The summer wedding season is in full swing. Every bride wants to look their best on their big day. Especially when it comes to their skin. But how do you get that beautiful, glowing skin? It's easy. Ask an expert!
We reached out to some of the top estheticians across the country in search of an answer to this question:
What is your top recommendation for brides that want their skin to look awesome on their wedding day?
I think you'll find our experts' answers to be both helpful and surprising. Things like Dragons Blood, Hyaluronic Acid, and the specific line of makeup you should wear for your wedding photos. Heck,even if you're not a bride, you should enjoy this advice from expert skin care professionals...
Sara, Owner of Sara Mattson Skin Therapy:
Obtaining "cover girl" ready skin is paramount on the to-do list of every bride. We all know that glowing skin starts from within - so add a splash of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar to your water on a daily basis. This little trick reveals its results by producing a brighter, healthier looking complexion in as little as one week. The longer you stick with it, the better your skin will look. So make it consistent.
If you are a bride dealing with acne, find an esthetician who is a certified acne specialist. Give yourself a minimum of 90 days prior to your wedding to work your way to a clear complexion. Since new acne lesions take 90 days to form and reach the surface of the skin, you need to allow ample time for specific products and treatments to work. For acne sufferers, let ice be your best friend. Ice the skin, morning and night, for 2 minutes after cleansing to quickly reduce inflammation and expedite healing.
Also, whatever condition your skin is in, the facial I rely on for my brides is a combination facial featuring LED + NUFACE + Oxygen Therapy! This powerful treatment is so effective, celebrities book it before every red carpet event. It instantly brightens the skin tone, smooths surface lines and texture, as well as lifts and plumps the skin - revealing a radiantly beautiful complexion! Schedule 3-6 bi-monthly treatments leading up to and concluding the week of your wedding.
Regarding skin care at home, it's not a one-size-fits-all approach. A seasoned esthetician will recommend specific topicals for your exact skin type and condition. However, one topical that I am a resounding supporter of is a moisturizer containing Dragons Blood. This extract works by forming a unique second-like skin around the face which acts as a primer for your makeup. It has an instantaneous way of plumping up fine lines so the skin looks freshly exfoliated and glowing - just like you stepped out of the spa! This well-rounded approach will leave every bride confident and effortlessly glowing on their big day!
Adam, Owner of Adam's Skin Care:
First and foremost, don't change anything too drastically at least 3 weeks before the big day. I suggest starting with a skin care professional no later than six months before your wedding. During that period of time, I would suggest some experimental treatments. Sometimes, brides will want to try a more aggressive treatment - such as a chemical peel - too close to their wedding date. That's never a good idea considering there are always chances of experiencing some type of a reaction. One treatment that has been around forever and is "tried and true" is microdermabrasion. When clients ask me about microdermabrasion, I describe it as a treatment that is for a client who has great skin and wants to keep it that way. So if we've had you on a great routine for six months prior to your bid day, and you're happy with your skin, it's a great companion treatment - even as close as two weeks pre wedding.
Outside of that, some other ingredients to look for, which will really help prepare the skin to look it's best, are vitamin A (anti-aging), vitamin C (helps even out skin tone) Hyaluronic Acid (moisturizing and plumping), and a rather obvious one - daily sunscreen, which should be applied often during sun exposure.
Nicole, Owner of Reverse Vanity Spa:
My top recommendation for bridal skin care can be summed up by the word, "consistency". Seek out a professional evaluation and start an at-home regimen and treatment program that targets the areas that you are trying to correct or enhance. Most often, brides set the "big day" with enough time in advance to make a lot of progress with their skin care. It's important to correct issues sooner rather than later, and then stick with a plan that maintains your results. In some cases, it may take the skin several months to adjust to new treatments and products, making it all the more important to be consistent with your goals. Do not look for a quick-fix solution to any skin care issue, because they don't exist! The skin is very complex, yet also very delicate. And just like any other goal in life, great skin takes great persistence!
Melissa, Owner of Serendipity Spa:
Preparing for your special day is best when you start 6+ months in advance of your big day. At Serendipity Spa, I recommend a skin care program which consists of vitamin C, AHAs, Retinols, eye cream, SPF, and a masque. In addition to your skin care, professional treatments 1x/month (individual conditions may vary) will get your skin glowing for your wedding day. Personally, I love our Triple Luxe Facial, which combines microdermabrasion, a facial (to boost oxygen), red light therapy, topped off with a light chemical peel. This "creme dela creme" treatment will turn dull skin into healthy, glowing skin after just one visit. And lastly, don't forget about your wedding photos! Jane Iredale mineral makeup is a must the day of your wedding. This particular line will provide a beautiful matte finish that will last the entire duration of your big day!
Thanks again to Sara, Adam, Nicole, and Melissa for their expert advice to one of the more popular questions this time of year. And don't forget to check out their websites if you're interested in getting some professional treatments.
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