How to Get Glowing Wedding Skin
July 6, 2018
Countdown tips on how to get your skin in top-notch shape before your wedding.
All eyes will be on you on your BIG day. And you want glowing skin for the walk down the aisle, but how do you achieve this? We’ve got the inside scoop from Dr. Paul Lubitz — like when to schedule facials and treatments before the ‘I dos’, as well as beauty basics.
Four to Six Months Prior
Schedule a Visit with Your Dermatologist
If you have major skin concerns like acne and uneven pigmentation, it’s best to get the situation under control well in advance. In addition, brown spots, fine lines, pores, and redness can be attended to with lasers.
You can book resurfacing treatments like Cynosure SmartSkin CO2 laser. But because it may require multiple sessions and several months to see their cumulative benefits, “you need to start as early as possible,” explains Dr. Lubitz. This is also the right time to schedule a series of derm-administered light peels or microdermabrasion on both the face and body—especially if your dress exposes the décolleté, shoulders, back, or legs.
To determine whether laser skin resurfacing with CO2 laser is a good option for you, we would be happy to offer you a complimentary consultation.
If laser isn’t your thing, we have a range of skin care products that can tackle acne and premature aging. The Obagi Nu-Derm System (when combined with prescription Tretinoin) is clinically proven to help address the signs of aging in all skin types.
In a study of the Nu-Derm System with Tretinoin, at week 24:
- 96% of patients showed an improvement in dark spots and discoloration
- 100% of patients reported it was “more effective” or “much more effective” than other medications they had tried
- 96% of patients were no longer very embarrassed or very self-conscious about their skin.
Dr. Lubitz and his staff have over 15 years of experience successfully utilizing Obagi Skin Products with their patients.
“Shrink” Your Pores With Microneedling
We want to give it to you straight, so first, the bad news: You can’t change the size of your pores. “The deeper a pore is, the bigger it looks on the skin’s surface,” says Dr Lubitz. The good news: You can minimize the depth of your pores to make them seem smaller. “Microneedling, glycolic acid and other chemical peels will exfoliate layers of bad skin and minimize pore surface,” Lubitz says.
Typically a series of 3 – 6 treatments is recommended depending upon your area of correction and concern. Treatments are usually spaced in 4-week intervals. Patients with deep wrinkles, advanced sun damage, prominent stretch marks, and significant scarring usually require 6 or more treatments to achieve the desired results.
Three Months Prior
Schedule Professional Facials
Your wedding is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering. You’ll want to book monthly facials to really refresh your skin. Our experienced aestheticians at Art of SKIN will massage your skin, scalp and décolleté to stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin looking healthy. You can also request extractions. This is when you can get all the dirt out of your pores. The process takes preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation, or worse, scarring.
Our fave at home skin care products:
- FIFTH ELEMENT advanced cellular skin care’s Pumpkin Cleanser It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties making it an ideal for reducing black heads and pimples
- GliSODin’s Advanced Skin Brightening Formula is formulated with nutraceuticals to promote an even skin tone and a healthy complexion
Make Time for a Complexion Check-In
Book an appointment with your Art of SKIN so we can see how your skin is responding to any new prescriptions and products, says Dr. Lubitz. At this point, there is still time to tweak your regimen so you get the best results by your wedding day.
Two Months Prior
Wear SPF 50+…Even On Your Lips
This is a given but so easily overlooked to protect your skin from UV rays. If you spend lots of time outdoors, especially in windy weather, protect your face and lips. Keep in mind, it’s easier to prevent your lips from getting chapped than it is to repair them if they’re already dry and cracked. We love love love (like, really love) these mineral sunscreens:
Permanent Makeup Solutions
Do your brows need filling? Do your lips need to be filled, lined, straightened, or rounded? Maybe you’d like to have eye liner applied. Save time on your wedding day with permanent makeup. Explore your options and what to expect by booking a complimentary appointment.
Art of SKIN is an approved Non-Hospital Surgical Facility, we follow strict guidelines for sterilization procedures and the restriction of cross contamination.
One Month Prior
To boost your pre-ceremony glow, have your dermatologist do a gentle exfoliation, like a light chemical peel or a gentle laser treatment, says Dr. Lubitz. Compound the effects by drinking loads of water, getting adequate sleep, exercising, and maintaining a well-balanced diet. He also cautions against trying any new products or aggressive at home treatments. Instead, stick to wearing extra sun protection, using a mild exfoliator, and applying moisturizer regularly to your face and body.
Reduce Sunspots With a Chemical Peel
Peels are designed to slough off dead skin and bring new, fresh skin to the surface. To make the most of these spa treatments, you’ll want to book a series of peels. In our practice, the most commonly used superficial peeling agent is glycolic acid (a natural product derived from sugar cane). Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is used as the mid depth peeling agent, and has been safely used in medicine for over 150 years. All patients will receive a consultation prior to treatment. During the consultation, we will discuss whether a chemical peel treatment is the best treatment option in your particular case, the areas to be treated, and the degree of treatment desired to achieve the best results.
Three Weeks Prior
Shampoo Your Makeup Brushes
Every time you swipe on your blush with a dirty brush, you add a layer of acne-causing bacteria to your skin. Cleaning your brushes is easy: Just suds them with shampoo, rinse them and hang them to air-dry with the bristles facing down. It will make your makeup colors truer too.
One Week Prior
Make smart food choices
Cut out salt, dairy, sugar, and bread from your diet. Oh, and booze too! It is all in the name of depuffing. Book a depuffing facial “As much as you should avoid it, many brides end up trying to manage stress with wine that last week, which leads to puffiness,” says Dr. Lubitz.
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Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in the skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.