kin care before a special event (Facials! Spray tans! Spa days!) can seem super fun, but seemingly harmless treatments have a way of quickly turning “horror story” if you don’t tread carefully. “Sometimes people get this ‘great’ idea to go and have a peel two days before their wedding,” says Ranella Hirsch, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Boston. “That’s a major ‘don’t.'”
Leading up to a big event like your big day or your BFFs bachelorette, your best bet is to stick with what you (and your skin) know. You don’t want to do anything new. But if you have a little bit of time on your hands? You can craft a plan (with the aid of a dermatologist or esthetician) far enough out that incorporates everything you’re looking for—from lightening to tightening and more.
The next step? Simply booking those appointments. Consider this your guide. (And remember, cardio isn’t just a stress-buster, says Hirsch—it can make your skin glow, too. So don’t forget to keep up with those long runs.)