Let's chalk it up to Murphy's law: Your skin gives you no trouble most of the time, but right before the big day? Acne, redness, inflammation. Why? Dr. Ava Shamban, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist and author of Heal Your Skin shed some light on the frustrating phenomenon—and revealed her simple DIY wedding day skin secret.
Clear skin starts with a clear mind
The brain and epidermis are connected, so stress and anxiety can show up on your face. The skin has tons of nerve endings and as emotions are played out neurologically, it can cause mayhem. Do whatever you can to reduce stress—maintaining a regular fitness routine can help.
Get more zzz’s
Many brides forget the importance of getting about eight hours of sleep a night. Counting sheep is crucial for the recovery process for your skin, as the skin naturally repairs itself when the body is asleep. Turns out “beauty rest” isn’t just a saying.
Improper diets can lead to inflammation of the skin. A healthy diet and great skin are closely linked. Aim for incorporating more deeply colored fruits and vegetables, which have the highest concentrations of antioxidants.
Big day bummers
Prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide is fast acting and effective, perfect for spot-treating. Ask your doctor to write you a prescription if you're prone to breakouts, so you have it on hand.
To quickly reduce inflammation, make a cornmeal and strawberry mask. (Just make sure you’ve tried it at least once before your wedding day!) Combine 1/3 cup of cornmeal, 5 strawberries (washed and mashed), 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon of New Zealand manuka honey, and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice into a paste. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse it off and follow with a hydrating cream.
For tired eyes, put cucumber slices over both eyes, and leave them on approximately 20 minutes. The cold reduces puffiness and the cucumber is hydrating. Once skin is dry, apply a hydrating serum underneath your moisturizer.
Chilly skin secret
Rub an ice cube all over your face before applying makeup. Really! It stimulates blood flow, which helps promote collagen production and makes the skin appear plump. Then, while the surface is still damp, lightly pat moisturizer onto the skin.
For more radiant skin tips, click here.