Get your skin ready for your wedding

By Becky Raspe

Brides and grooms alike strive for the glow-from-within look for their big day.

Aestheticians Adelya Davidov of Dino Palmieri Salon in Beachwood and Katherina Newcomb of Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa in Cleveland Heights say true glowiness lies in skin preparation, and any perfect wedding look starts with a good base, regardless of gender.

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How far in advance should skin care rituals begin?

Davidov:It needs to be your lifestyle. If you’re not a regimen person and you don’t do anything for your skin type, it needs to be a few months before the wedding, not a few weeks or even a day before. Especially for women, building a routine is key. Everyone has a different skin concern. Some people suffer from acne, others with pigmentation. Certain concerns take time to heal, treat and recover.

When is it too close to the wedding to try something new?

Davidov:I definitely don’t recommend trying something a few weeks before the wedding like a chemical peel or cleanser. Skin reacts and weddings are already stressful. You don’t need the extra shock to your skin.

What is most important to get right?

Davidov: For the makeup to lay smoothly on the skin, you need to take care to cleanse and exfoliate to make skin glow. But, it all depends on the person’s skin. Definitely though, six months prior to the wedding have a consultation with your aesthetician to make a plan for your skin care routine. It all depends on the skin for the makeup to lay nice. You have to take care of the base. Your makeup will only look as good as your skin does.

What is a mistake people often make?

Davidov: Taking advice from Instagram. It’s a problem right now because I see a lot of people come and we try to fix that Instagram advice. Social media can help, but social media also doesn’t know your skin type. It’s all general and not customized towards you.

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How far in advance should skin care rituals begin?

Newcomb: Skin rituals and testing out new products should begin eight to 12 months before your event.

When is it too close to the wedding to try something new?

Newcomb:You want to try anything new at least one month before the event. That way, if you do experience an adverse reaction, you have time to let the skin settle down and heal.

What role does the beard and facial hair play in skin care?

Newcomb: Facial hair definitely plays a part in skin care. Beards and facial hair should be shampooed and conditioned with a beard oil daily. Exfoliating the skin around the hair is also helpful for ingrown hairs and bumps.

What is important to get right?

Newcomb:There are a few steps that should be taken when providing proper skin care. Everyone should cleanse, tone, treat and moisturize in the morning and evening. It is also important to exfoliate one to three times a week.

What is a mistake people often make?

Newcomb: Not moisturizing enough is a mistake that many people make when it comes to skin care. Even those with oily skin need to moisturize. If the skin is not properly moisturized daily, it will produce more oil to compensate, resulting in breakouts.

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