You’ve already picked out your wedding dress, sent out the invitations, and decided on a venue for your big day, and now it’s time to think about the thoughtful, little details such as grooming your brows and getting your body in tip-top shape. To avoid any last-minute mishaps, it’s important to know when to schedule your most crucial appointments. To help you get started on your prerequisite primping, below, we highlight the appointments you need to book, and when and where to book them. The beauty desk’s 101 to bridal prep will keep your countdown on track so you can focus on enjoying your big moment…
6 Months Prior
If you have major skin concerns like acne or hyperpigmentation, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist for an evaluation. Your doctor can prescribe topical treatments and medications suited to your skin type to make sure your complexion is under control before your big day. Additionally, fine lines, dark spots, and enlarged pores can be treated with laser treatments, peels, or resurfacing facials (we recommend the PRP facial), which typically require multiple sessions over the course of a few months for best results.
Where: The London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery, Healthcare City.
3 Months Prior
Make an appointment with your dermatologist to see how your skin is responding to any treatments or medications. By now, results should be visible, and you’ll still have enough time to make any tweaks to your regimen, if required.
Now is the best time to start thinking about getting your body into shape. Designed by LPG, the new Cellu M6 Alliance is a cellulite-busting treatment that promises to give you a more sculpted silhouette in two months or less. The treatment eliminates fat deposits and unwanted cellulite on the skins surface, with results visible after the first session (at least eight sessions are required, done once or twice a week.)
Where: Manchester Clinic Med Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3.
Consider taking skin and hair boosting vitamins. Sugarbear Hair is a sky-blue, bear-shaped gummy rich in vitamins and biotin that come in a three-month, three bottle package. You’re meant to take two a day for longer, stronger hair. As for your skin, daily, drinkable supplements, such as Gold Collagen and Skinade, are infused with complexion-boosting ingredients to promote your body’s natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid for younger-looking skin in three months or less.
2 to 1 Month Prior
If you have plans to switch up your hair for your wedding, make a consultation with your hairstylist to discuss potential looks and what would complement you. If you’re coloring your lengths, it’s best to do it a month in advance as it gives the color enough time to settle and still look fresh. If its your first time dying your hair, it will give you time to make changes if necessary. Maintain your color by protecting it from the sun, chlorine, and other environmental stressors, and opt for a deep-conditioning treatment.
Those who have untameable strands should consider an in-salon Keratin hair treatment, which works to relax strands and eliminate frizz. Consider doing the treatment one month prior to the wedding, so your hair doesn’t look lifeless and flat.
Where: Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa, Jumeirah Street
Make sure your smile is camera-ready by opting for a teeth-whitening session. You can schedule an appointment with a dentist to get your teeth professionally whitened, or choose an at-home brightening kit, such as the Apa Beauty White Duo.
2 Weeks Prior
Eyelash extensions are a full-proof way to avoid smudged eye makeup (whether from the humidity or tears of joy.) Schedule your eye-boosting appointment at least two-weeks in advance so your add-ons look fresh for your big day. In the off-chance that you’re allergic to the semi-permanent adhesive used to attach the hair fibres, you’ll be able to have them professionally removed.
Whether you’re getting a root touch up or highlights, two weeks before the wedding is the best day to schedule your hair appointment. This way, color has a chance to settle in, and doesn’t leave time for your roots to start growing in.
1 Week Prior
Consider a full body wax. This includes your legs, arms, underarms, brows, and bikini area. To ensure that your limbs are smooth, but not irritated schedule your treatment in no later than 72-hours before your wedding. If you have sensitive skin, reach for Lycon wax, which is a virtually pain-free method of hair removal.
Where: Project Beauty, 3 Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah
Wake up your complexion with a comprehensive facial. Rebecca Treston’s DMK Enzyme Therapy is a non-invasive facial treatment that works to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin without peeling it. Featuring an Enzyme Mask, which stays on the skin for 45 minutes, skin is immediately brighter, tighter, and more healthy-looking. This treatment can even be done a couple of hours before the event, for a last-minute boost.
Where: Rebecca Treston at EuroMed Clinic, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1
The Day Before
Eliminate any last-minute wedding jitters by relaxing. Stress can result in breakouts, which you certainly want to avoid on the day of the ceremony. The Himalayan Breathing and Steam bath at Splendida is a rejuvenating, hydroptherapy treatment that combines alternating temperatures to increase circulation with an exfoliating full-body scrub, leaving limbs supernaturally smooth.
Where: Splendida Ladies Beauty Salon & Spa Club, Al Wasl Road
Those who wish to have a golden glow for their wedding can schedule a professional self-tanning session, or apply at-home self-tanner the day before. Make sure that it’s a product you’ve used before, to avoid any streakiness, uneven color, or worse, transfer onto your white dress.
Don’t forget to prep your hands and feet. Get a manicure and pedicure the day before to avoid any chipped lacquer. Try a long-lasting gel manicure, which will carry you from your wedding into your honeymoon.
Where: The Nail Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
Then the most important finishing touch: smile. Mabrouk!