It's T-minus seven days until you marry the partner of your dreams, and you want to look like the best version of yourself, don't you? Previously, we've compiled an essential grooming checklist for the groom-to-be. Now, we're breaking it all down month-by-month and day-by-day—and the wedding is finally here! It's time to use these final days leading up to the celebration to primp and prep with this easy five-step grooming guide.
Grooms-to-be, be sure to check these five final grooming to-dos off your list—like a beard clean-up, nail trim, and maybe some extra time at the gym. All it takes is a few simple steps to look and feel amazing for your wedding day.
Soothe Your Skin
With just a handful of days to go, there's no time for a skincare overhaul or any harsh treatments. So how can you ensure your skin looks amazing and well-rested on your wedding day? Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai, tells us to use a moisturizer that is packed with hyaluronic acid. "Hyaluronic acid serums at night are a great way to hydrate, plump, and smooth skin for a radiant glow for the wedding." A serum is much more concentrated than a typical moisturizing cream, so you'll reap those skin-boosting benefits quickly. Our go-to hyaluronic acid serum is the wallet-friendly Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
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Consider a Tan
Speaking of skin, the week before the wedding is the perfect time to get your tan on. No, we're not suggesting you lie on the beach or hit the tanning bed (please don't). Instead, consider getting a professional spray tan. Before you write it off, think about how great your photos will look with a subtle bronze glow that's flattering on everyone. We love Vita Liberata's wide range of sunless tanning products for at-home use, but the brand is also used by professional salons. The result: A healthy, sun-kissed glow that is anything but orange.
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Touch-Up & Trim
"You should absolutely not get your hair cut the day of your wedding," says NYC-based men's hairstylist Martial Vivot. Instead, he recommends swinging by your hair salon the week of your wedding for a touch-up and a beard trim, and to go over how to re-create the style you want for the big day. That way, you can ask your stylist any last-minute questions regarding products or style tips. Whatever you do, Vivot says to not change up your look at this time and to make sure you feel confident about doing your hair the morning of your wedding.
Buff Those Nails
Sometimes, it's all about the little things—like getting a manicure. That's right, guys: This week, carve out some time to clip your nails, moisturize cuticles, and buff those nail beds. Whether you DIY or splurge on a trip to the nail salon, get those hands looking just as great as the rest of you. You don't want to ruin a potentially great hand-holding photo with raggedy fingernails. Trust us on this one and make sure you have a clean manicure for the wedding.
"Week-of workouts will be mostly maintenance," Julie Wandzilak, Tier X Coach at Equinox in NYC, tells us. "Limiting strict cardio workouts, along with sustaining the reps of the workout to about 15 to 20 reps, will help decrease water retention." She recommends maintaining workouts at a moderate intensity to avoid fatiguing the body significantly before the wedding. Another great tip? Make sure you get enough rest and recovery—not only for your body, but for your mind, too.