Sometimes treating your skin for signs of stress can be as simple as establishing a consistent at-home routine.
“A regular pamper evening a few months before and a week leading up to the big day will allow you to regularly de-stress and treat your skin as well as dampen any stress-related skin flares,” explains Dr Bowes.
“Retinols, vitamin C and salicylic acid are all useful in treating acne and breakouts whereas non-scented bath oils, emollient creams and ointments may be needed for dry to dehydrated skin and skin conditions.”
She also notes that a regular routine or pamper evening leading up to your wedding day allows time to see what ingredients and potential treatments work for you. But, she cautions, “always patch test first, avoid retinol if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and don’t exfoliate if you have a dry skin flare-up or skin that is red, hot or cracked”.
For celebrity aesthetician and founder of Joanna Czech Skincare, Joanna Czech, it starts with balance. “I am always looking to balance and hydrate the skin first and then address specific conditions,” she explains.
At-home masking between treatments is a simple and effective way to continue looking after your skin between appointments. Opt for hydrating and soothing masks, primarily focused on the cause of concern. “Incorporating vitamin C in the morning and vitamin A at night with LED therapy will help skin impacted by stress.”