Calling all soon-to-be-brides! You’ve got the ring; you’ve set the date. Now it’s time to get serious about your skincare. It's never too late to start! Just as you would make room for a makeup artist or hairstylist, build skincare into your wedding budget to ensure you look your best on your big day. Great skin won’t just make your wedding photos better; it will also help you feel more powerful, beautiful, and confident as you walk down the aisle. Plus, it’s an opportunity to build habits that keep you glowing for the rest of your days!
Before we begin
Before we jump into prep for your skin type, I have a few recommendations no matter your complexion concern. No topical treatment can compare with a healthy and hydrated internal system. Though it’s tempting to snack on comfort foods when you’re totally stressed out by wedding planning, try to keep your diet clean with lots of fruits, vegetables, water, and herbal teas. If you have a serious inflammatory condition like acne, eczema, or rosacea, switch to an anti-inflammatory diet (no dairy, no wheat, no alcohol) and consider seeing a naturopath to help you narrow in on additional foods that may be causing excess inflammation in your body.
Acne & Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
Professional Help: For acne and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), the earlier you start, the better. Brides that are suffering from acne should start seeing a pro at minimum 6 months before the wedding, but ideally 9 months prior if you are suffering from severe cystic acne. Begin by booking appointments every two weeks. Your esthetician will treat your skin to a series of deep exfoliation treatments and nutrient therapies to kill acne-causing bacteria and speed cell turnover. After a few months, you can move to a 3-week cycle to lift the remaining hyperpigmentation and continue improving the tone and texture of your skin.
At-Home: Maintain your results between treatments by using my TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel once a week. This gentle exfoliator will help speed your cell turnover and kill acne-causing bacteria. Twice daily, apply my EGF Activating Serum to encourage the healing of existing blemishes and improve skin texture. Follow it with my HA Hydrating Serum to prevent dehydration and add suppleness. Zap existing blemishes with my High Frequency Device to kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. When all your acne is gone, you can add in my Collagen-Boosting Microroller to drive the serums deeper into your skin and help dissipate any lingering hyperpigmentation.
Eczema & Rosacea
Professional Help: As someone who has suffered from eczema for over a decade, I truly believe that professional help is vital in getting inflammatory conditions under control. Diet and lifestyle are crucial to inflammatory skin concerns, so definitely take a hard look at your diet and meet with a naturopath if possible. Also, begin booking appointments with an esthetician 3-6 months before your wedding to treat your skin with gentle exfoliators and regenerating treatments that soothe redness.
At-Home: Add a gentle exfoliator to your regimen like my TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel. This safe treatment will help increase cell turnover without further drying or irritating your sensitive complexion. Use it once a week to gently exfoliate. Twice daily, treat your skin with hydrating, nourishing serums. My PSC Peptide Serum reduces inflammation and infuses skin with moisture while improving skin tone.
Professional Help: The key to banishing UV damage is effective exfoliation. If you’re struggling with dark spots, you should start booking appointments every three weeks 6-8 months before your wedding. You want to encourage the skin to turn over every 21 days to effectively pull out the dark spots. Your esthetician should use a combination of peels, serums, microdermabrasion and microneedling to lift the discoloration and give your skin a spot-free glow.
At-Home: In between appointments, use my TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel once a week. Apply my EGF Activating Serum and HA Hydrating Serum twice daily and add microneedling to your routine 5-7 times per week. This regimen will help boost your collagen production and fade dark spots. And remember—stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen!
Professional Help: For those with fairly normal skin, I recommend booking monthly appointments with your esthetician starting three months before your wedding. This schedule will give you plenty of time to get your pores clean, your tone glowing, and your complexion hydrated and plumped.
At-Home: Use my Deep Sea Mineral Peel once per week starting three months before your wedding. Add my PSC Peptide Serum or HA Hydrating Serum and Collagen-Boosting Microroller as well. Use the serums twice daily and the roller up to five times per week.
Professional Help: If you have serious body acne, consider booking an appointment with an esthetician or dermatologist a few months before your wedding. In most cases, good at-home body care can solve mild skin issues, but if you have a serious problem, better to leave it to a professional who can offer you safe extractions, peels, and even phototherapy treatments to reduce your acne.
At-Home: Use my TCA Multi-Acid Body Peel once a week starting three months before the wedding. This gentle peel is great for all skin types. It helps kill acne-causing bacteria, soften keratosis pilaris, and even diminish eczema. Even if you don’t have any of these concerns, it can help brighten and hydrate so you’re excited to show off your shoulders in your wedding gown.
Want to see the results of a good professional and at-home regimen combination? Check out the before-and-afters of some of my clients with problem skin. The difference is amazing!