Your Wedding Skincare Product and Treatment Timeline

When it comes to planning a wedding, nailing down the dress and theme can be all-important at the start. And while the dress and theme do inform your makeup and hair style choices, you actually need to start thinking about your skincare timeline months in advance of your wedding if you want that clear, radiant glow. The sooner you can start researching the treatments you want, and booking the (often multiple!) appointments in your diary the better.

From eyebrow shaping to skin resurfacing, teeth whitening treatments, laser hair removal, and so many more treatments like these needing a course of visits, your diary will soon fill up. Needless to say these treatments don’t necessarily come cheap. So find a budget that suits your goals and by starting in advance you can spread the cost. To make sure you have time to squeeze in as much as you want to do, here’s a wedding skincare timeline starting at 12-18 months out from the big day that will help. If you don’t have that much time, then jump to the spot in the timeline that works for you to see what’s achievable within your time frame.

18 Months Before – Start Planning & Booking

Having the luxury of 12 to 18 months before the wedding gives you the time to space out different treatments and therapies. If you have a bridal planner diary, make a list of everything you want to get done and research how long you need to get results you want. Laser hair, redness and pigmentation removal, for example, may need several sessions to complete, work this into a schedule for any other treatment you want to do and make sure there’s no conflict between therapies.

The simplest way to do this is to make contact with every salon, spa or clinic you will be working with. Remember that patch tests and consultations are required for just about everything, this adds extra time to every treatment, so factor those in. With weddings in full flow again every wedding-related beauty business is working incredibly hard, so book early and make your plan.

Bride wavy hair smiling putting on earrings getting ready before wedding

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12 Months Before – Get Your Skincare Sorted

If you have a full 12 months before saying ‘I do’, work towards getting the best skin of your life with a great skincare regimen. At the consultation stage for things like laser redness, skin rejuvenation, or even with a beauty clinic if you intend to have facials closer to the wedding date, ask questions about your skin and skincare. You don’t necessarily need to buy everything from the clinic, but ask about your skin type (dry, oily, ageing) and what ingredients might improve health, clarity, and radiance.

If you get enough information on how powerful products like retinol, niacinamide, vitamin C, or glycolic acid might help you get the most glowing skin then you have some skincare shopping to do. Of course, a clinic or salon can guide you further and you will be able to establish a great morning and evening routine that will gradually give you brighter, smoother, and healthy-looking skin. To further enhance how your skin, nails, and hair look on your big day, taking a beauty supplement will deliver great results, but must be taken for more than three months.

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6 Months To Go – Start Treatments

Your wedding day may still feel like it’s ages away, but in terms of your beauty timeline, this is when the real countdown starts in terms of treatments. If you have booked in for treatments that tackle hyperpigmentation, red vein removal or more, these will probably start in the last six months. These treatments may require three sessions and they usually happen a month apart, so to realise the full results, and get clearer skin, it might take three to four months.

It’ll be worth it though, and as you’re working with your clinic or salon, get all the advice you can on post-procedure care and follow it. For many brides, a great skincare regimen and clear skin are as far as they want to go, for others, some more beauty work will be on the list and they will be considering some injectables like Botox and facial fillers. In that scenario, now is the time to have a consultation and get dates booked. Now is also a good time to sit with your hair stylist and make a plan for scheduling your hair color sessions so that you have the freshest color possible for your big day. Ask for at-home haircare recommendations for maintenance, maybe you need a clarifying shampoo or protein-rich conditioner.

3 Months Out – Time For Treats

Everything should be moving along nice and smooth by the three-month mark. Your skincare regimen should be revealing radiant and younger-looking skin at this point, and any in-clinic sessions should have delivered. By way of treating yourself and getting an update on progress, now is the time to book a facial or two. Laser treatments and the like are great for deeper skin issues, but facials work best on surface situations – congestion and texture.

A facial can help with proper exfoliation to avoid breakouts, boost hydration, and extractions will keep pores clear. Chat with your facialist about your routine and how it’s going, perhaps there’s something you want to improve or get more advice on, they should be able to help. Having an hour to yourself for a quick treat is also a nice distraction from this busy time, at this stage, the wedding preparations will be going at full speed.

1 Month To Go – Teeth & Top-Ups

Your last month before exchanging rings will be a busy one. If you are booked in for injectables these will be happening in the coming weeks. Treatments like Botox can take up to 9 days to show the full results, and fillers can cause a little swelling or bruising for a couple of days, so these are better done at the start of the month for the skin to settle down.

It’s also time to get a brighter smile. With professional whitening, your dentist will have fitted you with mouth trays to use with gel that whitens in one or two sessions. If you’re planning an at-home treatment, teeth whitening strips are the best option. Not all available whiten, some simply remove stains, so choose a kit with hydrogen peroxide in the strips. Most are a 14-day treatment plan, wearing the strips on the upper and lower teeth for 30-60 mins. To maximise results, start this program in week two of the last month so it’s finished as you hit your final week before the wedding.

1 Week To Go – Hair, Nails & Sleep

Every wedding is different and this might be a crazy or calm seven days, but it will likely involve a hair coloring and/or cutting session. It might also include a final facial for extraction, hydration and radiance. This can be topped up at home with a hydrating mask every other night. What your skincare shouldn’t include is anything that goes beyond what your skin needs at this stage of the wedding timeline.

By now, your skin should be glowing, smooth and looking incredibly healthy. In these final days, it’s a good idea to leave retinol and acids to one side and focus entirely on plumping and moisturizing the skin. Cliched as it might sound, it’s important to relax and sleep properly in these last few days. Stress and a poor night’s rest don’t help skin. If necessary use a silk eye mask, earplugs, or a sleep-enhancing pillow mist to try and get a good quality sleep. See our list of the Best Sleep Scents and Sleep Aids for Brides to help. Nerves might be at an all-time high ahead of the big day, if you need it, an essential oil rollerball can be used on wrists and temples to provide an instantly calming effect.

Want to start planning your makeup and hair looks? Read our list of 18 Things Every Bride Should Know About Bridal Beauty!

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