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ou’ve made it through the fun part of your engagement (admit it: you loved snapping all those ring selfies), and now it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of looking fantastic on your big day. We’re talking about your wedding beauty regimen because right now is the perfect excuse to give it a makeover so that you can feel and look your best as you make your way down the aisle.

In addition to your wedding checklist, you have another set of to-dos to conquer before you say “I do,” but luckily this checklist is tons more fun than deciding where your feuding cousins should sit. Starting (or revamping) a wedding beauty regimen is a great way to practice some self-care, giving you the opportunity to de-stress ahead of your nuptials. And, of course, each step will aid you in perfecting your wedding-day look, from smoothing your skin to strengthening your hair.

Manage Stress

From the top of your head to the tips of your toes, there’s no end to the list of beauty bummers that are associated with unmanaged stress. On the complexion front, says NYC dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, “Many inflammatory conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and keratosis pilaris, may be at least partially caused by stress. As stress weakens the immune system, chronic inflammation worsens.

Set Up an Appointment With Your Dermatologist

There are two key reasons to get a derm in your corner early on: One, they can assess your complexion’s current state way better than you and your trusty magnifying mirror. And two, they can help you devise a strategy for achieving your dream-skin goals, be it softening pesky forehead wrinkles or zapping acne. “Some treatments take time—up to several months—and you certainly want a game plan,” says Engelman.

Exfoliate and Follow Up With a Brightening Serum

As dead cells accumulate on the skin, they interfere with light reflection, giving it a dull appearance, explains NYC-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD. The solution: Regular exfoliation paired with a brightening serum to give you the best lit-from-within glow on your wedding day. “Regular exfoliation removes dead cells to improve radiance and can enhance the absorption of skin brightening products through the skin,” he explains. “I recommend exfoliating once per week initially, and advancing to twice per week after a month or so if you can tolerate it.

Nourish Your Skin Starting in the Shower

“Most women don’t realize that your skincare routine truly starts in the shower and that using a gentle cleanser is key,” explains dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD. “I recommend Dove Body Wash, which is sulfate-free, made with 100-percent gentle cleansers and provides softer, smoother skin after just one shower.” She recommends gently patting skin dry instead of rubbing and applying lotion within minutes of getting out of the shower to lock in moisture before it evaporates. Get in the habit of doing this for beautiful skin from head to toe come your wedding day.

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