It goes without saying that just as a bride wants her wedding to be flawless, she dreams of a flawless complexion on the big day, too. It’s a safe assumption that on no other occasion will a woman be as photographed as on her wedding day, so the desire for glowing, smooth, pore-less skin is a given. Maintaining a regular ritual of washing, exfoliating, toning and hydrating is key to achieving healthy skin for the “I do” moment, but it is also advisable to have a few facials in the months and weeks leading up to the wedding day, to give skin a little extra boost. (Another pro tip: Take probiotics daily for inside-out beauty.) Along with, or in lieu of, a basic steam-extract-exfoliate-mask facial, these five types of treatments represent the latest, most effective derma technologies — not to mention the red carpet secrets of Hollywood's A-List — for guaranteed radiance come wedding day.
Pesky acne scars are just one of the targets of this popular technique, also known as collagen induction therapy, which consists of pricking the surface of the skin with a device containing tiny, sterile needles. When wounded, even very lightly, the skin responds by producing more skin cells, which leads to boosted cell turnover and regeneration that can diminish fine lines, scars and discoloration. Additionally, the treatment plumps the skin because it’s creating more collagen. In a spa or dermatologist’s office, the treatment is often done in combination with powerful plant stem cells, which are pushed deeper into the skin because of the needles. (Or in the case of naturopathic doctor Nigma Talib, with super healing, plumping blood plasma.) There is no downtime, and with a tiny derma roller device brides can keep up the therapy at home, too.
This technique for exfoliation is gaining in popularity, according to celebrity facialists like Georgia Louise (whose clients include Emma Stone and Amy Schumer). If you’re someone who wears a lot of makeup on a regular basis, it’s an option worth exploring. With this treatment, a practitioner uses a thin, 10-gauge scalpel to remove the top layer of dull, dead skin, revealing a fresher, brighter, softer new layer below. It makes for silky smooth makeup application for the big day, as well as a flawless finish. There’s zero downtime, and it also means there will be no peach fuzz showing up in the sunlight or a camera flash.
If you only get one facial before the big day, make it an oxygen facial. It’s what stars do just before stepping foot onto the red carpet, and it’s safe for everyone — even for those with sensitive skin. Oxygen is an instant pick-me-up for the complexion. At spas such as the Spa at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, the treatment infuses hyaluronic acid serums by Intraceuticals using cooling oxygen, which makes it super plumping and hydrating. There is no redness, no down time, and since oxygen itself is antibacterial, the treatment makes your face an inhospitable environment for potential last-minute pimples.
Julianne Moore’s facialist Joanna Vargas maintains her clients’ flawless skin with healthy doses of LED light therapy, which is a noninvasive way to fight fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, acne and other issues. The mostly red, blue and white lights are anti-inflammatory, which is great for right before a big event. Moreover, you don’t feel a thing, except perhaps some very slight warming. Additionally, LED helps destroy acne-causing bacteria, stimulates collagen production, tightens and tones. It’s also an effective way to improve skin texture, which of course is top of mind in the face of hundreds of closeups and that all-important first kiss.
Galvanic, Microcurrent and Radio Frequency
If lifting and tightening are your main concerns pre-wedding, a facial harnessing a bit of electricity might be the ticket. They’re such powerful therapies that Face Place (with locations in NYC and LA) offers only one facial that uses galvanic current to penetrate an anti-aging vitamin C solution deep into the dermis, stimulating and regenerating skin tissue for a firmer visage with less visible lines and pores. Louise preps famous faces with microcurrent and galvanic treatments, which brighten as well as tighten with the help of vitamin infusions and collagen masks. The latter stimulates the lymph and can hide tired-eye bags, while radio frequency is helpful for boosting skin’s elasticity — all positives for a woman on the verge of her nuptials.