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Our Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor Elizabeth Swanson test drives the latest beauty products and treatments to help bring our brides-to-be the best of the best in the skin care, makeup, and hair world.
Who doesn't want a poreless, even-toned complexion for their wedding? So when New York Dermatologist Eric Schweiger suggested I try Laser Genesis as a way to get it, I was all ears. "It stimulates collagen production to decrease redness, improve the texture of the skin, and shrink the appearance of pores and wrinkles," he said, before adding that it's practically painless, not to mention safe for every skin type. I couldn't make an appointment fast enough.
What it's like:
There was no pain — just a bit of warmth when the laser hit my skin. After the treatment, the dermatologist applied a cooling, aloe vera sheet mask to my face, followed by a soothing moisturizer. It's also fast — I was in and out in 20 minutes. (Just before leaving, I did pop into the bathroom to make sure I wasn't too red to be seen in public. You could barely tell I had had anything done — there was just a little redness.)
When I woke up the next morning, my pores looked more refined and my red marks were less inflamed. And the results got better over time: My skin looked less oily, and more even, each day.
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The fine print:
Like most light treatments, you'll need four to six sessions in order to see a major difference. Schweiger recommends spacing the treatments two weeks apart, starting at least six months before your wedding. Price varies depending upon the dermatologist, but he charges $400 per treatment and offers a special buy-five-get-one-free package.
If you're after instant gratification, this might not be for you. But if you're patient, I say it's worth it. Consider it an investment: Not only will it give you noticeably better skin for your wedding, but every day after too, since it also helps prevent blemishes and fine lines. I, for one, can't wait for my next visit.