By Staci Reith, LME
Timing is important, as is professional advice. You need to start taking care of your skin months in advance so that your skin is clear and glowing for your wedding day, as well as all the photographs which will surely be taken. Remember, this does take time. Start with a facial from a qualified esthetician who will identify your skin type, address your concerns, help identify your goals, and establish a good home-care regimen. Do not start new products (including self-tanners), or treatments, right before your pictures or your wedding. Knowing which products are right for you is not a guess you want to make just before the big day. The results can be disastrous if the products don’t do well with your skin type, and you can spend precious time trying to cover up the mistake. You want to give your skin time to adapt to new treatments, products and if necessary, a new home-care routine.
Here is a simple timeline to get you started and an introduction to a few of my favorite products:
6 Months before the Wedding day. (or now, you can’t start too soon)
• You will want to consult with an esthetician and create a plan to help you achieve your skin-care goals. This should include regular facials, chemical peels and/or microdermabrasion treatments and skin care products specific to your skin type (including a moisturizer or stand-alone sun protection product).
• You may want to begin laser hair removal treatments – laser hair removal is time consuming and will require patience and dedication to consistent treatments but, you will see long-term results. However make sure your most recent treatment before the big day is at least 10 days prior.
• You will continue working with your esthetician and following her recommendations.
• You may want to begin eyelash growth serums – false eyelashes can be tricky to work with and are of course, temporary. There are several serums that produce longer, thicker eyelashes (Latisse, Revitalash and Lilash are just a few), giving you the most natural looking lashes.
- For uneven skin tones you will want to try a product that evens your complexion and lightens dark spots. Organic products like Eminence Bright Skin Moisturizer are great. This moisturizer contains sun protection, lightens the appearance of dark spots, hydrates, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
• Continue working with your esthetician and following her recommendations.
• If you choose to wax for hair removal this is the time to start, especially if you are waxing for the first time. You want to receive your first treatment a month before your wedding day to see how your skin reacts. Then, reschedule another wax a day or two before your wedding. Waxing will eliminate the short, dark stubble that appears a day or two after shaving and leaves you with nice smooth skin.
• If you choose eyelash extensions (individual, pre-curled lashes are applied to each of your natural lashes) a new set can last 3-4 weeks. You will want to make sure you like the overall look and then schedule a touch up, or fill, one week before your pictures or wedding day. Eyelash extensions are generally thicker than your natural eyelashes, eliminating the need to wear mascara.
• Get a manicure and pedicure – a shellac or gel nail treatment is a great way to extend the life of your nail polish.
• Now is the time to receive a body treatment, like a sugar scrub, to exfoliate your skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Eminece Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is an excellent exfoliant that can be used at home and is gentle enough for daily use on the face or body. It also acts as an astringent that removes impurities and shrinks pores, while buffing and smoothing the skin’s texture.
• Got blemishes? Glymed Plus Skin Astringent No. 5 and Skin Medication No. 5 are two products that create the perfect cocktail of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to penetrate pores, loosen impacted debris and kill bacteria that cause acne and breakouts. Great to spot treat those minor blemishes.
• Time to pamper yourself from all the stress up to this point. Now is the time receive a massage which will help to relieve tension and stress, leaving you relaxed and ready to enjoy your big event.
• You will also need to touch up your eyelash extensions.
• Schedule one last facial (non-extracting) to soothe, brighten and hydrate your skin. Now is the time to address and soothe any under eye puffiness (late nights are common as you approach the big day). Try Eminence Cucumber Eye Gel.
• Receive your final wax treatment.
As you continue planning your wedding, allow you and your esthetician plenty of time to try new facial treatments and work to have healthy, vibrant skin for the big day. A knowledgeable esthetician should be in your list of trusted wedding experts. We are here to help you obtain beautiful, radiant skin.
Staci Reith is a licensed master esthetician at Inside Out Medical Spa (fka Laser MD)
Photograph by Every Little Moment Photography