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Do you feel like your skin has suddenly decided to break out or get extra oily or dry since you started planning your wedding? If so, it’s because your skin is feeling the stress just like you are. Your physical and mental health reflects on your skin and the last thing you want is dull skin on your wedding day; no makeup can match naturally glowing skin. So when is the ideal time to start a rigorous skincare routine? Six months before your wedding or will a few peels and facials at the last minute work? We spoke to Delhi-based celebrity dermatologist and founder of Isyaderm, Dr Kiran Sethi, about the best pre-wedding skincare routine for Indian brides.

Kiran Sethi
Dr Kiran Sethi of Isyaderm
How soon before the wedding should one start giving their skin special attention?

If you have good skin, then seeing your dermatologist one month prior is enough. But if you have skin concerns like acne, pigmentation, scars, and enlarged pores then you need to visit your doctor at least 3-6 months before your big day,” says Dr Sethi. Also, remember that everyone’s concerns are different and what worked for someone else may not work for you. “Many brides get lost with conflicting advice from friends, family members, and the Internet, and end up with worsened skin concerns than before. Ensure that you ignore [random advice] and see a specialist who will guide you appropriately to achieve that radiant glow. 

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What should your ideal pre-wedding beauty routine look like?

Dr Sethi suggests following a four-step plan to ensure your skin is at its absolute best on your big day. 

  1. Consult with your dermatologist and devise a skincare routine that targets your concerns and fits into your lifestyle. Be consistent with this routine—it’s the only way to see real results. 
  2. If you have sensitive, acne-prone, or very problematic skin, check the makeup selection that your makeup artist uses and run it by your dermatologist. They can help you uncover whether a certain brand or product can aggravate your concerns. 
  3. Chart out your face and body treatments with your dermatologist and facialist. Don’t forget your neck, chest, hands, and back as there is a good chance that they will be visible in your outfit. 
  4. Make sure you exfoliate and moisturise your body as often as your skin doctor advises you to. It will ensure your skin is soft and supple, and not dry or damaged on your wedding day. 

The most important things a bride-to-be should keep in mind when it comes to her skin?

“It’s important to use a gentle cleanser for your face, whatever your concerns may be. Don’t over-scrub or use a foam-based cleanser often. Your skincare routine should be simple, minimal, and to the point. Loading your skin with too many products and active ingredients can make it react in ways you won’t appreciate. Skin emergencies can pop up anytime, even on your big day. If you do want to try a new skin treatment before your wedding, do it a month prior at the latest so you have enough time for damage control in case something was to go wrong. Make sure you ask your dermatologist for SOS medication for random breakouts or dryness.

“Avoid dairy, processed foods, and too much sugar; each of them can cause havoc on your skin. Meditate daily and practice yoga—if your mind if calm, your skin will be too. Most importantly, stay calm and know that your skin expert is always available for you to keep you on the right track to glowing skin.” 

Anjan Sachar

While Anjan’s week is made up of writing and talking about everything from glycolic acid to the best new red lipstick, the weekends are spent testing them all, with Gossip Girl reruns on the side. When she isn’t reviewing a new face mask, you’ll find her sipping on mimosas with a side of truffle fries. Her daily essentials: Iced latte with a side of J Balvin and Prateek Kuhad.