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Pre-Wedding Skin Care Tips

By Melanie Mueller

In the midst of all the wedding planning, brides commonly overlook the health and appearance of their skin. You will be photographed more times on the day of your wedding than any other occasion, and you want your skin to look as amazing as your wedding decor. That also means you will scrutinize every blemish and line on your face! Let’s look at some common questions that brides have regarding their skin and preparing for their big day, and how you can get your skin picture perfect.

How soon should I work on skincare prior to my wedding day?

Skincare should be an everyday routine because your skin is constantly changing and constantly under internal and external stressors like diet, stress and pollution. If you are not on the right skincare regimen, you may be doing more harm than good to your skin. The best thing to do is schedule a facial with a master esthetician so that you can get a good understanding of what your skin is lacking and what you can do to fix it. You will want to schedule an appointment with an esthetician about six months prior to your wedding to really give your skin time to heal and develop. If you are getting engagement photos taken, you may want to schedule six months before those are taken.

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Neilson-Hall Photography

What do I need to do for my skin? I am not even sure what type of skin I have.

If you are not sure what type of skin you have or what the best routine is for you, consult a master esthetician for a skincare consultation. They will sit down with you and help you understand your skin better. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about skin, such as skipping moisturizer just because you have oily skin, scrubbing your face with soap everyday to help prevent pimples or using lasers to look 20 years younger. Everyone should sit down with a master esthetician at least once to understand their skin type and get some great practical advice.

There are five basic skin types: normal, combination, oily, dry, and sensitive. Your needs are different depending on your skin type. You want your skin to be fresh and vibrant, and if you are over cleaning or under moisturizing, your skin takes the brunt of it. For those with acne or acne scarring, microdermabrasion is an amazing treatment that has helped many. Depending on your needs, five to six microdermabrasions are recommended, each done one to two weeks apart and followed by maintenance once a month. Once you reach the maintenance stage, alternating microdermabrasions with hydrating facials is very beneficial.

I see a Master Esthetician regularly, but my fiancé doesn’t. Should he?

Men are practical, and when faced with situations in which multiple combinations and options are available, such as the skincare section, they either go for the most direct route or don’t do anything at all. If your fiancé has skin concerns, take him to see your master esthetician and put him under the lights so that he’ll look as amazing in the photos as you will.

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Hayes & Fisk Photography

My maid of honor has problem skin. How do I approach this without ruining our friendship?

Your maid of honor, or even your teenage sister who will be in your bridal party, may have acne, blemishes, or some other problem skin, and that could cause a lot of hurt feelings if questioned. An easy way to start the conversation is to have a spa party, gifting them each a facial or a facial and a massage. It is a great way to let the girls know how important they are to you, and it also introduces each of them to a master esthetician who will take it from there. (As a side note, inviting your soon to be mother-in-law to the event could provide some major brownie points for you, to be redeemed at a later date).

Inviting your mom and mom-in-law highlights another important point regarding wedding skincare. For many women, the signs of aging are most visible on the neck, décolleté and hands, and these areas are often neglected. Your wedding is a big day for your mom, too, and she is feeling the stress and pressure just as much as you are. When at the spa for your spa party, ask the esthetician about a microdermabrasion or facial for your décolleté and back, areas that will be visible. This is another reason why planning ahead, approximately six months out, is a good timeframe for wedding skincare planning.

Melanie Mueller is the owner of Scents of Serenity, Richmond’s only Organic Spa. For more information, visit

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