Wedding planning is a stressful time for most engaged couples—particularly the bride. Stress can wreak havoc on the skin and it has been reported that many brides break out with acne on their skin right before the big day. Stress-induced skin blunders can exacerbate stress levels of the person getting married, so it’s a vicious circle. Fortunately, there are ways to help combat skin issues that occur at the last minute.


It can seem like the end of the world when a zit erupts on the face, but worry not. The first thing you should do is apply an ice cube on the blemish for a few minutes to help reduce redness. Secondly, apply a spot treatment on it that contains salicylic acid, calamine or sulfur (the night before the wedding). If a pimple emerges the day of the wedding, hire a good makeup artist who can conceal it very well.

If you have a large cystic blemish on your body (namely on your back of all places) and you’re wearing a strapless dress, treat it the same way you would if it were on your face. Ask a loved one to place an ice cube on the pimple for a few minutes followed by a dab of spot treatment for acne.

Bags Under the Eyes

Whether the culprit is tears (joyful ones), salty food or sleep deprivation, puffy eyes are no friend to anyone, let alone a blushing bride. To help alleviate tired, baggy eyes, place a refrigerated spoon or tea bag (that was soaked in water) under each eye for 10 minutes. The cool sensation of the spoon or tea bag will help constrict the blood vessels under the eyes, thereby reducing puffiness. After the spoon or tea bag treatment, apply a nourishing eye cream on the orbital bone with your ring finger. The orbital bone is the part of the face between the upper cheekbone and under eye area. The best thing you can do for your eye area, however, is to get as much sleep as possible. Aim to get about seven to eight hours of sleep per night and hit the sack before midnight in order to look rested and refreshed the next day.

A Flushed Face

If you’ve been struck with an acute flushed complexion, the first thing to do is to stay calm as much as possible. Agitated nerves may only exacerbate a red face. To help reduce redness, apply a calming face mask and leave it on the face as long as the instructions say. Rinse with tepid water. Moreover, make sure your makeup artist uses the right foundation to conceal the redness and make you look flawless.

These tips are like ammo for your skin, so walk down that aisle glowing and pretty!

 Author Bio: Lee Ann Buttery is a licensed Esthetician and professional makeup artist that works for Mario Badescu. She is passionate about all things beauty-related and has a particular obsession with anti-aging.

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