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My experience as a bridesmaid
Earlier this year I had the honour of being one of my cousins’ bridesmaids on her big day. It was such a beautiful day in Cheshire, UK, and being able to spend the entire wedding process with her was a great pleasure. But naturally, even though it wasn’t my big day, a million psoriasis-related things were running through my mind during the planning process such as ‘How am I going to deal with an emergency flare-up?’, ‘Will the dress cover areas that I want covered?’, ‘How will my skin react to the makeup…?’
Ever since a young age, I have always found dress hunting so daunting, so you can only imagine how I was feeling when the choice of dress was in the hands of someone else. Luckily, with it being my cousin, I was able to voice how I felt and my concerns on having my skin on show. I get particularly funny about having my back and legs out, and so my main concern was if the dress was going to be backless or short. After much searching and discussions, my cousin found the perfect beautiful ivory green dress – a floor length dress with a laced high back.
Getting my make-up done
Prior to the wedding, I had never had my make up done by someone else, so I did feel slightly out of my comfort zone and nervous trusting the make up artist to do my face on the day. It’s difficult because no one really understands my skin like I do, in particular my face and how it’ll respond to certain products. The thing about my facial psoriasis is one day it can be on its best behaviour and cooperating with my make up, and the next it could be the complete opposite. So the uncertainty of how my skin was going to behave on the day was stressful.
To make sure I kept the flare-up to a minimum, the night before the wedding day, I ensured I cleansed and exfoliated my face, and applied all my creams. I did the same again on the morning of the wedding, plenty of hours before getting my make up done, so that my face had time to absorb and take in the creams.
When it came to getting my face done, I explained to the artist why my skin was red. In the end, because I was so unsure about the products they would use, I asked her to use a base of my choice and my foundation that I usually use. She was more than happy to work around my suggestions and concerns.
Being prepared for an out-break emergency
As the wedding was away from home, it meant that I would be away from my normal routine and diet for a week. Generally, my skin is quick to sense when there’s a change in environment, and I was extremely concerned this would happen during the wedding week.
So whilst packing to go away for the week, as well as having all my beautiful outfits, it was important that I was prepared for any sudden out-breaks and had all my essentials, such as creams, oils, exfoliators and cleansers. The hardest part was remembering to apply all of my products, when there’s so much going on, it can be difficult to stick to your usual routine or regime. I do also sometimes use camouflage make up to cover up scarring and psoriasis pigmentation when it’s severe, so I had that packed up too.
To add to the mix and my worry, the wedding was also in March where it’s still fairly chilly in the UK. If you have psoriasis, you may also know that for most people psoriasis doesn’t particularly enjoy the colder seasons, in comparison to the warmer months.
In addition to the bridesmaid dress, the wedding week also meant wearing many different Indian outfits too, which also meant my skin was under more pressure to be on its best behaviour. Luckily, I can say my psoriasis was in 100% cooperation and there were no stressful out-breaks on the big day. Preparation is key in such situations and try not to let your psoriasis get in the way of enjoying such special events.
UK/IE MAT-20674 Date of Preparation: October 2018
Blog post developed in partnership with LEO Pharma