When we talk about pre-wedding skincare, our minds typically jump to the bride. Grooms, however, often get left out of the beauty conversation—which is unfair, especially since men obviously want to look and feel their best on one of the biggest days of their lives. That's why we asked New York City-based plastic surgeon Dr. Norman Rowe to share his skincare tips and tricks for the guy who cares about addressing his complexion concerns before the big day (sorry guys, you'll have to do more than just wash your face). If you're looking for an in-office procedure to target acne or an at-home regimen that works, here's everything the groom needs to know about common skincare concerns—and, most importantly, the fixes.
A good skincare routine goes a long way.
Men's skin might be thicker than women's, but it still requires some TLC. If you aren't already using a light exfoliant, moisturizer, and sunblock (Rowe says sun protection is the most important!), you should start now.
Grooms want their skin to feel young and fresh just as much as brides do.
In addition to acne, sun damage, dry skin, hair loss, and under eye circles, the most common skincare concern men have is aging, explains Rowe. "Younger male patients want to keep their skin both youthful-looking and feeling," he says. "Older men tend to want to diminish wrinkles." To prevent lines from forming (or prevent light wrinkles from becoming deeper), Rowe recommends non-invasive light laser resurfacing and or prescription Retin-A treatments. For grooms who need to zap deep lines, Botox and fillers do the job.
But cutting-edge, in-office treatments are also available (and effective!).
A board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon can get your complexion wedding-day ready by recommending medical-grade procedures. Ask for a new microdermabrasion treatment called DermaSweep, says Rowe, to target early signs of aging, lines, hyperpigmentation, photo-damage, acneic skin, acne scars, surgical scars, and dehydrated skin. If you're dealing with loose skin—another common complaint—skin tightening treatments are available to address laxity. "Depending on the specific treatment, skin tightening can be minimally invasive or non-invasive, but all treatments use some form of heat and are all comfortable," explains Rowe.
Guys should also put IPL (intense pulse light) photo-facials on their radar. "IPL addresses red and brown pigmentation in the skin, reduces pore sizes, and reverses sun damage—all resulting in a clearer complexion," Rowe advises.
Rowe recommends that grooms seek treatment as soon as possible—and long before the big day arrives. "This leaves me the most options," he said, of developing a targeted skincare plan. Also, the younger you are, the better. Men need to start taking skin maintenance seriously in their 20s, he continues. "Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."