You’ve probably imagined every aspect of your wedding for as long as you can remember. Before the engagement ring slipped fully down your finger, you already knew the dress, shoes, hair, first song, and your something blue. Pinterest, Instagram, childhood-bedroom corkboard – no matter how you’ve been gearing up, you know what you want. While the pre-wedding countdown includes many lists (lists of lists!), we tend to overlook some important line items, whether you’re planning your wedding or hiring a team to pull it off. And one of those could last as long as your “I do’s:” Your skin.
Whether it’s getting into better shape or getting healthy, brides use their wedding day to show the world their best selves. And skincare is a big part of that. We’re not talking about a bridal shower, spa day, or the pre-wedding makeup prep; we’re talking about a well-thought-out skin wellness strategy that can give you the glow you’ve always wanted and accentuates your features long after the big day. But not only will it enhance the way you look and feel and change those forever photographs, but it can be the most fabulous wedding gift to yourself. A lifelong understanding and commitment to the health and look of your skin is priceless.
Many of us never grew up with a skincare routine; maybe we didn’t have a family member or older sibling to show us the ropes. Others lived a life in the sun, whether in athletics or too much time by the pool. Some deal with residual acne and skin-picking scars, while others are starting to show signs of aging, dullness, or still struggle with breakouts and severe irritation.
In many ways, the lead-up to your wedding day should be your fresh start. You are starting a new chapter, so there is no better time to start a commitment to next-level skincare. Let’s break down the importance of working with a committed, reputable, knowledgeable dermatologist and skincare team. Let’s highlight some of the more obvious things we can do leading to having our best skin “day” ever. And let’s make it easy by pacing out the steps for lasting results.
The Basics. Sleep, Hydration, and Nutrition
We all know that nutrition, sleep, and hydration are the skincare trifecta. If you do nothing else, staying hydrated with water, getting proper sleep, and avoiding inflammatory, fatty and sugary foods get you most of the way there. And though this sounds simple, it doesn’t always come as second nature. We have come to understand that skin conditions can fluctuate from hormonal changes and what we eat and drink. It is no secret that sugar, in its many obvious and hidden forms, has been sabotaging skin health for quite some time. The simple elimination or reduction of sugary and fatty foods can do wonders for skin within weeks.
Sleep is not just about hours, but quality, too. We live in a fast-paced world with a barrage of information we over-consume. As a result, stress follows. Stress triggers hormone release and inflammatory response and can disrupt sleep and create a cycle that challenges mental and physical well-being. Bottom line? stress is bad for the skin. Sleep is not just restorative in how you feel but, in the turnover, and production of cells. Our body goes into “repair mode” when we power down. Giving it enough time to do so is critical.
We can implement the trifecta – better sleep, hydration, and mindful nutrition — at any time. But once the countdown clock starts to the wedding day, working toward beautiful skin should come with a plan.
You Won’t Do This Alone
A renowned dermatology office like North Atlanta Dermatology is an excellent resource in starting to understand the changing needs of our skin and setting a plan.
As soon as you select a wedding date, give yourself the reward of taking the time to have a conversation with a top dermatologist, someone able to break down your situation and guide you on the best course of action. Everyone’s skin is different, but we are all the same in that we want a glow from the inside. With a plan in place, things like fine lines, discoloration, sun damage, or a longer-standing issue you’ve been hiding under layers of make-up can be addressed. If there is any time to have confidence in how you look and feel, this would be it.
Your doctor will guide you, as each patient is different, but let’s look at the timeframe and steps you may consider. You can check out our comprehensive bridal dermatology services by clicking here.
A Note from Our Team
When we think of marriage, we think of vows and commitment. Health and wellness take commitment. And in deciding to share your life with someone, you owe them and yourself the daily work to be the best version of yourself. Confidence and self-worth will only make you a better partner. And there are few better confidence boosters than taking proper care of your skin.
We wish you every happiness on your big day and look forward to helping you enhance that exceptional glow down the aisle and long into the future.