As your wedding date approaches, it might seem like a good idea to up the ante on your exfoliation routine—after all, who doesn't want to have fresh, healthy skin from head to toe on the wedding day? While exfoliating regularly is a good idea, there are some good and bad ways to rid yourself of dead skin, especially in the weeks and days leading up to your nuptials. Here are some dos and don'ts of pre-wedding exfoliation to keep in mind.
Don't Overdo It
Exfoliating your face and body can be addicting. The feeling of soft, smooth skin feels and looks great—plus, a super smooth face makes for a better canvas for makeup application. Yet, most exfoliating scrubs and creams suggest use just two or three times per week, or at most every other day. Ahead of the wedding, eager brides-to-be may become guilty of using some sort of exfoliating product daily, and this is almost always way too much. Over-exfoliating can result in raw, damaged skin that ends up looking and feeling worse than it did before.
Don't Underdo It, Either
You don't want to skip exfoliating, though. This process involves removing dead skin cells so that new, healthy skin is on the surface. Makeup (especially on your wedding day) doesn't look its best when applied to dead, dull, dry skin, so it is imperative that you exfoliate a few times each week. The earlier you do it, the better; this gives your skin time to adjust to fairly regular exfoliation.
Choose Your Scrubs Carefully
It's important to note that not all exfoliants are created equal. While popular drugstore brands smell nice and are fun to apply, they're not right for everyone. When choosing your scrub, consider your skin type. If you are prone to sensitivity or irritation, choose a very fine scrub that won't scratch the surface of the skin. Over-the-counter microdermabrasion scrubs are a great option as their grains are so miniscule there is no danger of scratching or injuring the top layer of skin. Chemical exfoliants, such as glycolic and salicylic acids, are worth considering, too. These are generally applied nightly.
Use Only One Exfoliant
Many women don't realize that glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinols all serve as exfoliating ingredients—this is true whether or not the skincare products say they're exfoliating. If you are using a product with these ingredients, chances are high that you are doing as much exfoliating as your skin can handle. If you add a physical scrub into your skincare routine, then you will probably find your skin raw, red, and in need of a break.