Hey LA brides to be, want to walk down the aisle with glowing skin–of course you do. Well Los Angeles-based Dermalogica has a team of celebrity makeup artists who want to help you look your best on you big day whether you’re doing it up in style at the Hotel Bel-Air–the most popular wedding site in LA, which reopens in October after a major remodel–or heading out of town.
The company’s director of global education, Annet King recommends creating a “skincare countdown” six-to-eight months before your big day. Here’s her Rx for radiant skin:
Six Months Out
Now is the time for brides to get down to business and create a bridal skincare schedule, including monthly skin treatments and an at-home regimen.
If brides are new to professional skin treatments, she suggests starting with a deep-cleaning option that will purge skin of impurities. She also recommends using a clay masque to eliminate debris and congestion from the skin such as Sebum Clearing Masque.
American Idol Tour makeup artist Monica McAlpin advises adding a gentle exfoliant to your regular skincare routine. “The natural rice bran in Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliantwill help lighten pesky post-inflammatory spots and hyperpigmentation,” said Monica. To further combat “age spots,” or “sun spots,” it’s important to protect skin with SPF each day, even in the winter months.
“Brides should be alert to potential eyebrow issues at this time, too,” says Annet. “Some areas that may have been over-plucked might need to grow in, which can take several months to accomplish.”
Four Months Out
Head over to a day spa or skincare center and maintain an at-home regimen. “These treatments should be spent on problem solving areas that needed extra help,” says Annet. Galvanic or micro-current could be used to address fine lines and pigmentation, and breakouts can be “zapped” with high frequency. To treat breakouts at home, try Dermalogica’s potent and effective Overnight Clearing Gel.
Two Months to go
It’s “crunch time” for many brides-to-be, and important not to stress too much! Skin is one of the first indicators of stress. “The more you go with the flow, the better off your skin will be,” says Monica, who has firsthand experience managing stress on the American Idol Tour.
Brett Freedman, celebrity makeup artist and founder of VANITYMARK Cosmetics, advises brides not to try any new products on skin two weeks prior to the wedding day. Additional key tips are sticking to a basic regimen and statying relax. In the likely event that stress does cause a blemish or two to pop up, Brett recommends spot treating gently, to avoid drying out the entire area of the face. Over-treating will cause redness “and may even change the texture in that area.”
Hydrate with plenty of water in and glowing on the outside. It’s important that brides not do anything drastic when it comes to their face. The final skin treatment should be at least four days before the big day, as well as the last eyebrow grooming, waxing, exfoliating scrub, mani-pedi and self-tanning application. Brett suggests spray tanning four days before the wedding, allowing time to work on any splotching. “Plus, you don’t want it too fresh for fear it will look unnatural in pictures,” warns Brett.
Groom those eye brows a few days before the wedding, as well as any waxing or exfoliating scrubs. Monica suggests booking a waxing appointment no less than two days prior to the wedding. “This allows any redness to dissipate.” To calm any waxing-induced aggravation, apply Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Serum Concentrate.
The Big Day
Use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer like Active Moist–a favorite of Brett’s superstar client Reba McEntire.“Don’t use more moisturizer than normal just because it’s a special day,” advises Brett. “I always say not to overdo your normal routine, but just leave a bit more time to do it. It feels nice to leisurely get ready.”
Assemble an “emergency kit” of makeup and skincare products, just in case the unexpected occurs. Annet suggests tossing in Dermalogica’s Concealing Spot Treatmentto combat stress-related breakouts, a travel-size Antioxidant HydraMistto keep makeup looking fresh (it can also be used to tame stray hairs!) and a lip product, like Renewal Lip Complex, to keep lips lush and ready for the big kiss. Don’t forget your blotting powder, waterproof mascara and lipstick for touch-ups!
Here comes the beautiful bride……