Head-to-Toe Prep Guide for Your Wedding Day
You want everything to be perfect on your wedding day, from your dress to your skin. If you’re thinking about treating yourself to a few pre-wedding beauty treatments, use this guide to help you plan for the perfect results from head to toe in time for your big day.
Whether you just want smoother, brighter skin for your walk down the aisle or you want to address specific trouble spots, there are a variety of facial treatments that can help you look your best. Just make sure you’re working with an experienced board-certified dermatologist who can help you minimize side effects and maximize your results.
To get that healthy glow you want on your wedding day, you need to start the proper skincare regimen right now! The longer you are on the proper skincare, the better your skin will look. Ideally, brides would start on a customized skincare regimen at least six months before their wedding. However, depending on how soon your wedding is, this is not always possible. If you are within two weeks of your wedding day, do not start new skincare products, in case you have an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients.
If you do have enough time to begin a new skincare routine, find a doctor in your area who offers the Baumann Skin Type Questionnaire. This quiz only takes a few minutes to take and will use your answers to match you with your Baumann Skin Type. Once you know which of the 16 Baumann Skin Types you are, you can work with your dermatologist to create a customized skincare plan that’s right for your skin.
Many brides-to-be choose to get hyaluronic acid fillers before their wedding day to help get rid of lines and wrinkles or to plump up their mid-face area or lips. If you can, try to schedule your fillers six weeks ahead so you have time for a touch-up if necessary. Keep in mind that you will likely experience some amount of swelling and/or bruising in the first few days after your appointment, so do not schedule dermal fillers any sooner than two weeks before a big event.
Kybella™ is a great option for getting rid of a double chin before your wedding, but you’ll need to start your first treatment at least five months in advance. This is because you will need around 3 to 6 treatments spaced about one month apart in order to see the best results. As is the case with fillers, Kybella™ can leave you swollen for around two weeks after each treatment, so this is another procedure that shouldn’t be done directly before an important event. Ideally, you’ll be able to schedule a two-month window between your last Kybella™ treatment and your wedding day.
Whether you’re having a destination wedding at the beach or you simply want to fit perfectly into your dress, these popular body treatments can help.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal can help you get the smooth, sleek look you want for your wedding and honeymoon. However, most people need between 4 and 10 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, so schedule your first treatment as far in advance as you can so you can enjoy results by your wedding. Note that you’ll need to stay out of the sun throughout your treatment period, so if you’re headed to the beach for your wedding, you might want to hold off on laser hair removal until you get home.
If you have small pockets of fat like love handles, bra rolls, or a belly pooch that just won’t go away no matter how hard you try, you could be a great candidate for UltraShape Power. This is a nonsurgical device that uses ultrasound energy to help reduce stubborn fat. Most people see the best results after a series of three treatments, but you should notice an improvement in the contours of your body well before your final treatment is finished.
Don’t forget about eating a healthy, balanced diet and drinking plenty of water in preparation for your wedding day. Whenever possible, avoid salty foods, sugar, dairy, and alcohol before the big day, as these foods can lead to puffy eyes, breakouts, and dehydration. Instead, stock up on anti-inflammatory foods like salmon, green tea, and oatmeal, plus antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, strawberries, and pomegranates.
The Bottom Line
With a little preparation, your skin and body can be wedding-ready in practically no time. As soon as you can, sit down with a board-certified dermatologist to discuss your goals and timeline to help you get the most out of your beauty treatments and skincare regimen.