It’s coming, one of the biggest and most poignant days of your life is just about a few months (or weeks) away. We’re talking about your wedding day, the day when you’ll turn into the bride you’ve always dreamt of being. Needless to say, you’ll want to ace the bridal glam game in your unique ways. And so, whether you choose to be a minimalist bride and show up in all-nude makeup or take the classic maximalist route in everything red, the skin lying beneath all that makeup plays a more significant role than you think. After all, what’s a fabrication without a stalwart foundation?
While your trusted skincare routines will cut it for you on a general basis, your skin (demands for, and) deserves some extra TLC before your nuptials kick off in full swing. Of course, you don’t want to risk your skin in the hands of the inexperienced right before the big day. Perhaps, this is the time to make that long-due appointment for efficacious and result-oriented in-office skin treatments that you always had your eyes on, to reveal lustrous, healthy-looking, radiant and plump skin.
Here are five skin treatments that the top five celebrity dermatologists recommend for a picture-perfect glow on D-day.
1. Microneedling radiofrequency (MnRf)
“I frequently recommend this to my brides-to-be as it addresses multiple skin concerns at once. It uses energy waves to heat the deeper dermis layers of skin. This is usually a 1-1.5 hour procedure in the clinic. It requires a minimum of four sessions that are done 4 weeks apart, for best results. On the day of the session, we apply anaesthetic cream for 45-60 mins to numb the skin to avoid discomfort. Then, we use our MnRf machine to work on the facial skin. I follow a customisation protocol and deliver the radiofrequency based on the skin type and concerns. MnRf treats acne scars (pits, dents and craters), builds new collagen and elastin and remodels old skin, thereby delivering healthy and glowing skin. It’s great for skin rejuvenation and open pores and aids with uneven skin and dry texture. Thus, it helps the bridal makeup to sit well and stay even. Plus, there is barely any downtime with this treatment. I suggest they start the treatment 4-6 months before the wedding.”
- Dr Madhuri Agarwal, celebrity dermatologist and founder of Yavana Aesthetics
2. Red carpet glow facial
“It involves the brightening Lumeca laser which makes you look red carpet worthy. It’s a laser that helps you with blemishes, acne marks, tanning, pigmentation and brightening. We usually couple this with the AgeLess Red Carpet Boost, our IV infusion, which has all the vitamins and antioxidants for a matchless glow. We start with our signature extraction process in which we unclog, and remove blackheads and whiteheads leaving the skin clean and clear. Our signature oxygen and vitamin infusion is the next step that enhances the glow followed by a soothing skin type-related mask. The hero of the facial is the Lumeca, which uses the most powerful Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment for glow and leaves you with smooth, even-toned skin that glows, with visible results within days. We usually recommend three to six IV infusions of the AgeLess Red Carpet Boost and at least doing the AgeLess Red Carpet Facial™ twice. So, I suggest indulging in the treatment six months prior if someone has major acne scars, three months prior for pores or pigmentation and about two months prior for just glow.”
- Dr Harshna Bijlani, celebrity dermatologist and founder, AgeLess Clinic
3. GG glow treatment
“It is a K-beauty treatment that includes a unique blend of skincare and functional makeup. In this treatment, collagen-building vitamins and natural-looking pigments safely get infused and give bright, radiant, spotless and flawless skin. The treatment improves open pores and reduces acne marks. The method is quite prevalent in Korea & USA. The procedure is quite similar to micro-needling; nanoneedles are inserted into the skin to build up collagen with natural-looking pigments and collagen-building vitamins infused into the skin. Suitable for all skin types, the infused natural-looking pigments boost improvement in skin tone and reflect a water shine glow. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and unveils plumper skin. Schedule this treatment at least 30-40 days before the wedding.”
- Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, Delhi-based celebrity dermatologist and founder, ISAAC Luxe
4. Gold plasma
“The gold plasma uses a mix of platelet-rich plasma to boost glow, hydration and collagen secretion, baby botox to reduce pores and oil secretion, and lastly, brightening or hydrating actives custom-made for your skin, are micro-infused after gentle exfoliation. It is followed by LEDs for collagen-boosting and finished off with a gentle anti-ageing gold mist. Results last 2-3 months where you look iridescent and it even helps prevent those pre-event zits. You can opt for this a week before your big day. This facial tackles pigmentation, blemishes and dullness.”
- Dr Kiran Sethi, founder, Isya Derms and author of Skin Sense
5. Oxygeneo facial
“It brightens the skin and reduces blemishes, refreshes dull skin, and promotes rejuvenation. It prevents skin damage from free radicals by forming protective skin barriers. For those who want that added glow and radiance and don’t mind taking injections, skin boosters are highly recommended too. While the facial should be done a week before the wedding, skin boosters must be done a month in advance. Inspired by the idea of hot springs which naturally oxygenate the skin, the Oxygeneo facial is a three-step process. The first step is exfoliation—which opens clogged pores and renews the skin. The second step is oxygenation—where the ‘Bohr Effect’ comes into play; it basically refers to replacing the CO2 with fresh, O2-rich blood. While the skin is going through the oxygenation process, vitamins and other active ingredients penetrate the skin which is the third step. One can choose from the five types of Oxygeneo facials according to their skin type. On the other hand, in skin boosters, the skin is injected with tiny doses of hyaluronic acid, a natural constituent of the skin. Hence, it improves the skin’s hydration and gives a glowing complexion by naturally smoothening the skin from within. You can also expect reduced fine lines and open pores.”
- Dr Jaishree Sharad, celebrity dermatologist, author and founder of Skinfiniti