A Bride’s Countdown to Glowing Skin

Some steps brides can take on their own to prepare and nurture their skin in the weeks, days and hours before their wedding.

Brides are supposed to glow on their wedding day, and that, of course, includes their skin. But who has the time to keep running to the dermatologist’s office for a peel, facial or fillers, especially with so many other chores to tend to?

Here are some simple steps you can take on your own to prepare and nurture your skin in the weeks, days and hours before the big event.

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One Month Before

“Fresh skin takes time,” said Dr. Kristina Goldenberg, a dermatologist and an owner of Goldenberg Dermatology in New York.

At this stage, the goal should be to first remove dead layers of skin. Dr. Goldenberg says that it typically takes at least 28 days “for new cells to come in and old ones to be sloughed off.”

Brides will also need this time to prepare their skin, she said, “to receive, accept, and recover from these more aggressive treatments and ingredients, which are helping to even out tone, lighten dark spots and reveal a fresh glow.”

EXFOLIANT Offering impressively high levels of AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), 25 percent, and BHA (beta hydroxy acid), 2 percent, among other ingredients, Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial is a smart choice for cleaning pores and ridding skin of dead cells. Matcha tea, apple fruit and milk thistle soothe, while hydrating sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer and plant oils moisturize and nourish the skin. Brides with sensitive skin should use just once a week; others can opt for twice. $80

SERUM For a highly concentrated, oil-free serum that improves the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skin tone, adds radiance, and reduces the appearance of acne marks and scars, try Vinoperfect Radiance Serum by Caudalie. $79

POWDER Become a mix-master by blending Vitabrid C12’s FACE Brightening Powder into your existing moisturizer or serum. This 12-hour delivery system with vitamin C complex brightens the skin as it minimizes fine lines and wrinkles through collagen synthesis. $60

SUNBLOCK During this stripping/rebuilding process, sun protection is crucial. Stick with a breathable block of SPF 50 that has UV (ultraviolet) protection, but also moisturizes and soothes. Dr. Jart+’s Every Sun Day SPF 50 Sunscreen does the job, thanks to calendula, aloe vera and hollyhock, plus it has a pink-beige tint to help skin look brighter. $34

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One Week Before

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