Beautiful Bridal Skin
Perhaps nothing is more beautiful than the natural glow of happiness that becomes every bride. But to help that glow along, experts at Bridal Guide magazine say schedule a series of monthly facials beginning as early as six months before your wedding. To help ensure your skin looks picture perfect on your wedding day they advise your last facial to be no later than two weeks before the big day.
And while a professional facial is a fabulous way to pamper yourself, Seccuro suggests brides to do their homework before choosing a facialist.
"There is a misnomer that says if your face looks red and your skin looks bad when you finish a facial it means it worked -- but that's not true," says Seccuro.
To be sure your skin will look better -- and not worse -- Seccuro advises making your appointment in person and look at those leaving the salon.
"If their skin isn't glowing and they don't look great -- look elsewhere for your facial," she says.
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.