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Forget about June brides. December is the prime wedding season in the Philippines—making this month even more festive. If you’re walking down the aisle this month (à la Bianca Gonzalez and Marian Rivera), take the time to read through this primping guide. You still have plenty of prep time to look your best on your big day!
If you’re tying the knot in the next few months, better get a head start on that beauty routine. Follow these tips to get your skin in top form.
6 TO 12 MONTHS (OR MORE) TO GO
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Get serious about skincare. If you still don’t have a skincare routine, it’s high time you put one in place. “I always recommend three steps to help maintain healthy and lustrous skin: Cleanse, exfoliate, and protect,” says Aivee Aguilar-Teo, M.D., of the Aivee Clinic. Set an appointment with a derma to discuss your skin woes and plan your course of action, as well as find the right products for your skin type and needs. A once-a-month cleansing facial is ideal, too.
Give your underarms extra TLC. Start exploring hair removal treatments like IPL or diode laser (which take multiple sessions), and apply a whitening cream nightly.
Plan your wedding hair. Want a new color or cut? Experiment now. To boost your mane’s
health, make it a habit to deep condition every week and get a trim once a month.
3 MONTHS TO GO
Perfect your smile. If you have yellowish teeth, consult with your dentist for whitening treatments. For best results, avoid stain-causing food and drinks like coffee and soda.
Pamper your body. Schedule a body scrub at least once a month to boost skin’s radiance. If the evenness of tone is the problem, switch to a brightening lotion.
1 MONTH TO GO
Get your hair colored. Have a professional dye your hair for your wedding look. This gives you ample time to make adjustments.
Have your hair and makeup trial. Wear a white dress and bring your veil and accessories to get the full effect. Take test shots, too, to see how you’ll look in your photos.
Don’t use any new beauty products. Switching to new products ups your risk for allergies or breakouts—and you don’t want those at this point.
Prep your lips. Ready your puckers for the wedding kiss by exfoliating with a scrub once a week and applying a lip balm daily.
1 WEEK TO GO
Go for your final facial. Don’t do it any later or you’ll end up with a blotchy face on your wedding day; your face may need a few days to return to its normal state.
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Get waxed and threaded. Your priorities? The brows, upper lip, underarms, arms, legs, and of course, your privates. Lest you forget, you have to be ready for your wedding night, too!
Perfect your hair color. Have your hairstylist touch up your roots.
1 Day To Go
Get a mani-pedi. A paint job the day before your wedding ensures your tips look fresh and picture-perfect for D-day.
Take a relaxing bath. If you have the luxury of a tub, go ahead and indulge in a warm, foamy bath. This’ll help you relax, and allow you to get your much-needed beauty sleep.