Developing a skincare routine in preparation for your wedding is the cause of a lot of stress for brides. As the special day approaches, most brides give in to temptation and change their tried and tested skincare routine, only to suffer disastrous consequences.
It is so important to decide on a skincare routine at least six months before the wedding and stick to it if there are no reactions. We wanted to explore the most important skincare ingredients for developing glowing skin in preparation for your wedding day, and here are our favorites.
For Glow: Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the most important skincare ingredients. It helps boost collagen production and gives you plumper, firmer, more glowing skin. Different skincare types have different concentrations of Vitamin C, but we would recommend using a product with at least a 5% concentration of Ascorbic Acid, which is an active form of Vitamin C. You need at least a 5% concentration to have a noticeable effect on collagen and skin structure.
We love Sunday Riley CEO Glow Vitamin C + Tumeric Oil. Available at Sephora
For Clarity: Retinol
Retinoids are derivative forms of Vitamin A, and they are great for clarifying the skin. Think of retinoids as skin damage fighters, they target acne, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, signs of aging, and uneven skin tone. Retinol comes in a variety of strengths, and if you have never used it before, we recommend starting with a 0.25 to 0.5 strength three times per week. If your skin reacts well, you can increase your usage to four times per week. Please remember that retinol increases skin turnover and makes you more sensitive to sun damage. Only use retinol at night, and consider starting with a retinol cream, rather than a retinol serum. Special note: Do not use retinol the day before your wedding, especially if you have never used it before!
We love Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro. Available at Sephora
For Moisture: Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid is the holy grail for moisturized skin. Our bodies produce Hyaluronic Acid, but sometimes we need a little extra to help keep our skin supple, healthy, and well-moisturized. It’s best to use Hyaluronic Acid as a serum, and it is almost always thick in consistency — this just helps boost the positive effects! Hyaluronic Acid products often contain different sizes of molecules, so it can take some time to find the right product for you. Make sure you start searching for the right products at least 7 months before your special day if you want your skin to glow at your wedding!
We love Dior Capture Totale Cell Energy Super Potent Serum. Available at Sephora
For Improved Texture: Niacinamide
Niacinamide is a very interesting skincare ingredient. Niacinamide soothes rough skin texture, minimizes pores, and diminishes under the skin bumps which keep your skin from looking smooth and flawless. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 and it’s so gentle and it targets so many skin issues that almost every bride includes this ingredient in their wedding skincare prep! Niacinamide reduces oil production, which can help stop other skincare concerns like oiliness, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation.
We love Paula's Choice Clinical 20% Niacinamide Treatment. Available at Beautystorage
For Breakouts: Azelaic Acid
Azelaic Acid works to prevent and fight acne breakouts by killing the acne-causing bacteria under the skin. It also rids your skin of dead skin cells, reduces sebum production, and clears blocked pores, which also cause acne. Azelaic Acid is good for use on cystic acne, inflammatory acne, and even white- and blackheads. Claims have also been made that Azelaic Acid helps diminish the appearance of acne scars, although science is yet to support this. Get yourself a topical spot treatment with Azelaic Acid and resist the urge to pick your spots!
We love Don't Touch My Skin Azacid. Available at FOAM
For Sun Protection: Zinc Oxide
There are so many ingredients in sun protection products, but the most effective and least harmful is Zinc Oxide. Not only does Zinc Oxide protect from UVA and UVB rays, but it also fights the damage from HEV (blue light) rays. Zinc Oxide is a mineral blocker, and these are said to be more effective than chemical blockers found in other sun protection products. Mineral sunscreens are often slightly more opaque, which means they are harder to blend, but they offer superior protection. We think the added protection is worth the effort of more blending! Remember, always choose the highest SPF factor that you can. Anything under SPF 30 is too low, and SPF 50 is the best choice to protect your skin.
We love Sensai Silky Bronze Cellular Protective Cream SPF50. Available at Sephora