How to Have Flawless Skin on Your Wedding Day


Like all good things, achieving skin perfection takes time, dedication, and a thoughtful approach. That’s where your pre-wedding skincare routine steps in…

The Ultimate Pre-Wedding Skincare Guide

When I thought about my wedding day I couldn’t help but feel a huge range of emotions. Excitement, joy and of course a few nerves. The weight of knowing this would be a day etched in time certainly added to the stakes. But now that I’m on the other side of it let’s talk about your wedding skincare!

As the anticipation builds and the countdown begins, there’s an undeniable desire to look and feel your absolute best. While the dress, the décor, and the details all play their part, it’s your radiant, confident self that truly shines through. And at the heart of this radiance lies a secret, one that brides and grooms alike swear by – the ultimate pre-wedding skincare routine!

That unmistakable bridal glow doesn’t have to be just a dream; it’s an achievable reality especially when you have the guidance of skincare experts at Dermetics. This is who I have trusted for years so let me spill the beans!

Like all good things, achieving skin perfection takes time, dedication, and a thoughtful approach. That’s where your pre-wedding skincare routine steps in, a roadmap to unveil the best version of your skin before your special day.

The Importance of a Pre-Wedding Skincare Routine

The journey to a flawless complexion doesn’t begin overnight. Your skin, like a canvas, requires careful preparation, nourishment, and attention to detail over time (We’re going to cover timeline don’t worry!).

Whether you’re a skincare aficionado or just embarking on this expedition, a pre-wedding skincare routine is your secret weapon. It’s a tailored regimen designed to address your unique skin type, concerns, and goals, ensuring that as you step into the spotlight, your skin tells a story of vitality and well-being.

Understanding Your Skin Type and Concerns

Embarking on your pre-wedding skincare journey necessitates a deep understanding of your skin’s unique traits. Each complexion tells its own story, and deciphering its language is key to unlocking its full potential.

Here are some things to consider!

Is your skin prone to oiliness, normal in its balance, or thirsting for moisture? Are pigmentation concerns casting a shadow, or is sensitive skin calling for gentler care? Perhaps acne blemishes are an unwelcome guest.

Decoding these signals empowers you to craft a skincare regimen that speaks directly to your skin’s needs, ensuring that every product and step is purposeful. But I completely understand how overwhelming this can all be so that is why I called in the professionals.

In this journey, the seasoned professionals at Dermetics came to my aid as they will yours! They are armed with the expertise to analyze and diagnose your skin’s nuances. Under their guidance, I personally witnessed significant transformations in my skin concerns. As a result, both I and my bridesmaids enjoyed flawless skin on my wedding day.

Timeline: When to Start Your Pre-Wedding Day Skincare Routine

The timeline for when to start your pre-wedding skincare routine depends on the specific concerns you want to address and the improvements you’re seeking. Generally, it’s recommended to start your pre-wedding skincare routine at least 6 to 12 months before your wedding.

Here’s a breakdown of when to start based on different skincare goals:

Complexion Transformation:

If you’re aiming for a complete transformation of your skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance, starting your routine about 12 months ahead gives you ample time for more intensive treatments, such as chemical peels or laser therapies. This allows for gradual improvements and sufficient healing time.

Acne and Blemish Resolution:

If acne or blemishes are your main concern, starting your routine 9 to 12 months in advance allows you to address these issues systematically. Incorporating targeted treatments and adjusting your skincare routine can help manage breakouts and minimize the appearance of acne scars.

Pigmentation and Uneven Skin Tone:

Dealing with pigmentation issues or uneven skin tone? Beginning your routine 6 to 9 months before your wedding allows for a comprehensive approach, including brightening serums and gentle exfoliation to fade pigmented areas gradually.

General Skin Maintenance:

If your primary goal is to maintain your skin’s health and radiance, 6 months prior to your wedding is a good starting point. This duration allows for implementing a consistent skincare regimen, incorporating hydration, sun protection, and mild treatments.

Last-Minute Enhancements:

Even if you’re short on time, it’s never too late to start taking better care of your skin. In the last 3 months leading up to your wedding, focus on a simplified routine to maintain a healthy complexion. Avoid introducing new products that your skin hasn’t been accustomed to.

Remember, the key to successful pre-wedding skincare is consistency and patience. Starting early ensures that your skin has ample time to adapt to new products and treatments, and it allows for gradual, natural-looking improvements.

If you’re unsure about where to begin or when to start, consulting a dermatologist or skincare professional can provide personalized guidance tailored to your specific needs and timeline. Again this is where I reached out to the Dermetics team a year prior to our big day to start to understand my options and map out my skincare action plan!

Consultation with a Dermatologist

Okay by now this part should be a no brainer! There is so much information out there (I mean you’re here right!) and because we are all unique we might need help figuring out what our skin desires most.

Reaching out to a dermatologist or skincare professional to curate your pre-wedding skincare routine offers invaluable expertise and tailored guidance.

These professionals possess an in-depth understanding of skin types, concerns, and treatments, enabling them to design a regimen that addresses your specific needs. Their recommendations encompass effective products, personalized treatments, and strategies to achieve optimal results within your timeline.

With their insights, you’ll navigate potential pitfalls, optimize your routine, and ensure that the journey to radiant, flawless skin for your wedding day is expertly guided and tailored to your unique complexion!

We have actually set up a page to help you with this consultation here!

Cleansing, Makeup Removal and Dead Skin Cells

Now let’s touch on something we can all start doing right now.

In the quest for bridal radiance, the first and perhaps most fundamental step is often the most overlooked – cleansing. Imagine your skin as a canvas awaiting the masterstroke of skincare. Without a pristine base, the subsequent layers of nourishment and treatments would be compromised.

Thorough cleansing, both morning and night, is the essential prelude to unveiling your skin’s true brilliance. By liberating your pores from impurities, pollutants, and the remnants of the day, you set the stage for your skincare products to penetrate effectively, maximizing their benefits.

I clean my skin with the SkinCeuticals Simply Clean – A pore-refining gel cleanser that removes makeup and gently exfoliates. Suitable for all skin types. Following that cleanse I make sure all impurities have been removed with a cotton pad and Makeup Removing Micellar Water.

Ridding your skin of makeup is an act of respect and rejuvenation, allowing it to breathe and regenerate as you sleep. Thus, this seemingly simple ritual of cleansing isn’t merely a task; it’s a transformative gesture that paves the way for a complexion that’s luminous, vibrant, and wedding-day ready.

Exfoliation for Radiant Skin

Exfoliation is the art of delicately sloughing away dullness. In the flurry of preparations, dead skin cells can accumulate, causing your skin’s natural radiance to dim. This is where exfoliation takes center stage, offering a revitalizing boost to your complexion.

Exfoliation isn’t just a physical transformation – it’s an invitation to luminosity. Regular exfoliation refines your skin’s texture, minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines, while also helping to fade pigmentation and even out tone.

For this step I opted to use SkinCeuticals Blemish & Age Defense it is an oil free serum that helps to control acne, reduces excess oil production and improves the appearance of uneven skin tone.

In terms of treatments I was lucky enough to book myself and my bridesmaids in for the Dermetics own MicroGen HF! This is my favourite treatment and over time I have have seen incredible results in the evenness of my skin as well as its over all health. (More on this from the Dermetics Website below)

What Is MicroGen HF?

The MicroGenesis Hydrafacial is a hybrid treatment that combines three high end technologies synergistically: Microdermabrasion, Hydra Facial, and Laser Genesis to create the ULTIMATE facial experience!

How MicroGen HF Works


The technician first begins by cleansing the skin to ensure that any traces of dirt, oil, makeup, or sunscreen is removed.  


After the cleanse is complete, we begin by using our diamond tip microdermabrasion wand. This step gently polishes and removes the buildup of superficial skin cells.This step clears surface skin cells so the next step can clarify and exfoliate even more efficiently.


Next, a blend of gentle chemical exfoliants is applied to prepare the skin for a gentle chemical peel. A blend of glycolic and salicylic exfoliate acids loosen any remaining surface skin cells and deep clean the pores. Finally, gentle suction and a blend of Beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s for short) wash away dead skin cells and blackheads.


Now it’s time for Laser Genesis. This warm gentle laser feels like you are relaxing in the sun. It’s so comfortable some of our patients even fall asleep! It reaches deep into the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin and helps reduce redness leaving skin feeling plump and rejuvenated.  


Finally, we infuse a cocktail of antioxidants, helping to hydrate and boost the skin, giving it the perfect glow. As always, we finish off your treatment by working together to develop a personalized skincare regimen made of the best medical grade skin-care to moisturize and ensure your beautiful new skin is protected.  

My Thoughts on the MicroGen HF

I truly cannot recommend this treatment enough especially for a wedding party and specifically the bride. We all had glowing skin and a clean canvas for our makeup artists for the morning of getting ready.

Also there as mentioned there is no downtime following this treatment. My bridal party actually had this treatment the morning of our rehearsal dinner and they were all glowing!

I would strongly recommend to all brides to have any treatment (even one as gentle as this) a few days prior to your wedding and even go for a trial months before the wedding. Not only will this contribute to your overall skin health journey but also ensure nothing reacts poorly.

Hair Removal

I just want you to know that all of this is optional but these steps allowed me to personally feel my very best and I thought you’d want to know! Before the wedding I had a skincare trial with Dermetics and tried Dermaplaning. This treatment was truly what set the stage for the perfect bridal makeup canvas.

Here is a little more information from their website about it!

Dermaplaning is a facial treatment and method of physical exfoliation that uses a small sterile blade to gently scrape the top layer of the skin, removing any dead skin and vellus facial hair (peach fuzz).

At Dermetics we offer Dermaplaning as a stand alone treatment or it can be added on in combination with other services.


  • Eliminates vellus hair and dead skin cells.
  • Improves overall skin texture.
  • Allows for better product absorption.
  • Brightens skin and reduces hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and acne scarring.
  • Provides smoother and more flawless makeup application
  • Stimulates circulation and blood flow to support anti-aging and radiant skin.
  • Alternative exfoliation process for sensitive skin types.
  • Effective exfoliation for those who are pregnant or nursing.


  • Inflamed and cystic acne.
  • Secere rosacea.
  • Open wounds or lesions.

Dermaplaning can be performed as often as every two to three weeks or when vellus hairs start to grow back, and there is no downtime required. It will NOT make the vellus hairs grow back thicker or darker. It is safe for patients who are pregnant or nursing.

Is Botox for Me?

I have very light eyes and ever since I was a kid the moment the sun hit my face I had that classic one eyed squint. The dreaded 11 between the brows most certainly developed for me over time and I became very self conscious.

The moment I turned 30 I realized I didn’t have to feel this way anymore so I started investigating my options and I’m so happy I did! With the guidance of Dr. Channy Muhn I started neuromodulators and I am so incredibly happy with the result. My biggest non-negotiable when it comes to any sort of facial treatment is to always come out looking natural and essentially an enhanced version of my own beauty. This is one hundred percent achievable with the right team and the right products.

This is such a personalized treatment and I can’t recommend learning more here and giving Dermetics a call for a consultation.

Hydration and Moisturization

Staying hydrated is not just a lifestyle choice; it’s a fundamental pillar of skincare. Just as a flower thrives when watered, your skin blossoms when properly hydrated.

Hydration maintains your skin’s suppleness, promotes optimal cellular function, and enhances its ability to heal and regenerate. But hydration alone isn’t enough – it needs a partner, and that’s where moisturization steps in.

Moisturizers act as the guardian of your skin’s hydration, sealing in the moisture and creating a protective barrier against external aggressors. They ensure that your skin remains soft, plump, and elastic, with a luminous, bridal glow that speaks of vitality.

I have been through two bottles of SkinCeuticals Metacell B3 and love the texture on my skin! SkinCeuticals Metacell B3 is a lightweight moisturizer with 5% niacinamide (vitamin B3) that brightens skin and promotes cellular turnover.

Eye Area Care: Banishing Puffiness and Dark Circles

The delicate skin under our eyes deserves special attention in our skincare journey. Puffiness and dark circles, often telltale signs of fatigue and stress, find their canvas in this fragile area. To unveil the brilliance of your eyes, gentle strategies are key.

Cooling eye creams with ingredients like cucumber extract can alleviate puffiness, while products containing peptides and antioxidants can aid in diminishing dark circles.

Remember, the skin around the eyes is notably thin and sensitive, making it crucial to treat it with the utmost care. This mindful approach ensures that as you walk down the aisle, your eyes mirror the radiance within.

My eye skincare product of choice is SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex. I use this every night! It is an anti-wrinkle cream that helps reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, puffiness and dark circles.

Sun Protection: The Ultimate Defense

Sunscreen isn’t just a shield against UV rays; it’s your steadfast guardian in the quest for timeless beauty. I can honestly say I use sunscreen every single day no matter the time of year.

Daily application is the cornerstone of skin preservation, fending off the sun’s potent rays that can lead to premature aging, pigmentation, and more.

By safeguarding your skin’s integrity, sunscreen maintains an even, luminous complexion that tells the tale of enduring radiance. Embrace it not as an option, but as an essential gesture of love towards your skin – an act that ensures your beauty endures the test of time.

I am proud to say I even got my Mother-in-Law hooked on SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 and it makes me so proud! A lightly tinted, lightweight, 100% mineral UVA/UVB sunscreen ideal for daily use.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Glowing Skin

Now let’s seriously talk about you! Radiant skin isn’t solely a result of a skincare routine – it’s a reflection of your overall well-being. Everyday habits weave the fabric of your skin’s vitality.

Hydration quenches your skin’s thirst, a balanced diet fuels its resilience, regular exercise enhances its circulation, and stress management calms its canvas.

These habits collectively orchestrate a symphony of health that resonates through your complexion. Remember, skincare is a holistic journey, and by nurturing your body and mind, you’re gifting your skin a luminosity that’s more than skin deep.

This is something I am carrying with me in the back of my mind even into married life!

Avoiding Last-Minute Changes

The Risks of Trying New Products

In the race towards bridal perfection, the allure of new skincare products can be tempting. However, skincare professionals universally advise against last-minute product introductions right before your wedding day.

The delicate balance of your skin can react unpredictably to unfamiliar formulations, potentially leading to adverse reactions, breakouts, or irritations. Instead, opt for a tried-and-true routine you’ve tested and trust!

The weeks leading up to your wedding are a time to pamper and prepare, not experiment. Consistency wins the day, and a well-established routine will ensure your skin shines with confidence on your special day.

Nighttime Skincare Routine: Repair and Renewal

Certainly, a great nighttime skincare routine lays the foundation for skin recovery, repair, and rejuvenation while you sleep. But with so many moisturizers and serums out there it’s hard to know what to use when?

Here’s a rundown of the key steps to consider:


Begin by thoroughly cleansing your skin to remove makeup, dirt, and pollutants accumulated throughout the day. A gentle cleanser tailored to your skin type is ideal.

Toner (Optional)

If you use a toner, now is the time to apply it. Toners help balance the skin’s pH levels and prepare it for subsequent products.


This is when you target specific skin concerns such as fine lines, pigmentation, or acne. Apply serums containing active ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, or niacinamide.


Hydration is key, even at night. Choose a nourishing and slightly heavier moisturizer that suits your skin type to lock in moisture and support the skin’s barrier function.

Eye Cream

If you use an eye cream, gently pat it around the delicate eye area. Eye creams can help reduce puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines.

Night Cream (Optional)

For added nourishment, consider a night cream formulated with richer textures and potent ingredients that work while you sleep.

Retinol (As Needed)

If you’re incorporating retinol into your routine, it’s usually applied after cleansing and before moisturizing. Start with a low concentration and gradually increase.

Lip Care

Don’t forget your lips! Apply a hydrating lip balm to keep them soft and smooth.

I have been in love with Laniege Sleeping Mask for years and it’s always in my purse and bedside table!

Remember, consistency is key. A well-maintained nighttime skincare routine supports your skin’s natural rejuvenation processes, repairs damage, and helps you wake up to a radiant complexion. Always choose products that suit your skin type and concerns, and consider consulting a dermatologist or skincare professional for personalized recommendations.

Incorporating Relaxation Techniques: Stress and Skin Connection

Look planning a wedding is stressful even if you’re the chillest of brides. Trust me I ended up getting Dermatographia months before our wedding day! Fun stuff but we move!

The mind and skin share an intimate connection, where the echoes of stress can manifest visibly on your complexion. When stress takes center stage, skin concerns like acne breakouts, inflammation, and dullness often follow suit.

This underlines the significance of stress management not just for your peace of mind, but also for the clarity of your skin. As you approach your wedding day, cultivating relaxation techniques and finding solace in self-care rituals becomes essential.

By embracing mindfulness and stress reduction, you’re not only nurturing your inner well-being but also safeguarding your skin’s natural radiance. The path to clear, luminous skin intertwines with the journey to a calmer mind – a connection that underscores the true essence of bridal beauty. You’ve got this bestie!

Final Countdown: The Week Before the Wedding

In the whirlwind of the final week leading to your wedding, your skincare routine takes center stage. Keep it simple, stick to what works, and avoid introducing new products.

Prioritize hydration, get adequate rest, and indulge in relaxation techniques to ease any last-minute stress. A gentle exfoliation a few days before helps unveil your skin’s luminosity.

On the big day, cleanse, moisturize, and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen as the ultimate safeguard. Remember, your skin reflects the journey you’ve undertaken – one of care, commitment, and anticipation – as you step into the spotlight, ready to dazzle with picture-perfect radiance.

Thank you Dermetics

I would have never sorted all of this out without my favourite people at Dermetics. I’ve trusted them for years with my skin and sent countless friends and family their way (including you!). When you find a place you trust there is no looking back. I felt absolutely radient on my big day and it’s all because of their guidance over this past year. So truly — what are you waiting for!

Happy wedding prep bride to be! Time to show off that glow!

All of my love,

Amanda xo

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