The Beauty Regimen Every Bride Must Follow Before Her Wedding Day

A bride’s beauty regimen shouldn’t be seen as just one of a slew of items to tick off an ever-expanding to-do list.

There’s a reason why they say a woman will never look more beautiful than on her wedding day. One’s glow comes naturally, a smile is effortlessly radiant, and eyes shine brightly. If laughter is the best medicine, then wedding day bliss is likewise the secret serum for that bridal blush—which is why a bride’s beauty regimen shouldn’t be seen as just one of a slew of items to tick off an ever-expanding to-do list. Instead, consider it as a chance to get some much-coveted me-time and self-care amid the whirlwind that is wedding planning. Here, we share the five beauty basics that will help you along the way.

A great deal of focus is often put on booking the right makeup artist, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about skincare until the big day. As Gela Laurel Stehmeier shares, “Makeup adheres so much better on nourished skin, so I always suggest that brides be diligent in their skincare regimen and overall well-being. Since they often have at least six months to plan, it’s best that they already visit their dermatologist, and double up on their water intake and supplements, as well as work out to increase blood flow." 


Similarly, Dr. Shayla Valdez of the Facial Care Centre recommends that brides-to-be get enough sleep and take antioxidants. She also suggests that they come in for a consultation as soon as they get engaged. “This way we can create a program that will target their specific goals,” she says. “There are facials to clean the skin, laser treatments to invigorate and tighten it or to remove hair, and even radio frequency treatments that can stretch and tighten the skin.” At the very least, Valdez recommends that a bride gets a facial. The Facial Treatment with Collagen, an anti-aging facial that exfoliates dead skin cells, deep-seated dirt, and other impurities, is highly recommended. With one treatment, one experiences the soothing effect of a facial massage, as well as the relaxing application of a collagen mask that leaves the skin looking elastic, youthful, and radiant.

Valdez suggests that the last treatment is scheduled a week before the wedding unless the treatment is a diamond peel. It essentially works like a massage on your skin and leaves it glowing. According to Valdez, this can technically be done even on the day itself—although this is not advisable if you anticipate a tight schedule, and if you will need to be out in the sun.; e-mail Gela Laurel at [email protected].

Your hairstyle on your wedding day serves as the finishing touch and perfect complement to your gown. As such, it is best to avoid cramming in a last-minute visit to the salon for a corrective cut or color treatment.

Jude Hipolito of Juro Salon Exclusif recommends coming in soon after you’ve set your wedding date. “This way, we can figure out a realistic timetable based on how fast your hair grows, and we can keep it in good shape throughout the process,” he says. “The same goes for those who want to go short. I had one bride with long hair, who wanted a different look for her wedding day. Over the course of several months, we cut it shorter and shorter, and stopped at a flattering length she felt comfortable with. We didn’t do anything drastic in one go.” 

When it comes to hair color, Rose Velasco, also of Juro Salon Exclusif, shares that subtle highlights add depth to one’s hair, while midlights will reflect the sunlight or any artificial lighting. This is especially helpful when it comes to photographs, as Filipinos tend to have very dark hair. She adds that the right shade of color can enhance one’s skin tone, which is again a plus when it comes to not just your wedding day look, but also your photographs. “I always ask our brides about their wedding venue,” Rose says, “because if the wedding is outdoors or at the beach, I will add more highlights to give the hair a summery feel. If it is an indoor wedding, I add more special effects and accents—all of which are subtle as it is still best to go with a look that is more natural for an event like a wedding.” She recommends continued home maintenance with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair.

Both stylists suggest coming in for your last visit within two to four weeks before your big day as this will give your both your cut and color enough time to settle in. This will also ensure that you look polished and put together during the many events leading up to your wedding, including your bridal showers and despedida de soltera.

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Slipping into your wedding gown with grace and ease does not need to be something that you stress about. A consistent, healthy, balanced diet and a non-grueling workout will, in the long run, achieve better results than any crash diet or extreme exercise.

Lyn Dionisio of Marie France also suggests several treatments that can aid the busy bride. One is the FMS Elite (Fat Mobilization System), which melts fat and burns calories even while your body is at rest. The treatment involves lying under an electric blanket set at an extremely cold temperature (10 degrees) for 25 minutes. One can burn as much as 1,000 to 2,000 calories in just a single session while enhancing your metabolism. As such, it is ideal for those who cannot do strenuous workouts, as well as anyone who wishes to jumpstart their weight loss program.

Another treatment Dionisio recommends is the TriPollar Legend, which firms, smoothes, and contours by selectively heating the fat cells in the deep and superficial adipose layers. Heating the fat cells increases your natural metabolism as well as the release of fat for easy burning. It also promotes collagen production to tighten and firm up the skin, making it perfect for brides who want to target certain trouble spots, such as their arms or stomach area. The non-invasive treatment lasts only 30 minutes and requires no downtime, and like the FMS Elite can even be done over one’s lunch break.

Just like your salon, dermatology, and weight treatment visits, fashion designer Richie Ortega Torres shares that it is best that you coordinate your plans with your fashion designer. “We try to schedule more fittings closer to the wedding day so that the gown can be taken in accordingly. It’s always better if everything is timed correctly so that your gown will fit perfectly on your wedding day.”; Call Richie Ortega-Torres Bridal at 550.1565.

These days, wedding gowns tend to be less conservative than they used to be, which is why it is even more important that the elusive bridal glow extends to the skin on your shoulders, back, and arms. This can easily be achieved with a pampering massage and body scrub. Along with this, a visit to the spa also allows you the chance to re-center and relax as the hectic pre-wedding pace builds up.

The Neo Day Spa offers the Hanakasumi package, which is specially designed for brides-to-be. The luxurious treatment begins with a dry brushing session coupled with a cherry blossom rice scrub. For dry brushing, your therapist uses a natural-hair bristle brush and moves it in light, methodical strokes against your skin. This stimulates your lymphatic system and aids in the flushing out of toxins. At the same time, it also improves circulation and exfoliates the skin. This is perfectly complemented by the fine grains of the cherry blossom rice scrub, which offers anti-aging properties. After a relaxing shower, the treatment moves on to the Qi Tranquility massage, the signature hilot massage. It entails slow, detailed strokes, and moves from the head downward to the feet as it soothes and heals the body. The treatment comes to a close with the Oshibori ritual, where your therapist rubs you down with a hot compress, leaving you feeling blissfully centered and with a relaxed glow.

The treatment lasts a little over two hours. As such, it is best to allot about three hours for the entire visit to give you ample time to shower, or even step into the sauna. Come in for your session about three to five days before the wedding, and continue to moisturize at home to maintain the glow of your skin. You may also want to come in for a couple’s massage with your new husband a few days after the wedding to help decompress from the adrenaline rush of your big day.

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If there’s one time when your hands and nails will take center stage, it’s your wedding day. Aside from the fact that your groom will be slipping on your wedding ring as you say your I do’s, a slew of photographers and videographers will also be around to commemorate this moment. You will also most likely end up posing for several shots wearing your engagement ring. As such you many want to consider a more intensive treatment along with your usual manicure and pedicure.

Maison by Nail Spa’s menu includes a host of options, all of which you can enjoy while relaxing in the cozy comfort of its French-style interiors. The Intense Hands treatment is a luxurious 75-minute manicure that includes a detoxifying soak, exfoliating scrub, and a 30-minute reflexology massage along with a thorough cleaning. Those who are after a brighter skin tone may choose the Maison Blanc Hands, which elicits the aid of papaya extract, and cucumber, lemon, and coconut essential oils. While the 60-minute Paraffin Absolu Hands allows you to enjoy the soothing warmth of a gentle paraffin bath, which serves to increase blood circulation, resulting in smooth supple skin. Natural and organic products are then used to detoxify, scrub, tone, and moisturize your hands, followed by nail cleaning and polish application.

When choosing your polish, consider that neutral to pinkish hues help to elongate your fingers, and are perfect for the classic bridal look. Have your nails done one to three days before your wedding day, and make sure to pack an extra bottle of your nail color or clear nail polish in case you need an emergency touch-up on the day itself.

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