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.
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 prepare for your wedding, beauty-wise?
I prepared for my wedding day by completing a series of 6 skin treatments, spaced 2 weeks apart. I chose to switch things up each time because my skin reacts great to each treatment and I love them all! The schedule looked something like this:
- Week 1: Microdermabrasion and a chemical peel.
- Week 2: DermaPlaning and a chemical peel.
- Week 3: Microneedling, and so on.
Which Spa One treatment/product are you glad you invested in?
I never regret buying Obagi ELASTIderm® Eye Cream. It lasts about 4 to 5 months, plus it’s light-weight and safe for the entire orbital area. The product’s bi-mineral complex and malonic acid helps to maintain firm, glowing skin.
Which Spa One treatment do you wish you had undergone, but didn’t?
I wish I had received monthly massages leading up to my wedding date. That would have helped me relax!
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!
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!