Wedding season is here again. And there is one thing that’s more important than any other on D-day – looking gorgeous. And how you look finally comes down to your skin because it decides the type of makeup you will wear that day. If you want to look like a princess on your wedding day you need to start preparing well in advance. The longer you have, the better prepared you can be. Before we suggest you visit a dermatologist, here are some handy tips that you can try out at home:
1) Determine your skin type – Firstly, you need to figure out whether you have oily skin, dry skin or a combination skin type. Your skin regimen and the type of cosmetics you buy will be determined by your skin type.
2) Always wear sunscreen – There’s a notion that you only have to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny outside. That’s a very common misconception. Even if the sun is not visible, the ultra-violet rays can still hurt your skin.
3) Night vigil – Before you go to sleep follow a good cleanser, toner, moisturizer routine. This helps your skin breathe.
4) Daily and party wear makeup – Buy a set of simple daily and party wear makeup. You shouldn’t try any new brands and stick to ones that you’ve used before. You don’t want to try anything new with your wedding day around the corner.
5) Diet: There are various food items that can help your skin glow. Add one helping of fruits (guava, orange, lime or papaya), lots of greens (lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach) to your diet. Don’t forget to drink lots of water. Also avoid oily food and refined sugars.
Visiting a dermatologist:
There’s only so much you can do at home. If you’ve acne-ridden or tanned/pigmented skin or feel the need to enhance certain facial features, you will have to visit a good dermatologist. Here’s what he/she would recommend:
- Moderate to severe acne cases will be given oral antibiotics and certain topical applications like benzoyl peroxide.
- Glycolic /salicylic peels every two weeks for four to six weeks are very effective in removing the superficial dead cells.
- If you have acne scars and have three to four months to go for the wedding, Microdermabrasion and Derma rollers can work wonders.
- Glycolic peels/stronger skin lightening peels like trichloroacetic acid for four to six weeks every two weeks.
- Sunblock /pigmentation reducing cream
- Oral antioxidants
- For arms and back: Glycolic peels and microdermabrasion: Three to four sessions every ten days.
If you’ve always wanted a better sculpted face, this is the best time to consult a dermatologist for it. However, you should do it at least three to four months before the marriage. Here are some of the possibilities for enhancement:
Lips: Hyaluronic gel fillers for fuller lips
Eyebrow shaping and softening of square jaw: Botox is the most common form of treatment facial lines.
Cheek enhancement: Fillers for high cheek bones
Whatever your skin concern, there are solutions available. So, relax and just follow the steps above – the glow on your skin on your D-day is surely going to get people to ask you, ‘Is it love?’
First Published: Nov 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM