If You're a Bride Over 30, Read This
Let's be clear: You look amazing, and it doesn't matter if you walk down the aisle at age 25, 45 or 65.
But if you're realizing you're not necessarily in your early twenties anymore, we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeves that you might want to know about before your wedding day. Maybe your hair has a little less luster than it did when you were a teenager, or you're a little worried about laugh lines showing up in your wedding photos. Either way, there are certain beauty issues that come along with more trips around the sun—and we have the solutions, below. (And remember, as Mark Twain once said, "Wrinkles merely indicate where smiles have been.")
1. Switch up your skincare.
You might have a day cream you love, but bedtime is the perfect opportunity to slather on a moisturizer that's as rich in nutrients as possible. This night cream (that has real silk in it!) is loaded with antioxidants and amino acids that "promote cell regeneration and condition the skin for improved elasticity and resilience." In other words, it'll help curb the aging process overtime, while also giving you bright, rejuvenated skin to wake up to every morning. Now that's a skin win-win.
2. Take extra care of your eye area.
Speaking of your nighttime routine, let's talk about eye cream. There are lots of secrets to preventing hearing that dreaded "you look tired"—like putting your products in the fridge, or rolling a jade roller over your face every morning—but a good eye cream is the most rudimentary way to prevent wrinkles and puffiness.
3. Moisturize your hands.
They say hands are the first thing that show your age. (We know, we know—it's not fair.) That's why taking care of your hands before your wedding day—you know, when sliding rings onto each other's hands will be a focal point of your ceremony—might be a good idea. Since your hands are almost always exposed to the elements (the biggest culprit is sun damage), applying sunscreen to the back of your hands and moisturizing daily is fundamental.
4. Pay attention to your neck and décolletage.
Your neck has some of the thinnest skin on your body, which causes it to age significantly faster than other areas of your body. There aren't too many preventative measures you can take, but if you simply remember to take care of the area during your regular skincare routine—and maybe use a good firming cream every now and then—you'll be fine.
5. Invest in some hair masks.
The rumors are true: Your hair does, unfortunately, get thinner, dryer and more brittle with age. (We hate to be the bearer of bad news.) But here's the good news: Just make a few swaps in your hair care routine—like switching from a shampoo with harsh chemicals to one rich protein—and use a deep-conditioning mask every few weeks (like this one that's chock-full of mineral oil) and your locks will be luscious by your wedding day.
6. And just do everything you've been doing for years.
Again, you look great. Keep drinking water, slathering on the SPF and wearing a hat for prolonged periods in the sun, and you'll look amazing on your wedding day.