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Wedding Prep: Our Staff Shares Their Bridal Beauty Secrets

You’ve nabbed the man of your dreams, chosen your bridal party, and delivered save the dates. Now comes an essential (and fun) part of the planning process: working on a beauty regimen to help you feel your very best on the big day.

Although this process is as personal as finding your “perfect dress”, we’ve enlisted the help of a few of our staff (2 past brides and 1 bride-to-be) with questions related to their own beauty prep at our Albany-based plastic surgery practice. Their product and treatment tips are as good as gold.


Tell us about your bridal beauty regimen…

To prepare for my wedding day I made sure I had the best skincare regimen because I knew my makeup would look better in pictures if my skin was flawless! My go-to skincare product was (and still is) SkinMedica® Retinol. It helps with my breakout prone skin, improves skin texture, and prevents lines and wrinkles. I made sure to do monthly peels and skin care treatments leading up to the big day and even had an occasional massage to relieve that stress a bride can get.

SkinMedica® Retinol Complex

Is there a product you are so happy you invested in?

I am so glad I invested in SkinMedica® HA5! It leaves my skin silky smooth and prepped for daily makeup. Plus, I know the amazing benefits it has for moisturizing and plumping!

Is there a treatment/product you wish you would have incorporated?

Microneedling and/or BOTOX® Cosmetic because I know how much better my skin looks now having had these procedures.


How did you get “wedding-ready”?

I prepared for my wedding with microdermabrasion, spaced 2 weeks apart, for a total of 4 treatments. The treatment was great because it brightened my skin and required no down-time!

Which Spa One product are you glad you invested in before the big day?

I am so glad I started to use Obagi Nu-Derm® Gentle Cleanser before my wedding. I love this cleanser because it works for my sensitive skin, leaving it feeling radiant and healthy!

Obagi Nu-Derm® Gentle Cleanser

Is there a treatment you would suggest for brides-to-be?

I wish I had undergone the HydraFacial MD treatment because I’ve heard nothing but great things about the results. It leaves skin feeling hydrated and bright, with no down-time — the perfect treatment for a busily planning bride!


Has your skincare regimen changed now that you’re planning your wedding?

Yes! I’m preparing my skin with a pretty extensive skincare regimen. I am undergoing monthly microneedling treatments to help even out the texture of my skin.

I’ve also scheduled my treatments for the week of my wedding! I’m getting a full set of lashes and a spray tan about 4 to 5 days before the wedding, as well as hair and makeup the day of the wedding.

Any products you’ve recently invested in?

I love Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser and Toner, SkinMedica® Retinol, and SkinCeuticals® Daily Moisture. These products, coupled with microneedling treatments, have already transformed my skin and I still have 6 months before my wedding!

Any other recommendations for brides-to-be?

I  suggest scheduling a skincare consultation with 1 of our fantastic estheticians. Together, you’ll build a customized product and treatment plan. This will help alleviate a bit of stress — you know you’ll look and feel amazing on the big day.

Last thing: Don’t forget to enter to win our #SayYestoYourBest giveaway — it’s the perfect, comprehensive beauty package for that bridal glow. I wish I could enter myself!

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