Every bride wants to look flawless on her wedding day, but in between dress fittings, finalizing a guest list, and shoes scouting, important details like brows grooming, touching up the roots, and booking a manicure can get left to the very last minute. Before you pick up the phone and schedule a panic attack, read our guide to the 5 beauty treatments to avoid the week before your wedding.
1. Chemical Peel
A chemical peel dissolves dead skin to reveal a brighter, healthier complexion underneath. But afterwards, skin requires at least seven days of downtime. For best results, the skin-boosting procedure should be carried out at least two weeks before your big day. If you’re opting for an at-home chemical peel but don’t know where to start, discover our top picks here.
2. Spray Tan
If you want bronzed limbs in time for your wedding day, start experimenting with self-tanners at least two months in advance. This gives you enough time to figure out which formula works for you, and allows your skin to build up a gradual tan. If you’re getting a professional spray tan, avoid booking a session the day before walking down the aisle. Instead, schedule a sunless tan three days in advance. This allows time for damage control (to exfoliate, dry off, and moisturize). For an at-home self-tanner, we recommend the Nars Monoi Body Glow I (US $59; AED/SAR 217).
3. Keratin Treatment
If you have a naturally wild mane, opt for a keratin treatment to relax your strands. Make sure you schedule an appointment with your stylist a month in advance to ensure that your tresses aren’t lacking volume on the big day.
4. Hair Removal
For skin that is smooth and groomed but not irritated, book a waxing or threading appointment at least 72 hours in advance. To immediately reduce swelling or redness after a hair removal session, reach for a soothing lotion like hydrocortisone, aloe vera, or witch hazel. Click here for our complete guide to hair removal.
5. Botox and Fillers
The side effects of Botox and facial fillers—such as Juvéderm or Restylane—include redness, bruising, and swelling. If you want to press the reset button on your skin ahead of your wedding day, consider scheduling a dermatologist appointment at least a month in advance.
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