HOW TO: Beautiful Bridal Skin

Who doesn’t want to look their very best on their special day? Here’s some tips of mine, Dermologica’s, and dermatologist Dendy Engelman

Facials

A few months before your wedding, make sure you’re getting facials once a month! Not only do you want to keep your skin clean and fresh, but stimulate the blood’s circulation which will keep your skin looking healthy.  Plan to see your aesthetician regularly!

Meditate and have a work out routine.

Planning a wedding is stressful! The last thing you want is your stress/lack of sleep to show on your big day. Week by week, give yourself moments to unwind and only focus on yourself.

From an interview with Brides – NYC dermatologist Dendy Engelman says, “Many inflammatory conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and keratosis pilaris, may be at least partially caused by stress. As stress weakens the immune system, chronic inflammation worsens.” Excess anxiety can also disrupt your sleep, which in turn can lead to a gray, decidedly un-bridal complexion.

Stay Hydrated! 

Give your body what it needs to function properly. Make it a priority everyday to drink lots of water, eat healthy foods, and take your vitamins.

Dermalogica’s tips:

2–3 months before your wedding

This is considered a very tense time for brides. Your skin should be pumped with antioxidants and hydrating, energizing ingredients in anticipation of the big day, so use MultiVitamin Power Recovery® Masque once a week to keep skin supple and hydrated.

1 month before your wedding

Avoid any new or extreme treatment as your skin may react unfavorably. Your final skin care treatment should be at least three to four days before the wedding. Focus on gently cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing.

If you’re booking a waxing or exfoliating appointment, do it no less than two days before your wedding. This allows any redness to dissipate.

your wedding day

Think of your skin as canvas and your makeup as paint. You won’t get great results without a smooth canvas, so cleanse, tone, moisturize and follow the tips in the image above.

Also, pack an emergency bag with essentials like a concealing breakout treatment in case of a blemish, a travel-size mist for makeup touch-ups, and a lip complex to keep your lips hydrated.

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Your Skin’s Festival Checklist

Festie season is right around the corner! Now is a great time to start thinking about how you’re going to protect your skin and overall self while partying for weekends at a time. Remember, it’s always better to be OVER prepared!

PRO TIP: Be sure to check out the acceptable vs. prohibited items you may bring to the particular festival you’re attending. All of them have different rules! One thing is for sure, if you forget the items below and have to purchase within festival grounds – it will cost you. Not only will they most likely have a limited selection, but they will be overpriced.

SUNSCREEN

Wear sunscreen. Reapply as often as you can throughout the day! Even if you’re expecting cloudy weather, it doesn’t matter – continue to reapply. Not only do you want to avoid skin cancer, but think about how uncomfortable you’ll be the rest of the weekend if you burn the first day. Yikes.

If you sweat a lot, try purchasing a baby or kids sunscreen formula to apply on your face. No one wants sunscreen in their eyes while the band they waited 8 hours to see is finally on stage!

APPLY LIP BALM

Not only to protect your smackers from the sun, but to maintain their moisture if you’re going to a festival in dryer climates. Dry lips are uncomfortable and not aesthetically pleasing!

WEAR HATS OR BANDANAS

Most hats will not only protect your face from the sun, but also your ears! Yes, your ears are just as much at risk for skin cancers as the rest of your body. Don’t forget them when you apply sunscreen!

Bandanas are great to wear at music festivals for a few reasons. They catch sweat, can be worn to protect your face from dusty winds, and ALSO to cover/protect your ears from the sun.

DRINK WATER

Staying hydrated will help your entire body. Your skin will of course need the moisture, but water will also help flush the alcohol and other fun toxins away.

PRO TIP: IF the festival allows – bring a camelbak backpack. Some styles can carry up to 100 OZ of water!

WASH YOUR FACE BEFORE YOU CRASH

It may be hard to remember to do so…but you will thank yourself later. Think about it, you’re sweating all day, potentially around smoke and dust, surrounded by other people (and their sweat). Keep your face clean! At the end of the weekend – exfoliate.

MEGA MOISTURIZE

After you wash your face, apply moisturizer. I would suggest a product with Vitamin C to help repair and protect.

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What’s Trending: CICA BALM

The trend of skincare in 2019 seems to be all about repair. From restoring night gels, new brands of face masks, to hydrating mists, scalp treatments, and at-home facial oils – folks are looking to grace the years to come with a very well-managed look!

One of my favorite trends out of the batch is cica balm! Although I often write about how important it is for your skin (and overall self) to stay hydrated, it never hurts to re-visit what could be the most important part of your skincare routine. However, this balm is packed with TONS of benefits also worth mentioning!

WHAT IS CICA BALM?

Cica balm is very similar to moisturizer. What sets it apart, is that it contains the herb centella asiatica. This antioxidant-rich herb has been known for thousands of years to help reduce the redness and inflammation of burns, aiding in the healing process of such injuries. It’s also useful for repairing dry skin. Your dry hands in the winter are irritating enough, but could this also be a solution for those with acne issues? (More on that thought to come!)

Cosmetic chemist, Joseph Cincotta, explains it best, “Centella asiatica boosts the microcirculation of your skin, which allows for more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and oxygen to be delivered to the area. It also stimulates cell metabolism, which helps generate more youthful-looking skin.”

BENEFITS.

Acne fighting:  If your acne issues root from dry skin (your skin produces more oils to stay naturally moisturized) then this product could contain double the benefits! Not only will it assist in maintaining the moisture in your skin, but it will help decrease the inflammation around your breakouts.

Anti-aging:  The more nutrients in your products…the better! The cica plant contains vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B1 and B2, niacin, and carotene – combined brighten skin and fight premature aging.

Collagen production:  Collagen is a protein that maintains the health of our body’s connective tissue, skin, hair, and nails. As we age, our collagen production declines which is why you see those wonderful fine lines. However, because this is a collagen producing product, it can improve the firmness and elasticity – giving you a youthful glow.

Moisturizing:  Stay moisturized! The DR. JART+ Cicapair ™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment also includes SPF 30, which is yet another benefit!

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