11 things that negatively impact your skin ahead of the wedding

Two leading skin experts tell you what you need to be wary about.

Planning for a wedding is an exciting yet stressful time. You are the busiest in the couple of weeks before your big day and thus, skincare often gets neglected amid the chaos and frenzy. Wedding time is a busy time and in the hustle bustle you may miss taking care of your skin.  A healthy skin can enhance your bridal look. However, we may make certain mistakes right before the wedding which can have a negative impact on the skin. 

There are a host of factors that can impact your skin negatively before the big day and two leading skin experts tell you what you need to look out for. 

Inadequate moisturisation: Well-moisturised skin is healthy skin. It helps maintain the fresh look for the wedding and is also a perfect canvas for make-up. Hydrating sheet masks will help up the hydration factor after long days of shopping and trials. 

Not having enough water: Not drinking enough water can leave your skin dehydrated, leading to a lack of radiance. Ensure you stay well-hydrated for a glowing complexion.

Overexposure to the sun: Excessive sun exposure without proper protection can lead to sunburn, premature ageing, and skin damage. Use sunscreen daily and limit sun exposure to maintain healthy skin.

Skipping sunscreen: The use of sunscreen is important to avoid irritation, dry spots, and tanning for the big day. Make sure to carry sunscreen and reapply every three to four hours when outdoors. Make sure to apply SPF even when indoors. 

Applying new make-up and having a new skincare routine: Trying new products too close to the wedding can be risky. Some products might cause allergic reactions, breakouts, or irritation. But remember, these products need to be given time to adjust to our skin. Incorporating them well in advance avoids the risk of irritation and allergy close to the wedding, and also gives adequate time for the results to show. This is why it’s best that you stick to a skincare routine that your skin is accustomed to.

Trying out new beauty treatments: Skin treatments are to be started at least three to six months before the wedding. If for any reason, you were unable to schedule these treatments earlier, it is best to avoid them altogether. No treatment or facials should be planned in the last two weeks before the wedding. 

Repair products: Products like salicylic acid, retinoid, glycolic acid, etc. are exfoliating in nature and have to be discontinued seven to 10 days before the wedding. 

Not removing make-up: Be very diligent in removing make-up and having clean skin before going to bed every night. Even a single night with make-up can cause blackheads and whiteheads. Invest in a good make-up remover to help remove the make-up without over-drying the skin. 

Stress overload: Stress can be harsh on your skin, leading to breakouts, dullness, and even exacerbating existing skin conditions. Finding ways to manage stress is extremely necessary, whether through exercise, meditation, or enjoyable hobbies.

Inadequate sleep: Lack of sleep not only affects your mood but also your skin. It can lead to dark circles, puffiness, and a lacklustre complexion. Prioritise a good night's sleep for healthy and glowing skin.

Unhealthy diet: Loading up on processed foods, excessive sugars, and unhealthy fats can manifest on your skin. Opt for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and water to nourish your skin from within. Add to that, over-eating is another problem. 

Inputs by Dr. Amulya Ramamurthy, Dermatologist, Kosmoderma Skin & Hair Clinic, Dr. Neha Khuraana, MD, a Board-certified Dermatologist and Founder House of Aesthetics, Dr. Neha Sharma, Dermatologist in Gurgaon and Dr. Pranil More, Director(Fusion Aesthetic Clinic), M.D. Physician(UKR), F.A.M. and Hair Transplant Surgeon


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