Number one is drink lots of water. I can’t stress this enough! Just keep drinking it. Get yourself a fancy new water from some of my favorites: BKR, SOMA, or HidrateSpark to carry around, or a new water filter from SOMA Water if that is what it takes, but just keep drinking water like it will make you the most beautiful person in the world, because it will.
Start doing daily gentile exfoliation by using a 100% cotton washcloth when you wash your face. Here's my method: massage face wash product into your skin (take time with this step, really treat it like a message), add water and continue to message product and water into your skin, rinse cloth with hot water and ring out, wipe away the cleanser, repeat rinse and wipe two or three times, then finish by drying your face with a clean dry towel. If you have been wearing a lot of foundation I recommend repeating all these steps a second time. This gentle exfoliation method does a great job at removing all traces or makeup and gets rid of the dead skin cells on the surface to reveal a brighter complexion.
If your skin is dry switch your cleanser to a cleansing oil. For all other skin types generally a non foaming creamy cleanser is your best guide for choosing a cleanser that is nourishing and effective. Also a cleansing grain is a great cleanser to switch up your day to day routine when you need a little extra exfoliation or something to draw out impurities. My favorite face washes are from By Nieves, Laurel Organics and Mineral Fusion
Exfoliate your lips 2-3 times a week. Mix up equal parts brown sugar, honey and olive oil. Picture tutorial here. You can also purchase this one from my Fox & Doll line.
Add some additional supplements to your diet. My favorites for healthy skin are: probiotics, b-complex, and fish oil or omegas.
Eat foods high in vitamins C and E. Fresh fruits and veggies (for C) and seeds and nuts (for E). Plus get healthy doses of antioxidants. Think grapes, bluberries, cherries, strawberries, green tea, tomatoes, dark green veggies, and kidney beans.
If you don’t already use a eye cream, serum and night cream now is the time to start. Look for products that have antioxidants and vitamin c. Shop for products at your local health food store. Take your time when applying products, really massage them into your skin so that they get fully absorbed.
This is the time to really invest in your skin care routine, but I recommend ditching the overpriced department store brands and setting your sites on products you can purchase at the natural foods store and independent clean brands. What you save in expensive packaging and celebrity endorsements is more than made up for in product that really nourishes your skin, and generally costs a fraction of the price. Here are a few super star favorites: Revitalizing Eye Cream, Antioxidant Serum, C Serum, Night Balm, and Day and Night Treatment
And if you are looking to add one new step into your skin care regimen that will make a difference and cost very little get a hydrating spray. Spray all over, then while skin is still damp from it add your moisturizer, serums and oils to your face.
If you plan to do a professional peel or other type of skin treatment, do it at least one month in advance. Even better is to do it 2-3 months in advance, then repeat 3-4 weeks in advance (depending on recovery time), your skin care professional will know best based on treatment.
If you choose to do at home mask treatments I recommend a gentile exfoliating enzyme mask and a hydrating mask both once a week. This is a great alpha hydroxy based exfoliator that can help with dark spots, discoloration, and will brighten hyperpigmentation. My go to moisture mask makes skin hydrated and soft, and can also be used as a day to day moisturizer for flaky skin areas. And to keep your skin bright use a C Serum day and night.
Do you keep yogurt in the fridge, add a little honey and put it on your face as a mask for 10 minutes. Or mashed up avocado makes a great mask too! Together these provide calming of the skin, hydrating, nutrient replenishment, and added radiance.
You can also add drinking my Sipping Pretty Tea into your daily regimen, then turn the brewed leaves into a mask and use the cooled down tea as a hydrating and calming facial toner.
Wear extra SPF on your face, neck and body everyday (it would be a bad time to get too much color on your arms and marks from your tank top). And the week before the wedding make an extra effort to stay out of the sun, and especially the day before. I've seen way too many girls with arm and chest sunburns the day before the big day from being outside during family events or pre wedding location set up.
If you are having problems with breakouts or are worried about this here are a few added steps you can take to ensure your skin stays clear:
•Clean your makeup brushes - I recommend a gentle shampoo, rinse well and dry flat.
•Take a zinc supplement, this will help clear a break out, prevent them, plus will also keep you from catching a cold.
•That washcloth face washing method from above can really make a world of difference.
•Change out your pillow cases and wash your phone surface frequently.
And a special tip for the ladies reluctant to drink wine because of a tendency to turn flush in the face. You can take Pepcid AC or Complete (or similar product containing Famotidine) 45 minutes before drinking to reduce the redness. Of course consult your physician and do a test run in advance with a glass of red wine.
I really want your skin looking its best so here are just a few more tips:
•Do the same treatments you do on your face on your chest area.
•Are you a soda and/or coffee drinker? This would be the time to stop and purge the sugar and caffeine from your skin.
•Use up old face care products or ones you don’t love on your body, have a face wash or exfoliant that isn’t perfect for your skin type then use it as a body wash!
•Share all these tips with your guy, he can have great skin too.
•And why not share these tips with bridesmaids and family too!
Do all of these steps everyday and DRINK MORE WATER, then you can report back to tell me how great your skin looks and feels. And last but not least, these tips aren't just pre wedding day worthy, they are for everyday and everyone! xo