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Bridal Skin Regime by Lekha Shah

Saying “Yes!” to the man of your dreams does mean an internal glow will light up your face for the rest of your days. But as the big day approaches, you also want to make sure you put your best face forward for your dream wedding. Those pictures are for life, after all! Hair and make-up artist Lekha Shah breaks down a six-month plan for all you brides-to-be out there. Start the prep ASAP—your skin will thank you for it.


6 months to go

Visit a skin professional for a consultation and get started on a skincare routine as recommended by them. This should be based on your skin type. The first sitting treatment can be a facial for sensitive skin, which will give double depth cleansing, boost circulation, hydrate the skin, correct the skin tone and help to bring the skin to its natural balance.

An effective skin care routine makes your skin look and feel healthy. Invest in home care products suggested by your dermatologist. Make sure you cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin twice a day. Also protect your skin with a sunblock. I recommend the SPF 50 by La Roche-Posay.


5 months to go

Your following treatments should coincide with skin renewal, which happens every 20 to 25 days. This aids skin renewal and keeps congestion under control. After correcting and hydrating the skin, an illuminating radiance facial will help magnify that glow.

4 months to go

Your focus can now shift to intensifying that glow. A facial that helps achieve this will polish the skin, improve elasticity, and lift the skin.

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Vitamin C should surely feature in a bride-to-be’s regime. Use it once a day or as a night cream. This is a multi-functional product and works on blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles. It tightens the skin partially and also softens pigmentation. I recommend Spanish brand Ainhoa for its Vitamin C cream. Start using an under eye cream for those with dark circles. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cream works very well.

3 months to go

Schedule a gold radiance facial enriched with vitamin E and pure cinnamon extracts to stimulate blood vessels and nourish the skin. This will make the skin appear beautifully radiant.

2 months to go

To maintain the enhanced skin tone, opt for an anti-tan facial which unifies the skin colour and provides luminosity to the complexion.

1 month to go

After a series of facials in the run up to the wedding, now shift focus on personal grooming. A manicure, pedicure and waxing are an absolute must. It should be done 3 days before your events start.

1 week to go 

Opt for a full body ritual where in your body is polished and moisturized, giving you over all a clean, soft and supple feel.