As a bride-to-be myself, I can personally attest that there has never been a better time to be a bride. Yes, the current wedding boom has caused vendor shortages worldwide, but on the flip side of that, more bridal consumers in 2022 means there are more resources, options, and trends than ever before that are catering specifically to brides. If I need a white dress for a wedding-related event? I've got a staggering array to choose from at all price points. If I want unique ideas or genius hacks for my special day? All I have to do is go down a wedding rabbit hole on TikTok.
And if I'm on the lookout for current aesthetic trends that will help me put my best self forward? The possibilities are seemingly endless — from noninvasive medical procedures to help me contour my body to products and treatments that will leave me with glowing skin. As I start to research my own regimen leading up to my 2023 wedding, I put together a mini guide with some buzzy options to consider. Whether you are a fellow bride or just want to look wedding-day good all the time, these four aesthetic trends will come in handy.
If one of your wedding-day goals is to get rid of excess body fat that's been stubbornly sticking around despite healthy exercise and diet, a body-contouring procedure may be worth looking into. CoolSculpting® is the treatment of choice for many, since it's a noninvasive procedure with little to no downtime. It's FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thighs, abdomen, and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arms. It's also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments. It's not a treatment for weight loss, but you may find that your wedding dress fits better after CoolSculpting®, as your body naturally eliminates the treated fat cells. Results may be seen in as early as one to three months after treatment. Keep in mind you may need a series of two or more treatment sessions per area to achieve your body-contouring goals. Be sure to talk to a CoolSculpting provider to learn if you're a candidate.
Important Safety Information About CoolSculpting®
This procedure is not for everyone. You should not be treated with CoolSculpting® if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.
Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions including recent surgery, pre-existing hernia, and any known sensitivities or allergies.
See additional Important Safety Information below at the end of the article.
Professional-Grade Skin Care
Never before have skin-care enthusiasts cared quite so much about product ingredients than we do now. A brand name isn't enough to win us over anymore — it's all about the brand efficacy, the hardworking hero ingredients that are clinically tested to show results. And for this, we're turning to professional-grade skin care. It was once upon a time considered intimidating and unattainable — something you'd only have access to when administered by a licensed esthetician. Luckily for brides (and all skin-care enthusiasts), these days, we're able to enjoy the luxury of clinic-grade treatments from the comfort and convenience of our own homes — no professional appointment needed.
So, what's the benefit of using professional-grade versus over-the-counter products? For starters, professional-grade skin care is formulated with higher concentrations of active ingredients to target specific medical conditions (like acne or wrinkles). It's been tested to work, which means you're more likely to see a greater difference in your skin compared to mass retail products — and more quickly. Brands like SkinMedica® offer advanced, science-backed products that tackle concerns like hyperpigmentation or elasticity. For example, its highly popular TNS® Advanced+ Serum addresses the appearance of coarse wrinkles, fine lines, skin tone, and texture and is proven to address sagging skin with visible results in two weeks. While you can certainly stick to a regimented schedule of seeing a professional leading up to your big day, the option of professional-grade products means you don't have to in order to achieve glowing skin.
Now, on the other hand, if you are like me and enjoy an in-office facial at the hands of a professional every once in a while, a luxury facial is one of the best skinvestments you can make leading up to your wedding day. And you can't get any more luxurious than a DiamondGlow® facial — I mean, the name speaks for itself! The treatment gets its moniker from the use of a diamond-tip device that exfoliates the top layers of the epidermis. Along with a light, vacuum-like suction, it deep cleans your pores, extracts dead skin, and infuses serums onto your skin. The three-in-one treatment is a quick 30 minutes, caters to every skin type, addresses a variety of skin concerns, and can be tailored to fit your specific needs, whether you're looking to brighten, hydrate, tackle dark spots and discoloration, or clarify.
See Important Safety Information below at the end of the article.
We can thank the pandemic for forcing us to take skin-care matters into our own hands when we couldn't enjoy our usual in-office treatments — and the advancement of technology for actually giving us the at-home devices to be able to do so. Beauty clinics may be open again, but taking a DIY approach is still going strong, especially when it can save us time and money. From self-apply products like brow tinting or lamination kits that can mimic the results of professional cosmetic services to devices like LED light masks, facial steamers, or skin-lifting wands similar to ones you'd find in clinics to treatments like chemical-peel or hydrating masks that deliver spa-worthy skin, there are plenty of alternative options that adapt clinical-standard technology for personal use and help you achieve results on par with professional treatments.
Additional Important Safety Information For CoolSculpting® (continued from above)
During the procedure, you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations lessen as the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment.
Rare side effects may happen in 1 to 10 out of 10,000 CoolSculpting® treatments (between 0.01% to 0.1%). One such rare side effect is a visible enlargement in the treated area which may develop two to five months after treatment, will not resolve on its own, and may require surgical intervention for correction.
Please see full Important Safety Information for CoolSculpting® on CoolSculpting.com.
Important Safety Information For DiamondGlow®
The DiamondGlow® treatment is not for everyone. You should not have a DiamondGlow® treatment if you have compromised skin quality. Tell your provider if you are pregnant or lactating, or if you have any medical conditions, including allergies, and if you are using topical medications on the area to be treated.
Typical side effects include a scratchy, stinging sensation during the treatment and temporary tightness, redness or slight swelling after the treatment. Rare serious side effects may also occur and include severe skin irritation and allergic reactions.
SkinMedica® Pro-Infusion Serums Disclaimer
SkinMedica® Pro-Infusion Serums are intended to meet the FDA's definition of a cosmetic product, an article applied to the human body to cleanse, beautify, promote attractiveness, and alter appearances. These products are not intended to be drugs that diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. These products have not been approved by the FDA and the statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Please talk to your provider for additional information.