Wedding season is here and you probably are one of the brides-to-be, your big day is around the corner, the day when all the heads turn in awe to see the ever so alluring bride! And you probably have been trying all you can to have that radiant, flawless glow! Take a breath! Out of all things, skincare is not complex! This blog is going to help you with curating a simple yet effective skincare regimen with readily available products like exfoliating facewash, and dark circle removal cream for a never seen glow on your D-Day!
Skincare Routine Does Not Have To Be Complex:
A simple skincare routine can be equally effective. First thing first is to realize and understand that every skin is unique and thus every skin needs a unique set of products to get the optimal results from their skincare routine they are investing their time and energy on. It doesn’t make sense for a dry skin individual to be investing in an Exfoliating Face Wash instead of choosing a gentle and natural face wash. Likewise it isn’t really ideal for an oily skin type individual to spend on heavy moisturizing creams that might further contribute to greasiness. So the basic structure for skincare regimen is constant for all skin types, although the choice of product and ingredients is what varies.
Starting off with a cleanser to get rid of any trace of products, oil or dirt build-up before applying any other product is important. Cleansing therefore should be the first step of any skincare routine.
Cleanser for Dry Skin:
- Dry skin type brides should look for a gentle, hydrating cleanser formulated with ingredients like ceramides, honey, and oats as they usually serve the dual function of cleansing and moisturizing.
- Harsh cleansers may lead to skin irritation, dehydration, and compromise skin barrier causing breakouts, and hyperpigmentation as a response to it.
- It is advised to choose a hydrating, natural face wash for dry skin type.
Cleanser for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin:
- Oily/Acne-Prone skin type brides should go for an exfoliating face wash such as a salicylic acid cleanser that helps prevent excess sebum production,it unclogs the pores and decongests the skin to being out a smooth, clear skin.
- Salicylic Acid cleanser has potent anti-inflammatory effects that control inflammatory acne like cystic acne, and nodulocystic acne.
Toners are thought to be more helpful for oily skin brides as it helps with oil control, pH balancing, and pore minimizing. But toner is an essential step for all skin types as it prepares the skin for further skincare layering and getting optimal benefits from those as it provides and maintains the optimal pH for the same.
Toners for Dry Skin:
Dry Skin Type brides should look for hydrating toners with certain humectants as their key ingredients. A splash of hydration via toners right after cleanser prevents transepidermal water loss and soothes your dry skin.
Toners for Oily/Acne Prone Skin:
Oily/Acne Prone Skin Type brides should look for toners with niacinamide, salicylic acid, AHAs, and Calendula extracts, as they are the scientifically backed ingredients for minimizing pores, controlling sebum production, and also enhance complexion along with anti-aging effects.
Acne-prone beauties should avoid alcohol based toners, and opt for a water based toner instead to avoid any instance of further breakout or skin irritation.
Treatment Step (Serum/Gel/Cream):
Every bride of every tribe wants to look flawless! And it makes sense given you will have all eyes on you, therefore adding a “treatment” step that either treats, manages, or prevents any of the skin concern you are facing or are prone to is a great idea, and one additional step usually makes all the difference to get you closer to your dream skin or the day of your dreams.
It needs no introduction as it has garnered all the attention it deserves for being the most potent anti-oxidant in Skincareverse. Vitamin C Cream or Serum can be used for:
- For even skintone
- Preventing Sun Damage
- To treat hyperpigmentation, acne marks, dark spots
- To boost collagen and promote a healthy barrier
- To minimize sun damage and prevent phytophotodermatitis
- Most effective if used in the AM skincare routine.
If you believe in Minimalism and do not want to try a lot of products, then Retinoids should be your go to ingredient. Two things you should be cautious about before incorporating any retinoid as a beginner is:
- Always use it in your night time skincare routine.
- Start at least 3 months prior to you wedding day to prevent the initial purging and flakiness retinoids may cause during initial use.
Retinoid really is a “Jack of all trades”, it is anti-aging, it promotes healthier barrier health, enhances complexion, helps get rid of hyperpigmentation, dark spots, reverses sun damage, brightens skin, and prevents and treats acne. Investing in a good retinoid night serum or cream can really oomph your pre-wedding skincare game.
One of the most underrated ingredient but does wonders if used consistently, Hyaluronic Acid helps retaining water molecule on your skin thus promotes skin hydration and a prevents the signs of aging, and provides your skin an inner radiance, giving your skin a natural glow on your big day.
If you belong to the sensitive skin bride-tribe and are skeptical to try anything new given your skin’s unpredictable response to it, they you may start with niacinamide. It is the most stable, non-irritable ingredient that also helps with hyperpigmentation, barrier strenghtening, and sebum control. You may want to start with lower concentration if you are a beginner.
It is also an ingredient that increases the efficacy of other ingredients if used together, you can pair it up with Vitamin C, Retinoids, Hyaluronic Acid to get optimal benefits.
AHAs and BHAs:
AHAs are renowned for its surface level exfoliation, molecules like Mandelic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and Lactic Acid helps enhance complexion and provide anti-aging action by its mild yet effective exfoliating action.
Salicylic Acid is one of the most popular BHAs that has proven to be a boon for oily and acne-prone skin types. Using a salicylic acid gel or serum is proven to be very effective in oily skin types.
Moisturizer is for everyone including the oily skin types, it helps sealing in the products you just applied thereby increasing the efficacy of the products, moissturizer is critical for a healthy skin barrier health.
Moisturizer for Dry Skin:
Ceramides, humectants, emollient based moisturizer work best for dry skin as they help in retaining and sealing the water molecules on your skin by creating a thin film of oil on you skin surface.
Choosing a Non-Comedogenic Moisturizer helps prevent the pore-clogging and skin congestion, leading to an overall non-greasy, non-oily moisturizing experience.
You are wasting all you efforts and energy if you are not investing, applying, and reapplying sunscreen. Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays, photodamage, and pollution. It acts as a shield for your skin and also maintains the integrity of the products beneath.
Hopefully, you are now prepared to get the skin of your dreams for the day you always dreamt of. Remember to enjoy throug it all, as you step into a new phase of your life, with new people, and same old love. Remember nothing makes you glow brighter than the inner peace and contention you have, so take care of your diet, have adequate sleep, and keep yourself hydrated and happy. To the new beginnings!