Your Bridal Beauty Countdown Starts Now
May 15, 2013 - 1:49:22 PM
Flawless skin tops the list of wedding wishes. Advanced skincare is the most important first step in your beauty regimen, and a comprehensive program is easy to implement if you are looking for quick results with a minimum investment.
If you are prone to acne, rosacea, or skin conditions that may be exacerbated by the stressors of distant relatives and floral arrangements make a plan to prevent breakouts well before your big day. Stress causes your hormones to go haywire, which can contribute to increased oil production. The end result can be blackheads, pimples, cysts, flushing, and milia or little white cysts. Dermatologists can knock out spur of the moment blemish with an emergency shot of Kenalog, but its best to get your skin in line with a good regimen. Look for products that include salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinol. The Acne Protection and Treatment program from ZO® Skin Health can ensure blemish free pre-nuptial skin and includes OffectsTM TE Pads Pore Acne Treatment, which contains 2% salicylic acid (zoskinhealth.com).
If your back tends to break out, get prepared with microdermabrasion treatments, peels, and a topical anti-acne regime. Microdermabrasion rejuvenates the skin by removing the top layer of dead skin and promoting the production of new skin cells. The SilkPeel Body System (envymedical.com) that sandblasts crystals through a wand-like device that suctions the skin. A course of treatments usually consists of four to eight sessions at one or two-week intervals to keep skin fresh and exfoliated.
Injectable treatments to smooth out lines and fill in wrinkles and creases offer a slew of options for the bride-to-be. Lip enhancements with hyaluronic fillers like Restylane® or Juvederm® can provide sexy fullness and volume when saying "I Do." And BOTOX® or Xeomin® are a stressed out bride's best friend for getting rid of furrows between the brows.
A glowing complexion is must for walking down the aisle. Peels, lasers, and other light-based devices can take care of scars, discolorations, and even fine lines and wrinkles, but treatment must be planned well in advance of the wedding date, sometimes as much as six months. Sublative® by Syneron (sublative.com) uses bipolar radiofrequency energy to reduce acne scars, sun spots, and fine lines. For best results, plan on three one-hour sessions timed four to six weeks apart.
In our youth and beauty-obsessed culture, no bride ever thinks she is thin enough, especially in white. If your grueling gym routine isn't taking off those last few pounds and your dress is still a little snug, liposuction with the new HydraSolve® system (hydrasolve.com) is a great option for taking off extra inches gently and effectively. This should be planned in advance, so the swelling has time to resolve and your new shape kicks in.
If your weight is ideal but you want to tighten up a jiggle in a jiffy, radiofrequency energy can help. VelaShape® II (velashape.com) is the first and only FDA cleared non-surgical treatment clinically proven to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite while smoothing and shaping the areas that diet and exercise can't always fix - hips, thighs, buttocks. It builds up collagen and shrinks fat cells. The treatment is painless and requires no downtime, but maintenance visits are necessary. It also works great to ready arms for strapless gowns.
Speaking of gowns, nothing can ruin a wedding picture like a big perspiration ring. Never fear, there are options. In addition to freezing wrinkles, BOTOX® can be injected under the arms to keep brides fresh and dry through the ceremony. One treatment typically lasts six months or longer and can save your dress from stains that may be hard to get out.
A more permanent solution for under arm wetness is MiraDry® (miradry.com), a physician administered non-invasive treatment that targets sweat glands with electromagnetic energy. Results are long-lasting with just two one-hour treatments spaced three months apart.
Many brides turn to semi-permanent beauty solutions like lash extensions, teeth whitening, or laser hair removal to stream line their routines during the time crunched stages of wedding planning. Some of these services can be done at home, on your own time, and at a reduced cost. The Ionic Pearl Teeth Whitening System (ionicpearl.com) uses a gentle micro-current to activate an enamel-safe whitening gel that delivers results in days. Just use it for five minutes, twice a day for five days for visibly whiter teeth.
And while a flowing gown may cover up a bride's gams during the ceremony, they need to be smooth for the honeymoon. The new me smooth hair removal device (mepower.com) combines IPL and radiofrequency energy to remove body hair anywhere below the neck, and is safe for all skin tones. A full leg treatment takes just 10 minutes a week, and after seven treatments, once a month follow up is all you need to stay silky smooth.
Brides have enough stress between juggling family, friends, and honeymoon plans. With just a little planning you can be in gorgeous shape to dance the night away.
Wendy Lewis is President of Wendy Lewis & Co. Ltd., Global Aesthetics Consultancy, author or 11 books and Founder/Editor in Chief of http://www.Beautyinthebag.com
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