Are you a bride-to-be? Part of a wedding party? Attending a family or class reunion? Celebrating a milestone birthday? Sharing in a special gala? Regardless of your role or the nature of the celebration, you will want to be looking your best for any signature event and it’s never too early to get your skin ready to showcase a gorgeous glow.
As many events happen in the summer months, now is actually the ideal time to start getting your skin event-ready. With more than 6 months lead time, you can explore options to brighten and boost your glow as well as longer term treatments for evening out skin tone and reducing pesky age or sun spots and redness.
To keep the planning easy and save you from adding one more thing to your pre-event checklist, we’ve outlined some of our favourite treatments along with the recommended timelines for scheduling appointments in advance of your big celebration.
Skin Care Countdown: 6 Months +
Some treatments for improving the palette of your skin can take more than 6 months and upwards to a year for optimal results and healing. Skin resurfacing through a series of Palomar 1540 Fractional (laser) treatments is one such strategy we recommend for decreasing pore size and softening deeper creases as well as targeting trouble spots caused by sun damage, surgical or acne scars, stretch marks and more.
Results from treatments with our Palomar Fractional 1540 laser can be significant but they do appear gradually and are typically first seen after a month of treatment at minimum. With Fractional 1540, precise columns of light are delivered into the deeper layers of skin providing a powerful stimulus for regeneration and repair. This is excellent for fading scars, stretchmarks and wrinkles. Improvement will continue in the months to follow. One key benefit is that these procedures are more comfortable than other types of laser treatments and require only a minimal amount of downtime for healing.
When time is a factor, Palomar’s Max G IPL treatments are a fantastic option for evening out skin tone. These Intense Pulses of Light target brown sun spots, age spots, redness and vascular lesions like spider veins and broken capillaries without damaging the healthy surrounding tissues all the while stimulating new collagen growth. The result? Smooth, even-toned, beautiful healthy skin!
While these two skin care strategies do require advance planning to prep for special events, light based treatments like Palomar’s Max G IPL and Palomar’s Fractional 1540 Laser procedures are truly some of the most effective strategies to target redness, brown spots and damaged skin cells without harming surrounding tissues. Get in touch with our specialist team to begin planning your treatment calendar today.
Skin Care Countdown: 3-6 Months
Another treatment option that can actually begin 3 to 6 months before an event, but can also be scheduled as close as 2 weeks prior is our Exilis Elite RF treatments. Exilis Elite is the only Health Canada approved device that uses focused radiofrequency (RF) energy to gently bypass the skin’s surface to heat up the collagen below thus stimulating fibroblasts to create new collagen. What you end up with is firmer, tighter skin. And who doesn’t need a little bit of that?
Additionally, a series of microdermabrasion appointments can also begin 3 to 6 months before the event or even performed 2 weeks prior to the big day. Microdermabrasion helps with overall exfoliation allowing treatment creams, lotions and serums to penetrate more deeply making them that much more effective. For best results, we suggest beginning these treatments closer to the 6-month mark to allow the cells time to fully do their job.
Skin Care Countdown: 1-3 Months
Neuromodulators like Botox and Xeomin are a great option to brighten eyes and soften the overall look of ‘dynamic wrinkles’ – the lines created through repetitive daily expressions like frowning and squinting. Dermal Fillers are used to fill hollows and folds, restore lost volume in the cheeks and chin area and of course to recreate more shapely lips. We recommend Botox, Xeomin and Dermal Fillers treatments at least 1 month prior to your special event, but depending on the desired results and the number of treatments required, best results may be seen with treatments beginning 1-3 months beforehand.
Skin Care Countdown: 0-3 Months
If the event was sprung on you like a shot-gun wedding….ahem…. we recommend a Lunchtime Peel. We use award winning ZO product and ingredients in all our peels to gently exfoliate dry, damaged and dead skin cells to uncover fresh new radiant skin. A quick, perfect, no downtime treatment to refresh any appearance with only days to spare.
To talk about the right strategies to get your skin into tip-top showcase condition, contact our team of skin care specialists today!