straight up skincare routine and timeline for treatments - first off, do not switch everything up before a big event. you should try to avoid throwing new variables into the mix! my pre-wedding routine with products and treatments worked so well because it had been tweaked for two years beforehand to find the best combination of active acne-clearing and healing products for my skin. so, that being said, don’t wait until the last minute to see an esthetician or try a new product, even if you have great skin! it’s best to try things out with enough time before the big event so that if something does go haywire, you have time to heal and switch back to the routine that works. at minimum, if you plan to use a product for exfoliation before the big day, please make sure to test-drive it about a month before to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction.my own personal normal-to-dry-ish, clear-skin-maintenance-mode skincare routine for 6 months leading up to the wedding (please note that your skin is different, so your own personal routine may be different - hit up one of our estheticians to help you find yours!):am:charcoal washmandelic + d2o blend tonermax + jane eye serumsalicylic acid 2%odara oil as moisturizertizo 3 sunscreenmakeup (acne safe, no time to mess around)rosewater spray to set makeuppm:odara oil on dry skin as makeup removercharcoal washremove with makeup removing spongemandelic + d2o blend tonermax + jane eye serumvitamin a10+ serumeither: benzoyl peroxide and hydrating gel OR odara oil as moisturizer
having been a skinSALVATION client for several years, my skin was already relatively clear, so my appointments were spread out. for best results, we recommend that clients who are experiencing active acne get treatments every 2-3 weeks until they are clear then 1 treatment a month to maintain clarity, with the last treatment being no less than 2 weeks prior to the big day.here was the treatment schedule that personally worked for me, leading up to the wedding. :
every 3 weeks for 6 months: signature face treatment
1.5 months before: signature face treatment
3-4 weeks before: peel only treatment
if you don’t have acne or you’re already super clear (lucky you), then just get regular peels to keep your skin looking fresh. i’d say the last peel i did 3-4 weeks before the big day was key, because my skin was in that sweet spot after a peel where it looked smooth and radiant (and finished with the flaky dry skin that these peels are supposed to induce). alternatively, you can also opt for our acne-safe spa facial to help introduce some relaxation and moisture much needed with all the wedding planning jitters - again, at least 2 weeks prior to your big day.it was making a decision to plan all this out beforehand that helped me to time it all out perfectly with my esthetician!
stay tuned for next week's acne safe wedding blog - makeup, planning ahead and day of (including advice from a makeup artist that can do your makeup acne safe)!
all wedding photography by heidi zumbrum