We're deep in the middle of winter, and while not every region is experiencing cold weather, many couples around the world are shivering their way down the aisle this season. If you're getting married this time of year or running around town planning your celebration, the elements are sure to do a number on your hair and skin. As a bride-to-be, you're likely looking to embody that youthful, excited look on your big day, and cold winds can easily strip this from your face. To help combat the chilly temperatures, we suggest taking better care of your skin so it stays radiant, nourishing your hair so it doesn't dry out, and cuddling up by the fire with your beloved with hot cocoa in hand.
To help practice some well-deserved self-care this season, we've compiled 10 of our favorite beauty products below. Escape to the spa and come home to your own at-home treatment to relax, feel rejuvenated, and get ready for the biggest day of your life – which is surely fast approaching. From makeup to haircare to masks, gather your bridesmaids and your mother, or simply take some "you time," for an evening of prepping for the wedding by pampering yourself with the items below.
Take a look at 10 beauty products perfect for winter brides below, and let us know your favorites in the comments!
As a bride, getting your beauty sleep is of the utmost importance. Not only will you want to look your best on your wedding day, but with the stresses of planning your nuptials, a good night's sleep is always appreciated. To help you achieve a bright complexion for your celebration, try using the Amarte "Overnight Express Therapy" multi-functional sleeping mask as the final skin care step before bed to boost brightness and clarity for renewed skin in the morning. $79; amarteskincare.com
Is visiting the Dead Sea on you or your partner's bucket list? Tourists flock to the locale to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the mud; however, you can experience the same results without a plane ticket with Ahava's "Natural Dead Sea Body Mud." Simply spread it over your body, leave on for seven to fifteen minutes, and rinse with warm water to stimulate blood microcirculation and refine the skin's texture. The mud can even be used as a natural relief for aching muscles and back pain. Use before the wedding to absorb excess oil and remove dead skin cells, dirt, and toxins to reveal fresh, soft skin in time for the ceremony. $16; ahava.com
If you're planning on going barefoot for your destination wedding or wearing a pair of open-heel shoes for the big day, you'll want to make sure your feet are soft, smooth, and free of dead skin. "Baby Foot" is designed to remove dead skin cells that build up over time on feet. Brides, bridesmaids, and even the groom can slip their feet inside the boot filled with a very gentle formula, and after one hour, wash the gel away. Dead skin cells could take three days to two weeks to peel away after initial application, so plan to do this at-home treatment about two weeks before your wedding! $25; babyfoot.com
Whether you're in your 20s, 30s, 40s, or beyond, as a bride, it's never too early to start preventing the signs of aging. Ideal for the bride-to-be or the mother of the bride, the "Repair + Reverse Daily Serum" by Beverly Hills MD will achieve younger-looking skin. The at-home treatment fights signs of visible aging by improving elasticity and firmness, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, restoring youthful radiance, and eliminating the look of dullness. Try using it at least eight weeks before the ceremony for the best results. $120; beverlyhillsmd.com
When you're getting ready for pre-wedding events such as your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or rehearsal dinner, you'll likely be doing your makeup yourself – and leaving this task to a professional on the day of your wedding. After working hard to achieve the perfect contouring or sweet bridal makeup look, keep your makeup in tact with the Cinema Secrets "Super Sealer Mattifying Setting Spray." The all-in-one makeup primer and setting spray features a lightweight, anti-shine formula that locks powders, liquids, and creams into place – even in high-humidity climates, such as tropical wedding destinations. $24; sephora.com
Regardless of your eye makeup style, the four different sets of Clarins' "4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette" is sure to give you the look you need. Choose from the Nude, Rosewood, Brown, or Smokey shade sets to receive a quartet of high-intensity mineral shadows in satin, matte, and iridescent finishes that will define your eyes for any bridal event or even just a wedding-related appointment. $43/each, clarins.com
If you're looking to change your haircare routine before the wedding day – or desiring a gift for your bridesmaids – the "Haute Performance Set" by Iles Formula may be just what you're looking for. The clean, white gift box includes a cleansing shampoo, nourishing conditioner, protective finishing serum, and a comb to give a variety of hair types great results. Since the product, which is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, is tested by celebrity hairstylist Wendy Iles, you know you'll have A-list hair for your wedding. $99, sephora.com
After months of planning a wedding, your skin has likely taken a beating from stress, late-night bachelorette celebrations, and jet lag following your honeymoon. Thankfully, Clarins has created a "Booster Repair" to help skin fight back after sunburns and minor cosmetic treatments, a "Booster Detox" to help revive radiance and plump the skin, and a "Booster Energy" to re-energize fatigued skin and improve radiance, tone, and minimize signs of fatigue. Mix 3-5 drops with your moisturizer, mask, serum, or foundation. $39/each, clarins.com
For brides who long to wear Christian Louboutin heels on their big day, they can also plan to wear lipstick and nail polishes from the design house's line of beauty products. Ideal for a winter wedding, the "Miss Mars" silvery gun metal shade and "Miziggoo" rich maroon polish offer moody tones for trendy manicures. Wear the "Velvet Matte Lip Colour" in shades such as "Very Privé" for an intensely rich velvet matte formula on the big day or gift the precious packaging to bridesmaids. Nail colors ($50/each) and lip color ($90), sephora.com
While this last item is not necessarily a beauty product, it will help keep your skin fresh before the wedding! The "Screen Cleansing Towelettes" from Well-Kept will keep personal tech devices clean and smudge-free while also promoting clear, healthy-looking skin by removing oil and makeup from cell phones, keyboards, and other devices that tend to cause acne or blemishes. These purse-sized packages also make a great addition to a bridesmaid gift bag! $5.99, available at staywellkept.com, Sephora, Anthropologie, and Nordstrom.
Let us know if you try any of the products mentioned above! Do you have other beauty favorites for the winter months? Let us know in the comments!