Here’s a timeline on what to do and when to do it to look your best for your wedding week.
12 months to go…
• Manage your stress levels and see a dermatologist that will work with you and help you plan the perfect beauty regime.
With all the stress of planning a wedding, the chances are extremely high that your skin will suffer too. ‘Stress causes a chemical reaction that makes skin more sensitive and irritable. Stress also produces a hormone called cortisol, which in turn produces more sebum [oil] in your body making it prone to acne, eczema and psoriasis,’ says Lauren Denny, medical aesthetician at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. Lauren recommends visiting a dermatologist as early as possible, ‘especially if you have problematic skin, you should give yourself at least a year’.
9 months to go…
• Get your stretch marks and cellulite under control.
For red stretch marks, Lauren recommends a pulsed dye laser as it reduces redness in stretch marks as well as the inflammation, minimising the appearance in the area. ‘If the stretch marks are white or the texture is more of an issue the best treatment is a fractional laser such as Fraxel or Microneedling Radiofrequency,’ says Lauren. They create small injuries on the skin where the stretch marks are, then it targets the area producing collagen and promotes new healthy skin to come the surface.
‘Cellulite, on the other hand is difficult to treat, but I would recommend radio frequency. A treatment like Thermage, which is non-surgical and non-invasive is shown to reduce the appearance with the help of monopolar radiofrequency technology to tighten, firm, tone, contour and increase circulation to fatty tissues and stimulate new natural collagen production to rejuvenate skin,’ says Lauren.
Getting a consultation and treatments started as soon as possible is recommended as these treatments take time to show desired results.
8 months to go…
• Laser hair removal
For any and all unwanted hair on your body, laser hair removal is the way to go. For more permanent results, it’s best to start 8 to 9 months before your wedding day. ‘Although your hair density and skin type also affects how many treatments you will need, it’s important to know that laser works best on those with fair skin and thick, dark hair. If you have darker skin, you could require more sessions. If you have light colored hair, the treatment may not even work for you,’ says Lauren
7 months to go…
• Change up your hair game
‘It can take up to several months to get the results you want so it’s always best to test out a new look, whether it’s a colour or a new cut, as soon as possible’ says Marquee & The Nail Spa CEO Shabana Karim. Shabana also recommends getting a gloss treatment (Dh280) every time you colour your hair to close the cuticles and give your colour longevity. To make sure you have healthy, gorgeous locks, you can also include at-home hair treatments with masks or hair oils and try to keep the styling to the minimum. When you do style it, always make sure you use a heat protector.
6 months to go…
• Perfect smile time
If you’re planning on getting cosmetic dentistry, you should really consider consulting with your dentist as soon as possible. ‘Every patient is different, so it really depends on the bride, but I would personally recommend visiting your dentist at least six months prior to the wedding’ says Dr Michael Apa, DDS, founder of Apa Aesthetic in Dubai.
‘We’ve done veneers a week before a bride’s wedding but I do think it’s ideal for treatment to be completed sooner, say about a month before. What’s even more important is to remember that professional cleaning and maintenance is a must, especially for a pearly white smile for brides on their big day,’ he says.
4-5 months to go
• Get your trials in
Whether it’s your hair or make-up, make sure you’re satisfied and fully aware of your wedding looks. Trials are extremely important, so make sure hair and make-up artists doll you up months in advance for you to approve the looks. Some hair and make-up artists may be fully booked and unable to fit in a trial, so make sure you’re comfortable with that before booking the artist, and that you are able to visualize the looks and have complete faith in the process. A good artist will ask you to share as much as information as you can about your outfits, the events, your skin condition and references of looks you want.
2-3 months to go… nearly there!
• Get your hands and feet in check
This is a great time to start looking after your hands and feet. For optimal cuticle care, Shabana recommends getting a weekly manicure and pedicure as well as extra treatments ranging from every two weeks to a month for perfectly primped tips and toes leading up to the wedding. ‘I think it’s also very important to use a good hand and foot cream as well as cuticle oil after a shower and before going to bed every day,’ she says.
In the weeks leading up to the wedding…
• TLC time
As it gets closer to the wedding, it’s important for the bride to take out time to relax and unwind. Put the wedding and beauty agenda aside and relax with the perfect indulgent treatment. The Arabian Experience (Dh1,185) at the Heavenly Spa Westin Habtoor City is just what the bride-to-be needs – it’s a 180-minute session consisting of a Rose Renewal body treatment, Heavenly Signature Massage to knead away all your stress followed by a Lymphatic facial for glowing rejuvenated skin.