Bridal Beauty Checklist
(Originally published April 1, 2021)
Entrust your pre-wedding beauty regimen to the experts who understand that timing is everything. The medical aestheticians at Central Texas Dermatology work around the timing of your special date to determine the products and procedures best for your individual skincare needs in the months leading up to your wedding. We’ll develop a bridal beauty checklist that achieves your goals, resulting in confidence that carries you through the big day and beyond.
To develop a custom plan for brides, grooms, parents of the couple or special members of your wedding party, call 512-327-2227 to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Here are our top recommended pre-wedding treatments and a wedding beauty timeline to help you plan accordingly.
Pre-Wedding Aesthetic Countdown
8-10 Months Before Wedding Beauty Treatments:
Schedule regular (monthly) custom facials or Hydrafacials to exfoliate away old skin cells, preventing dullness and breakouts. Growth factors applied topically with a Hydrafacial can help reverse the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, and improve overall texture and tone.
6 Months Before Wedding Beauty Treatments:
- Begin your series of four microneedling plus platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments. Micro-needling creates channels in the skin, which readily absorb your own plasma’s growth factors, resulting in more rapid and robust collagen production. As a result, you’ll notice improved skin texture, hydration, firmness, and diminished fine lines before you say ‘I do.’
- Begin a series of four IPL (Fotofacial) treatments. The non-invasive application of intense pulsed light is effective for blotchy pigmentation, rosacea, flushing, redness and dialated blood vessels. The face, neck, hands, chest and arms may be treated.
- Consider a ‘liquid facelift’ with Sculptra, which works by both filling in fine lines and wrinkles and stimulating the body to produce new collagen and underlying tissue, creating a fuller, more youthful appearance.
- If you’re already using fillers to smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, now is a great time for a touch-up to maintain your desired appearance. We are conservative with beginning fillers for the very first time prior to the wedding day. Our staff will analyze your skin and provide expert recommendations.
3-4 Months Before Wedding Beauty Treatments:
Streamline your beauty routine and enhance your natural beauty with semi-permanent makeup to enhance your brows, lashes and lips. Semi-permanent makeup application typically requires two appointments, six weeks apart.
6-8 Weeks Before Wedding Beauty Treatments:
Wrinkle relaxers – neurotoxins such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, are a wonderful way to temporarily smooth fine lines and wrinkles, creating a more relaxed, refreshed appearance. Since these can take some time to take effect and there is the potential for minor bruising and or swelling, we recommend implementing a course of wrinkle relaxers at least two weeks before the big day.
10 to 14 days (or more!) Before Wedding Beauty Treatments:
Soothe stress away and impart that pre-wedding glow with a custom facial. Our medical aestheticians will select the treatment that’s right for your skin. Some benefits of a custom facial include improved skin tone, texture, brightness and hydration. A custom facial can include a very light peel, so we are always sure to give you plenty of time for any pinkness and peeling to dissipate.
We typically like to finalize treatments three weeks before the date, allowing you to be perfectly comfortable with your wedding look.