The last thing you want on your special day is a skincare emergency! But plenty of brides experiment with treatments in the week (or even days) before their weddings. This can lead to last-minute disasters from bad reactions or inappropriately-timed treatments.
The easiest way to prep your skin for your wedding is to give yourself plenty of time. That’s why we’re bringing this up before spring has even sprung – if you’re getting married this summer, now is the time to start considering your skincare. The right first step is to schedule a free consultation with our medical spa. You’ll meet with our staff, have your skin evaluated and examined, and receive a customized treatment plan that will fulfill your every wish.
Below, we’ve put together a general timeline that most brides can follow pre-wedding. Your timing may need to be different based on your skin and your needs, so it’s a good idea to meet with a skincare professional at least 6 months out. Set this up no matter what you’re envisioning, and you’re sure to have enough time!
If you’re a big planner, your skincare will benefit. Taking plenty of time to tackle any existing skin conditions or concerns will allow you to proceed safely and conservatively. This way, there won’t be any unwelcome surprises. And if you’re hoping to improve acne or uneven pigmentation, this can take several months of repeat treatments and healing time.
No bride wants to face down brown spots, wrinkles, large pores, or redness once they’re in their wedding gown. Some of the treatments below will tame these issues and reveal perfect skin on the big day. These treatment options require multiple sessions at regular intervals, so brides need to start months before the wedding day.
Schedule a series of derm-administered light peels or microdermabrasion on both the face and body—especially if your dress exposes the décolleté, shoulders, back, or legs.
As the day draws closer, it’s still a good idea to consider a series of professional treatments. Discuss the potential for several months of facials or gentle chemical peels. These treatments will have your skin looking its best on your wedding day. You may also benefit from topical ointments that will help treat acne or improve skin texture.
Something else to consider is whether you’re going to extend your lashes. Some brides like false eyelashes, but those don’t always hold up throughout the wedding day (especially if tears are involved). Others try eyelash extensions. Our preferred option? Latisse, which thickens and lengthens your own lashes. Even if you get weepy during your wedding, your eyelashes will stay put and they’ll look better than ever! Full Latisse results tend to show around 16 weeks of regular application, so you’ll want to get started in advance.
We’re getting closer! At this point, you want to make sure that your daily regimen supports gorgeous, glowing and hydrated skin. Drink plenty of water and incorporate adequate fresh produce and vegetables into your diet. Get enough (or even too much!) sleep and exercise regularly. And no matter what you do, make sure you wear SPF daily! Now is the time to protect and enhance your skin.
Don’t try anything aggressive at this point – continue using your regular products, and regularly exfoliate and moisturize.
If you have specific fine lines or wrinkles you’ve been wanting to treat, now is the time to consider cosmetic injections. At one month out from your wedding, there’s adequate time to adjust results and allow for any swelling to completely fade.
The best thing for your skin at this point is to keep everything as normal as possible. We know you’re feeling stressed and likely not getting enough sleep, but you can still look your absolute best on your special day. Avoid salty or carby foods, as these lead your body to retain water and cause puffiness. If you do get a blemish, get a cortisone injection to shrink it without drying out your skin.
It’s finally here! Don’t overthink your wedding day skincare. Use a gentle exfoliating mask when you shower. Then, apply a hydrating serum before getting your makeup done. You’ll look naturally gorgeous and your absolute best when you walk down the aisle!
If you’re ever looking for help planning your wedding skincare, don’t hesitate to get in touch!