A 3-Month Grooming Guide for the Groom-to-Be

The wedding countdown is on!

Updated 08/14/19
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Attention all grooms: With a mere 90 days until the big day, you've got some big items to check off that to-do list. And none are more important (okay, they're all equally important!) than your grooming guide. We previously penned the ultimate grooming checklist for men to tackle before their big day. Now, we're breaking it all down month-by-month—and you're almost in the home stretch!

It's time to kick that skin-care routine into high gear and pay extra attention to your hair and beard in preparation for your wedding day. Listen up, guys, because we have a few expert tips on how to look and feel your best with just three months to go before the big day and you won't want to skip this read.

1. Up the ante when it comes to skin care

"Three months before the wedding you can start to think about a topical that contains retinol," Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai, tells Brides. "Retinol is the best ingredient that we use to stimulate collagen and improve the appearance of fine lines." He recommends using it only every other night to avoid irritating your skin, which is a common side effect when you introduce your complexion to the powerful ingredients. "The effects take several weeks to start kicking in," says Zeichner, so three months before the wedding is a great time to start using it." If you're looking for an affordable option that gets the job done, Zeichner recommends Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum with Retinol ($18, available at Target).

2. Assemble your hair and beard essentials

Now's not the time for a makeover, says New York City–based men's hairstylist Martial Vivot. However, you do have enough time to try out some styles you might have in mind for the big day, and this includes your beard. "[At this point], it would be best to work on any changes you’d like to do with your look and work on solidifying the final look," Vivot suggests. If you're toying with the idea of letting go of your beard, try it out now, otherwise, tend to it with regular trims and a little beard oil—also, try styling products to see what works and what you like. "Ask your stylist to teach you how to use all the products you will be using," says Vivot. "This is very important because you will have time to practice and see what you like and what you are able to achieve."

3. Consider an in-office beauty treatment

According to New York City cosmetic dermatologist Sejal Shah, founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, "If you are prone to razor bumps or ingrown hairs, now is a good time to see the dermatologist to discuss and start treatments." She suggests talking to your dermatologist about doing a short series of Clear and Brilliant laser treatments, which help improve the appearance of pores, fine lines, and skin tone and texture. Each treatment is about 10 to 20 minutes long and has no down time, something any busy groom can appreciate. Another popular treatment among grooms-to-be three months before their big day is Botox. "A lot of my grooms get Botox before the big day, and I generally recommend getting a treatment three to six months before, with a touchup two to four weeks before, if needed," she says, noting that Botox can take up to three weeks to reveal its full results.

4. Kick your gym plan into high gear

"Programming a 12-week dense program will be the strongest part of your wedding prep," Julie Wandzilak, Tier X Coach at Equinox in NYC, tells Brides. "Scheduling out your workouts, cardio, and overall personal calendar to continue the habits you've been creating will be crucial to avoid hitting a plateau or lull in your training program." She recommends doubling down on high intensity workouts twice a week while sticking to a hearty strength program with increased reps (aiming for 10 to 12 each time). This will enhance the "leaning out" process, she explains. "Separating the strength and cardio here will be important, so we are still focusing on muscle gains on certain parts of the body, but also increasing our cardiac output which both impact metabolism." Translation: It's time to get serious at the gym. That means four to six sweat sessions per week, for the next 12 weeks.

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