The Wedding Beauty Routine You Need to Start 1 Month Before the Big Day

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Bridal gown? Check. Venue? Check. Glowy skin and shiny hair? Coming right up. You’ve set the date, and—admit it—you have a countdown clock that scrolls in your head every single day (or maybe minute). The trick to not getting stressed out is using your time wisely and knowing when to tackle different projects—like getting your hair and skin right where you want them.

The wedding is officially just a handful of weeks away, and it will be here in the blink of an eye. When you hit the one-month countdown—a moment that seemed so far away when the wedding planning began—everything is pretty much in place, with just a few finishing touches remaining on the to-do list. The same can be said about your wedding beauty timeline. Just like every checklist tied to wedding planning, there are still a few more to-dos.

So let's get to the beauty routine to start one month before your wedding.

Get Strands Camera-Ready

Now isn’t the time to get creative with your hair color. New York City colorist Rita Hazan says you should tell your colorist what look you’re aiming for about two months before the wedding. Then, she says, “I like to touch up a bride about two weeks before the big day, so color or highlights look natural and fresh straight through the honeymoon.” If you want to tame frizz or coarseness, go for an in-salon keratin treatment a month out. “This can be a game-changer if you’re having a destination wedding in a humid place,” says hairstylist Mylo Carrion from the Rita Hazan Salon. “Plus, your hair will be totally low-maintenance on your honeymoon.”

Brighten Your Smile

There’s nothing like the prospect of wearing a white dress to make you want to bleach your teeth. Lana Rozenberg, DDS, at Rozenberg Dental NYC recommends the Zoom! QuickPro whitening treatment for brides with limited time. "This is a perfect treatment for the bride with a busy schedule since it is super fast, taking only 10 minutes in the office, including the application of the whitening gels and instructions," she says. One treatment can result in a smile that's four shades lighter and will last for up to six months. Even if you push perfecting your smile to the bottom of your to-do list, rest assured you can still dazzle with those pearly whites on your wedding day. "Brides can have this done just a few days before the wedding—including the day before—since there is no downtime and no sensitivity after the treatment," says Rozenberg.

For an at-home option, Matthew Messina, DDS, an assistant professor of dentistry at the Ohio State University, recommends a drugstore kit, such as Crest 3D White Strips. Although in-office whitening, he says, “is more obvious and takes the patient homework out of it."

Get Serious About Your Sleep

Getting a solid night's sleep is easier said than done, especially for busy brides-to-be with a million things on that checklist. Use the final month before the wedding as an excuse to focus on those precious eight hours and make it a priority to turn down at a decent time. "This might require prioritizing exercise and avoiding sleep-busting habits like binge-watching TV before bed or drinking caffeine late in the day," says Casper's former in-house sleep expert Theresa Fisher. Whether you need a new pillow, a chic silk sleeping mask, or a sound machine, do what you have to do to get those Zzzs in.

Try a Spray Tan

Whether you know you want a bronzed look on the big day or are on the fence about a faux glow, St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Sophie Evans recommends doing a trial run that aligns with your final dress fitting (usually about two to four weeks from the wedding). "This way, a bride can see if she likes the tan shade or decide if she wants to go lighter or darker," she says. "You should definitely experiment with different shades well in advance of the wedding so you can decide the depth of glow you prefer."

Amp Up the Workouts

If you've been on your health journey for a few months now, it's time to step it up. "If you are working out three days a week, add a fourth. If you are working out a couple of times a week, add an extra workout or two," suggests Anna Kaiser, founder of AKT in Motion. It's all about what works for you; however, the main rule of thumb in the few weeks leading up to the big day, according to Kaiser is "every workout should get and keep your heart rate pumping for at least 70 percent of the workout."

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