how to prep your skin for a boudoir session

Hello everyone!  I am Chelsea King, aesthetician and sugarist at Dermasweet here in Wilmington, NC. I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to talk to you about the best ways to prep your skin for a photo shoot. Not many think of this vital step of prepping your skin when it comes having to a stress-free session with Dana. Whether this is for a boudoir session, your wedding day, or just a special event, here are some great tips to get that glow that every girl wants.


Most women have their cleansing and moisturizing routine, but so many forget to take the time to exfoliate! Depending on the type of exfoliator being used, you want to exfoliate anywhere from 1 to 4 times a week. Most people are familiar with mechanical exfoliators (the ones with a little grit). For those with sensitive skin, you want to use an enzyme exfoliator (usually no grit) that is gentler on your skin. Here are ones I recommend using below. Be sure to choose one based on your skin type.

  1. Image Skincare’s Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque
  2. Pacifica’s Glow Baby Youthful Face Scrub
  3. Image Skincare’s Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder



Sheet masks are all the rage at the moment! You’ll see a ton of celebrities looking like mummies with this odd paper mask on their face before an event or photoshoot. Although there are a ton of options out there, most people use them for 2 purposes: to brighten or hydrate the skin. Sheet masks are a fun way to treat your skin’s needs, forcing you to sit back and relax. If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the go, looking for the next quick easy thing to do. But when it comes to your skin (and your sanity), just take a moment to sit back and let these masks do all the work.

  1. Brightening: 100 Percent Pure’s Ginseng Collagen Boost Mask
  2. Hydrating: 100 Percent Pure’s Green Tea Water Bomb Mask



Whether you consider yourself oily or dry, your skin needs hydration- especially from the inside out! Drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin clear and supple for a photoshoot or big event. Also, using these mists will help give your skin a boost of hydration.

  1. Tarte’s Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist
  2. Evian’s Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray
  3. Whamisa’s Organic Flowers Damask Rose Petal Mist



Facials are essential to your skincare routine. Many find it to be more of a luxury than a necessity, but it is so beneficial for your skin! When my clients at Dermasweet need to look their best, they come to get their skin in shape- extracting those clogged pores that are appearing larger, brightening the skin tone, and hydrating to keep the skin that desired glow. The go-to service for any event would be the Derma-Deep Facial.  After a consultation, we will decide on the best enzyme exfoliant to use on your skin to help correct any imbalance in the skin and achieve maximum results. This is also a great option if you find trying to buy skincare a bit overwhelming.



Try to avoid shaving those delicate areas. Most of you have heard of waxing, but I want to let you in on a secret that’s a little sweeter for the skin when it comes to hair removal. Sugaring paste is made of sugar, lemon juice, and water. You would apply this in the opposite direction of hair growth and pull in the same direction of hair growth. Many of my clients prefer this all-natural form of hair removal since it causes less trauma to the skin. It’s not hot, so less irritation occurs during and after the service. From your brows to your bikini, sugaring is a wonderful alternative for getting rid of those unwanted hairs. You can check out an overview of this service along with some tips before booking your appointment here:



This is probably the most important advice I could give. If you’re buying a new product or getting a service done by a professional, you need to have a trial run, weeks before any photos are taken. This is crucial. Everyone’s skin is unique in its own way, so anything out of the ordinary routine may cause unwanted irritation for the first time. You want to try out new products and services at least 4 weeks before your shoot, giving your skin time to adjust and see its reaction.



Please see a professional who is certified in sugaring (or waxing, depending on which route you take) for your hair removal needs. It takes a lot of skill and practice to execute the sugaring service and it is not something they teach in school. Do your research! That goes for facials as well! Make sure they are licensed estheticians before booking an appointment so you can feel safe knowing they are experienced in their field.


I hope this is helpful for you all!  If you have any skin related questions, I’m happy to help!  Visit or email me at