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Bridal Beauty Timeline: 12 Months to Gorgeous Skin

It takes time and patience to cultivate that blemish-free skin you want for your wedding day.
It takes time and patience to cultivate that blemish-free skin you want for your wedding day.
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As a bride, you've taken great care to make sure you look picture-perfect from head to toe. Designer pumps are on your pedicured feet, and your glittering white dress is accented by the diamond tiara you wear on top of your carefully sculptured 'do -- each hair held in place by an entire can of hairspray.

You feel confident and beautiful -- no one can steal the spotlight from you on your wedding day! Before you turn the corner to walk down the aisle, you take a quick look in the mirror to discover -- in horror – that a flaming red pimple has taken up residence in the space between your perfectly shaped brows. You open your mouth to scream, but instead, you wake up in a cold sweat. It was all a pre-wedding nightmare.

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To any bride slacking off on their daily skincare regimen, don't let this nightmare become your reality! Use the months during your engagement to whip your pores into tip-top shape, no matter what the present-day condition of your complexion may be. Every bride can have skin that radiates with a natural glow -- all it takes is a little preparation and special attention to detail. Here are 10 tips to achieving gorgeous skin by the time your wedding day arrives.

It's good to address any skin issues early in the game, so you'll be gorgeous on your big day.
It's good to address any skin issues early in the game, so you'll be gorgeous on your big day.
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Pull out a magnified mirror, turn on a bright light and take a long look at your reflection. Do you have dry skin or an oily complexion? Knowing your skin type will help you decide which skin care regimen is right for you. If you suffer from regular breakouts or acne, you may need to seek the help of a professional to ensure your skin is in great shape by the wedding. Some medications take up to 12 weeks to take effect, so book an appointment with a dermatologist for a consultation at least six months in advance of the big day. Even if you don't have a year to prep your pores, it's important to adopt a healthy skin care regimen as soon as possible.

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It's no secret that drinking water is good for your health. And while experts can't prove that drinking pure H20 will give you clear skin, it can't hurt to cut carbonated beverages from your diet and drink more water instead. Some attribute a glowing complexion to water, and that may be true. Experts report that drinking two or more glasses of water a day increases blood flow to the skin, perhaps giving the organ a little boost at the same time. Fine lines and wrinkles may become more visible if you're dehydrated, so drink plenty of water in the months before your wedding to look and feel your very best.

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People with oily skin can use the stronger deep facial cleansers to remove makeup.
People with oily skin can use the stronger deep facial cleansers to remove makeup.
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Regardless of how much makeup you wear, it's imperative that you wash your face every night before you go to bed in order to maintain a clear complexion. Use a cleanser that will effectively wash away makeup, dirt and bacteria from your face, and when you're traveling, use makeup remover towelettes as a convenient alternative. When in doubt, reach for a foaming cleanser that rinses with water -- it works well with most people's complexions, including those who suffer from breakouts. No matter what skin type you have, always use cold water to rinse the suds away -- skin could become irritated when exposed to hot temperatures.

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No matter how hard to you try to keep your skin in tip-top shape, the stress of planning a wedding is bound to leave you with a pesky pimple or two over the course of your engagement. To safely zap a zit, dab a small amount of benzoyl peroxide on its surface before going to bed. The blemish should dry out and reduce in size, and in some cases, it could completely disappear by morning. Whatever you do, never squeeze or pick at a blemish, even if you're in a pinch! Doing this could result in an infection, or worse -- leave you with a permanent scar.

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Skipping the use of a daily moisturizer will most likely wreak havoc on your skin. Whether you wash your face in the shower or in the sink, apply a moisturizer immediately after drying off -- skin is porous and will absorb liquid best during this time.

Those with oily complexions may choose an oil-free moisturizer that's applied only once a day, while those with dry skin may need a product that's applied in the morning and at night. Remember, you don't have to treat all patches of skin the same. Pay attention to which areas are dry and oily, and moisturize accordingly.

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Never underestimate the power of getting a good night's sleep. It's not just good for your well-being, but your skin will benefit from a good snooze fest, too. The body produces more proteins as we sleep, rejuvenating tissues and cells, so getting enough rest is important to having healthy skin. Sleep deprivation can leave you looking puffy with dark circles under the eyes, so avoid over-celebrating at the bar with your bridesmaids or any late-night wedding planning, especially right before the big day. Make a conscious effort to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep every night and you're sure to look and feel your best as a result.

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Germs can build up in your makeup brushes, so be sure to keep them clean.
Germs can build up in your makeup brushes, so be sure to keep them clean.
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Not only can dirty brushes muddy the colors of your makeup palette, but they're full of dirt and bacteria, too, which can be detrimental to your complexion. No bride needs to deal with blemishes, so clean makeup brushes regularly with a little shampoo and water to avoid any breakouts on the big day. After rinsing the suds from your brushes, hang them up, bristles facing down, and allow them to dry completely before using them again.

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Washcloths often harbor mold, mildew and bacteria, so experts recommend using your hands to wash your face instead. Use makeup remover to wipe away mascara, eye shadow and lipstick first, and clean hands thoroughly before lathering them with a facial cleanser of your choice. Massage fingers gently into your skin, covering all areas with a layer of soap, and then rinse by splashing water on your face. Resist over-washing your skin -- this often results in excess oil production, leaving a greasy film behind that could clog pores and result in a nasty breakout.

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Coping with oily skin might seem like an uphill battle, but you can wage war with a clay face mask.
Coping with oily skin might seem like an uphill battle, but you can wage war with a clay face mask.
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While masks shouldn't replace your daily cleansing routine, wearing one regularly can improve your complexion. Masks melt hard sebum that resides deep in your pores, removing grit and grime that most daily skincare products are unable to do.

Those with oily skin should wear a mask every other day to remove oil and dirt, while those with dry skin should wear a mask sparingly -- just once or twice a month. Even though masks work well with most skin types, don't wait until right before the wedding to try one for the first time -- there is a small chance that you could have an allergic reaction!

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Many brides want their white dress to pop against bronze, sun-kissed skin, but exposing yourself to the sun's harmful rays without wearing sunscreen is dangerous to your health. To prevent skin from burning, choose cosmetics with built-in SPF. These makeup products should include a label with PA+, PA+ or PA+++ to indicate the level of UVA protection in the formula, but achieving full coverage doesn't stop there. Most women don't wear a makeup application heavy enough to protect them over the course of an entire day, so it's best to layer moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher on skin before applying a base. When you're outdoors for a significant amount of time, always reapply sunscreen and makeup to ensure long-lasting coverage from morning to night. Finally, don't forget to wear lip balm that's SPF 30 or higher to maintain a perfect pout -- a very important accessory for a successful first kiss as husband and wife!

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