Get poised and polished with these expert tips and products that will aid in pulling off perfect wedding day hair and skin
By Tamara Crockett
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. With that much pressure and paparazzi—ahem, photographers, family and friends—on hand taking loads of photos, you definitely want to look your best, especially for your spouse-to-be.
Clyde Johnson, Kiehl’s director of education and events, tells Equally Wed getting geared up for your big day isn’t as hard as you may think.
“Find a great picture of yourself that you love, study it, and go for that vibe when you are visualizing the big day—you should look happy, confident and relaxed,” he explains. “Everyone’s best style is unique to them, and at Kiehl’s, we believe in celebrating that.”
Get it right from head to toe with these goodies.
WHAT: The Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo by Philip B. Botanicals Collection does double duty as it cleanses and conditions your hair, skin and scalp.
WHY YOU NEED IT: Not only does the Norwegian-spruce-infused cleanser get you squeaky clean from top to bottom, but the fresh blend of indigenous Scandinavian plants—white pine, balsam fir, cedar wood and camphor—awakens the senses with the cool mountain air scent.
WHERE TO GET IT: Available at http://www.philipb.com.
WHAT: Made of sweet almond oil, lavender oil, tea tree leaf oil, chamomile flower extract and vitamin A, Kairos Spiking Clear Style Hair Glue provides maximum control minus the harsh ingredients, all while keeping your ’do in place.
WHY YOU NEED IT: The no-flake formula provides extreme hold for both wet and dry looks without the threat of acne—as Kairos is the first hair care line that contains acne-fighting ingredients.
WHERE TO GET IT: Available at http://www.kairosclear.com.
For your skin, Johnson says, “No one should introduce new skin-care products into a regimen within a week of his or her wedding day, as the skin needs a chance to become accustomed to new formulas and has time to benefit from them. There also needs to be a recovery window if there is any unforeseen sensitivity to a new skincare formula.” Yes, you don’t want a surprise rash ruining your big day. Play it safe, and start your new routine well before you say, “I do.”
WHAT: Kiehl’s Açaí Damage-Repairing Serum is made of 100 percent natural origin ingredients and is formulated to repair visible damage to the skin’s texture, elasticity and tone caused by the sun and environmental elements.
WHY YOU NEED IT: “For an optimal skin appearance on your wedding day, look for targeted treatments to smooth uneven skin texture and to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles,” Johnson says. It’s “great for giving the skin a healthy appearance from within and should be incorporated into the skin regimen for at least one month before the wedding.”
WHERE TO GET IT: http://www.kiehls.com
|PUSH IT TO THE MATTE
WHAT: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion is oil-free—thanks to the oil-absorbing Amazonian white clay—plus, it helps to reduce and refine the look of pores.
HOW TO USE IT: “Use a mattifying, oil-minimizing moisturizer like [this] on your wedding day to combat shine and perspiration on the face,” Johnson suggests.
WHERE TO GET IT: http://www.kiehls.com
You know those rumors warning against shaving on your wedding day? Well, they’re wrong! Johnson says, “The only reason not to shave is if you desire a casual, second-day, scruffy shave look. For most men though, if he follows the appropriate steps to a better, closer shave, nothing looks better, more elegant or more timeless in photographs than a perfectly groomed man on his big day. If he follows all of the right steps, he will have no shave or skin concerns to worry about the day of.”
WHAT: Developed in Italy for C.O. Bigelow and developed by Bigelow chemists, C.O. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream contains eucalyptus oil, active levels of therapeutic apothecary ingredients and no artificial colorants.
WHY YOU NEED IT: The creamy, softening lather formula protects all skin types, cools the skin and gives an exceptional shave.
WHERE TO GET IT: Available at Bath & Body Works and online at http://www.bathandbodyworks.
WHAT: C.O. Bigelow After-Shave Balm is a lightweight, fragrance-free formula loaded with aloe vera and soothing extracts.
WHY YOU NEED IT: This balm cools and calms freshly-shaven skin of all types, all while helping to heal minor nicks and cuts.
WHERE TO GET IT: Available at Bath & Body Works stores nationwide, C.O. Bigelow stores nationwide and http://www.bathandbodyworks.
|FEEL THE LOVE
WHAT: Made with 98 percent natural ingredients, Jurlique Love Balm can be rubbed all over from your nose to your knees.
WHY YOU NEED IT: This cream treats extremely dry, chapped and sensitive skin and provides moisture and antioxidant protection to your skin.
WHERE TO BUY: Available at Jurlique stores, Sephora, select spas and http://www.jurlique.com.
WHAT: Diesel’s newest scent, Only The Brave, contains notes of lemon blossom, leather, mandarin, black rose and amber.
WHY YOU NEED IT: Conjure your courage and show off your valiant finesse with a well-placed spritz of this powerful, provocative fragrance.
WHERE TO GET IT: Available at Diesel boutiques, http://www.diesel-fragrances.