There’s no doubt that weddings can be such a nerve-wracking experience. With all the guests and cameras watching, it’s only normal to want to look your best. However, looking great doesn’t just start when you walk down that aisle. Before the big day, plenty of couples opt for a pre-nuptial photoshoot, which is actually one of the most important parts of your wedding. After all, your photos will probably grace the covers of your invitations, and maybe even the walls of your first home.
If you’ve got an engagement shoot coming up, then you’re probably wondering how you can get yourself in tip-top shape. Not everyone likes to get caked in heavy make-up, so keeping it natural is always a good option. Ultimately, this starts with taking care of your skin. Don’t worry—it doesn’t equate to expensive facials and serums.
Here are some tips.
Sweat It Out
Engagement photos are typically scheduled weeks in advanced, which gives you a lot of time to prep your skin. The first step? Exercise. It doesn’t even have to be vigorous training or anything high-impact—just enough movement to get your skin expelling those nasty toxins. Increased circulation also gives you glowing, rosy cheeks. Just remember to cleanse properly after every workout, because it’s when sweat is left lingering on the skin that problems such as rashes and blocked pores occur.
Now that you’ve had the opportunity to expel those toxins, it’s time to work on getting your internal systems in check. Help your body flush out the impurities by consuming healthy amounts of leafy greens, fruits, and warm tea. Meat is okay, so long as it’s unprocessed. Nutritionists on Eat This Not That warn that processed meat contains hefty amounts of sodium, which tends to accelerate the ageing of the skin. This will make you more susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines. Eat clean, so that your skin can look younger and smoother by the time your photoshoot schedule rolls around.
Deep Pore Cleanse
If you don’t want to risk a breakout happening on your photo day, then it’s best to invest in a deep pore cleanser weeks prior to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant. In fact, one of our ‘7 Amazing Tips to Look Fresh On Your Wedding Day’ suggests exactly that. And with the addition of the right peels, you’ll be able to prevent dirt and debris from entering your pores before they become pimples. Just be sure to consult with a skin specialist or dermatologist to make sure you aren’t using anything too harsh.
No matter what your skin type is, proper moisture is what will make your skin look bouncy and vibrant on the day itself. But it’s not enough to just slap on a cream and go; lifestyle writers on Self explain how moisturiser needs to be applied properly, especially when you’re using multiple products in one routine. It’s also important to note how moisturisers are best used directly after cleansing. Moreover, beauty experts on Pretty Me share that you can maximise your product by letting it sit for at least five minutes. That way, your skin has enough time to absorb the moisturiser before applying primer and foundation.
It’s vital that you get those full eight hours of shut-eye during the nights before your shoot—lest you want to undo all the self-care steps you’ve been working on. Dermatologist Debra Jaliman notes the major effects of lack of sleep, namely: higher risks of breakouts, dehydration, and increased signs of ageing. Put that phone down, turn off the TV, and make sure you’re getting enough rest.
You might think that all your efforts should be channeled into your wedding day, but your engagement shoot deserves just as much care. This time is a chance for you to get even more excited about your wedding, so don’t let something as trivial as a bad skin day ruin your moment.
Article exclusively for weddingphotographyselect.co.uk
Written by Felicity Ryan