While engagements are a time of great joy and excitement, they can also prove to be intensely stressful. After all, you are planning the most important day of your life, your wedding! Every minutia of detail from your 2nd cousin’s gluten-free, dairy-free meal request, to your future mother-in-law’s overbearing “suggestions” are falling on you and wreaking havoc on your nerves. While your sweetie can help you laugh and love through the stress, it’s important to give your skin some attention as well before anxiety turns to acne.
How Stress Can Affect Your Skin
There are many factors in the care of your skin and unfortunately, stress is a big one. Overproduction of the stress hormone, corsitol, promotes oily skin and can interfere with your body’s ability to regulate inflammation. Epinephrine, another stress hormone, can also reduce the manufacture of collagen by constricting blood vessels and reducing the flow of oxygen and nutrients. Dry skin and dehydration can also happen with too much stress. And we all know that never-ending to-do list can cause unhealthy habits, like going to bed with make up on and forgetting to moisturize every day.
Your Personal Beauty Plan
Managing your stress by taking time for YOU during your engagement is a key factor to having that beautiful bridal glow on your wedding day. One way to pamper yourself and help your skin at the same time is to prepare a Personal Beauty Plan for the big day. “Plan” is the key word here as many beauty treatments require several sessions or even some recovery time.
Begin by identifying the areas that you’d like to improve for your wedding day, and be as detailed as possible. Next, bring this list to your trusted beauty consultant who will walk you through how to achieve success. They may suggest treatments such as chemical peels, photo rejuvenation, or botox to help smooth and clear your skin. While specialized treatments are important, don’t forget to take time for your skin at home. Talk to your beauty consultant about proven skincare regimens for use at home to support what is done in the clinic.
Enhance Your Natural Beauty
Once your skincare regimen is in place, focus on the type of makeup you would like for your wedding. Are you going for sophisticated and bold, or understated and sweet? Search for inspiration and bring photos of styles you like to your makeup artist at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding for a practice run. Then, while getting your wedding day makeup applied, also spring for some lash extensions that will keep your eyes sparkling all throughout your honeymoon as well.
Yes, planning your wedding can be stressful, but don’t let the panic lead to pimples. Set aside scheduled time for you to relax and show your skin some love, too!