Avoid Wedding Day Skin Disasters By Following This 3-Month Plan

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The countdown has begun! It’s almost time to say “I do.” As you get closer to your wedding day, it’s important to pay close attention to your skin, which, of course, you want to be at its best. You want radiant skin that looks gorgeous and glowing in photos capturing the big event.

I always advise my bride-to-be clients to get super serious and diligent about their skin routine about three months before the wedding day. It’s the ideal time to assess what you’re currently doing for your skin and determine what it needs leading up to the wedding. Keep these tips in mind throughout the months and days leading up to the main event.
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3 Months Out:
It’s time to step back and ask “Am I getting the results I was told I would get?” Consult with your aesthetician or skin-care professional to make sure everything is working the way it should and that you’re getting the results you want and need. If you're not pleased with the professional skin-care services you've received thus far, try something new (albeit nothing drastic), or go to an entirely new skin spa or clinic. Time is running out.
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If you have been having laser treatments or a series of skin peels, now is the time to start cutting back on these services. Rather, focus on maintenance treatments such as light chemical or enzyme peels, nourishing and brightening facials, or micro-current lifting treatments.

Hopefully, any of the more aggressive procedures you had done helped to clear up breakouts, fade post-breakout acne scars, and reduce discoloration and redness so that you can focus on maintaining the results. If you can afford to, get a professional facial every three to four weeks for the remaining months. If that's not in the budget, you can DIY for similar results.
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Post-breakout marks can linger for three months, so if there ever was a time to keep your hands off your face, that time is now.

The only time that you can pick at a pimple is if you see a whitehead on the blemish. If there is a visible whitehead, it means the infection is very close to the surface of the skin and if removed properly, it will not leave a scar.

Here’s how to properly squeeze a blemish: Wash your skin, apply a warm washcloth to the blemish and hold for three minutes. Wrap tissue around your fingertips and gently squeeze to remove the infection. If it doesn’t come out with one gentle push, try again by positioning your fingers at a different angle. If the infection still doesn’t come out with one gentle push, try again positioning your fingers at a different angle. If the infection still won’t budge, leave it alone and it will usually surface the next day. Apply a spot treatment after the infection is removed to heal and disinfect for a quick recovery.
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1 Month Out:
Now that you’re in the home stretch, avoid experimenting with new products or services. Use gentle products and opt for only the gentlest of services.
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Be religious about keeping your face clean. If you find yourself breaking out with deep and painful pimples, use a a spot treatment designed for cysts, which should aid in a quick recovery of this under-the-skin acne. While some people blame greasy foods and chocolate on breakouts, I believe that cysts in the chin and jawline area are most often related to excessive dairy consumption. You may want to cut back on dairy leading up to the wedding and see if your skin clears up.
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Sleep is not only important in combatting dark circles, but it is also the time when your body is most metabolically active, ridding itself of toxins which would otherwise wreak havoc and manifest themselves on the surface of the skin.

Sleep also reduces stress, a major acne aggravator. It may be difficult given all the last-minute things that have to be done, but getting good rest leading up to the big day will be so beneficial. You’ll look well-rested and feel calmer.
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When nerves are at their highest, it can cause increased blood flow to the skin, which increases sensitivity. Try keeping your skin-care products in the refrigerator. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing with cool-temperature products will keep the skin calm and feeling soothed.
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3 Days Out:
Ideally, this facial should be the one that you had last month (remember, nothing new should be done to your skin. Only do the tried and true, and this goes for the one you perform at home, too).

The facial should focus on smoothing by exfoliating and hydrating the skin. Keep extractions to a minimum to avoid unnecessary redness.

I don't recommend getting a facial at the hotel spa if you’ve travelled to a destination for your wedding, since you just don’t know how your skin will react, and foreign reactions are not something you can risk. If you can't get to your trusted skin-care professional, use an at-home exfoliating skin peel that you’ve used before.
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Alcohol leads to skin and under-eye puffiness. For every alcoholic drink, follow it with a 4- to 8-ounce glass of water. This will help prevent unnecessary morning puffiness.
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With all of the celebratory speeches that are given at the rehearsal dinner, it’s only normal that you'll shed a few tears. But avoid heavy sobbing, which causes the eyes to swell and results in excessive puffiness under the eyes the following morning. Go for a good run or exercise class every morning to release stress and emotions.
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Less Than One Day Out:
Gel masks are water-based so they won’t add any oil to the skin (which can interfere with wedding day makeup) — plus, they calm and smooth the skin, and soothe away redness caused from wedding day nerves. Leave a gel mask on for 10 minutes, then rinse and apply an oil-free mattifying lotion. Proceed with makeup application.
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To prevent skin from puffiness due to shedding tears or alcohol intake the night before, drink cold ice water throughout the day. This will also help prevent your mouth from getting dry due to nerves.
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There is nothing better to calm the nerves than frequent deep breaths. Relax and enjoy: Your day has arrived.

Most importantly, you don’t want to do anything radical that will result in irritation or a bad reaction.