Leading up to your big day, odds are that you're trying every trick in the book to get that flawless skin ready. Sometimes, however, this hyper-focus does more harm than good. Here are some frequent mistakes made by skin-obsessed brides.
1. You won't leave your skin alone.
You've heard it a million times, but there's nothing worse you can do before your wedding than pick at your skin. Left alone, a pimple will disappear within a week, but that angry red mark — or worse, a bleeding scab — that comes from picking at it can last for months. Try a spot treatment and cover the blemish with a Band-Aid when you're home to keep your hands off of it.
2. You get a little too into your new skincare regimen.
You may be ramping up your workouts before your wedding, but the same rules don't apply to your face. Don't be tempted to pile on the anti-aging or skin-clearing products for a quick fix: overdoing it can lead to redness, irritation, and even breakouts, Dr. Zeicher says. "Some ingredients, like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinol, can throw off your skin for the first few weeks you use them," he says. "Don't dive into a new routine right before your wedding; instead, stick to gentle, simple products, and use them every day."
3. You can't stop layering products.
If one anti-aging cream has great results, two will work even better, right? Not quite. Mixing ingredients can seriously mess up your skin and even lead to allergic reactions, Zeichner says. Stick to one anti-aging cream at a time — treatments with 0.5% retinol are proven wrinkle-reducers. Make sure to give it six weeks to start working before you try anything new.
4. You're way harsh on your skin.
If you have a pre-wedding breakout, don't reach for a scrub. Over-exfoliating is one of the fastest ways to get red, peeling, and over-sensitive skin for your wedding day, Zeichner says. Sloughing away at breakouts every day dries out your skin, which sends your sebaceous glands a message to produce extra oil, leading to more breakouts. Same rules apply to drying toners. If you've got oily skin, gently exfoliate twice a week with a natural scrub.
5. You're chasing that wedding-day glow.
You already know that laying out and, even worse, hitting the tanning bed leads to skin cancer and premature aging. If that's not reason enough to convince you to skip that pre-wedding fake bake session, don't forget about the red face, peeling skin, dark spots, and tan lines you'll be rocking on your wedding day. Stick to self-tanner instead, but make sure to start a few weeks before you walk down the aisle, and skip the night before to avoid any mishaps.