How to get glowing (and smooth) skin for your wedding
If there's one day in your life that you want crystal-clear, smooth, and glowing skin, it's your wedding day. But, the months leading up to your big day can feel overwhelming. This can lead to dark undereye circles, uneven pigmentation, and dullness caused by lack of sleep, stress, and a less-than-stellar diet.
Luckily, there's plenty of time to look and feel amazing before your wedding with these six aesthetic dermatological treatments:
1. Laser hair removal
There's no better excuse than your wedding (and honeymoon) to treat yourself to laser hair removal. A series of sessions can eliminate the need to shave your armpits, pubic regions, and legs regularly. So worth it!
Laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin in the hair follicles, which selectively destroys them. Each session permanently reduces hair by 10-to-15 percent. Because laser hair removal requires multiple sessions, planning should be done nine-to-twelve months before your wedding. Best of all, laser hair removal is safe and effective on all skin types, from fair to dark.
Botox is on the rise for those getting married. Why? Because it helps keep the skin in tip-top shape, which is essential for all those Instagram posts. A neuromodulator, Botox smooths away crow's feet, frown lines, and forehead lines almost instantly.
Botox works by relaxing the underlying muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines, by temporarily blocking signals from the nerves. After a single treatment, you'll start seeing results within three to seven days. They'll last anywhere from two to four months, and then it'll be time for another treatment.
3. Clear + Brilliant
Want exceptionally glowing skin on your big day? Clear + Brilliant can help! A non-invasive fractional laser that rejuvenates the skin from the inside out, Clear + Brilliant produces results that can last for months. It evens skin tone and texture, reduces the appearance of pores, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, and reverses sun damage.
Clear + Brilliant works by gently resurfacing the dermis' top layer by creating millions of microscopic treatment zones in the skin. Many people notice significant results after a series of treatments spaced two to four weeks apart.
Dreaming of poutier lips? Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, like Juvéderm, can help give you the look you desire for your big day. Juvéderm restores shape and volume to the face, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, plumping lips, and contouring cheeks.
Juvéderm is made from hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body that keeps the skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid production decreases with age, contributing to fine lines, sagging, and hollow cheeks. Juvéderm helps to plump and smooth out the skin by restoring lost hyaluronic acid. You'll notice instant results after treatment, and they can last between 12 months and two years, depending on the formulation used.
Interested in a little skin-firming and lifting action? You should consider getting a Thermage treatment roughly six months before your wedding. A non-invasive procedure, Thermage can tighten loose skin almost anywhere on the body, such as legs, arms, neck, and stomach, after just one treatment.
How does it work? Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to tighten, firm, and lift loose skin. Results are seen gradually within the six months following treatment and last years.
6. IPL photo facials
Need a confidence boost before you say, "I do"? Intense pulsed light (IPL) photo facials can remove years of sun damage and acne scarring, helping you look and feel your best on your wedding day. IPL photo facials can brighten skin, even out skin tone, reduce pore size, treat irregular pigmentation and shallow acne scars, and refine and brighten the skin.
IPL treatments work by using light energy to target a specific color in the skin. When the skin is heated, the body then gets rid of the unwanted cells, such as those that cause redness. Typically, a series of treatments is recommended to achieve desired results.
When it comes to prepping for your wedding day, many energy-based dermatological treatments can help you achieve glowing, smooth skin. Always go to a very trusted and experienced aesthetic dermatology provider, such as LaserAway, where you can talk through your goals in detail with a knowledgeable treatment specialist.
- "13 Brides Share the Prewedding Skin Treatments That Got Them Their Glow," Self, June 5, 2017.
- "Get Radiant Skin For Your Wedding Day," Inside Weddings, n.d.