Getting Your Skin Wedding Ready

Summer wedding season is in full swing. Whether it’s your big day, you’re a bridesmaid, or you’re simply watching the beautiful ceremony and enjoying some cake, you’ll want to look your best for all the Instagrammable photos sure to be taken! Here are a few tips to get your skin its most radiant for the big day.

Unexpected Breakouts

  • A great work-out routine will help you feel and look your best for the big day. Celavive® Perfecting Toner has malic acid and other botanical ingredients which can help exfoliate and deep clean your pores for a beautiful complexion.
  • If you begin to notice acne breakouts from sweat and heat, try an acne body wash as you shower. Benzoyl peroxide, a common ingredient in over-the-counter acne treatments, is anti-bacterial and can help clear your acne.
  • For facial acne breakouts, consult a dermatologist at least 3-4 months before your wedding day. If the acne is severe, your doctor might recommend prescription-strength medications. These can take up to 6-8 weeks to take full effect, so give yourself ample time for them to work or to adjust your meds if they’re not effective enough.

Lash and Brow Prep

  • For long, thick eyelashes, use Latisse to stimulate lash growth and volume. Start approximately 6 months before your wedding. Apply Latisse nightly to the lash line for 3-4 months for maximum effect, then decrease to 3-5 times a week to maintain.
  • Lash Extensions are a great option to give you instant long, curly, voluminous eyelashes if you prefer not to wait for a lash serum to kick in. Extensions create a more natural look than glue-on lashes and will photograph beautifully. Plan ahead to get lash extensions a few days before your first wedding event (rehearsal dinner, welcome party, etc.).
  • Book an eyebrow wax or shaping session at least one week before the wedding. I once saw a bride get terribly burned from a waxing treatment just two days before her wedding day! Don’t let this happen to you.

Beware of the Sun

  • While it may be enticing to get a nice, subtle glow before the big day—be careful not to get sunburned at the bachelorette party or on your summer vacation. This will help you avoid any unattractive tan lines that will clash with your formal dress.
  • If you can’t avoid the sun before the big extravaganza, make sure to drink lots of water. Not only will you need extra hydration due to the heat emanating from our brightest star, but water is great for detoxifying your skin and making you look and feel radiant.

Skin Treatments

  • Whether you have oily, dry or sensitive skin, USANA’s Celavive® skincare line and a facial can help you get more hydrated, glowing skin. Facials can be performed 1-2 days before the wedding for maximum beauty. A HydraFacial MD treatment is particularly good for extracting clogged pores and providing intense hydration.
  • A Dermaplaning session will lightly exfoliate your skin and gently scrape off any unwanted “peach fuzz” facial hair. This treatment helps your moisturizer and make-up apply flawlessly and achieves smooth, pretty skin for photos. Dermaplaning can be combined with a chemical peel or facial at the same appointment. Plan to have Dermaplaning performed a few days before the wedding.
  • For a relaxed, wrinkle-free you, consider Botox for your scowl and smile lines. Botox injections are the number one, non-surgical, cosmetic treatment in the US. The treatments are simple and minimally painful, but it can take up to a week to achieve the full effect. Just like you do a test-run for your hair and makeup, be sure to schedule a session of Botox at least 3 months prior to the wedding. If you don’t like it, it will wear off before to the big day. If you like it, you can get a touch-up before the I dos.
  • Microneedling is a popular treatment that requires minimal downtime (1-2 days of mild redness) and can be very effective to improve acne scars, enlarged pores, and fine lines and wrinkles. Typically, a series of several treatments is required to achieve optimal results. Treatments should be started 6 months before the wedding.
  • Don’t add any new skincare products right before your wedding. You don’t want to risk any negative reactions.

The Author

Dr. Jennifer Lee graduated from Harvard Medical School and is a board-certified Dermatologist. As a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and member of the American Academy of Dermatology, she specializes in the diagnosis and management of skin disease. Dr. Lee is the founder and medical director of REN Dermatology & Laser Center, a comprehensive medical and cosmetic skincare center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Lee is a member of the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has received numerous recognitions including Top Doctor in Nashville, Teacher of the Year at Vanderbilt, and 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal.

Dr. Lee is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and also serves as a USANA consultant.