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The greatest part about finding your person? Knowing that you are loved unconditionally, and that you never having to worry about finding a zit on your chin before a first date again. Your partner has chosen to marry you, and they are stuck with you and your pimples — how romantic! Still, no bride or groom says, “Pimples please!” on their wedding day. If you’re engaged, you’ve probably started thinking about your wedding skin care routine. It’s never too early to prepare.

Of course celebrating your love is more important than perfecting your looks, but let’s get skin-deep for a moment: having beautiful, glowing complexion is wedding goals. Unless you’re a low-key celebrity, your wedding day is likely to be the most photographed day of your life. Eek! Photos aside, it’s also really important to take care of yourself both mentally and physically during such a stressful time in your life. (Because no matter how zen you are about wedding planning, organizing any kind of large family-heavy event is stressful!)

Taking the time to get your pre-wedding skin care in line is a way to make sure you’re taking care of yourself, quite literally, in addition to planning an event for your wedding guests. Here are steps you can take to glow up your skin for the big day.

1. Start Early And Be Mindful

Skin care routines are just that — routine. In order to achieve your very best skin in time for the big day, start prepping up to a year early. New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman tells Brides Magazine that stress is the most important thing to get under control if your aim to to perfect your skin "Many inflammatory conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and keratosis pilaris, may be at least partially caused by stress,” she explains. “As stress weakens the immune system, chronic inflammation worsens." Get thee to a yoga class or a lengthy massage!

2. Consider Procedures Like Facials Or Chemical Peels

If you want seriously glowy skin, consider a more serious skin procedure. Experiment early — you don’t want to try something dramatic like a chemical peel or dermaplaning the week before your wedding. There are so many different procedures to consider, so talk to friends and do your research. Model Anna Speckhart tells Into The Gloss that her pre-wedding routine included Clear and Brilliant lasers. "This treatment is a budget buster, but worth every penny,” she says. Talk to a dermatologist about what treatments might work to solve whatever you’ve got going on, whether you want to remove old acne scars or minimize the lines on your forehead.

3. Commit To Cleansing

Remember how your mom used to nag you as a child to wash your face before you went to bed, and again in the morning? Well, she was right. There is no great skin without a great cleanser. New York City dermatologist Dr. Carlos Charles tells T Brand Magazine, “Our skin comes in contact with environmental pollutants, dirt and other factors each day that should be gently removed.” While the exact type of cleanser you should be using depends on your skin type, here are some general rules to follow: oily skin benefits from foaming cleansers, dry skin is good for creamy cleansers, sensitive skins can use oils, and everyone should check out micellar water.

4. Get Into Serums

If you’re looking for glowing skin, but would rather not take a trip to the dermatologist, consider adding some serums to your routine. Every skin type responds to serums and facial oils differently, so try a staple like Vitamin C serum, which stimulates collagen production and helps prevent signs of lines. Hyaluronic acid is another great serum to add to your daily routine to keep skin plump and hydrated. Check out some of the most popular serums on the market for brides, and test them out early to ensure they work the way you want them to.

5. Stick To Sunscreen

While you may be interest in the type of glow that comes from being slightly tan on your wedding day, skip the actual sun. First, because it’s terrible for your skin, and second, because self-tanners are always an options. Like any other skin care regimen switch up, test out your self-tanners well in advance of the big day. And wear sunscreen! No one wants to be in pain on their big day.

Written by: Kimmy Foskett

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