Following a skin regime a few months before your wedding will render both bride and groom radiant on the day, says an expert at Burjeel Hospital.
The wedding season is around the corner, and the bride’s (and to an extent, the groom’s) major concern would naturally be how to look great on the day.
However, looking after one’s skin is not something that should be a quick fix, and skin treatment should not start a couple of days before the big day but several months before, advises Dr Amina Kaushar, the chief dermatologist at Burjeel Hospital.
“A skin treatment regime must start at least a couple of months before the wedding day to achieve best results. There are lots of procedures available, like laser hair removal, chemical or AHA peels, botox injections or microdermabrasion, each of which focus on specific needs,” says Amina.
“An innovative treatment that restores the glow to your face, especially after the daily grind leaves it dull and lifeless, is the Mesoglow treatment. Using tiny injections and a vitamin concoction, your skin will regain its moisture in just a couple of sessions,” she says.
Burjeel Hospital has set up an innovative dermatology unit in the Sultanate that boasts state-of-the-art facilities and advanced expertise on a par with international standards, offering 360-degree skin treatment solutions.
Sun exposure, pigmentation, scars, and everyday pollution can leave our skin dull, and lifeless, says Amina.
“Microdermabrasion or skin polishing is a wonderful method of exfoliating the lifeless upper crust of the skin and replacing it with a new fresh layer of skin. As tiny crystals are sprayed and rolled over the skin, they will gently remove the dull and damaged layer of the skin.
“To the list of stresses that include the honeymoon and countless lunches and dinners in your first few months as a bride, you would definitely not want to add the tension of regular waxing and shaving. Laser hair removal is a good solution in this context. By focusing a high energy beam of light on it, the procedure eliminates the chances of hair growing back. The process takes a few sessions so make sure you meet a dermatologist at least a couple of months before the wedding.”
There are also medical facials that combine medical therapy and products with a beauty regime. Based on the skin type your dermatologist will personalise the treatment, says Amina.
She also suggests plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of water, a proper diet, getting plenty of exercise and a proper skin care routine to look gorgeous on your wedding day.
“No matter what, make sure you get seven or eight hours of sleep a night for the month leading up to your wedding. Both your mind and body need it. Furthermore, drink at least eight glasses of water daily, as exhaustion can cause dehydration. Skin suffers a lot if you’re not hydrating it enough from within. Carry a bottle everywhere, whether you’re at home or out.
“You must also identify and ditch the dangerous stuff from your diet. Skip sugary foods and everything fried, even though the temptation to dig into comfort food will increase with every wedding-related crisis. It’s better to stick to a sorbet or fruity custard, and keep your meals as light and nutritious as possible.
“Take a walk, for at least 20 minutes a day. Apart from the obvious physical benefits it’ll give you some much-needed time to yourself.”
It’s also important to cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin every morning and night by using a good skincare range.
Dr Amina says: “Cleansing your face twice a day is a must so that dirt and toxins are washed off. Toning closes your pores after cleansing and moisturising hydrates your skin, making it supple. Ideally, you should start treatment for your face, body and hair around six months before your wedding.”