Your wedding day will be a day to cherish for a lifetime and you’ll have all of the pictures of that memorable day to remember. So making an investment in your skin will ensure you have a beautiful bridal glow!
6 Months Before The Wedding
FIND A REPUTABLE SKIN CARE PROFESSIONAL
Six months is the perfect amount of time to get your skin is clear, smooth and glowing for your big day. Start by looking for a reputable esthetician that can develop a game plan for your skin. Ask friends and search on-line to see who is the best in your area. It’s important to find a skin spa or clinic that offers a whid range of skin care services to give your skin everything it will need. For example: a medical spa that only offers chemical peels and laser treatments may be a good option now, as those treatments are more invasive. But as you near your wedding day, you’ll want gentler treatments such as facials. On the other hand, a day spa that only offers pampering facials may not give you the results you need. A blend of results-oriented facials and peels are your best bet.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
Once you have a few recommendations of skin care facilities, schedule a consultation. What may be fabulous for your friend, may not be right for you. The key to a good consultation is to ask a lot of questions; the cost of treatments, side-effects and the results tht they can guarantee.
FIT IT IN THE BUDGET
Generally, a good (6-month out) plan including both professional and home-care treatments, can range from $600-$1800. If the budget is tight, let your maid of honor know that glowing skin on your wedding day is a priority and plan a skin care-themed bridal shower! Set up a registry at the skin spa where everyone can give you skin care products and gift certificates.
PATCH TEST YOUR SKIN
When starting a new skin care program, be sure to do a patch test if you’re trying our new skin care products. Allergic reactions can sometimes take up to two weeks to heal, so rub a small amount of product on the side of your neck and wait 24 hours. If redness or irritation occurs, discontinue use. To prevent allergic reactions, avoid products containing synthetic fragrances(the #1 cause of allergic reactions), synthetic dyes and SD Alcohol 40. All of the Renée Rouleau products do not use these ingredients.
DON’T PICK AT YOUR SKIN
Make a commitment to not pick at your skin. Break outs usually last just 3-5 days, but when you pick at a blemish, the red or dark mark that lingers can be there for 1-2 months or more! We know it’s tempting, but you can make problem skin much worse by forcing bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further break outs. A better solution for problem skin is a regular monthly problem skin facial where your pores can be cleaned professionally.
GET YOUR BREAK OUTS UNDER CONTROL
Go easy on the use of harsh, acne products.Unless your case of acne is severe, most acne products can actually make it worse. These products can be extremeley drying, and although they will help dry up and heal the individual break outs, they will over-dry other non broken out areas resulting in dead skin cell build up and dry skin. The cell build up will then act as a barrier to trap oil under the skin causing more clogged pores and break outs. So your effort to clear up your skin will actually cause you to break out more! The three most important focuses for controlling clogged pores and break outs are: Exfoliation to keep dry skin cells off the skin reducing clogged, trapped pores and also fade red, post-break out marks. Disinfecting the skin to eliminate bacteria, dry up blemish infections and to help prevent the spread of break outs. Hydrating the skin with water-based serums, lotions and alcohol-free toners to keep skin cells healthy to discourage dry skin cell build up.
EVERY DAY MUST-DO’S
-Use products formulated exclusively for your skin type. Most skin care lines still categorize skin into dry, normal and oily, and for most people, their skin has more needs than that.(Renée Rouleau offers skin care products for nine different skin types.)
-Use an alcohol-free toner immediately after washing and make sure to leave it damp on your skin before applying serum or moisturizer.Your skin cells are like fish. They need water to live. Toners deeply hydrate the skin.
-Use a moisturizer with SPF every day on the face, neck and chest.
3 Months Before The Wedding
ANALYZE YOUR SKIN PROGRAM
Now that you’re three months out from your wedding day, it’s time step back and ask yourself“Am I getting the results I was told I would get?” Consult with your esthetician or skin care professional to make sure everything is working the way it should and you’re getting the resutls you need. If not, try something new or go to an entirely new skin spa or clinic.Time is running out.
CUT BACK ON THE INVASIVE SKIN TREATMENTS
If you have been having laser treatments or a series of skin peels, now is tht time to start cutting back on these treatments. You need to start going into maintenance treatments. Hopefully, those aggressive procedures helped to clear up break outs, fade post-breakout acne scars, reduce discoloration and redness and now the focus should be on maintaining the results. Get a professional facial every 3-4 weeks for the remaining months.
Post-break out marks can linger for three months, so now is really the time to keep your hands off your face. The ONLY time that you would pick at your skin is if you see a whitehead on the blemish. If there is no visible whitehead, it means the infection is very close to the surface of the skin and if removed properly, will not leave a scar. 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 doesn’t come out, leave it alone and it will usually surface the next day. Apply Renée Rouleau Night Time Spot Lotion after the infection is removed to heal and disinfect for a quick recovery.
1 Month Before The Wedding
GO EASY ON YOUR SKIN
Now that you’re on the home stretch, it’s not the time to be experimenting with new products or services. Keep everything gentle and stick with the tried and true.
PREVENT BREAK OUTS BY AVOIDING DAIRY PRODUCTS IF YOUR SKIN IS PRONE TO BREAK OUTS
Many people have heard that greasy foods and chocolate cause break outs. Break outs, especially cysts (the deep, sore, underground break outs) in the chin and jaw line area, most often are related to excessive ice cream, yogurt, milk and cheese. Try cutting back and watch your skin clear up! Try Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment for a quick recovery of hard, sore cystic break outs.
GET AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT
Sleep is not only important to keep dark circles at bay, but it is also the time when your body is most metabolically active, ridding itself of toxins which would otherwise wreak havoc with your skin. Sleep also reduces stress, the #1 aggravator of acne.
KEEP YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS COLD
When nerves are at their highest, it can cause increased blood flow to the skin which increases skin sensitivity. Try keeping your skin care products in refrigerator. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing with cool temperature products keep the skin calm and soothed.
3 Days Before The Wedding
GET YOUR FINAL FACIAL
Ideally, this facial will be the one that you had last month (remember, nothing new should be done to your skin. Only do the tried and true!) The facial should focus on skin smoothing by exfoliating and hydrating the skin. Keep extractions to a mininum to avoid unnecessary redness. *If you’ve travelled to a destination for your wedding, it’s best not to get a facial at the hotel spa since you don’t know how your skin will react and you certainly don’t want to chance it. Instead use an at-home exfoliating skin peel like Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel the final three nights before your wedding day.
AVOID SHELL FISH
Especially for those who have travelled to a tropical island for their wedding, you’ll be tempted with all the wonderful seafood that is offered. Many people are allergic to iodine, commonly found in shell fish, which can result in very serious skin and body reactions. Now is not the time to be eating foods you have not tried before.
LIMIT YOUR INTAKE OF ALCOHOL
Alcohol leads to skin and under eye puffiness. For every alcoholic drink, follow it with a 4-8 oz glass of water. This will help prevent unnecessary morning puffiness.
AVOID CRYING (IF POSSIBLE)
With all of the celebratory speeches that are given at the rehearsal dinner, it’s only normal that a few tears may be shed. If at all possible, try to avoid crying since it causes the eyes to swell resulting in excessive puffiness under the eyes the following morning. Go for a good run or exercise class every morning to release stress and emotions.
The Morning Of The Wedding
APPLY A GEL MASK
Gel masks are water-based so they won’t add any oil to the skin (that can interfere with wedding day makeup), yet they calm the skin, soothe away redness caused from wedding day nerves and smooth the skin. Try Renée Rouleau Azulene Gel Mask applied to clean skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, rinse and apply an oil-free mattifying lotion. Proceed with makeup.
DRINK A LOT OF WATER
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.
PRACTICE DEEP BREATHING
There is nother better to calm the nerves than frequent deep breaths. Relax, enjoy, your day is here.
Which products are right for your skin? Check out our nine skin types.