Beautiful Bride – How to Shine from Head to Toe on Your Big Day and Beyond
What bride doesn’t dream of flaunting flawless skin on her wedding day? After all, it’s the event of a lifetime. Trina Renea, owner of Facial Bungalow in West Hollywood and L.A.’s go-to skincare specialist for celebs getting red-carpet ready, compares this very special occasion to the Oscars. “You’re the center of attention, and so you want to look and feel your absolute best,” she says. “And if your skin doesn’t look good, you don’t feel good.” So how do you lay the foundation for a gorgeous big-day glow? Take cue from Renea’s bridal beauty dos and don’ts.
DO get on a serious routine of monthly facials at least six months before your event and stay consistent with a daily home-care routine of exfoliation and hydration to ensure clear skin.
DON’T skimp on your skincare budget. Set aside between $1,000 and $3,000. It’s worth the results.
DO drink 4 to 8 cups of water a day. Flavor it with fresh cucumber to tempt your taste buds, or better yet, eat the cucumber itself. At 96 percent water and packed with nutritious minerals, it will give your skin a boost from the inside out.
DON’T switch products. It can upset your skin and undo the progress you have made.
DO exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize your skin every night before bed.
DON’T stress. It weighs on your skin. Try yoga, meditation, massage—anything that lowers cortisol levels.
DO grind up or muddle a cucumber and apply it as a mask. Rich in vitamin C and caffeic acid, it soothes skin and eases puffiness.
DON’T forget to wear sunscreen every day. It will protect your skin from sun damage and dark spots and keep it evenly toned.
DO use serums. They penetrate deep into your skin, providing hydration and nutrients. Use hydrating gel masks to your keep complexion soft and dewy.
DON’T do a cleanse or detox within six months of your wedding day. It can make you break out.
DO the facials and prep your skin in your hometown, not at the wedding destination. Remember, the therapist doesn’t know your complexion. Get your last treatment before you go, and take products with you.
DON’T try anything new, like waxing your face close to your wedding day. You can tear your skin or cause a breakout.
DO wash your face the night before, using your creams as usual. The day of the event, wash your face with only water, then towel dry, put on your serums, moisturizer and sunscreen.
DON’T hire a makeup (or hair) person without a trial first. Some- times it takes a few practice runs to get it right where you like it.
DO Use a primer before adding makeup to ensure a flawless finish. Avoid creases on your eyelids by applying powder prior to putting on eyeliner or eye shadow.
Among expert Trina Renea’s most popular skincare releases, this trio of serums do wonders for your face, protecting it from toxins, reducing signs of aging and providing intense hydration (all available at facialbungalow.com).
• 24/7 Defense contains 18 powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation, dryness and age spots caused by free radicals ($72.00).
• Flawless Youth Serum combines five proven anti-aging technologies to reduce puffiness, lines and wrinkles and firm the skin ($100.00).
• Bye Bye Dry Serum mimics the skin’s natural oil and repairs dry skin in seconds without ever causing you to break out ($45).
We also love the Laid Back Aloe & Azulene Gel Masque Mask as it cools the skin, reducing irritation and redness; the perfect product for a destination wedding in the sun ($30).