Beauty Tips for Mom
By Anna Sachse - CTW Features | posted on September 16, 2011 at 11:21am
Mothers of the bride and groom want to look good, too! Here are beauty secrets every wedding-day mom wants to know
Sure, at every wedding, the “paparazzi” are mostly going to point their cameras at the bride and groom. But the mothers of the lovebirds are also going to be in the picture – lots of pictures, in fact. “You child’s wedding will probably be the most photographed day of your life,” says Joel Schlessinger, M.D., an Omaha, Neb.-based dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. “And keep in mind that these pictures will likely be passed down from generation to generation. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your very best.”
So, if you’re a MOB or MOG, take a break from figuring out the centerpieces and seating charts, and spend a little time on yourself. These expert beauty tips will ensure you’re looking exactly like a mother should – stylish and radiant.
The advice for achieving the perfectly made-up face is to amplify your own typical style, says Jill Spitznass, the executive editor of Portland Bride & Groom. For example, if mascara and tinted gloss are your everyday look, resist the urge – or suggestion by a professional – to channel a Kardashian sister. Instead, highlight your natural beauty in accordance with the time and place of the event – an afternoon wedding calls for less intensity than an evening extravaganza.
Spitznass also recommends that you begin with a great foundation by having a series of facials or light glycolic peels a month or two before the event. Schlessinger, president of LovelySkin.com, also likes peels and suggests using an at-home skin rejuvenation system, such as the Obagi Nu-Derm line, which accelerates cellular turnover to diminish fine lines, sun spots and uneven skin tone – get started three or four months prior to the wedding for the best results. He also suggests that tired and stressed moms pick up a tube of Neocutis’ Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream, which contains PSP and hyaluronic acid to firm and hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes, as well as caffeine to alleviate puffiness.
“Just don’t try out this or any other new product in the days right before the wedding,” says Schlessinger, “in case you have an allergic reaction.”
But why not go a little further than lotions and potions? Even though moms are often willing to spend thousands of dollars on wedding flowers that will only last a few days, they often fail to consider a simple cosmetic procedure such as Botox or Dysport that could significantly improve their looks for around $300. “The whole field of cosmetic surgery has become more approachable,” says Schlessinger. “Now you can go see a good dermatologist for a procedure that will eliminate your frown lines, and one hour later you’re done with few if any side effects.”
The biggest side effect of injectables is bruising, which can last about two weeks. But Schlessinger advises getting started about two to four months in advance. “You want to time the treatment close enough to your event so that it is still effective, but not so close that you can’t make adjustments if there is a problem.” Botox lasts about three months, and fillers like Restylane should last at least six.
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