Instinct’s Wedding Skin Care Countdown Calendar

Look your absolute best on your wedding day (and for every day of happily ever after)

Skin care can often be a stressful subject for brides. Peels? Love them. Masks? Yes, please. But introduce the words “I do,” and the whole idea of a skincare regimen becomes intimidating and confusing. Suddenly you’re under a lot more pressure to be using the “right stuff” so that your skin looks its absolute best on your special day.

At Instinct Holistic Medical Spa - We LOVE to design custom, personalized skincare routines for each bride to look their absolute best on their wedding day (and for every day of happily ever after). With that in mind, we’ve broken things down into a basic bridal skincare countdown below.

12 Months Out

Schedule your first consultation

  • Tell us what you are looking for…and we will help plan the right skincare plan leading up to your wedding day.
  • During your first visit, come prepared! Narrow down exactly what your goals are—glowing skin? Reduce redness? Soften scars? Reduce shine? Tattoo removal? Have it ready! We will start you with a routine that you can start at home.
  • We will make sure to work with you and choose products that fit your lifestyle and budget.
  • Let us know when you are getting married (including your honeymoon plans). Extreme heat or cold, sun exposure, dry weather, and wind chill can all affect your skin when receiving certain treatments, such as lasers, peels, or microneedling treatments. We need to take this timing into account when designing your plan!

9 Months Out

Start procedures that require downtime

  • A deep chemical peel: This treatment helps the exfoliation process and expedites cell turnover—leading to blemish-free, glowing skin.
  • Microneedling: This procedure promotes overall rejuvenation of the skin, reduces fine lines and scarring, clears up blemishes, evens skin tone, and promotes cell growth for glowing, healthy skin.
  • Laser Treatments: Lasers treat deeper acne scars, wrinkles, and laxity while also treating sun damage and brown spots. The result for brides is smoother, tighter, rejuvenated, softer skin.
  • Body contouring: Time to start melting away any unwanted fat! These procedures take weeks to show their results and come with some downtime to the treated areas, so starting early is best. The great news is that they are noninvasive, so you don’t have to worry about surgical scars.
  • Laser Hair Removal: If you want to make sure you are not showing any unwanted hair on your wedding day, now is the time to start laser hair removal. It usually takes 6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, so starting around 9-12 months is the right timing.
  • Tattoo Removal: If you’ve found the perfect wedding dress, but don’t love that it will highlight the random symbol you got on your back during spring break (no judgment here) we can help remove it with some of the most advanced lasers in the industry.

6 Months Out

There is still time to have procedures done before your wedding

At this point, you should continue a series of any of the treatments you started above while focusing on regeneration and skin healing from these treatments.

  • Clearlift™: This laser is perfect for reducing very fine lines, softening skin texture, and clearing any uneven skin tone or blemishes. The laser has almost no downtime and gives your skin a glowing boost. We recommend a series of 3 – 6 treatments over the 6 months prior to your wedding date.
  • Xeomin: If you are interested in having Xeomin for your wedding, now is the time to test it out. It only lasts about 3 months, so this gives you time to have a trial and see if you like it, while also allowing time for it to wear off before the big day. We are exceptionally trained in achieving a natural look with Xeomin, not ‘frozen’, and want you to be able to show all your emotions on your wedding day!
  • Facials: Now is the time to start regular facials with an aesthetician. Our aestheticians are exceptionally trained at keeping your skin in tip-top shape, especially if you are undergoing any other treatments.
  • Six months gives your body plenty of time to see results from these treatments and regenerate fresh, lustrous skin.

3 months out. Almost there!

At this point, do not introduce any new products or lotions into your regimen.

  • Xeomin: Now is the time to have your Xeomin redone so that it lasts throughout your wedding day. This allows for you to also be able to have a touch-up after 2 weeks of treatment, without worrying about an unnatural look!
  • Lasers and light peels: continue with your series of treatments and light chemical peels treatments up until 1 month before the big day.
  • With a few months’ lead time, three months is ideal for the last of your longer-downtime procedures.

1 Month Out. Few Weeks!

Not the time to introduce anything new! Have your last professional treatment to really help deliver that bridal glow to your face.

  • Avoid anything with significant downtime.
  • Focus on exfoliating products at home, and antioxidant serums that nourish and enrich your skin.
  • Have your last Xeomin touch-up, (only if needed)! We tend to be more cautious at this point. If you are generally happy with your results at this stage, we’d recommend going with them. Trying to get every last wrinkle, crease or blemish is a slippery slope. You look great, so own it and feel great!
  • Ask us for specific tips to prep your skin the week before your big day, and how we would recommend managing stress-induced acne, rashes, or anything else that pops up on the day of your wedding.

Your Wedding Day

Relax, enjoy, and congratulations! You made it!

While this timeline represents a good, general schedule for brides, remember that everybody is different and your skin is unique. on a customized plan. Book your bridal consultation today and begin your skincare regimen.