Pre-wedding Beauty Advice for Brides-to-be

Manicures and pedicures are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your options for prepping your skin for the big day. Microdermabrasion, Botox, Chemical Peels, Medical Skin Needling are just a few types of procedures you can get these days.  Whatever your beauty concern, there is usually a quick fix available.

Here is some advice on what Skin Revival believes are the very latest non-invasive treatments and procedures available to brides-to-be.

You Want: A Youthful Glow
You have 1-3 months: Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel

Think of it as extreme exfoliation. Microdermabrasion is a mechanical skin-resurfacing treatment that sloughs off the dull top layer of skin to reveal the taut, baby-smooth layer you always knew was there.  The skin develops a smoother texture and a more even colour tone, which gives it a luminous glow.  If you suffer from rosacea or moderate to severe acne, microdermabrasion might not a good procedure for you.  Read below for alternative treatments.  For more information about our peels, click here.

Plan: 4 to 6 treatments at weekly/ fortnightly intervals.

Perk: No downtime – it’s a relatively gentle procedure, so you can get back to your everyday routine immediately.

Please note: This treatment may not be suitable for clients with moderate to severe acne or rosacea.  Your Skin Revival therapist will discuss possible treatment plans at your consultation.

A chemical peel works in the same way microdermabrasion does in that it sloughs away your dull top layer of skin. Whilst peels with a lower ph penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin. You need at least six weeks between your appointment and your wedding, because you don’t want any redness or peeling on your wedding day. The process is well tolerated by most skin types. You can expect to feel anything from a slight tingle to a mild burning (depending on the strength of the peel) during the five- to 15-minute procedure.  Initially the skin will flake or peel before getting the desired effect of youthful looking skin.

Plan: 6 treatments, 1-2 weeks apart.

Perk: The peels can also help clear up acne and eliminate precancerous lesions.

You want: A Wrinkle-Free Face
You have 1 month: Botox

Want porcelain-smooth skin?  Nothing is better than Botox to ease the lines around the eyes and forehead, and between the eyebrows, it’s consistent and works beautifully.  Botox, a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, paralyzes the muscles between the brows and the ones that cause frown lines. And if you have overly active sweat glands, you can even use it to reduce severe underarm perspiration.

Read more about Botox here.

Plan: 1 treatment, at least 1 month in advance.

Perk: Results are almost always predictable.

Side effects:  Bruising, Temporary drooping of the eyelids, moderate cold and flu-like symptoms

Beyond Botox

You’ve heard of Botox, of course, but what about Juvederm, Restylane, and the other dermal fillers on the market? Some are best for plumping and replacing volume to the skin for a soft, youthful look. Others can be utilized to shape the face, for example by giving brides more-prominent cheekbones or fuller lips. Here, at Skin Revival we only use the best and most effective fillers available.  Read more about our dermal fillers here.

You want: Younger, smoother skin.
You have 1-3 months: Dermalux LED Phototherapy

Dermalux LED Phototherapy uses clinically proven wavelengths to recharge skin cells, energising them to heal quicker and rejuvenate faster, promoting healing from the inside out. The visible effects are immediate; Dermalux instantly awakens a tired and dull complexion.  After just one treatment skin is incredibly hydrated, plump and radiant, redness and irritation is calmed.  There are no side-effects and no down-time.  This treatment is even used on new-borns with jaundice.  Read more about Dermalux LED Phototherapy here.

Plan: 6 treatments at daily or weekly intervals

Perk: Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, acne, acne scars & blemishes, soothes eczema and dermatitis, softens hyperpigmentation marks.

Side effects:  None

You have 6 or more months: Retinol, Vitamin C and a good skincare regime

You may have used it as a teen to treat acne, but did you know it also helps correct sun damage as well as fighting fine lines and wrinkles? Retinoids are known to build collagen, regenerate the elastin that lets skin stretch, and reverse abnormal pigmentation. Just make sure to stay out of the sun, or at least use a high-SPF sunblock, as Retinol can make you more prone to burning. Vitamin C is a little miracle in a bottle, it acts as an antioxidant, improves hyperpigmentation and post acne blemishes, prevents premature skin ageing, increases elasticity and density of the skin & enhances collagen production to name just a few of the benefits of this product!   Retinoids can cause dry skin initially until the skin builds up a tolerance.

Plan: Retinol – Apply nightly for at least 6 months. Use sparingly and start with every 3rd night for the first 2 weeks, every 2nd night on weeks 3-4 and every night from week 5 onwards. Vitamin C- Apply once a day in the morning.

Perk: Also fights fine lines and wrinkles.

Side effect: Retinoids can cause dry skin initially until the skin builds up a tolerance.

You have 6 months or more: Dermaroller

The Dermaroller treatment is also known as Medical Skin Needling, it is a non-ablative skin rejuvenation technique that stimulates collagen production in the skin and also reduces scarring and cellulite, giving your skin a healthy flawless and youthful appearance.  Due to the nature of the treatment, you may have some redness, swelling, sensitivity for the first 48 hours.  Click here to read more about Dermaroller treatments.

Plan: A course of 3 at 6 week intervals

Perk: Perfect for ageing concerns, reduces scarring and cellulite, lightens darker areas

Side-effects:  Swelling, redness and sensitivity lasts up to 48 hours after treatment.

You want: Firmer Looking Skin
You have 6 months or more: NIR Skin Tightening

We all age, yet none of us wish to see the signs of ageing. Until now, major plastic surgery was the only effective treatment for skin laxity, which adds years to our overall facial appearance. Yet, while we want to maintain a firm, fresh look, today’s active lifestyles leave little time for post-operative recuperation periods, not to mention the side effects or prohibitive costs of surgery. Besides, who wants to wait until sagging is so serious that it demands a major surgical procedure?

Today, there is a simple, quick and non-invasive alternative: Near Infrared. Safely and painlessly, this technology tightens loose skin on the face, neck, arms, abdomen, thighs & bottocks where sagging skin unattractively points out the passage of time.  Without damaging the skin’s surface, Soprano NIR safely and effectively heats the inner layer – dermis – of the skin, inducing the formation of collagen, essential for a firm, young look.  Click here to read more about Near Infra Red Skin Tightening.

Plan: 6 treatments at 2-4 week intervals

Perk: Improves loose sagging skin, Smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles,Reduces collagen  loss, Little or no downtime.

Side effects:  While pain tolerance is an individual matter, most people tolerate Soprano NIR treatment well, some describe it as a pleasant hot stone type massage whilst others describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin.

You Want: To get rid of unwanted hair, Not to have to worry about shaving
You have 6 or more months: Soprano Ice Laser Hair Removal

The most advanced and best on the market, the Soprano Ice boasts a virtually pain free highly effective treatment suitable for all skin types and colours. Pain-Free, Hair-Free gently heats targeted hair follicles with gentle pulses of laser energy, while you stay comfortable. Nearly any part of the body can be treated safely and comfortably, including the face, neck, legs,arms, bikini line, back and stomach. The Soprano Ice gradually heats the hair follicles under the skin until they can no longer produce new hair. Since the laser is in constant motion, your treatment area can be wider—which makes sessions go quickly. In addition, a patented DualChill™ mechanism ensures the surface of your skin stays cool and comfortable throughout your treatment.

Click here for more information on laser hair removalPlan: 6 Treatments 4-6 weeks apart depending on area

Perks:  Virtually pain-free with no medication or other pre-treatments required,  Long-lasting, Recovery-free, so you can return to normal activities immediately, Effective for all skin types, including tanned skin, as well as different hair types, More complete in coverage than other laser hair removal options, Perfect for any area of the body—including more sensitive areas like the face, neck and bikini area. Thousands of patients worldwide have enjoyed a life without unwanted hair, thanks to Pain-Free, Hair-Free.

Side effects:  You can only shave in between treatments, so no waxing, threading etc, skin may be slightly sensitive a couple of hours after treatment.


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