Are you engaged and getting married within the next 4-18 months and wondering what skin treatments to receive before your wedding and when? If so, read on for some beauty advice that you can add into your wedding prep plans!
Last week we attended a lovely event put on by Wedding Wire, and had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of brides. It was very interesting to us that while many plan to spend thousands of dollars on the dress, the flowers, the food...many of them had put very little thought into their most important investment- themselves!! Of course, you want to look your best on one of the biggest days of your life, but why not take advantage of the time you have and set up a personalized pre-wedding beauty regimen that is going to not only benefit you for that one day, but potentially for years to come!
Some of the beauty and cosmetic treatments to receive before your wedding might be laser hair removal, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), chemical peels, vessel removal, dark spot removal, acne treatments, injectables and more! Depending on how much time you have before your wedding, you can take advantage of some of these as soon as one month before your wedding, though for some treatments, having 1 year to 18 months of time is preferable.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
If you're wearing a strapless dress, or heading on to a sunny locale for your honeymoon, you may want to consider reducing the hair on your underarms, bikini, arms, or legs. Not only will this ensure that you don't have a shadow or ingrown hairs, the effects of laser hair removal last well beyond your wedding and it is an excellent investment long-term. If you can only squeeze in one treatment, you can do so 2-3 weeks before your wedding date and that will certainly ensure that you're smooth and hair free for 6 weeks, but beset results are seen with 6 treatments minimum, spaced about 6 weeks apart, so for you ladies that have 9 months to a year, this is ideal.
INTENSE PULSED LIGHT
Trends in dresses are lending themselves to open backs and off the shoulder or strapless silhouettes, so if you are lighter skinned and suffering from sun damage in these areas, you may want to consider a series of IPL treatments to reduce the appearance of dark spots so that your exposed skin looks smooth and bright. If you're in a pinch, you can get one treatment 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding date, but best results are seen with 3+ treatments spaced about 6 weeks apart, so for ladies that have 3-6 months, this is a great time frame.
Chemical peels are great for many skin concerns including pigmented acne scarring, melasma, and overall rejuvenation of the skin. Chemical peels can be done on any skin tone or type and can be customized. They reveal more radiant skin, so that you will have a special glow that's not just from cosmetics. Because they can involve a little bit of social downtime, you may want to schedule your peel about 3-4 weeks before your wedding. If you're battling a more serious skin concern, you should consider a series of chemical peels which can help to lighten and brighten pigmented skin, or help to correct acne. Since the peeling process can take about a week each time, give yourself 4-6 months to complete a series of peels. Peels can also be done on the back and chest as well, so options are endless!
If you've suffered with acne scars in the past that have left you with an uneven texture, this is an optimal treatment to receive prior to your big day. You will likely be photographed hundreds, if not thousands, of times by friends and family, and your photographer. Uneven texture may not be able to be masked by makeup, and who wants to rely on retouching? You can improve the texture and tone of your skin markedly with a series of skin resurfacing treatments. It is recommended to have at least 4 of them, and ideally you would start 6 months ahead of time, or more, if you have it.
If you're getting married, please feel free to comment below with questions about treatments, or tell us what you plan on getting done. For all you recent brides out there, also feel free to tell us about your wedding prep plans and any favorite treatments you had!