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How to Prep Your Skin on Your Wedding Day

The best wedding-day skincare routine to ensure you’re glowing all day long.

After months (or maybe even years!) of planning and waiting and organizing (and some more planning), it’s finally just around the corner: your wedding day! And along with all the major decisions that have to be made leading up to it—not to mention the many little details that have to be considered—one thing that most brides certainly don’t forget is planning how to get perfect skin for their wedding. You’ve no doubt already adopted the best skincare routine for brides, including gradually incorporating vitamin C, retinol and actives in the months leading up to your wedding day; maybe you even sought professional advice because you wanted to indulge in some pre-wedding treatments.

Read on to learn how to prep skin for your wedding so that you can not only feel like the best version of yourself on the big day but also look back at photos many years from now and admire your glowing, perfect skin.

How to get perfect skin for your wedding

Now that your wedding day is almost here, it’s time to cool it on the exfoliating actives, treatments and retinol. If your goal is to have a beautiful wedding glow, your main focus right now should be hydration and making sure that your skin is plump, calm and moisturized on your wedding day; this means that your skin will be prepped for your wedding day makeup and your makeup artist can focus on enhancing your skin rather than covering up or correcting any blemishes. Having calm, non-irritated, moisturized skin will also ensure that your foundation and concealer (and all other makeup) sit nicely on your skin, photograph well and, most importantly, stay put through dinner, cake, drinks and dancing. You don’t want to spend your wedding day doing makeup and skin touch-ups, so having a good base is crucial.

Skincare routine for brides

Next step: What is the best skincare routine for your wedding day? Your bridal beauty checklist should include hydrating, nourishing skincare products that will draw moisture into your complexion and keep your skin looking plump and healthy all day long. Reach for products like SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier, a moisturizing serum that works to replenish skin’s moisture and boost radiance for a smoother complexion. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, a humectant that literally pulls moisture into skin, it provides long-lasting hydration with instant results. This serum is proven to boost skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by 30%, improving skin’s surface texture and ensuring that it looks smoother and firmer throughout the day. For mega-hydration, you can’t beat SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2. The mega-hydrating cream contains a patented lipid ratio of 2% pure ceramides 1 and 3, 4% natural cholesterol and 2% fatty acids, which is proven to nourish dry skin and refill cellular lipids, making sure skin is hydrated all day long, from the inside out. When it comes to wedding skincare products, this is a no-brainer. If redness is a concern, try SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel, a soothing gel serum that’s formulated with botanical ingredients like cucumber, thyme and mulberry to calm and hydrate skin while reducing visible redness and discoloration. Another excellent tool for achieving that wedding glow is SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair. This moisturizing cream protects and soothes skin and is great at addressing redness and blotchiness. This is a great way to keep redness and irritation at bay on your wedding day. You won’t regret putting this product at the top of your bridal beauty checklist and keeping it handy in your wedding day kit.

How to layer skincare

So, you’ve got your wedding skincare products ready—great! Now the question is: What is the best skincare routine order? For optimal results, you’ll need to layer your products in the right order so that their ingredients can properly penetrate the skin barrier and deliver benefits. Generally speaking, you should start with the product that has the thinnest consistency (such as serums) and end with the one that has the thickest consistency (like moisturizers and creams).

In the case of your wedding day skincare routine, on the morning of, apply SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier first, apply SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel next and then finish with SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2. And for any unexpected redness that pops up during the day? Apply SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair to the affected areas as needed.

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