Nearly every woman in America can pick out something in the mirror that she feels a little self-conscious about as her wedding day gets closer and closer. Pair that fact with the perfectly airbrushed models we see in the endless barrage of bridal magazines throughout the country, and you’ve got a recipe for a bit of a bridal beauty complex! It’s easy to repeat what our mothers say (“Don’t believe what you see in those magazines! No one looks that good without a ton of makeup!”), but it’s even easier to take control of what’s bothering you in the mirror by reaching out to a professional dermatology service. As a proactive gal myself, I figured who better to reach out to for advice on bridal beauty procedures than Joyce Jones, owner and medical aesthetician of Knoxville medical spa Aura Med Spa. She gave me a ton of hands-on suggestions for professional procedures to cure common skin concerns that many brides have around their big day. Read on for her expert advice, and remember to call Aura Med Spa for a consultation to see if one of the treatments below would be a good match for you!
You’re totally tired of shaving each day – and of getting those annoying razor bumps. What should you do?
Joyce suggests the tried and true option of professional waxing services to get rid of those pesky little hairs on your body. Having a pro perform this service reduces your chances of an adverse reaction (or of wasted money on a kit that doesn’t work!). Just make sure you schedule your services at the appropriate times before your wedding.
You have sensitive skin but want to make sure you have a pre-wedding glow. What options are out there for you?
At Aura Med Spa, Joyce details that their Clear + Brilliant resurfacing treatment is among their most affordable laser resurfacing treatments and works perfectly to give you that gorgeous, glowing look around the big day – even for people with sensitive skin. They generally suggest brides opt for 4-6 treatments, but even just one treatment can give you that gorgeous glow you’re looking for.
Your skin is super prone to acne, especially in stressful situations. How can you ward off a breakout?
Many brides get stress acne around the wedding day, but Joyce details that Aura Med Spa can help you nip that problem in the bud with a combination of treatments they’ll arrange for you after your customized consultation. Among these treatments may be the Aura Acne Facial and their Back Facial, the Acne Peel, the Aura Peel Rx, and others. While each bride will have her own custom regimen, Aura Med generally starts individuals with a facial and suggests beginning a series of peels at least two months before the wedding. Joyce also suggests brides use their Obagi CLENZIderm Kit at home to help keep the acne at bay in between professional treatments.
“We’re very passionate about acne at Aura Med,” Joyce details. “We do extensive consultations to make sure the skin is clear by wedding day.”
You have scars, sun damage, or signs of aging that you’d like to minimize before your wedding day. Is that possible?
Aura Med Spa has a range of facials and peels to help minimize the appearance of scars and damage, but that’s certainly not all they have in their arsenal of weapons against looking tired and worn on wedding day.
Joyce suggests their dermaplaning technique, which is a medical grade exfoliation process that doesn’t require pulling or suction like microdermabrasion (which studies ultimately have shown hurt skin). She also states that their MicroPeel Plus 20 at least two months before the wedding can work wonders for brides with these skin issues. At home, the Obagi Condition & Enhance System can help further heal damaged skin.
Want an even more aggressive, results-driven approach? Joyce states that starting a Clear + Brilliant resurfacing regimen at least eight weeks out from the wedding (four to six in a series every two weeks) will help stimulate collagen and remove dead skin to really prep your face for the ultimate bridal beauty.
You have a serious loss of elasticity in your skin that you’d like to tighten up before the big day. Is plastic surgery your only option?
At Aura Med Spa, they have a service called Thermage, which is a procedure using radio frequencies to tone and tighten loose skin. This option is best started three to six months out from the wedding day.
To finalize the details of making sure you look your most beautiful on the big day, Aura Med Spa even boasts its own amazing Jane Iredale makeup artist who can totally camouflage scars and other skin issues. Plus, she will come to your location to do your bridal makeup on-site!
Because no two people have the exact same skin, an individual consultation is needed to personalize a plan that’s specific to your needs. To make sure you’re glowing with true bridal beauty and self-confidence on the biggest day of your life, visit the Aura Med Spa website, and give them a call today at (865)769-6520 to set up your initial consultation at one of their two locations in Knoxville. Be sure to check out their Facebook page as well. Tell Joyce that The Pink Bride sent you!
Images courtesy of the Aura Med Spa Facebook page.
Thermage image obtained via the Thermage website.