The countdown to your wedding has probably begun, turning from months to weeks. This puts a certain pressure on you to prepare for the new life ahead of you. The preparation for your wedding festivities includes an intense skincare regimen which will prepare your skin to take on all the makeup and stress coming its way. As a typical bride, you end up focusing your energy on finding the ideal lehenga within your budget and forget to dedicate ample time on finding skincare products in a budget that suit your skin.
But that's what we are here for! After all, it is your big day; one of the most memorable in your life, and one that will be immortalised forever in a photo album. To achieve that everlasting 'bridal glow' you need a solid skincare routine, armed with the right products that do not burn a hole in your pockets.
With the help of skincare experts, we have curated a list of essential skincare products that a bride-to-be should have and use before the wedding bells begin chiming.
Cleansers are an important part of anyone's skincare routine. Even the most basic skincare requires you to use a cleanser every day, essentially twice in a day. A cleanser is used to remove make-up, dead skin cells, oil, dirt, and other types of pollutants from the skin of the face. Facial cleansers help to unclog pores and prevent skin conditions such as acne and dryness.
Foaming cleansers are one of the more commonly used cleansers that everyone needs in their routine. This face wash by Mamaearth is a staple in every bride's skincare kit. It helps fight dirt, oil and pollution and suits all skin types. With the rising degradation in our environment, it is important to have a cleanser that can literally take the entire day off of your face.
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Cream cleansers are a newer trend amongst people with extremely dry skin or those who use makeup very often. They can be used as more of a pre-cleanse before a foaming face wash to take off any makeup or dirt from your skin.
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Now, you may be cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin while topping all of that with a ton load of sunscreen. But none of that is helpful if you're not exfoliating your skin. Exfoliating, commonly known as scrubbing, is the process of removal of dead skin cells from the skin's surface with the help of a skin-friendly product. Exfoliants should be used only once or twice a week.
When dead skin builds up on dry skin, it becomes flaky and itchy. To deal with this, dry skin types should opt for a gentle cleanser which add moisture to their skin while scrubbing off the impurities. People with dry skin should use a scrub only once in a week to avoid dryness.
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One of the skin types that often look for products to eliminate sebum production in their skin (which is impossible!), oily skin types should look for scrubs that work on removing dead skin and blackheads. Their skin's sebum production rate is higher, thus giving them more blackheads than others.
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Honestly, products dedicated to helping combination skin have only emerged in the drugstore market recently. They require deep cleansing, which can be done with the help of exfoliants that target dryness, excessive oil and dirt.
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Yet another skin type that has suffered for a long time due to limited access to good products. It is essential for sensitive skin types to exfoliate only once a week, if necessary and use a mild scrub on their skin.
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Toners are hydrating skincare products that are used after cleansing and exfoliating your skin to add back the lost moisture and minimize any open pores. While there are toners for every skin type, there are some well-budgeted toners are meant for all skin types.
It is always advised to use alcohol-free toners are they are more gentle on the skin and not drying. This toner by Plum is non-comedogenic, which means that it won't clog pores and is hydrating.
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Moisturising is possibly the MOST important step in your routine after cleansing. Your skin becomes stripped of all oils and dries up after extensive cleansing routines. Adding moisturising to your skin is essential to not only make the skin smoothe and plump from within. Choose a lotion with plenty of vitamins with SPF to protect your skin from sun damage. Also use lotions that are oil-free, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), allergy and dermatologist tested.
Dry skin can be sore, tender to the touch, and often itchy. People with dry skin should use extremely hydrating and moisturising creams and lotions. This is because they supply a little bit of water to the skin and contain a greasy substance that holds it in.
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Oily skin should never skip this step as the skin tends to react to dryness by producing more oil. Use a light, possibly gel-based moisturiser that doesn't clog your pores. You can also go in for a mattifying moisturiser that creates a non-greasy look without drying the skin.
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Since combination skin types are both dry and oily in different areas, you need to choose hydrating moisturisers that don't make the skin greasy and do not clog pores. Many combo skin types are acne-prone, so they should go in for acne treating moisturisers and lotions.
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Well, nothing really suits sensitive skin types. They react very easily to certain skincare. Therefore, there are options for people with sensitive skins that is mild yet hydrating and doesn't come with strong fragrances or ingredients that may cause irritation.
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We've all heard every skincare expert repeat this thing over and over again, "Don't skip the sunscreen." Sunscreen protects your skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays- the UVA and the UVB rays. UVA rays are associated with skin ageing, while UVB rays are commonly known to cause sunburns.
If you're a dry, combination or sensitive skin type, then this the perfect sunscreen for you. Made from natural ingredients, this sunscreen is mild on the skin and doesn't leave an oily sheen behind.
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Makeup removers like micellar waters are essential for any bride to have in their trousseau. After a long day of wearing makeup for a function, you need to take it off. So, you should make it a habit to use a makeup remover that can help you get rid of every ounce of makeup on your face, even the tough waterproof kinds.
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Face masks are one of the simplest ways of getting healthy and supple skin, in just a few minutes. Created to cater to the needs of different skin types, face masks come in a vast range with individual beauty feature like brightness, pore tightening, firming, anti-ageing etc. They're easy to apply, require only 15-20 minutes to set and can be washed off without any hassle. It is a highly recommended product to include in your skincare routine.
This clay-based mask incorporates the goodness of green tea and glycolic acid which helps absorb excess oil and gently exfoliates the skin while giving it a healthy glow. It is a hail mary for all those acne-prone skin types.
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Enriched with activated charcoal, this face mask is amazing for those looking to gently remove dead skin and dirt from the pores of your face. Best used after the face has been washed with lukewarm water. And it is essential to use a toner after this mask because your pores are left exposed.
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We are all familiar with all those brides looking for quick de-tan options. The goodness of haldi and multani mitti are fantastic for those looking to get rid of their unwanted tan. Any face pack which comes packed with the benefits of haldi, multani mitti and papaya are great for all skin types looking to clear their skin.
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If you're more of a DIY person, then don't forget to check out our list of homemade masks to try for glowing skin on your wedding!
While the products mentioned above are essential for a bride's everyday skincare routine, the ones below fall under the 'skincare splurge' category. These can be used to add that extra touch of glow, hydration and smoothness to your skin.
Sheet masks, though not essential for your daily skincare, can be a good hydrating addition in your routine. On days when you feel like your skin requires that extra punch of plump hydration, then go in for a sheet mask at the end of the day, after cleansing your face.
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Aloe vera gel is a must for every person to have. It contains powerful antioxidants that can be used to hydrate the skin, treat extreme dryness and skin injuries. Plus, aloe vera gel is an essential ingredient for a lot of DIY skincare.
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Who doesn't need a solution for undereye bags? Under-eye gels and creams are a great solution for dark circles but can also be used to target day to day puffiness and dryness under the eyes. However, if you're more into home remedies, then do check out our super easy tricks to remove dark circles.
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Facial mists are growing in popularity for one good reason: their ability to add a refreshing and dewy glow to dull and lacklustre skin. Not only are the ingredients of facial mists healthy for all skin types, but they come with great aromatherapy benefits.
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We know that you're always looking for remedies for bigger and fuller lips. Including a lip scrub in your weekly skincare routine can help you get rid of dead skin and dryness, making them plump and full.
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Though treated as another passing fad, collagen eye patches can be an alternative to eye gels. For days when you wake up with dehydrated and puffy eyes, these eye patches can work as a quick fix.
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Your lips are the most delicate part of your face and are possibly the first area to bear witness to any deficiency in your skin. They require extra attention, which means that once in a while, you may go the extra mile and moisturise your lips with a lip patch.
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