How to prep your skin for a big event

Whether it’s a wedding, a business presentation or your birthday bash – you want your skin to be clear and glowing for any important party or event. But how do you prep your skin for a big event? What’s the best way to keep your skin calm and healthy in the run-up? And when to start with all of that? 

Whatever the occasion: with my overview on how to prep your skin for a big event, you’ll be ready to shine bright like a diamond. 

Three weeks before: purify 

Your skin renews itself every 28 days. That’s called a skin cycle. So although there are long-term skin solutions, it’s still better to only start working on getting your skin clear and radiant within that cycle. Otherwise any skin issues that you’ve solved (like blackheads, imperfections or dull skin) might come back right before your big event. 

Start your preparation by purifying thoroughly three weeks before the date. Book yourself in for a detox-facial that focuses on a deep cleanse,  with clay masks and steam for instance. Or go for a facial acupuncture treatment. 

An important notice: you really have to do this three weeks in advance and not right before your big event. Purifying with masks, steam or via acupuncture can stimulate your skin to bring all impurities to the surface first. This will make it seem as if you’re having a massive breakout. Your skin will then start getting clear and bright after a few days. Of course this will not always be the case, it depends on your skin’s condition. But it’s an important one to keep in mind. 

Prep your skin in the run-up to a big event

After your purifying facial, make some adaptations in both your skin care routine and your lifestyle to work towards bright and happy skin. 

Get in the habit of drinking at least 2 litres of water a day, along with eating lots of veggies (like really, a lot) and healthy fats like avocado, nuts and fatty fish. Next to that, it’s also a good idea to do some more cardio workouts to stimulate your blood flow and get your heart pumping – magical for your complexion! 

Skin care wise, keep your daily routine really simple (cleansing oil or milk, hydrating serum/mist, moisturiser) but add a targeted treatment two to three times a week. That specific treatment includes an exfoliating mask (like the Oskia Renaissance Mask or the Rituals Glow Mask), followed by a hydrating (sheet) mask that you preferably keep in the fridge for a bit of a cryo-facial effect. 

Exfoliating will stimulate your skin to shed off dead skin cells and reveal a layer of healthy, radiant skin. It will also help to reduce any scars that you might have left from previous blemishes. Hydrating will then make your skin more plump and youthful-looking. Both masks will work together to make the surface of your skin more even and smooth. Which will also be a god-sent to prep your skin for a big event, as you’ll probably be applying make-up on top.

And not to forget: in the three-week run-up, massage your face every day. Preferably even twice a day. You can use your fingers or a tool like a crystal roller. This will stimulate your skin to get an even brighter, healthier look.

On the big day

There it is: the big day. You’ll want to focus on getting the glow here! If your event is in the evening or late afternoon, you can start early in the morning with a glow-inducing mask. The Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Seed mask or the Susanne Kaufmann Glow Mask are good ones. 

I wouldn’t recommend using a mask right before you’ll do your makeup, because it might make you look a bit red at first. But if you mask a good few hours before, you’ll have an even and radiant complexion by the time you start getting ready for the event.

After your mask, mix a few drops hydrating oil like the Lena Wild Harmony Bloom Oil with a pump of a soft glowy moisturiser like the Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator. A dream team in my opinion! This will give you a radiant and even base, but will also keep your skin hydrated throughout the ‘big day’. 

Et voilà! All set to look at your best. What big event have you got coming up?