We’ve all heard horror stories of brides developing huge pimples the night before their wedding, or perhaps they decide to pluck their eyebrows the day before, or get a spray tan! All of these things are very bad ideas on the night before your big day. We don’t want you to make any mistakes less than 24 hours before you walk down the aisle, so pay attention to our list!
In the days before your wedding, DO NOT...
Try new facial products
In one of our earlier posts (The Glow Checklist: Prepare Your Skin for Your Wedding), we outlined the most important ingredients to include in your skincare routine, but these should be introduced at least six months in advance to give your skin time to get used to the formula. Never, and we do really mean never, change your skincare routine the night before your wedding. The possibility of disaster is too great, and you could end up with chemical burns, oiliness, pimples, redness, or a severe allergic reaction. We know that it is tempting to make changes but resist the urge. Your skin will thank you for it!
Drink carbonated drinks
Carbonated beverages, including sparkling water, are not a good idea in the days before the wedding. Carobated drinks like soda cause bloating, and nobody needs to feel bloated and sluggish on their wedding day. Instead, try still water with mint and cucumber or lemon and lime to give yourself an added burst of freshness. Hydrated skin is glowing skin and it is never more important to have glowing skin than on your wedding day!
Get a spray tan
Every bride wants a sun-kissed glow on their special day, but booking an appointment for a spray tan on the day before the wedding is asking for trouble. Instead, take some time in the months before finding the perfect salon and the perfect shade for your skin, and book an appointment no later than 2 days before. We would recommend getting your tan done three days before, but only if you know the salon and the shade that you want. If you have not prepared yourself in the months before, consider getting a tan a week before your wedding to avoid any tan disasters!
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Forget your sunscreen
Sunscreen is without a doubt the most important part of any skincare routine. Sun damage is the hardest to fix and the easiest to get. In the days before your wedding, cover yourself in suncream no matter where you are going. UVA and UVB rays can penetrate clouds and windows, so do not get complacent. A sun-kissed glow is the ultimate goal for brides, but a pink/red skin undertone is not something you want to see in all of your wedding pictures. Use your normal facial sunscreen, and cover your arms, shoulders, back and chest with SPF50+. If you’re wearing sandals, don’t forget your feet and your knees (both burn very easily). Also, wear a sunhat for added protection.
Get a facial
No matter how tempting, do not get a facial any later than four days before your wedding, especially if your normal facial includes extractions. If you normally get a chemical peel, do not do this within a month of your wedding. It can be tempting to head to the spa in the days before your wedding to relieve stress and just relax, but instead get a massage and do not let yourself be tempted by new treatments. You do not know how these products will react to your skin, and you cannot risk any allergic reactions so close to your special day.
Pluck or wax your eyebrows
Eyebrows are the 2020s hottest accessory, but be sure to make your appointment at least three days before the wedding. Most brides’ eyebrows do not grow quickly enough for this to be a problem, but for the few that is it, we recommend speaking to your beauty therapist directly. They will know how best to handle your care, but under no circumstances must you have your face waxed or pluck the day before your wedding. Skin irritation is harder to get rid of than you might think!
Try a new nail salon
Brides who have planned their weddings down to perfection will have found a nail technician, found a design and been through a few mock-up stages with their chosen nail salon. To avoid the risk of a mistake, we recommend choosing a nail salon well in advance and finalizing your design ahead of time. We would recommend booking a nail appointment two days before your wedding to avoid the risk of chipping and to ensure that your nails are perfect!
Pop a pimple
If you develop a pimple, do not panic. Use an ice cube to cool the area down and calm the inflammation, then dry it off and add a spot sticker. Alternate between a spot sticker for at least 4 hours, then remove it and add spot cream. Leave the spot cream on for 2 hours, then cleanse the area and reapply a spot sticker. Under no circumstances should you pop a pimple! Scabs are must harder to cover than pimples, so use some restraint and leave it alone. Before bed that night, apply ice, cleanse the area, dry and then apply a spot sticker before you go to sleep. The spot should be much better in the morning!
Eat junk food
Junk food and foods high in sugar are a bad idea on the day before your wedding. These foods often cause bloating. Instead, opt for lighter, vegetable-based meals with plenty of water and lots of healthy snacks like fruit and nuts. Junk foods are also very high in salt, and salt causes a lot of water retention issues, so watch out for salt too!
Get a new hairstyle
You should not be putting scissors anywhere near your hair at least four weeks before your wedding. Sure, you can go to the hairdresser for a treatment and a blowdry but do not get a cut or colour within a month of your wedding date. Having a nightmare haircut is one of the worst things that can happen to a bride and short of wearing a wig, there is no solution! Practice intense caution with hair salons before your wedding.
We want you to look and feel perfect on your wedding day and if you follow these steps, you will!