Congratulations — you’re getting married! During this exciting and busy time, there’s so much to plan for and take care of, and you’ll want to make sure you’re taking extra good care of your skin too. On your big day, all eyes will be on you, and you’ll have many lasting photos taken, so you’ll want to be feeling like your best self. Today, there is a multitude of skin care tips and treatments available — some even specifically designed for brides to be.
But if you’re feeling overwhelmed or not sure where to start with skin care for your wedding, don’t worry. Here’s our suggested timeline for the best skin care practices to have you looking radiant by wedding time.
- 12 Months Before the Wedding
- Nine Months Before the Wedding
- Six Months Before the Wedding
- Three Months Before the Wedding
- One Month Before the Wedding
- The Big Day
12 Months Before the Wedding
When your wedding is 12 months away or more, it’s the perfect time to start planning out any skin care treatments you may need, and freshen up your skin care products and routine. If your wedding is coming up sooner than 12 months, it’s okay — just get started as soon as you can with your wedding skin care prep.
Schedule a Consultation With Your Aesthetic Clinic
This is a great time for an appointment with your clinician to discuss your skin goals and discuss the next steps. Rejuvenation Clinic of Sauk Prairie offers complimentary consultations, where a clinician will work with you, creating a customized skin treatment plan that best fits in with your goals and budget. We can work with your personal wedding deadlines and offer the best skin care advice for any type of wedding, planning around seasonal weather conditions or any additional concerns you may have.
Start Your Everyday Skin Care Routine
The earlier you can start a great skin care routine, the better! If your skin care habits need a little refreshing, now is the time. Be sure to make taking care of your skin a regular habit, including daily cleansing and moisturizing, as well as using sunscreen and a gentle exfoliator. Adding in a retinol product or vitamin C serum takes your skin care routine to the next level, and you’ll be sure to see brighter skin by wedding time.
Rejuvenation Clinic of Sauk Prairie is proud to offer our own exclusive line of skin care products that use natural, plant-based ingredients and work for any skin type, including sensitive skin. Your clinician can help tailor your skin care products to fit your skin type and needs.
Nine Months Before the Wedding
At nine months out, it’s the ideal time to get perfect skin for your wedding through more intensive skin treatments. You’ll want to start early enough before your wedding to see how the treatments affect your skin. However, you also don’t want to start too early — depending on the type of treatment you choose, the effects may not be as permanent or noticeable by your wedding day.
Laser Hair Removal
Now is a great time to consider a laser hair removal treatment. Pamper yourself with this popular procedure that uses beams of highly concentrated light to destroy hairs inside the follicle. With subsequent treatments, it’s possible the hair won’t grow back or become finer and lighter. Take away the stress of shaving or waxing for your wedding and get smooth skin and long-lasting results with laser hair removal treatments.
Start an Exercise and Nutrition Plan
If you haven’t already, this is also the right time to identify your health goals before the wedding and note how to accomplish them. Write down your exercise and nutrition goals and start a routine now for healthy habits. Exercising regularly and eating right are not only good for your body — these habits will help you manage the stress that comes with wedding planning — and help your skin look more radiant too. Stick to your goals and keep up your healthy routine right up to the wedding — and beyond.
Brighten and Lift Your Skin With Fillers
Another great skin treatment to consider is dermal fillers. In this non-invasive procedure, natural gel-like substances are injected under the skin’s surface with a fine needle. Dermal fillers are a great way to lift and fill any wrinkles or sagging areas of the face, while enhancing a youthful glow. Many young women and brides-to-be opt for this treatment to slow the signs of aging and give a natural, softer appearance. Many different types of dermal fillers are available, and your clinician can help you decide which ones are best for you.
Six to nine months before the wedding is the perfect time to try out dermal filler treatments to make sure you like the results. Then, an additional treatment can be scheduled one month before the wedding to have you looking your best. Dermal fillers are also a great idea for the mother of the bride, too!
Six Months Before the Wedding
By this point, many of your big wedding plans are coming together, and you’re getting closer to the big day. If you’ve been focused on healthy routines and skin care, you are probably already seeing positive results. At six months before the wedding, you’ll want to keep going with your skin care routines and any remaining skin treatments recommended by your clinician. You’ll also want to plan ahead for the big day with your wedding hair, skin care products and makeup.
Blemish and Acne Control
What bride wouldn’t want clear skin at her wedding? Thankfully, there are options for dealing with all sorts of acne and blemish issues, and this is a great time to get them under control before the big day. Two of the best options are BroadBand Light (BBL) and laser treatments for blemishes, both of which are offered at Rejuvenation Clinic of Sauk Prairie. With BBL treatment, your clinician uses a special applicator that delivers light energy and gentle heat to the skin, effectively reducing the appearance of freckles, age spots, spider veins, acne and even unwanted facial hair.
Laser treatments can also be used to get rid of moles, skin tags, keratoses and other benign skin growths and blemishes. Compared to other blemish treatments of the past, lasers can remove unsightly blemishes without the scarring, and with far less pain and downtime. If you have any skin blemishes of any type, consult with your skin care clinician for the best course of action, and you’ll be on track for clear skin for your wedding.
In a MicroLaser Peel (MLP), a thin layer of skin is removed, giving a more youthful appearance and improved texture to the face. These treatments can do more for the skin than your run-of-the-mill spa facials, and are much more effective and predictable than chemical peels — for the bride-to-be, MLP treatments are the perfect balance of gentle facial treatments that really deliver positive results.
Another great aspect of MicroLaser Peels is that they are not just for the face. These treatments can reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles, sun damage, scars and other irregularities. They can be applied to the neck, chest and hands too — for a truly rejuvenated look all over.
Makeup Trial Run
At around six months before your wedding, you’ll want to plan out your hair care, skin care and makeup that you’ll use on the big day. If you are using a salon for hair and makeup services, get that booked now. By this time, you should have a solid skin care routine and products that you are familiar with. Make sure you have on hand all of the skin care and makeup products that you plan on using on your wedding day.
Give your wedding day skin care and makeup a test run to make sure you don’t have any allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients in the products you’ve chosen — you don’t want any unexpected skin reactions on your special day. Also, make sure your makeup gives you the look you want for your wedding.
Three Months Before the Wedding
Your wedding date is getting much closer, and many of the details should be falling into place. This is a great time to wrap up any recommended skin care treatments and really focus on the areas or aspects of your skin you want to improve. Keep up your regular skin care routine as well as the healthy habits you’ve developed.
At three months before the wedding, it’s a great time to do a trial run of spray tanning. You want an even, natural-looking tone that complements your complexion — and your dress — so, it’s a good idea to make sure you like the color of the spray tan. Schedule another appointment closer to the wedding date too, so you have the tan you want for the big day. Spray tanning is a much safer alternative to tanning in the sun or a tanning bed. You’ll avoid damaging rays and prevent early skin aging, while still looking tanned and glowing on your wedding day.
Still Seeing Problem Areas?
If you’ve been exercising regularly and eating healthfully, maybe you see some positive results, or maybe you’re just not quite where you want to be with your wedding skin prep. Or maybe it’s just been difficult to stick to your nutrition and exercise goals, and you’re in need of a little extra boost. Don’t feel bad if you are not quite reaching your health goals — just keep doing your best to exercise regularly and eat nutritious foods.
If you’re looking for a little extra help in this department, consider an EMSCULPT treatment to help you gain confidence and get closer to your goals. The non-invasive, revolutionary EMSCULPT treatment is one of the most popular body treatments before weddings. With this treatment, electromagnetic energy is focused on the target area of the body to contract the muscles in a similar way to performing crunches at the gym, but without the workout. These intense contractions give tone and definition to the muscles and help to get rid of fat.
Transition out of Any Major Skin Treatment Procedures
If you’ve been using any skin care treatments or procedures, now is the time to book the last appointments or make the transition away from them for now. All treatments are different, but some can come with some downtime or after-effects that you don’t want too close to your wedding date. Your skin care clinician can advise you on how many treatments you need and how to transition out of the treatments in time for the big day. Keep up your basic skin care routine with cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens and gentle exfoliants.
One Month Before the Wedding
It’s officially crunch time for wedding prep. With only a few weeks left until your special day, you’ll want to be sure you have everything organized and on track. At this time, focus on keeping stress at bay as much as possible, keeping up with your healthy fitness and skin care routines and finalizing any remaining details.
Don’t Try Any New Treatments
It’s best to be gentle with your skin in the last weeks leading up to the wedding, so if you haven’t already stopped heavier or intensive skin care treatments, now is the time to do so. It’s also a good idea to stay away from any new treatments or products. You don’t want any adverse side effects, sensitivities or reactions now, so don’t start anything new. By now, you should have a solid skin care routine that works — stick with it right up to the wedding.
If you had your first Botox, Dysport, or another dermal filler injection 6-9 months before the wedding, repeat the treatment one month before for a final touch!
Focus on Healthy Habits
With only a month to go before the wedding, it’s time to put your focus on some of the smaller, impactful habits you should be practicing every day. These healthy habits will prepare you for both the wedding and your life after it:
- Drink plenty of water: You don’t want to become dehydrated, and it’s easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re stressed. Make sure you’re staying hydrated to keep healthy and keep your skin in top shape.
- Challenge your exercise and nutrition routine: Keep up with the good habits you’ve already put in place, and kick it up a notch this month, if you can handle it. However, consistency and staying healthy are best, so don’t overdo it and push yourself too hard. Crash dieting and too much exercise don’t always work and could leave you feeling tired, sick or injured.
- Practice meditation and stress-relieving practices: Planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful — especially in those last few weeks. Now more than ever is a great time to focus on stress relief and self-care. Try meditation, yoga, time with loved ones and other self-care practices, even if you can only spare a few minutes each day.
- Eat healthy, whole foods: Especially this month, try to avoid overly salty foods and processed carbs to keep your body and skin looking its best. Instead, load up on fresh, whole foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Use moisturizers: Be sure to keep up your regular skin care routine, and most importantly, use your moisturizers. Use these products on your face, and don’t forget about your neck and hands too. Moisturize several times a day if needed, and especially in dry weather, to keep your skin from drying out.
The Big Day
It’s finally here — the day you’ve been planning and waiting on for months. You’ve worked hard on every detail of the day to look and feel your very best. Now it’s time to shine with your radiant, youthful look and enjoy your wedding. The most important part of this day is focusing on spending the rest of your life with your partner, so try to relax about all of the details now and just enjoy your beautiful day.
We know you want to look and feel your best on this special day, and Rejuvenation Clinic of Sauk Prairie can help you feel like the best version of yourself. Wherever you are in the wedding planning process, come see us for a free consultation, and we will help you with the best skin care treatments and procedures in the months leading up to your wedding. Contact us today to get started on your wedding skin care.