Wedding & Event Skin Care Checklist

Guest Post by Julie E. Russak, M.D., FAAD. 

Special events are almost always staffed by industry experts, from caterers and photographers, to make-up artists and DJs. Therefore, why leave the face you present to all your guests (and document in perpetuity via Instagram snaps) to chance?

The answer: don’t.

Whatever your special event is, a high school reunion, child’s graduation, or wedding anniversary celebration, consulting with a dermatologist in the months leading up to it can ensure you’re ready to face the world (and Cindy, your high school arch nemesis) with confidence.

No time like the present (when there’s a huge gathering of people you haven’t seen in years) to address the skincare concerns you’ve been noticing for too long. Review these helpful tips to prepare for your next big event with more than a gorgeous venue in mind.

Schedule a Consultation.

Meeting with your dermatologist 5-6 months in advance of your event gives you time to schedule and receive treatments pinpointing and rectifying your skincare issues.

If there isn’t this much lead-time before the event, make an appointment as soon as you can to discuss treatments that give an instant, if not the most long-lasting, glow.

Explore Your Options.

Your dermatologist will know the best treatments to holistically address your concerns; procedures that work at the deepest level of skin tissue to not only correct already- made damage (think scarring and hyper-pigmentation) but also to jumpstart the production of new, healthy skin cells.

Treatments like Ulthera and CoolSculpting are non-surgical, no-downtime options to invasive, extended recovery time procedures. Ulthera lifts and tightens skin using ultrasound technology to stimulate the production of your own elastin and collagen. CoolSculpting slims and contours the body by crystallizing stubborn fat cells and allowing the body to eliminate them as waste. That persistent pouch covering your

hard-earned abs (and forcing you to be an unwilling Spanx wearer)? It can be a thing of the past with this revolutionary treatment.

Make a Plan.

Together with your dermatologist, create an event skincare checklist detailing what treatments to receive and when to get you ready for your special day. This thorough approach takes the worry out of the event-prep process as the whole regimen is planned and executed with you in mind.

So, when the caterer’s cake comes out looking less than expected, you can let the small hiccup roll off your shoulders because, whatever, you feel and look great.

Don’t you wish all event details promised this much satisfaction?

Julie E. Russak, M.D., FAAD., is a Board Certified Dermatologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and founder of Russak Dermatology Clinic. As Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mount Sinai Hospital, she teaches Dermatology Residents and Medical Students.

Dr. Russak graduated with Honors from New York University School of Medicine and completed her Residency Training in Dermatology at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where she was selected to serve as Chief Resident. She conducted extensive research by completing an Oncology Melanoma Fellowship with Dr. Darrell Rigel, world-renowned Melanoma expert.

Her clinical interests and expertise extend to many aspects of Dermatology, Skin Cancer, Dermatologic Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology and General and Pediatric Dermatology.

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Russak Dermatology Clinic is a state-of-the-art practice and medical spa that provides comprehensive care in medical dermatology, dermatological surgery, and non-surgical cosmetic dermatology in midtown Manhattan. Dr. Julie Russak, a melanoma expert, treats an extensive range of medical conditions for adult and pediatric patients while also offering the latest cosmetic treatments that require little or no downtime, including injectables, laser treatments, and an array of non-invasive rejuvenation procedures.