There comes a time in every girl’s life when she starts taking her skincare very, very seriously. Yes, you guessed it; it’s right before her wedding. In the quest for glowing and gorgeous skin, drinking gallons of water, eating right and doing it all under the sun doesn’t seem like too much for a bride-to-be.
However, the stress of wedding planning can still show up on your skin and you might just land up with cranky skin and a lot of skincare questions flooding your mind. That’s why we brought in BB beauty expert and celebrity dermatologist Dr Rashmi Shetty to answer all of the questions you sent in.
Read on to find out what bridal treatments to get, when to start with skincare, how to deal with stress acne before wedding and more.
- 1. How do I get that pre-wedding glow in two weeks?
- 2. What are some of the best creams and treatments for dark circles?
- 3. Are there any home peels for gentle exfoliation?
- 4. I have used many vitamin C serums and none of them worked. They have made my skin darker. Why?
- 5. How do I protect myself from stress breakouts (acne) right before the wedding?
- 6. How do I deal with hyperpigmentation?
- 7. What kind of diet do I follow right before the wedding?
- 8. Any particular facial you’d recommend for brides-to-be?
- 9. How much does a chemical peel cost and how does it benefit the skin?
- 10. How much does a laser cost and how does it benefit the skin?
- 11. One skincare treatment you’d recommend before wedding?
- 12. When should you start with you pre-bridal skincare?
1. How do I get that pre-wedding glow in two weeks?
Dr Rashmi: Start off with a skin consultation and get your dermatologist to create a skincare regimen for you. Opt for some facials designed for your skin type at your doctor’s clinic to manage your skin’s hydration levels. You can opt for laser treatments like Q-switched lasers that instantly balance uneven skin tone. Lastly, talk to your dietician and get a diet plan and also follow an exercise regimen to get the glow in two weeks.
2. What are some of the best creams and treatments for dark circles?
Dr Rashmi: If you’ve always had dark circles, they might be familial dark circles, which means they run in your family. They are not going anywhere. What you can do is opt for lactic acid peels or Q –switched laser and use a nourishing cream before applying concealer so it doesn’t look patchy or powdery.
If you have dark circles that keep fluctuating and you get them due to stress, weight loss or nutritional anaemia, then your doctor can prescribe a skin-lightening cream, peels or laser that can help. You can look for ingredients like berry extract, kojic acid, liquorice, B5, niacinamide and azelic acid that help lighten the under-eye area.
If you have dark circles with a depression underneath it (aka tear trough extension) or ligament attachment under your skin, you might need a filler. This will make the under-eye look fresher and is easy to conceal.
3. Are there any home peels for gentle exfoliation?
Dr Rashmi: Yes, there are plenty. You get OTC peels with 10% lactic acid or you can find regular pharmaceutical peels with 6-12% glycolic acid, 2% salicylic acid or a combination of mandelic and lactic acid in local medical stores. You can choose from these and use as home peels once or twice a week according to your skin type. Just make sure not to use anything at home that’s meant specifically for professionals.
4. I have used many vitamin C serums and none of them worked. They have made my skin darker. Why?
Dr Rashmi: It’s possible that you didn’t use the right product. Vitamin C is a tested molecule and the cream or serum from a reputed brand will work.
5. How do I protect myself from stress breakouts (acne) right before the wedding?
- Do yoga, run and try to relax and calm down.
- You can get your doctor to put together a kit for you, which may contain a mild steroid, antibiotic or a mild antihistamine that can put your skin at ease and fix last-minute breakouts and allergies.
- If you already have acne, applying a mixture of a steroid and an antibiotic will help.
- Applying calamine lotion can also calm your skin down.
- You can also use ice on it.
6. How do I deal with hyperpigmentation?
- Protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen regularly.
- Do not scrub your skin as it causes friction melanosis, which is increased pigmentation due to friction.
- Do not pick or scratch your skin.
- If you have hereditary pigmentation, apply sunscreen all day and keep your skin well-moisturised at night.
- You can use skin-lightening creams with ingredients I mentioned for dark circles above.
- You can also use mild Retin-A to keep pigmentation at bay.
- Consult your doctor for any peel or laser treatment according to your skin.
7. What kind of diet do I follow right before the wedding?
Dr Rashmi: Eat right and have wholesome meals that include all the food groups - carbohydrates, fats, protein and vitamins. Avoid drinking and smoking as it messes with your skin. Occasional drinking is okay, but avoid it to keep your skin healthy.
8. Any particular facial you’d recommend for brides-to-be?
Dr Rashmi: Concentrate on cleansing and nourishing. Go to your dermat for a safe and customised facial for your skin. We do a Korean facial at our clinic, which is very hydrating and apt for winter brides. Also, Hydra facials without massage are good for people with open pores, oily and acne-prone skin. For brides who need brightening, we do what we call a Regenera facial, which is a mix of radio frequency, stimulating light, exfoliator and oxygenator.
9. How much does a chemical peel cost and how does it benefit the skin?
Dr Rashmi: The cost depends on the peel used—acids, combinations, concentrations and skin area you apply it on. It also varies from doctor to doctor. Talking about benefits, it exfoliates, eases pigmentation, takes care of dark circles, dry skin, acne and acne marks. The important thing, however, is not to simply opt for a bridal package or discount offers. Go to a reputable dermatologist who will recommend what you need only after a proper consultation.
10. How much does a laser cost and how does it benefit the skin?
Dr Rashmi: Again, it depends on the laser treatment and the indication you’re trying to treat. It is used for pigmentation, hair removal etc and the cost depends on the machine used, source of light and various other things.
11. One skincare treatment you’d recommend before wedding?
Dr Rashmi: There are various options when it comes to bridal skincare treatments but you shouldn’t opt for them blindly. Depending on your skin condition, you may not need them at all. Consult your doctor and they will decide what’s best for you.
12. When should you start with you pre-bridal skincare?
Dr Rashmi: Ideally, six months before your wedding. If that’s not possible, then start at least three months before so you slowly get to the best possible results.