Facials? Love ‘em. Peels? Yes, please. But throw in the word wedding, and the whole idea of creating a pre-wedding day regimen becomes confusing and downright intimidating. Suddenly, the pressure of doing everything according to the “correct” timeline so that our skin won’t go rogue on us is more than we can bear.
Our loyal friend Google is not shy in telling us its opinion on what treatments we should be scheduling when. But when we spoke to Gerald Imber, internationally renowned plastic surgeon of Youth Corridor clinic, he advised us to beware of such timelines—they do not work for everyone the same way. Since our skin type is truly unique to each of us, we require different treatments scheduled in different successions.
To make it easier, we’ve broken things down into a basic guideline that you can follow. Here’s how to schedule your treatments and what to ask, starting from a year before your wedding day!
At 12 Months
Schedule your first appointment at a reputable medical clinic. Facilities that focus on cosmetic and anti-aging treatments are best for someone looking for long-term treatment. Tell them you are looking to figure out the right skincare treatment plan leading up to your wedding day.
During your first visit, narrow down exactly what results you want by the end—lustrous skin? Calm down any redness? Reduce shine in your T-zone? Be specific!
Ask for a routine that consists of at-home skincare products, as well; don’t be shy about asking for things that are the best fit for your lifestyle and budget.
Don’t forget to mention the time of year you’re getting married (this includes your honeymoon plans). Extreme heat or cold, sun exposure, and wind chill can all negatively affect the skin when receiving deep chemical peels, dermaplaning, microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich plasma), laser, and IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments.
“If you’re having a fall wedding, you want to avoid laser skin rejuvenation, IPL, or deep chemical peels in June and focus more on skin tightening and lighter, more superficial chemical peels,” says Dr. Imber. Your first appointment may consist of a treatment—Youth Corridor typically suggests the No Peel Peel, to start.
Tons of time, still! At this stage, you can undergo treatments that require downtime, such as:
A deep chemical peel: this jumpstarts the skin’s exfoliation process and encourages faster skin cell turnover—which means blemish-free, smooth, and glowing skin!
Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma: this somewhat scary-looking treatment works for just about everyone. It uses cellular elements from your own blood to promote cell growth for an even-toned complexion.
Again—make sure you remind your doctor/aesthetician of the results you want to achieve. Having open communication ensures that you really maximize each appointment.
At 6 Months
Missed out on the above? You still have time to undergo some skin rejuvenating treatments like microneedling with PRP, laser, or IPL. Your first treatment may require more downtime—six months gives you ample time to shock your skin and then receive one to two additional peels or some microdermabrasion before your wedding day.
But mostly at this time, you should be focusing on treatments that help to maximize the results you see from dermaplaning and chemical peels when the skin sheds. You want to be regenerating and healing the skin at this point.
Almost there! “Being so close to the big day, focus on treatments you have already received and do not introduce anything new into your routine,” says Dr. Imber. This time is ideal for the last of your dermaplaning sessions.
Have your last professional treatment to really help deliver that bridal glow to your face (do not try any new treatments!). Avoid anything intense like extractions and deep peels; zero in on exfoliating treatments and using products that nourish and enrich your skin.
Finally, ask your medical professional for specific tips to prep your skin the week before your big day, and how they would recommend dealing with any stress-induced acne if anything appears on the day of. You did it!