Hello beautiful bride-to-be! We know you're starting to stress out over everything you need to do to get ready for your wedding. We want to remind you that this is YOUR day to feel good about yourself. Nothing else matters! Here's a simple guide to help you figure out when to start your self-care leading up to your wedding day.
Whether your wedding look is natural beauty or gorgeously glam, you're going to want to make sure your skin is in flawless condition for make up application and photos. Here's how to prep:
We recommend exfoliating your face and body 1-2 times per week. For the love of your skin, make sure you're using products specifically designed to suit your skin type- you should not be using the same product to exfoliate both your face and your body.
For body exfoliation, use a soft loofah with moisturizing body wash daily when you shower. Once or twice a week, you can use a body scrub to really remove the build up of dead skin cells. We love Whish Sugar Scrubs and Shower Gel!
For your face, ask a licensed Esthetician to look at your clean skin under a magnifying lamp. This will help her identify the causes of skin concerns like dryness or acne. She will recommend a peel or exfoliator that's right for your unique skin type, and she'll teach you how and when to use it. Don't skip this step! Professional advice and high quality products make a visible difference. Booking a Facial or a Body Treatment is a great way to relax away the stress of wedding planning, plus treat your skin to organic goodness and natural products while you're at it. Try booking a series of skin care treatments for results everyone will notice on your wedding day.
You're going to notice a pattern here- we recommend different advice for face and body hair removal.
Body hair removal usually falls to leg, arm, bikini, and underarm waxing. If you're honeymooning right after the wedding, we SO recommend waxing! You'll need to begin body waxing 4-6 months before your trip for the best results. Repeated waxing weakens your hair follicles so that over time, hair takes longer to grow back between appointments. When it does grow back, you'll notice it is finer, sparser, softer, and lighter in color than when you were shaving. Speaking of shaving, put DOWN the razor between waxing! Body hair needs to be at least 1/4 inch long in order to be waxed. Most people book their waxing appointments every 4-6 weeks. You'll love not having to bring a razor on your vacation. No stubble, just smooth, silky skin! You can also bring your groom in for body waxing! We recommend back, shoulder, chest, stomach, and arm waxing for men before any beach vacation. Same rules apply- try it out in advance! Please speak to an Esthetician about how to take care of your skin before and after waxing.
Facial waxing is something you'll be glad you did when it's time for those close up photos with your groom. Perfectly groomed eyebrows brighten up your face and make you glow! If you've never been waxed before, please inform your waxing specialist of any allergies or skin sensitivities you may have, and any medications you're taking. If you're using products that contain glycolic acid or retinol, or if you've been in the sun or on a tanning bed within the last week, make sure you tell her about that too. All of the above can make your skin extra sensitive. We recommend trying facial waxing at least twice before the wedding so you'll know how your skin will react in advance. For brides with very sensitive skin, Threading is a gentler option.
There's lots of options here, and you have to decide which one is right for you. As skin care experts, we never recommend a tanning bed because of the acute damage they cause your to skin. If you want smooth, healthy skin into your old age, stay away from the beds and opt for a sunless tan.
Airbrush Tanning: We know you saw that episode of "Friends" where Ross got sprayed in a tanning booth and it uh...didn't turn out so good. That's why we recommend getting a custom airbrush tan that's done by hand. Your airbrush tanning expert can customize your shade and spray level, ensuring a natural looking tan, even coverage, and shading where you want it. We love Vita Liberata Organic Airbrush Tans because they are safe for all skin types, safe for the environment, and safe for pregnant ladies. They contain neutralizing pigments that guarantee a warm, olive glow- NEVER orange! With proper care, your Organic Airbrush Tan will last 7-10 days. We recommend testing an Airbrush Tan at least once before the wedding so you can decide if you like the shade. Again, it's super important to follow the before and after care instructions to a T. Click to read them here.
You can also try self-tanning lotions. We love Whish Coconut Self-Tanner. It contains amazing moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, mango butter, and organic aloe. Golden pigment is deposited on your skin thanks to arabica coffee extract, and you'll love the beachy coconut scent. This product works best with repeated use on light skin. Those with darker skin probably won't see much of a difference, but they still love how soft it makes their skin! Again, test these products our several weeks in advance of the big day so you know what you're getting.
We offer a few different options for beautiful, bold lashes that pop in your photos.
Lash Lifting is a way to enhance your own natural eyelashes without attaching false lashes. The eyelash artist uses a water-soluble glue to temporarily glue a silicon perming rod to your lashes. Then she applies a perming solution and jet black tint, which sit on your lashes for about 30 minutes. She washes it all of with water, and you're all done!
Lash Extensions are individual false eyelashes that are glued to your natural lashes. Your Eyelash Artist carefully separates each lash, and individual Lash Extensions are applied with the safest, highest quality medical-grade adhesive to your individual lashes. Like all body hair, your natural lashes grow and fall out in cycles, about every 2-4 weeks. Your Extensions will gradually fall out with your natural eyelashes.