Gone are the days when brides were the only focus at weddings. If you’re getting married in the next few months, it’s time to kick start your skin care regime so that you look your best on D Day. In fact, taking care of your skin is the single most important thing you can do; the smartest outfit won’t be able to mask unsightly bumps and blemishes. So here goes.
Develop a skincare routine
This is a biggie. Sadly, there’s no magic potion to make you look good overnight. Think of your skin as a tender sapling that needs TLC. The three pillars of great skin is a good CTM routine (Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing to those who don’t know). Pick a regime best suited to your skin type and start looking after your skin at least a month in advance. Take your pick of Neutrogena Oily Skin Combo (Free Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock) or L’Oreal Paris Daily Regime For Dry Skin.
Ditch the soap!
That’s the single best thing you can do for your face. In fact, using a bar of soap is about as bad as not using anything at all. It leaves your skin thirsty and dehydrated. Get your hands on a fragrance-free gel face wash—or scrub with microbeads if you have blackheads—strong enough to cleanse tougher male skin but gentle enough to be used daily. We like Ponds Men Pollution Out Face Wash and Nivea Skin Refining Scrub.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
In all the hustle bustle do remember to fight off skin darkening tanning and UV damage with a good sunblock. Depending on your skin type opt for an oil-free or moisturizing formula. Take your pick of Suncros Soft Matte Finish Physical Sunscreen SPF 30 (if you have oily skin) or Nivea Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 50 (if you have dry skin).
Most men tend to neglect the skin around their eyes, which also happens to be thinner than elsewhere on the face, and the first to show signs of aging. That’s why, everyone—from age 25+ should start using a specially formulated eye cream. Pick a Coenzyme Q 10 enriched formula like Sebamed Q10 Lifting Eye Cream if you have fine lines, or a caffeine enriched formula like Natio Aromatherapy Renew Radiance Eye Cream to fight off under-eye puffiness.
Visit your dermatologist
This is no time to try self-help. Make your way to a dermatologist if you have dull skin, pimples or rash. Even if you have no skin issues, your dermatologist may prescribe a retinol based product or fruit acid based formula to make your skin brighter and remove surface dullness.
Eat your nutrients
Sure, it a busy time with all that wedding prep but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t focus on what you’re eating. Instead of reaching for chips and burgers on the run, get your fill of antioxidant-rich, brightly colored fruits and veggies. Not just will you look and feel better, you’ll probably lose a couple of pounds too! It’s also a good idea to pop a multivitamin like Nature’s Bounty Multi-Day Multivitamin Supplement.
Get your beauty sleep
Yep, men need it too. Leave all that hectic partying for AFTER the wedding. Your skin recovers and regenerates during the night. Make sure you get at least eight hours of shut eye every night.
Control skin damaging habits
It’s a new start with your life partner and there’s no better time to turn your back on smoking. Besides the cardiovascular risks of smoking, nicotine and cigarette smoke play havoc with your skin and hair. It’s also a good idea to go easy on alcohol consumption. Over indulge and you’ll end up looking puffy and worn out.
SPOT IT. SHOP IT.