Preparing for a wedding is stressful stuff. Other than the fact that you have a million and one things to plan, reserve, and take care of, it's also a day when all eyes will be on you. It's not vain to want to look your best.
Experts suggest you pick a hair and makeup style that makes you look like you… but better. But what about your skin? We came up with a handy-dandy wedding timeline for what to do and when to do it so that all your bridal beauty needs will be easily taken care of in an organized checklist. (There's no better time to be type A than during wedding planning, that's for sure.) And now, we've found the exact facial you need to get—and you don't have to worry about side effects like redness, irritation, or downtime. Yes, you read that right. You can get this facial even the morning of your wedding for plump, polished, and radiant-looking skin. Here's everything you need to know:
Dr. Scott Wells of Park Avenue Plastic Surgery created his own signature treatment, a unique chemical peel made of moisturizers using ingredients that both hydrate and gently exfoliate your skin. Dr. Wells often refers to it as his Red Carpet Facial ($250), but since it's wedding season and we aren't going to be strutting down any carpets anytime soon, we're coining it our favorite wedding facial instead. Nevertheless, celebrities love it.
The two-step in-office treatment is virtually painless, and the results are absolutely worthy of your big day. It begins with a quick cleansing of the skin, after which a gel made up of lactic acid (a mild alpha-hydroxy acid) and urea is applied to gently exfoliate. Once the gel is on, a clear plastic occlusive is placed on your skin, and you're left there for 10 minutes to allow the formula to work its magic and marinate on your skin. Yes, you're wrapped in plastic wrap like a mummy. But trust: It's worth it. It helps to loosen the dead layers of skin so they can be more effectively swept away with the next step. A polishing cream containing eco-friendly micro-beads is then massaged by hand to dislodge and buff away your dull, dry skin. Specifically formulated to bring the skin back to its natural pH, it creates the perfect balance on your skin post-peel.
The end result is soft, smooth, glowing skin that continues to plump and hydrate over the next few days. So not only will you look amazing the day of, but you'll keep looking incredible as you jet off for your honeymoon as well.
The best part? You can purchase Dr. Wells's namesake products to replicate the results long after your treatment. These are a few of our favorites.
The gentle, acid-free blend contains vitamin E and green tea. It's best to use after in-office procedures like microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and light treatments, or if you have particularly sensitive skin.
This moisturizer is a combination of ceramides and fatty acids. It's designed to help the skin's natural moisture lipids and reduce dry, cracked, or flaky skin (as well as keep your recently peeled skin looking bright and radiant).
The antioxidant cocktail of vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea, paired with penetration-enhancing hydroxy acids, makes this serum among the most potent products available. It's especially great for oily skin types.
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