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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Get Picture Perfect Skin

Words by Rory Mycek
Photos courtesy of DailyGlow.com

Island destination weddings have become increasingly popular in lieu of a traditional wedding ceremony with many brides looking to escape the cooler climates for a tropical, serene setting. Now, just because you’re booking a trip to paradise doesn’t mean you should slip into that island mentality quite yet! Most brides, especially those traveling the distance for their weddings, plan everything to the tee and then neglect to think about their skin.

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The best time to prepare your skin for your wedding is six months out so you have plenty of time to reverse any skin issues you may be facing and also have time to try out new products!

How Climate Affects Your Skin

The cold, dryer months can be tough on your skin. The lack of humidity strips skin of its moisture and makes skin dry. Most of us tend to lean toward more aggressive moisturizers, some of which can just add to skin issues, or hot steamy showers, drying the skin out even further.

On the other hand, increased heat and humidity leads to increased sweat production and oiliness. Those not typically prone to breakouts find their skin more susceptible during the summer months.

It’s a good idea to prep your skin for seasonal climate change or when traveling to give your skin a clean slate so that skin issues are not exacerbated by the drastic change. Also, the buildup in dry skin cells can clog your pores, making your skin even more susceptible to breakouts when introducing it to hot and humid temperatures.

Prepping Your Skin for Climate Change

Make sure you visit a dermatologist or aesthetician and inquire about facials and peels before your wedding. This is especially important for brides who are leaving one climate for another on their wedding day.

Chemical peels penetrate deep beneath the skin into the cellular levels to pull out impurities that exist to transform your skin from the inside out. Breakouts and slight peeling with mild redness are completely normal results from a peel. Switching between peels and facials is probably the best way to go so that you follow a more invasive treatment with a gentle cleansing and extractions. Both will help to remove most of the dead skin cells that have built up over time and clogged your pores.

Microdermabrasion is another great treatment to inquire about for your pre-wedding skincare regimen if you’re traveling for your nuptials. This treatment exfoliates the outermost layer of your skin, the stratum corneum, to reduce fine lines and dead skin cells that may be clogging your pores.

Opting for a UV-Free Base Tan

Since you’re going to be spending part of your wedding budget on perfecting your skin, it’s best to not reverse any of the results by visiting your nearest tanning salon for a base tan. The most common myth is that a base tan protects your skin from sunburn—completely false! It’s best to go the UV-free route and protect your skin with sunscreen.

Plenty of tanning salons and spas offer UV-free tanning, which can be quite expensive, but there are plenty of at-home methods which are much more cost-effective.

Spray tanners in my experience are the best if you have a friend available. This is a perfect chance to enlist the help of your Maid of Honor or one of your bridesmaids! Make sure to use a moisturizer on your knees, heels, elbows, palms of your hands, in between your toes and fingers, and along the cuticles. These are the sections that are more likely to have a buildup of product, so the lotion will help diffuse the color so it appears even throughout your body.  Stand with your legs spread and your arms in line with your shoulders while your MOH sprays you down. The great thing about sprays is they dry quickly so you can throw on a pair of sweats and a loose tee until you’re ready to wash off.

Self-tanning lotions are the best option for those who don’t have a friend handy. Everyone knows how to apply lotion and you can use a lotion that gradually increases your color to ensure the perfect tone. Just like with the spray, make sure to apply your regular moisturizer to the same areas mentioned above. Apply the self-tanning lotion with a pair of gloves so that you don’t have to worry about tan palms. To apply the lotion to your hands the best method I’ve found is to either use a spray or to place some of the lotion on the backs of one of your hands and rub the backs of your hands together and make sure to apply to your fingers as well still using the backs of your hands.

For leftover mistakes, a simple scrub or a lemon slice with salt can help remove streaks or blotches. Also, by testing out different self-tanners earlier in the game you can see which ones are easiest to use, yield the best results, and perfect your application method.

Rory Mycek is contributing writer for dailyglow.com, so visit the website for more tips and tricks to ensure you look your best come destination wedding day!

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