We live in a social media driven and selfie-obsessed culture, where photos are taken and posted almost immediately at all events. This is why we are often asked “what can I do to ensure I have perfect skin for photos?” Whether you have a wedding, prom, graduation or other special event coming up, don’t shy away from the camera. Healthy skin comes with consistent care, but you can follow these tips to look and feel your best and be selfie-ready.
4-6 months out
When the event is still a few months out is the time to experiment with new products and procedures. Trying a filler for the first time 4 months prior to an event will give you time to see its effect on your look and even how you smile. You will have time to adjust and if you don’t like the look, you have time for it to wear off (4 months) before your
The same is true for trying new anti-aging products. Most products made to reduce dark spots or wrinkles need a few weeks to show results so it’s best to start early. This will also give your skin time to adjust to any active ingredients that could cause irritation.
One month out
Resist the urge to change your skin care regimen or introduce a new product. Most products take more than 4 weeks to show results, so your best bet is sticking to what you know your skin can tolerate at this point. It is also best to avoid extreme procedures like laser treatments.
Get a facial! If you’ve never had a facial before, it is best to get one with at least a month to go. This will give time for your skin to recover should you experience any irritation.
A month out is also the time to test out any new makeup products. This will give you time to ensure new make-up doesn’t cause a break out. You can also test to see if you make-up is photo ready in different lighting (hello selfies!) and make adjustments if it looks too light or dark.
You should plan to exfoliate your skin. However, skip the harsh scrubs and keep it gentle. Gentle exfoliation will help to stimulate new skin cells to form and help to remove dead cells. Keep the rest of your regimen the same, make sure to moisturize and cleanse on a daily basis.
If you plan on using a self-tanner this is the right time to prepare. Two weeks will give you an ample amount of time to develop the perfect self-tanner glow without leaving any streaks.
One week before event
The best thing you can do is to stay hydrated, sleep and eat healthy! Make sure you are drinking 10-12 oz of water a day and eating food with high water content (veggies and fruits). Avoid salty food which can cause your body to retain water and lead to puffy eyes. Focus on keeping your skin well moisturized, getting 8 hours of sleep and controlling your stress levels, since stress can make skin more sensitive and more likely to break out.
Avoid any new treatments including facials or waxing. If you have to travel for your event, you should pack all of your skin essentials and make-up.
A Day Before The Event
Do not exfoliate, pick at skin or do any waxing. Waxing done today may still result in red, irritated skin on the day of the big event. If you wake up with a huge blemish, see your dermatologist as soon as possible for a cortisone shot, which can reduce swelling and expedite the healing process.
Now that your skin is picture perfect, enjoy your event and don’t forget to smile!
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