or mackerel at least twice a week; eating these regularly will make your skin look supple and poreless; they’re also good for your heart. Eat spinach to battle sun-damage, and broccoli for an anti-oxidant boost. Get your five a day by replacing snacks and milk chocolate with fruit, skin-loving nuts and plain chocolate instead. You never know, you may even shed a couple of bonus pounds!
Six months before
Now is the perfect time to develop a skincare regimen – and stick to it! As well as getting into the swing of cleansing, toning and using a face moisturizer daily, assess other areas of your body too. If you have a job where you spend a lot of time on your feet, you might want to start getting pedicures to buff away any rough skin; if you chew your nails or have tattered cuticles, it may be time to enforce a little discipline and cut it out once and for all.
Two weeks before
It could be a challenge for those with skin imperfections who like to cover up, but try to reduce the amount of makeup you wear in the weeks before your wedding; it will give your skin the chance to breathe and clear out any clogged pores. Don’t touch your face, and if you do get any spots, don’t tamper with them – there’s nothing worse than trying to cover up a scab!
The day before: be prepared for last minute flaws
Okay, so it won’t be ideal if you awake to a volcanic pimple on your big day, and it’s likely if you’ve followed the above advice, this won’t happen. However, should you feel an imperfection starting up, have an emergency back-up plan! If you catch a throbbing pimple in time, get the doc to inject it with cortizone to take down the swelling. Then, use a good, thick concealer to cover it up and powder to set.