If you want to look and feel your best on the wedding day, one of the most important things you can do is take an inside-out approach to big-day preparations. After all, everything you're doing externally—like skin treatments and exercise regimens—will only go so far if you're not tackling an underlying issues at hand. That's exactly why one New York City dermatologist's office is offering brides-to-be the opportunity to take a holistic look at their pre-wedding wellness. At Russak Dermatology Clinic, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Russak, M.D., FAAD, and holistic nutritionist Jennifer Hanway built a program specifically—their Comprehensive Wellness Analysis—with brides-to-be in mind. The program, which was designed to address the internal health issues that make external change difficult, includes blood testing, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle guidance. Among those internal problems the team works with their clients to fix? Food intolerance, poor diet, and stress—all of which impact how you look, feel, and function.
How does it work? Here, the pros break it all down, plus offer tips for those who aren't able to visit their New York offices.
How does it work?
"Our biggest priority is to bring out the best version of our bride on her wedding day," says Dr. Russak. "That's why we offer a holistic approach, beginning from within." After a routine blood test, the team at Russak Dermatology Center will take a hair sample for a mineral analysis and will consult with you about your diet, stress levels, and daily activity. A few weeks after your first appointment, they'll be able to go over results that include everything from your general health status and food sensitivities to your mineral and vitamin levels. Then, the team crafts a customized treatment, supplement, and nutrition plan that will help you meet your goals in time for the wedding.
Why should a bride consider a Wellness Analysis?
Hanway says she and Dr. Russak understand that their brides want to feel amazing on the wedding day, but when you're busy planning a wedding, working, and meeting your social expectations, it can be hard to make your health a priority. If you care about both looking and feeling great when you walk down the aisle, their targeted nutrition, fitness, and wellbeing strategies will help you meet your goals without the guesswork. "We're setting them up for a lifetime of wellbeing, not just a short term fix," Hanway adds.
How long does it take?
Ideally, you'd meet with the team at least six months out from your wedding day, but Hanway says incredible change can happen in as little as three months. When you're looking at your wedding prep holistically, it's important to remember that change takes time. By focusing on your body from the inside out, you'll notice that your skin, hair, weight, stress levels, and overall health all improve ahead of the wedding.
If you can't visit Russak Dermatology, how can you take a holistic approach to wedding prep?
Hanway says that some form of nutrition coaching (which she offers remotely) would be a great way to get a tailored plan that will work for you. Dr. Russak has a few DIY tips: First, she stresses the importance of quality sleep, which will help you look refreshed. Then, on the morning of your wedding, she says to apply tightening eye pads beneath your makeup. "They tighten the skin around the eyes, and you won't even need concealer because they do such a good job," she says.
What else can a bride do to feel and look her best on the wedding day?
Once you've figured out what's going on inside your body, what you're doing externally will work that much better. Dr. Russak suggests dermaplaning and hydrafacials if you'd like a fresher, brighter face on your wedding day, and they work even better when you're addressing any underlying health issues that stop you from getting the glowing skin you want.