5 Expert-Approved, Cardinal Skincare Rules For The Brides-To-Be

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From finalising your wedding lehenga to picking out the guest list (and let's not even get talking about that bachelorette party), it's certainly not easy being a bride-to-be.

And, unfortunately, your skin may be the first to point that out. Stress, frequent outings and irregular meals leading up to the D-day can wreak havoc on your skin. According to experts, that coveted 'bridal glow' takes work, and is the result of a conscious effort to take care of yourself— inside and outside.

Alas, those last-minute facials or your favourite beauty blogger's DIY face pack recipe does not count. Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, dermatologist and cosmetic physician, ISAAC Luxe says, "Brides-to-be should put as much planning for their skin as they do for their wedding. So, they need to decide which treatments they require. There are some who have fairly good skin to begin with, and just need a little rejuvenation, while others might be prone to acne scars or pigmentation, and might need to start their regime at least 7-8 months in advance."

Luckily, help is at hand. If you're counting down the months to your D-Day, our experts have revealed the five cardinal rules for every bride-to-be...

Thou shalt begin thy wedding beauty regimen ASAP

Eleventh-hour beauty hacks might, unfortunately, not give you the results that you hoped for. From extensive laser treatments to quick fix IV Drips, every treatment requires a certain downtime to yield best results. So, ideally, your pre-wedding prep should definitely include kickstarting a designated bridal skincare routine. "Brides-to-be should start six months ahead of their wedding date. Six months give us plenty of time to plan your treatment. Laser hair reduction, stretch marks, cellulite and body contouring treatments are multiple-session modalities and need that much lead-time. Everyone has different skin needs based on their skin type, but I think the most important thing is to create a set of pre-wedding skincare goals," says Dr Simal Soin, cosmetic dermatologist and founder, AAYNA clinic.

Thou shalt build good skin from within

You are what you eat is the adage you should start taking seriously if you want to avoid any nasty beauty surprises on your wedding day. Skincare experts vouch for a good diet and regular exercise to get that glow-from-within skin. Dr Simal Soin, cosmetic dermatologist and founder, AAYNA clinic agrees. She says, “Clear skin is the best canvas for your wedding day makeup. But with an overwhelming—and sometimes contradictory—amount of skin care advice out there, figuring out how to truly attain perfect skin can be confusing.”

Apart from ridding any beauty woes, a healthy lifestyle can help tackle certain medical conditions, too. Dr Chiranjiv Chhabra, dermatologist and founder, Skin Alive says, "Good skin and hair are always a result of how you are taking care of yourself, from the inside. When brides-to-be come to us, we take stock of their entire medical history to check for PCOD or hormonal imbalances that may cause issues such as excess hair or acne. We also suggest maintaining a good exercise regime and a nutritious diet. A high-protein and low-carbohydrate diet is usually good for managing weight and increasing metabolism. Then comes the prescription for products and in-clinic treatments. Upping your intake of antioxidants through fruits and vegetables, drinking enough water, and picking the right nutrition supplements—they're all so important."

Thou shalt pick an expert (and not OD on home remedies)

DIY skincare tips may be easy and quick, but they are certainly not one-size-fits-all. While your bestie may swear by lemon juice for brighter skin, the same could leave you with citrus acid-induced irritated skin and redness. Dr Kiran Kaur Sethi, dermatologist, wellness expert, and director, Isya Aesthetics says, "Don't overdo the home remedies. I have seen every skin ailment under the sunburns, rashes, breakouts, marks, you name it—and trust me, if home remedies worked, everyone in India would have perfect skin." The solution is to get an expert on board to help you prepare correctly.

Most of your beauty treatments in-clinic will begin with a medical checkup to detect any health deficiencies or internal imbalances that could be showing up on your skin. While we're on the subject, know this: too many derms spoil the bride. "Brides should avoid doctor-shopping around their wedding date. Building a relationship with your doctor is important because then they will understand your skin better. You could have an SOS acne outbreak on your wedding day and at such a critical moment, a doctor who is familiar with your skin will be able to suggest the best remedy," says Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta. 

Thou shalt stick to tried-tested products

Allergic reactions that threaten to derail plans or sudden breakouts right before the pre-wedding shoot—hardly the best place to be. So, resist the urge to try out the latest serum or 'super facial' without adequate research. "It is best not to overdo skincare products. A lot of brides-to-be buy a tonne of stuff and try them all in a short time. That is asking for skin disaster. Instead, I recommend you try one product at a time, each week. Trust me, there is no miracle cure should you end up ruining your skin," says Dr Simal Soin.

Finding out what works for you is another reason why many experts advise starting your bridal beauty regimen way before the wedding. "It is wise not to try a new treatment or product days prior to your wedding, to avoid any nasty, last-minute surprises. Don’t stray from tried and tested products. In today’s time, new serums and moisturisers pop up on our Instagram feeds every minute. However, last-minute experiments could increase the risk of breakouts and blemishes," says Dr Kiran Kaur Sethi.

Thou shalt double-check with the make-up artist

Finally, even if you have carefully followed the pre-wedding beauty commandments, they can all come to a nought should you ignore your makeup products. Make-up can be a hotbed of bacteria, so experts suggest you stick to your own products or trusted brands, on your wedding day. Double-checking your make-up artist's beauty kit is a good idea, and so is conducting makeup trials to identify the level of coverage you might need on your D-day. "Every bride-to-be must make sure to use make-up that is non-comedogenic. Usually, cosmetics that provide heavy coverage are likely to cause zits. I also advise brides to bring their own make-up brushes to the makeup artist. You don't want to end up getting a skin rash or infection on the day of your wedding!" says Dr Kiran Kaur Sethi.

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