Beauty myths to ignore if you’re a bride-to-be

Experts debunk a host of regimens you always thought were perfect.

The wedding day is one of the most special and important days in the life of a bride with her wanting to look picture-perfect. From starting a skincare routine way in advance to following a healthy diet months before the wedding, women leave no stone unturned when it comes to their prepping for D-day. 

However, they can also get hit with a flood of tips and suggestions on beauty and skincare that are all around, some of which could end up even being unsuitable for them. 

We asked beauty experts to dive in and lay bare those common skincare myths that may not work with everyone. 

#1: Home remedies are best for the skin

Our grandmothers and mothers have sworn by the goodness of home remedies when it comes to skincare. From using turmeric to gram flour on our skin, kitchen ingredients have been a part of countless skincare routines. However, not all home remedies are safe on the skin and suitable for every skin type. Kitchen items like lemon and baking soda are, in fact, extremely harsh on the skin and can lead to burning or irritation on the skin. This is why using everything that is available in your kitchen just before your wedding may not be a great idea for it can lead to redness, rashes, and breakouts. 

#2: Exfoliation will solve all skin issues

While it’s a much-required step in one’s skincare routine, doing this every day is extremely harmful to the skin. Many brides tend to exfoliate quite frequently as they feel it will give their skin a fresher and brighter look. But exfoliating once a week is enough to get rid of dead skin cells and result in smooth and supple skin. 

#3: Staying away from make-up

Many people have this misconception that using makeup regularly can wreak havoc on the skin. So, brides-to-be stay away from make-up before their wedding in order to have healthy skin. However, this is a complete myth. The simple mantra is to remove all your make-up at the end of the day and avoid sleeping with make-up on. Doing so can lead to clogged pores, which can result in breakouts and other skin woes. It’s best to follow the double cleansing method to remove all the make-up effectively and to let your skin breathe in the night. 

#4: Active ingredients and chemical exfoliation are the way to go

Vitamin C, niacinamide, and retinol are great for the skin and we all are aware of that. However, not every active skincare ingredient is suitable for all skin types. Sometimes the skin can react to such strong ingredients and result in skin irritation or sensitivity. Also, using chemical exfoliation too frequently will not ensure you have texture-free skin. Besides, it is important to know which active can be mixed with the other to get the best outcome and what is a no-no, for instance, such as mixing retinol with vitamin C can damage the skin.

#5: Hot water is good for the pores

People often suggest brides wash their faces with hot water as it will help them clean their pores more deeply. However, using too much hot water can strip the skin off its natural oils and moisture, making it more dry and itchy. So, it is best to use water at normal temperature and opt for a lukewarm facial steam every once in a while. 

#6: Cleansing and moisturizing are enough for the skin

Following a basic and simple skincare routine is effective for the skin. However, just cleansing and moisturizing the face will not ensure that you have glowing and radiant skin on your wedding day. You need to include toner, sunscreens, and serums in your skincare routine along with exfoliation once or twice a week, to see visible results on the skin and to have healthy skin for your big event. 

#7: Getting a facial the day before the wedding will give you glowing skin.

Getting a facial the day before the wedding may cause your skin to break out due to the manipulation and deep cleaning of the skin. It's best to get a facial a few weeks before the wedding to allow any irritation or breakouts to subside.

#8: Sunscreen is not necessary if your wedding is indoors.

Truth: Even if your wedding is indoors, it is important to wear sunscreen. UV rays can still penetrate through windows and cause damage to your skin. Plus, if you plan on spending any time outside for wedding photos or the reception, sunscreen is a must. It is always recommended to use the primer /foundation with a light SPF.

Inputs by Arthi Raguram, Skin and Hair Expert, Founder of Deyga Organics, Sonia Tekchandani, Celebrity Dermatologist, The Wedding Clinic, and Pooja Nagdev, Aromatherapist and Cosmetologist, Founder of Inatur 


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