It’s only natural to want to look perfect on your wedding day—it’s the start of a new life with The One, and everyone’s eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of effort over the course of several months to look amazing on your wedding day.
For luminous skin in particular, you should be religious with your skin care routine. Whether you’re getting married in five months or five years, here’s what you need to be doing on your skin every morning and evening:
Once or twice a week, depending on your skin’s resilience, exfoliate thoroughly to get rid of dead skin and reveal the bright layer of skin beneath. Exfoliating can either be physical or chemical: Physical exfoliation involves scrubbing your skin with a grainy substance (like a sugar scrub), while chemical exfoliation relies on active ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acid and beta-hydroxy acid to penetrate pores and exfoliate from within.
Lighten dark spots
Struggling with stubborn acne marks, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone? Exfoliating your skin can already make a significant difference in your skin’s texture and appearance, but you can also benefit from the addition of a brightening treatment, applied in the morning and at night. Apply a potent essence or serum that targets patches and spots. You may choose to spot-treat, but for something as significant as your wedding, we suggest applying the essence all over for a truly radiant complexion.
Cleansing and exfoliating your skin can lead to dryness, so it’s important to bring back the moisture that was lost during those steps. Moisturizing is crucial, and it does more than keep skin soft and smooth. It prevents the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, which are more evident on parched skin; it strengthens and fortifies our skin’s barrier so that skin stays nourished and hydrated; and it improves our skin’s elasticity and plumpness, thus enhancing a youthful look. Skin just seems healthier when it’s properly moisturized, so if you make it a habit to keep skin hydrated, that golden hour, dewy glow will certainly follow.
Two to three times a week, treat yourself to a special step:
Use an overnight face mask
If you have acne-prone and oily skin, you're probably already using a healing clay face mask a few times a week to absorb the dirt and grease. When the healing clay is still damp, your skin absorbs the nourishing minerals from the mask. Unfortunately, when the healing clay dries, it can leave your skin dehydrated and irritated.
To make sure that doesn't happen, rinse the healing clay face mask off before it hardens, and bring back moisture and lock it in on your skin while you sleep with an overnight face mask. Try the Olay Magnemasks Infusion Rejuvenating Jar Mask, a potent, full face mask with pentapeptide and niacinamide (aka, vitamin B3)—ingredients that studies show reduce fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen production, and restore elasticity, so your skin feels smooth, firm, and plump. Apply it with the Olay Magnetic Infuser tool to massage your skin and help your skin better absorb the ingredients.
Planning a wedding isn’t easy, but your skin shouldn’t suffer during the process. Why not focus your skin care efforts on the listed steps? All this is for your special day (and beyond), after all.