An important part of pre-wedding prep? The part that happens on your face. A proper skin care routine is top of mind for brides in the months leading up to the big day, but should that regimen be tailored to your specific wedding season? We spoke to dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco of Wexler Dermatology to find out which skin care snafus are more common in each season and what you can do to overcome them.
Zits can happen at any time (and really are more dependent on your menstrual cycle than seasonal cycles) but Fusco points to the summer as an especially wrought time for particular breakouts. "With frequent application of sunscreen in combination with sweating, one might be more likely to break out in a singular pimple or a lot of tiny pimples on places like your forehead, chest, and back." The good news? These breakouts are easy to treat. To prevent these smaller breakouts and other summery bummers like heat rash, cleanse with a gentle exfoliant every day and try to remove layers of sunscreen before applying more.
Though it may not be the first area to come to mind, your scalp is skin, and it's an area winter brides often forget about until it's too late. "When indoor heat is high and dry during the winter, this can trigger dandruff. That can spell disaster, especially for dark-haired brides," says Fusco. The best course of action here is prevention through use of dandruff shampoo containing zinc pyrithione.
In a cruel twist of fate, cold sores are most often triggered by stress and sun—you know, two of the reoccurring themes of wedding season. Thankfully, Fusco assures us that these pesky outbreaks can be prevented through a medication called valacyclovir. If you're prone to getting them, be sure to ask your dermatologist for a prescription before the wedding—and perhaps even some to have on hand during the honeymoon.
Hot one day, cold the next—it's no wonder your skin is as unpredictable as weather come autumn. Sometimes, even despite a careful skin care routine, a pimple can pop up out of nowhere. Luckily, there's a fast-acting solution. For a monster zit you feel coming from days away, Fusco recommends making an appointment with your dermatologist who can give you an injection and get you back to the glowing bridal skin you've been envisioning.