As a bride-to-be, you want to look your best, but now you’re down to the wire and it’s too late for some facial treatments like facial anti-aging with Botox and facial fillers for a full liquid facelift. What’s a girl to do to look youthful on her big day? These last minute beauty tips for brides will help make your special day go more smoothly as you prepare to make that commitment to the one you love.

Skin by Lovely’s Last Minute Beauty Tips for Brides

Facial Skin Care

One of the best ways to take care of your facial skin is to protect it from the sun. Sun exposure can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems. In the months before your wedding (and always), wear a physical block sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 to prevent the sun’s rays from harming the sensitive skin on your face. This will also help reduce the chances you’ll want a last minute chemical peel to reverse sun damage.

Facial Anti-Aging

Whether you’re often concerned about your aging face, or the stress of planning your big day has increased the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, you want to look youthful on your wedding day.  In order to achieve a youthful glow to your skin on the big day, consider a chemical peel to remove the top layer of skin cells and reveal the smoother and less wrinkled skin beneath. Peels can also be beneficial in reducing fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, treating wrinkles caused by overexposure to sunlight and improving the overall appearance of the skin.

SkinMedica Illuminize Peel is an innovative combination of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that are commonly used in chemical peels. Combined with salicylic acid and resorcinol, these ingredients offer optimal rejuvenating effects with low skin irritation. Illuminize is an extremely gentle skin peel option that will show very little visible peeling. After any peel, your skin will be photosensitive. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and use a sunscreen with an SPF greater than 30.

As a general rule, plan any chemical peel appointment for at least one month before the wedding date. This time-frame will allow your skin to heal and recover before the big day.

Neck and Chest Anti-aging Solutions

Strapless wedding gowns are all the rage for summer weddings, but if that leaves an aged neck and chest exposed, you may be longing for a Victorian styled gown that covers you up a little bit more.  However, there’s really no need to hide.  Even if the skin on the neck are starting to show signs of premature aging, there are solutions for you here at Skin by Lovely. As you plan for your wedding, consider using an anti-aging cream designed for these much-neglected areas of your body. Revision Skincare Nectifirm, sold here in our practice, uses a unique formula to treat and heal skin damaged by UV rays and free radicals. The anti-aging ingredients in this neck cream help firm and tighten the skin to create a more youthful appearance. The product can also stimulate the production of collagen, the most abundant form of protein in the human body. For best results, start using any active skin care product two-three months prior to your wedding.

Hand Rejuvenation

That bling on your finger will draw attention to your hands. And while lotions and moisturizers are great for long-term prevention and care, but there’s more you can do to restore youthful volume and diminish the bony appearance of advanced aging in the hands.

While using a dermal filler for full-face rejuvenation at the last minute is not recommended for a blushing bride, hand rejuvenation is another story. Treatments such as Radiesse for hands are designed to rejuvenate your skin from the inside out. Radiesse, a dermal filler that has commonly been used for facial treatments for long-lasting results, is made of calcium and phosphate ions, which are naturally present in human bone. Results last from two to five years. Talk to our Aesthetic Injection Specialists for more information on how Radiesse can help improve the youthful look of your hands. We recommend receiving any dermal filler treatments at least one month before the big day.

Lip Enhancement

You may now kiss this bride! But wait, do you want fuller lips before your new spouse leans in for your first kiss as a married couple? Injectable lip enhancement is an option to provide fuller lips for your big day and beyond, but you should plan ahead a bit for this one.

For best results, lip enhancement should be done at least two months before the wedding date, though you can see your final results about 3-4 weeks after treatment. A Juvederm lip treatment is designed to add volume and fullness by reducing the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. The hyaluronic acid present in Restylane lip treatments helps maintain lip fullness for up to six months.

Botox Treatments for Excessive Sweating

Is excessive sweat ruining your wardrobe? Are you terrified of what will happen to your wedding dress on your special day in the heat of summer and with your nerves on edge? You’re not alone; excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a common ailment. The good news is that Botox treatments in the underarms can help eliminate the problem by temporarily blocking the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands to produce sweat. The result is dry underarms for the next 6 to 12 months. We recommend this treatment to be administered at least one more before your wedding day.

Ready to Walk Down the Aisle?

Always try to plan to receive any extensive beauty treatments several months ahead of the wedding. In case you don’t like the results or if you require additional treatment, you will have the opportunity to make adjustments as needed. Plan to get any necessary touch-ups at least one month before your big day, and invest in a reputable skin care specialist who can ensure that you look your very best before you walk down the aisle.

Are you looking for a new skin care specialist to help you navigate last minute beauty tips for brides in Santa Monica, CA, or Portland, OR? Consider Skin by Lovely, the facial aesthetics practice that believes that natural-looking is always more beautiful. We focus on giving you natural-looking results with any and all facial aesthetic treatments. Contact us today in Portland or Santa Monica for a consultation for your bridal beauty, and invite the rest of your wedding party as well!

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