Beautiful bridal skin starts from within, with healthy eating and hydrating habits. Combine your good diet and plenty of water with a solid, sensible skincare regimen, and you’ll be well on your way to a complexion that’s ready for its close-ups. So, what does the path to great skin involve, and what should you do when you encounter the occasional speedbump? Glad you asked! Get a flawless “bridal artistry” canvas by following these four essential bridal skincare tips!
Real talk for a sec re: feet. As a bride, you’re gonna be on them a LOT. And depending on the bridal shoe style you choose for your wedding day, your heels and/or toes are likely to be in the spotlight. Yet, for most brides, pre-wedding foot care tends to fall way low on the bridal beauty prep priority list. Do not–we repeat, do NOT–let this happen to you. Get started on you bridal foot-care regimen at least three months out from your wedding day, and make foot care a part of your daily skincare routine, and make any or all of these six superb products, hand-picked (foot-picked??) by our editorial staff, a part of the plan!
Diamonds are a bride’s best friend…especially when it comes to her feet. Seriously, y’all, if you invest in just one foot-grooming implement, make it this one. Made with industrial-grade diamond grit (yes, it really is a thing), the Diamancel Diamond Foot Buffer is our go-to tool for eliminating calluses, sloughing off rough patches and softening cracked heels. Is it a bit on the pricey side for a foot file? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
After your daily diamond sloughing and a quick rinse, preserve that baby-soft skin with a good slathering of Aveda Foot Relief Moisturizing Creme. Fruit acids and botanical oils will keep your feet insanely soft and smooth, while peppermint, rosemary and lavender will make your tootsies feel fresh and invigorated, even when encased in your fave snuggly socks!
Packed with a hefty 15% super-softening shea butter, L’Occitane’s Dry Skin Foot Cream packs perfectly into handbags, desk drawers and toiletry cases, making it perfect for deep heel conditioning on the go. And we are always on the go.
Not specifically a foot product, Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish nevertheless makes our top foot care products list because we A) use it in the shower every day, B) always start our scrub routine with our feet, and C) can NOT get enough of the renowned brown sugar and citrus scent of this incredibly luxurious scrub.
For a quick foot pick-me-up at an affordable price point, you can’t beat The Body Shop’s Peppermint Reviving Foot Scrub, which basically turns tough and/or tired tootsies into the foot equivalent of freshly brushed teeth. Yay!
If all-in-one foot-care convenience is your bag, we highly recommend Sol de Janeiro’s Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish kit, which combines a super-cute surfboard-inspired Foot Smoothing Board and a fast-absorbing, cupuaçu-butter-infused Foot Fetish Cream for a one-two punch that, when used several times a week, will get your bridal feet in wedding-day shape like nobody’s business.
Even if your regular routine is more wash-and-go than prep-and-prime–OK, especially if it is–you’re going to want to amp up the attention you pay to skincare and haircare a bit as you prepare to become a bride (and the focus of more adoring gazes and photos than you could possibly count). Protection, exfoliation and hydration are your key tools during this important time, and lucky for you, we’ve pre-selected some of the best products on the market to get the pre-wedding beauty job done. Scroll down for more details!
1. Kerastase Initialiste: Azur West Salon 2. Amarte Aqua Veil Hydrator: Amarte 3. Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm: Josie Maran 4. Shu Uemera Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil: Azur West Salon 5. KAX Tanning Souffle: Kax Tanning Souffle 6. Marilyn Monroe Spas MM Cream SPF 40: Marilyn Monroe Spas – The Woodlands 7. Patyka Intensive Moisturizing Mask: Patyka 8. Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer: Beauty.com 9. Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask: Sephora 10. Chi Rose Hip Oil Protecting Conditioner: Ulta
Photos: Courtesy of Marilyn Monroe Spas – The Woodlands
Prepping for your big day starts early, by treating your skin, hair and nails with the TLC they need, to be in prime condition for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding. We’re thrilled to welcome Gina Berry of Marilyn Monroe Spas The Woodlands to the blog, with her top 2017 bridal beauty resolutions! Make these habits part of your New Year’s plan, and make sure to visit Marilyn Monroe Spas for regular facial, nail, hair and massage treatments, as you make your way down the aisle to bridal well-being and beauty!
Skin: As we enter 2017, remember that moisturizing is one of the key ingredients in anti-aging skincare. Your skin can never get enough moisture, especially during the colder, drier months (don’t let the rain fool you, winter air is rough on skin!). We recommend that you use a natural, customized SPF moisturizer every single day, and our Rose Seed Oil Capsules at night. Don’t forget to pay special attention to delicate areas including your lips, under your eyes, and your hands. We also recommend a monthly Marilyn Monroe Spas “Fassage” and Signature Facial to help with hydration, lymphatic draining and firming.
Nails: Keeping nails healthy is a must in the New Year. We recommend moisturizing with our jojoba-based Citrus Lime Hand Cream, and adding cuticle oil to your nightly routine to give nails extra added strength. We also recommend biweekly manicures and monthly pedicures to keep nails properly trimmed, moisturized and healthy. Add a monthly paraffin treatment to seal in extra moisture, and treat yourself to some relaxing down-time as you plan your big day!
Hair: Out with the old and in with the new! One of the major problems we see here at Marilyn Monroe Spas is clients using the wrong product for their particular hair type. We recommend a consultation with one of our hair experts to assess your hair type and determine the best at-home products for your particular hair. A high-quality hair mask is recommended once a month to help clear buildup, moisturize and protect hair from environmental stressors.
Get more details and tips, and schedule your bridal hair and makeup consultation here!
Hey there, lovely bride: Don’t forget to include your hands and feet in your bridal skincare regimen using these great products (we hand-picked them ourselves)!
1. Butter London Horse Power Nail Fertilizer: Sephora 2. Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Cream: Lush 3. H20 + Softening Mint Foot Rub: H20 Plus 4. Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream: Burt’s Bees 5. Butter London Scrubbers 2-in-1 Nail Prep & Remover Wipes: Sephora 6. Alessandro Pedix Heel Smoothing Stick: Alessandro 7. Handspa Age Complex Micro Peel: Alessandro