What bride doesn’t dream of flaunting flawless skin on her wedding day? After all, it’s the event of a lifetime. Trina Renea, owner of Facial Bungalow in West Hollywood and L.A.’s go-to skincare specialist for celebs getting red-carpet ready, compares this very special occasion to the Oscars. “You’re the center of attention, and so you want to look and feel your absolute best,” she says. “And if your skin doesn’t look good, you don’t feel good.” So how do you lay the foundation for a gorgeous big-day glow? Take cue from Renea’s bridal beauty dos and don’ts.
DON’T skimp on your skincare budget. Set aside between $1,000 and $3,000. It’s worth the results.
DO drink 4 to 8 cups of water a day. Flavor it with fresh cucumber to tempt your taste buds, or better yet, eat the cucumber itself. At 96 percent water and packed with nutritious minerals, it will give your skin a boost from the inside out.
DON’T switch products. It can upset your skin and undo the progress you have made.
DO exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize your skin every night before bed.
DON’T stress. It weighs on your skin. Try yoga, meditation, massage—anything that lowers cortisol levels.
DO grind up or muddle a cucumber and apply it as a mask. Rich in vitamin C and caffeic acid, it soothes skin and eases puffiness.
DON’T forget to wear sunscreen every day. It will protect your skin from sun damage and dark spots and keep it evenly toned.
DO use serums. They penetrate deep into your skin, providing hydration and nutrients. Use hydrating gel masks to your keep complexion soft and dewy.
DON’T do a cleanse or detox within six months of your wedding day. It can make you break out.
DO the facials and prep your skin in your hometown, not at the wedding destination. Remember, the therapist doesn’t know your complexion. Get your last treatment before you go, and take products with you.
DON’T try anything new, like waxing your face close to your wedding day. You can tear your skin or cause a breakout.
DO wash your face the night before, using your creams as usual. The day of the event, wash your face with only water, then towel dry, put on your serums, moisturizer and sunscreen.
DON’T hire a makeup (or hair) person without a trial first. Sometimes it takes a few practice runs to get it right where you like it.
DO Use a primer before adding makeup to ensure a flawless finish. Avoid creases on your eyelids by applying powder prior to putting on eyeliner or eye shadow.
Want to know how Hollywood’s leading ladies look so fabulous walking down the red carpet? It’s called the Skin Maestro. This one-of-a-kind machine from Europe makes your skin look tight, plumped and dewy without a nip, tuck or shot. It uses ultrasonic vibration for exfoliation and deep hydration, minimizes hyper-pigmentation and stimulates blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Its micro-current lifts, tightens and builds collagen and elastin. Plus, an electric current with LED lights helps plump fine lines and wrinkles. “Many clients get this treatment before a big event,” says Renea, who offers various Skin Maestro programs at her Facial Bungalow (facialbungalow.com). For brides with unlimited budgets, Renea suggests starting monthly treatments a year before the big day. You have a lot of gatherings to look good for, from the engagement party and bachelorette party to your wedding day,” says the skincare pro, adding, “You’ll see an unbelievable transformation that will last at least 12 months after your big day.” –IG
BRIDE ON A BUDGET Reduce the signs of aging at home with Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System, which vibrates a wrinkle-reducing serum deep into the crows feet area around the eyes and mouth ($185, clarisonic.com).
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