Blocking off part of your wedding week schedule for primping and pampering is an excellent idea! Spoiling yourself, if you've got all your wedding homework accomplished and are ready for the big day, is a great way to get in the mood for being "Princess for a Day" that weekend.
Unfortunately, not every beauty treatment out there gives you immediate results, and some of them are not intended to do so. The wrong timing of certain spa treatments can leave you wishing you hadn't tried to spoil yourself — sort of the no-good-deed-goes-unpunished philosophy.
Here are a few things you definitely shouldn't do within 10 days of your wedding:
A good treatment, for example, is supposed to draw out the impurities in your skin, and as a result, you often get a few really spectacular blemishes in the days following the facial. Great for the long term, but super bad news if you've got a bunch of new zits to deal with the week of your wedding. Anything more than a pure moisturizing treatment should be avoided — this isn't the time to risk a reaction on sensitive skin.
Avoid waxing your face or your bikini area the week before your wedding. I've consistently preached trying out new personal landscaping well in advance so you don't end up miserable and uncomfortable on the most romantic weekend of your life.
Don't despair — there are still plenty of things you can do to pamper yourself. Here are a few treatments to indulge in on the days leading up to your wedding.
Great for reducing stress and easing that muscle tension and pain you may be feeling if you've been hauling boxes to the post office or working non-stop on DIY projects. Reflexology is a fantastic option, too — a skilled technician knows how to hit pressure points that will help your whole body, not just your feet and hands. And we all know massages have a positive impact on our emotional well-being.
Estheticians can recommend a number of different options for reducing puffiness, wrinkles and lines, and those dreaded dark circles under your eyes. If you've been burning the candle at both ends, a good eye treatment will make you look much fresher on your wedding day, and in those forever pictures.
Spa Manicures and Pedicures
This is the time to invest in the pricier mani and pedi options at the spa. Paraffin dips help moisturize and defeat the ashy look skin can get in a dry climate. Callous removal on your feet will make those fantastic wedding shoes look and feel much better as you dance the night away. And if you have rough, dry hands, what better time to do as much triage as possible so your hands feel soft to your fiancé when you stand before the officiant to exchange vows? Plus, literally everybody will be checking out your hands to see the new wedding ring.
Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a full-service traditional and destination wedding planning company and Do-It-Yourself wedding planning consulting service for DIY brides and grooms based in the Washington, DC area. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show "Wedding Island," about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques. Sandy's book "How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional," will be released on March 1st, but is available online for pre-orders now where books are sold.