It’s bad enough when you get a breakout in your day-to-day life, but it can downright disheartening to contemplate covering up blemishes on your wedding day. So, for all you ladies who haven’t been blessed with perpetually flawless faces (pretty much everyone), today we’ve got some tips that can help you ensure you’re captured with smooth skin in your wedding photos.
1. Know Your Enemy
It’s hard to come up with a plan of attack unless you know what you’re up against. In this case, it’s definitely worth taking a few minutes to figure out what type of acne you’re battling, since types caused by different triggers—like stress and hormones—can require different treatments.
Head over here to read up on the causes and don’t be afraid to analyze your own face in the mirror for a few minutes (it’s your bridal right to spend awhile gazing at yourself).
2. Polish Your Pores
Sloughing off dead skin and breaking down oil can go along way toward a flawless face, but don’t just reach for any exfoliant. The varieties that rely primarily on rough bits (think bits of shells or tiny beads) can do as much harm as good, cleaning your pores but leaving your skin raw and irritated. Instead, opt for an exfoliating cleanser that contains lactic acid, which will help get dissolve residue on your skin without scraping it. We’re big fans of Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser because it contains both lactic acid and salicylic acid (a helpful acne-fighting ingredient).
3. Try A Classic
You know how most teeth whitening treatments rely on hydrogen peroxide (in one form or another) to brighten your smile? Many acne treatment systems, including Proactiv, owe their good results to benzoyl peroxide. That means that if you suffer from moderate or light acne, you can usually save yourself some money and skip a full system in favor of a much cheaper benzoyl peroxide gel, like Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 5. Just try to avoid any product that contains more than 5 percent benzoyl peroxide, use sparingly at first and be mindful of sun exposure. Oh, and watch out for colored towels and sheets, which will bleach if they come in contact with the topical treatment.
4. Watch What You Eat
We’re pretty sure you already know that the foods you consume can play a big part in what’s going on with your skin. We’ll remind you again anyway, just in case you’ve gotten swept up in the stresses–and joys—of wedding plan and let your food choices slip.
If you notice your skin is starting to break out or lose its luster, minimize or cut out fried food, dairy and sugar and start upping your intake of dark leafy greens, antioxidant-rich berries and omega 3 foods (salmon and flax seeds to name two). Also try to stay away from spicy foods, which can just add to any redness on your face.
One last nutritional note: Drink more water. Seriously.
5. Start From Scratch
Great skin doesn’t have to equal expensive skincare products (despite what you may read in beauty magazines) and one of the best ways to balance budget and a beautiful visage is to make things yourself. DIY facials usually contain ingredients you already have at home and benefit from being made of fresh ingredients instead of shelf-stable counterparts. Similarly, a moisturizing oil—one of the biggest trends in skincare right now–can easily be made using almond oil, jojoba oil, argan oil or a blend. Add in a few drops of the appropriate essential oil (try tea tree if you’re prone to breakout and lavender for calming) and you’ve got something spa worthy for far less. Find an assortment of easy DIY skincare recipes here and here.