With wedding season just around the corner, there is still time to get your skin in optimal condition to achieve that blushing bride glow. As a medical esthetician, I like to suggest good health for your wedding day right from the moment of engagement, but if time is closing in, there are numerous options still available to get you bride-beautiful.
If you still have a few months to go, photorejuvenation (IPL/BBL) is a light-based device that can reduce sun damage, excess redness and smooth the skin. A series of 3-6 treatments done at 2-4 week intervals can unify skin tone, stimulate collagen and tighten the skin.
One or two Dermaroller treatments can help with acne or surgical scars, tighten the skin and create a more luminous glow. There is almost no downtime and results last for years. Dermaroller can even help with stretch marks, so if your honeymoon involves a bikini, Dermaroller on the body may be just what you are looking for.
Chemical peels, silk peels (advanced medical microdermabrasion with active ingredient infusion) and facials can be performed at any time leading up to the big day. There may be some peeling from the chemical peels, so I suggest not doing one for at least two weeks prior, just to be on the safe side. Unlike chemical peels, silk peels have no downtime, and results are fantastic. Skin is immediately smoother and using the Vitamin C infusion leaves the skin looking immediately healthier. If you are prone to breakouts, a series of silk peels using the clarifying serum reduces breakouts and blackheads.
Our oxygenating facials can be done even the day before the wedding. By infusing hyaluronic acid into the skin via oxygen, skin is plumped up, fine lines are “ironed out” and skin appears lifted and firm. There is no treatment that can compare to the results of an oxygenating facial for the bride to be. I like to suggest coming in for a few (2-4) about a week apart leading right up to the wedding for optimal results. But if you are short on time, even 1 treatment performed a day or two before the big day will refresh the skin and allow for a smooth and flawless base for bridal make up.
Of course using good medical-grade home care all the time is really your first line of defense, as well as a good sunblock. And using 100% mineral wear makeup such as Jane Iredale should be a staple, whether you are the bride, bridesmaid or one of the lucky guests.
Getting married can be the most exciting time of your life, but it can also be the most daunting. While we can’t assure you the day will be perfect, we have the tools to make sure your skin is.
~ Sheri Roselle, Medical Esthetician at Toronto Dermatology Centre