Spring is here and wedding season is upon us! So many patients, family and friends have been asking me what they can do to look their best for an upcoming event. Brides, Mother of the Brides and Grooms, and even fathers of the wedding couple, are always looking for the quick magic treatment to allow their skin to look flawless on the big day.
My good friends Stacey and Robert both looked fantastic on their big day a few weeks ago!
Here are my tips if you have an upcoming event and you want a little pick me up before the big day:
Dull or Rough Skin-
Professional Services: Microdermabrasion is fantastic for all skin types. It deep cleans the pores and removes dead skin off your skin’s surface, allowing your makeup artist to apply foundation on a smooth canvas. I would recommend 2-3 treatments done a few weeks apart, with the last treatment about one week before the big event. These treatments cost range between $120-200 depending if you have a spa or professional medical office perform the procedure.
At home: There are some great at home Microdermabrasion kits available. Try Olay Regenerist Microdermrasion kit ($25). But be careful with at-home Microdermabrasion or scrub treatments. They should not be performed more than once a week. More often application can lead to skin irritation or breakouts.
Splotchy or Sun Damaged Skin–
Professional: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial is a non-invasive, light sourced professional treatment that will help remove brown spots and red, broken blood vessels. It significantly improves the appearance of sun damaged skin on face, chest and hands. If you have blotchy skin, start your photo facials well before your event because it will require 3-5 treatments to achieve the desired results. The treatments are spaced about 3 weeks apart, with little to no down time after each facial. The results are smooth, even skin tone with a brighter appearance. The cost is $350-500 for a treatment on the face. Individual brown spots can also be treated with a light spray of liquid nitrogen in the office.
At home: Try an at home bleaching cream to help lighten brown spots. I like Glytone Sun Vanish because it has a sunscreen mixed in with the skin lightening agent. Approx $65 at physician offices.
Forehead Lines or “Tired” Eyes–
Professional: Botox is great to help soften forehead lines. The last thing you want is to look angry or to be squinting during your professional photos. Botox can help relax the muscles under the skin to soften the forehead lines. It is a simple procedure and very safe. It takes one week to appreciate the full benefit of Botox, and you can get a small bruise after Botox treatments, so schedule this treatment about 3-4 weeks before your event. Cost is usually $400-500 to treat the forehead lines depending on how much Botox is required to relax your muscles.
At home treatments: Look for products that contain Hyaluronic Acid to apply to crow’s feet and fine lines. Hyaluronic acid holds onto water and helps “plump” fine lines. Try La Roche Posay Redermic Anti-Wrinkle Firming Fill in Cream. ($40)
Laugh Lines or Lines Around the Mouth–
Professional: Fillers like Restylane and Juvederm are awesome at eliminating the shadows around the laugh lines. Hopefully you will be smiling a lot at your party, and fillers can take years off your expression. Fillers are one of my favorite procedures to perform in the office because the results are visible instantly! Because these treatments require a series of injections, be sure to avoid blood thinning supplements (Aspirin, Anti-inflammatories, Vit E, and fish oil) if possible to help minimize bruising. These procedures are best performed 3-4 weeks before the big day and generally cost $650 for 1 syringe. Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvederm, are offering $100 discount on combined procedures for the next couple of months. Take advantage if you are considering these types of treatments!
At home: Distract from your laugh lines by plumping up your lips with Avon Plumping Lip Color with SPF 15, or Clinique Full Potential lip shine! ($8 and $17 respectively)
If you want a sun kissed glow, before the event, remember to follow my tips about sunless tanning creams. It is best to apply 48 hours before the event.
The most important thing is that you feel great on your big day! Stay hydrated, get a lot of rest, and savor every minute with your family, friends and loved ones on your special day.
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