Whether you treat yourself to professional treatments or do it on your own, Seccuro says to reduce the risk of redness, irritation, or even allergic reaction, avoid glycolic peels, dermabrasion, or anything chemical for at least one month prior to your wedding day.
As to those new "quick touch-ups" -- injectable wrinkle fillers like Restalyne or wrinkle relaxers like Botox, New York plastic surgeon Andrew Marc Klapper, MD, says the bride, her mom, and her attendants should never wait until the last minute.
"I prefer three weeks prior to the wedding, so there are no signs of residual bruising, "says Klapper.
Seccuro says other, less-dramatic procedures such as a cool touch laser -- used for hyper pigmentation, to tighten pores, fix tiny broken capillaries, and give you the look of perfect skin -- can be done as soon as one week before your wedding.
The Dreaded Wedding Day Pimple
Experts say if you are already dealing with acne, and have attained some measure of control, keep on your regular treatment schedule. Also avoid new products -- including shampoos or makeup -- during the month before your wedding.
But what about that occasional pimple -- often caused by stress -- that pops out when you least expect it? According Mauro Romita, MD, medical director of the Ajune Spa in New York City, if a whitehead appears, a hot compress will reduce it, followed by a cold compress and "a tiny dab of benzyl peroxide to kill any bacteria."
If your skin is irritated from stress his solution is to apply cool cotton pads soaked in milk or chamomile tea, followed by an application of lukewarm water.
Celebrity makeup artist and bridal beauty expert Timothy Alan says his famous soap star clients have had great success with the "toothpaste zit zapper."
"If the blemish pops out the night before your wedding - or it looks like it's going to -- dab it with some toothpaste. But it has to be the paste type, not the gel type," says Alan, author of Two Faced: Confessions of a Soap Opera Make-Up Artist. This, he tells WebMD, will help shrink the pimple and dry it.
If redness persists in the morning, he says apply a drop of Visine (the eye care solution) on the pimple. "To cover up what's left apply a lighter shade of concealer on the pimple, then cover with your foundation, then dab on a tiny bit more concealer in a shade that matches your foundation," says Alan. To set the cover up, he says dust with finely milled face powder.
Groomed to Be a Bride
From plucking eyebrows to bikini waxing, from teeth whitening to self-tanning, experts say your wedding day is the time to splurge -- but not the day before you say, "I do."