3 Essentials to Flawless Skin for Your Wedding Day

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As you prep everything to perfection for your wedding day, it will come as no surprise that you may begin to feel and look a bit frazzled throughout the process. Tireless planning and tough decision-making can wreak havoc on your skin, but a little self-care over the course of your engagement will go a long way to making sure you look your best the day of.

Before we get down to the products to add to your skincare routine, let’s spend a minute on the ones to take away. Survey your personal care products currently in rotation in your bathroom cabinet and consider removing anything with phthalates, parabens, and benzophenones. These are known to be ‘endocrine disruptors’ which mimic how estrogen functions in the body and will throw off your hormone balance, not to mention lead to possible fertility complications down the road. Additionally, you may want to limit the use of products listed with the word “fragrance” which is often an umbrella category for a host of chemicals that can cause skin irritations and even health concerns.

Like most things, skincare success comes from consistency. Many products take at least a few months to make an impact so finding a formula you can stick to and repeat daily is key. And remember, as many topical products as you put on the outside, if you’re feeding yourself inflammatory and toxic foods on the inside, you’re not likely to get the best return on your investment.  

While it’s always a good idea to visit your Dermatologist for insights related to your specific skin type, frequent visits and facials can be an expensive process. Understanding a healthy and repeatable skincare routine is what’s really going to give you long-lasting results.

There are a million products on the market promising the end-all be-all of results, but there are just 3 main essentials. If you do anything - in addition to at least washing your face - let it be: (1) Morning Vitamin C serum; (2) Daily SPF sunscreen; and (3) Evening Retinol cream.  

The Essentials We Recommend:

Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum

Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum

Vitamin C is the world’s best-known antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and fade uneven skin tone and sun spots. Recipient of numerous beauty awards, Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma™ day serum is a sure fire way to jumpstart your healthy skincare routine. Its specific formula contains pure L-ascorbic acid, to create younger-looking and firmer-feeling skin. Store in the fridge to keep the Vitamin C’s potency and wear daily every morning.

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen SPF 30

This hydrating lotion and sunscreen duo is critical for protecting skin against damaging UV rays. The best way to treat the sun’s harmful effects is to proactively try to prevent them. CeraVe’s facial moisturizing lotion with sunscreen is non-comedogenic, allergy tested, oil-free and fragrance-free. It won’t clog pores so it’s great for every skin-type, and its integrated Hyaluronic acid works as a magnet for moisture, helping your skin remain plump and hydrated.

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen
Differin Gel

Differin Gel

A frequent beauty award winner, Differin Gel is a miracle retinoid product for acne treatment. It works to increase cell turnover and collagen production. Beating out Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid, Differin Gel’s active ingredient Adapalene immediately starts to reduce acne flare ups, and helps prevent pimples and clogged pores before they occur. Use nightly, or every other night, for sensitive skin. Because of their ability to generate new cells quickly, retinol products cause skin to be sensitive and prone to sunburn, making it essential to pair this product with a morning facial sunscreen.

Maintaining a clear complexion is not an easy feat unless you’re among the lucky few with minimal acne and small pores. The good news is that even if you don’t fall into this category, the aforementioned products will do wonders to transform your skin and be the foundation for building a solid skincare routine. In addition to the 3 essentials, here are 3 safe, gentle cleansers and toners to aid your routine and target any problem areas.  

The Basics We love:

What we like most about CeraVe’s products are their gentle formulas. Similar to the facial moisturizing cream, the Hydrating Facial Cleanser boasts ingredients like Hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which help the skin’s barrier retain moisture and protect against pollution and other environmental irritants. Often ceramides, which are produced naturally by the skin, become depleted due to soaps, chemicals, and environmental factors leading to an imbalance that causes dry and itchy skin. Use once a day in the evening to wash off the day’s dirt and oil build-up.

Packed with soothing aloe vera, Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner is safe for daily use following your evening cleanse. It’s a wonderful exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and reveals brighter, fresher skin. Due to its small nature, it penetrates the skin easily down to the hair follicles and loosens any built-up sebum and proteins that could lead to blackheads and breakouts. While glycolic acid is good for prepping the skin for the absorption of other products, it’s not recommended for use in combination with topical prescriptions. Alternating it with your evening retinol routine, or even just twice a week, is ideal for sensitive skin and to prevent redness or over-drying.

Similar to the glycolic toner, 100% Pure Tea Tree & Willow Clarifying Astringent works to soothe and clarify acne-prone skin. A combination of antibacterial properties and beneficial herbs like Neem, Rosemary, Willow Bark, Witch Hazel, and Tea Tree balance oil, reduce the appearance of pores, fight scars and purify the skin without stripping or irritating. This anti-inflammatory toner is even gentle enough to wipe on and around the eyelids! Use to remove excess makeup, dirt, or soap residue after cleansing.

Starting with the basics is the best way to transition into a new, healthy routine that's easy to follow. While loads of products promise a flawless complexion, overwhelming your face with too many ingredients can result in flare ups. With these simple essentials and basics, you're guaranteed a flawless complexion for your wedding day.

Stay tuned for more of our favorite hydrating and refreshing products that have given proven and gratifying results through the years!


Heather Lincoln
Founder & Designer at Mauve et Blush, based in Los Angeles, California.

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