You’ve made it through the fun part of your engagement (Admit it: You love snapping all those ring selfies!) and now it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of looking fantastic on your big day.
We’re talking about your wedding beauty plan because right now is the perfect excuse to give it a makeover so that you can put your best face forward as you make your way down the aisle. A wedding date gives you a deadline, and forces you to start making a move. The clock is ticking and it’s time to start checking things off your wedding beauty plan leading up to the big day.

We’re giving you the 411 on what you need to have that picture-perfect skin on your big day!

1. Set up an appointment with your skin specialist.

Flawless skin should probably be one of the top priorities for your wedding day.  It’s never too early to make an appointment to ensure you are looking your best own your special day.  One, they can assess your complexion’s current state way better than you and your trusty magnifying mirror. And two, they can help you devise a strategy for achieving your dream-skin goals, be it softening pesky forehead wrinkles or clearing acne. Some treatments take time, even months, and you certainly want a game plan.

When: 1 year out

2. Decide if retinol is right for you.

Although every day seems to bring a new must-have “miracle” skin care ingredient, 99.9% of them can’t hold a candle to the gold standard of skin care, retinol. Derived from vitamin A, the tried-and-true ingredient increases cell turnover, unclogs pores, boosts collagen, and helps diminish hyperpigmentation. The prescription version, aka retinoid, is even more powerful. Still, as great as they are, both retinol and prescription-strength retinoids can cause redness and peeling at the outset, and even a possible uptick in acne before all those benefits kick in.

When: 9 months out

3.Get regular facials!

If you’re one of the lucky few who’s skin is under control, and you want to keep it that way leading up to your wedding, find a skin care specialist in your area to help keep skin in tip-top shape. Don’t go overboard with the treatments, either since flare-ups post-facials are likely. I would never want a bride to get a treatment with a new facialist close to her wedding date, always plan ahead and try before you big day!

When: 9 months out

4. Get your first Botox treatment.

You never want to get Botox right before the big day. Test out what looks best for you, and then grab a touch up right before the big day. Who wants fine lines and wrinkles in those forever photos?!

When: 6 months out

5. Take time to exfoliate and follow up with a brightening serum.

As dead cells accumulate on the skin, they interfere with light reflection giving it a dull appearance. The solution: Regular exfoliation paired with a brightening serum to give you the best lit-from-within glow come your wedding day. Regular exfoliation removes dead cells to improve radiance and can enhance the absorption of skin brightening products through the skin.  Dermaplaning is a great way to provide manual exfoliation to the face, and ensure better penetration of all products.  

When: 5 months out

 

Having a skin care plan mapped out a year before your big day will help get those picture perfect results!