Seven Bridal Secrets for Beautiful Skin
Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Jaishree Sharad.
There’s no dearth of tried and tested Indian bridal glow recipes, from haldi chandan ubtan to scrubs made from ground almonds and cream. But the modern bride (and groom) needs quick, obvious results in double quick time. Enter dermatologist prescribed beauty treatments that enhance your beauty to help you look like the Prince /Princess on your Big Day. We spoke to Nykaa expert and CEO of Skinfiniti Skin & Laser Clinic, Dr. Jaishree Sharad. And this is what she advised.
Fruit Peels and Whitening Peels
RECOMMENDED FOR: Uneven skin tone or blemishes that even cosmetics can’t conceal.
TCA and Yellow Peels reduce pigmentation and give you an even skin tone. You will need 6 to 8 sessions of peel done once every 15days. So make sure you visit your dermatologist at least five months in advance. Lactic and Salicylic Peels are done to reduce acne and acne blemishes while Glycolic Peels boost collagen, reduce pores and make your skin glow.
Cost: Rs. 2500 to 5000 per session
Skin Polishing or Microdermabrasion
RECOMMENDED FOR: Dull and lustreless skin.
There’s a high probability that you have dead skin overload on your skin surface. Thus, light that falls on skin gets absorbed instead of being reflected, making skin look dull and lifeless. Getting your skin polished once a month with microdermabrasion treatment is the solution. It’s a safe, quick, convenient and effective treatment for all skin colours and types. It can be done on any skin surface in need of exfoliation including the face, neck, back of hands, legs, and chest.
Cost: Rs. 3000 per session
Oxygen Therapy with Mesoporation
RECOMMENDED FOR: Guys and gals who live life in the fast lane!
Pollution, stress, late nights, smoking and alcohol cause toxins to accumulate in the skin. The Oxygen Jet Peel is a simple detox procedure every bride and groom should opt for. Our body cells need oxygen to sustain life and vitality of function. Oxygen therapy is based on this principle. The skin is refreshed with an oxygen jet, which delivers concentrated oxygen with pressure on the skin to enhance penetration and stimulate the skin’s metabolic processes. This allows toxins to drain from skin more efficiently and look fresher. This is followed by the application of a skin brightening solution (a cocktail of vitamins, micronutrients, amino acids, and antioxidants). A mesoporation device helps the skin absorb the solution to deeper levels and the result is rejuvenated, smooth skin with a reduction in fine lines and open pores. It’s recommended that you start this treatment four months before the wedding and repeat every fortnight for maximum benefits.
Cost: Rs. 5000 – 7000 per session
Clearlift Laser Treatment
RECOMMENDED FOR: Foreheads that are darker than the rest of your face.
This could be caused by sun exposure, friction, reaction to hair colour and even perfume. If this bothers you, opt for Clearlift Q switched Nd Yag Laser. The treatment is repeated once in 6 weeks and 5 to 6 sessions are enough. It’s safe and reduces forehead pigmentation and darkening.
Cost: Rs. 8000 per session
RECOMMENDED FOR: Guys and girls in a hurry
No time to start skin treatments a few months in advance? This a quick fix for the super busy people who barely get a day off before their wedding. Photo rejuvenation to the rescue! Popularly called Laser Facial or Photo Facial, this is done either with the Nd YAG Laser or the Fractional Erbium Glass Laser or IPL (Intense Pulse Light). It gives skin an instant glow, as well as tightens and closes open pores, improving skin texture through collagen stimulation. You can get this treatment a week before any occasion, but it’s important to get it done only by a qualified, trained professional. Make sure your skin is not dry and flaky when you opt for this treatment. Also, keep a week’s interval between bleaching or waxing your skin and Photo Rejuvenation and at least three weeks before doing a peel. I would recommend a Photo Facial at least a month before your wedding to ensure it suits your skin. You can then repeat it just before your wedding.
Cost: Rs. 6000 – Rs. 8000 per session
RECOMMENDED FOR: Deep under-eye hollows that can make you look tired and haggard.
Hyaluronic Acid fillers are a safe bet. They are also a good option to add volume to your pout if you have extremely thin lips. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring ingredient in skin that hydrates it and helps in collagen synthesis. So adverse effects are extremely rare. However, make sure you go to the right physician to avoid over injected ‘duck lips’. In case you don’t like the look, Hyaluronidase injections can be given to dissolve the filler. Remember, Hyaluronic fillers should be given at least a month before D-Day. However, in my opinion, fillers for young brides below the age of 25 years are a no-no, unless the under eyes look really bad or the lips look like two thin lines and even makeup can’t do the trick.
Cost: Rs. 25000 – 28000 per syringe
Laser Hair Removal
RECOMMENDED FOR: Freedom from under-arm, facial and body hair!
Imagine complete freedom from unwanted hair! Imagine being free from all ingrowths! Stop imagining and make your dream come true by doing a Laser Hair Removal. The treatment should be started at least a year in advance to remain hair-free on your wedding day. One usually needs 6-8 sessions of laser once in 4-6 weeks in order to get rid of unwanted hair. Brides must make get their hormone levels tested to rule out Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Response to lasers is poor if you have active PCOS.
Cost: Depends on the area being treated; for example, it costs Rs. 2000 – Rs. 2500 per sitting for the underarms.