Since diet and lifestyle can have ripple effects on the skin, Rivas has been particularly attuned to the choices she’s making in the year leading up to her wedding. She’s been limiting alcohol, dairy, refined sugar, and processed foods; swapping coffee for green tea, which gives her caffeine, plus antioxidants; incorporating lots of inflammation-reducing ingredients like turmeric and ginger; and, most importantly, sleeping as much as possible. “Lack of sleep always shows on my skin, especially around my eyes, so I take a magnesium supplement to help me relax, and I try to get eight hours every night,” she says.
Just as Rivas crafts skin care strategies for many engaged clients, she did the same for herself. Here, her 12-month plan leading up to the September event.
6–12 MONTHS BEFORE
“A year out, it’s important to find your beauty people: your facialist, makeup artist, hair stylist, and a dermatologist if you want some minimally invasive treatments. Starting a year out with a facialist will give them enough time to get to know your skin and plan treatments for you. Some skin goals can take longer than others to reach, so giving yourself enough time to get there is key. Also, it’s very important to start a consistent morning and nighttime skin care routine now.”
SIX MONTHS BEFORE
“Consistency is key. Being consistent with your at-home skin care routine and getting facials every single month right up to the wedding will make a difference. You’ll start to notice what treatments make your skin look its best and some real changes in your skin at this point.”
FOUR MONTHS BEFORE
“This is when I’m starting Clear & Brilliant treatments. This helps refine pores, smooth skin texture, and build collagen and elastin over time to address fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also excellent for hyperpigmentation. I’ll also start microneedling treatments at this point too. To soothe skin post-microneedling, iS Clinical Pro Heal Serum and iS Clinical Shield Recovery Balm are both excellent.”
THREE MONTHS BEFORE
“This is when I would start RF (radio frequency) skin tightening treatments because sometimes you don’t see the final results until three months later. I love this treatment for sculpting the jawline and tightening the skin. I’ll also be starting my regular microcurrent treatments now to lift and sculpt the face. What’s most important with microcurrent is not so much the device, but consistency: Even a great device won’t work if you don’t commit to regular use. At home I recommend using your device at least 3–4 times a week minimum, and if more, amazing! For professional treatments, follow your skin care experts’ guidelines for a microcurrent series, whether that’s monthly or every few weeks. After your series is completed, regular monthly treatments to maintain the results are key, including you using microcurrent at home.”