Planning your pre-wedding beauty routine with the pros
Your pre-wedding beauty and body prep isn’t something you can do last minute – it takes planning! Luckily, there are plenty of professionals who can help you look your best for the big day. We spoke to Kirsty Mawhinney of beauty experts Skin Insight to get her recommendations…
Planning a wedding is probably one of the most exciting things a girl gets to do. Beauty and body prep may only be one element of the bigger wedding picture, but I recommend you make these a priority where you can! There’s getting into shape, the perfect spray tan, glowing skin and flawless manicure and pedicure, picture-perfect brows, fluttering lashes and kissable lips … the list goes on, especially with the rise of more accessible beauty treatments such as Botox and laser facials.
Finding professionals to advise and support you on your preparation journey is paramount to looking and feeling your best on the day. ‘Plan ahead’ will become your mantra over the coming months. Certain treatments, and exercise and lifestyle plans, will require weeks, if not months, of time to take effect.
So where to start? That depends on what changes you are looking for and the commitment it will require to achieve and maintain them. Ideally, you should be looking to not only make these changes for one day, but to incorporate them into your life for good.
Skin in the run-up
Flawless skin is a top priority for many brides. Consider visiting a professional who can assess the health and complexion of your skin and devise a strategy for achieving your dream skin goal — be it zapping acne, softening pesky forehead wrinkles, or areas that may require filling or plumping.
For example, top clinic Santi London uses The Skin Machine, which allows trained professionals to access the exact levels of collagen, moisture and sebum to then recommend a course of treatments suited to your skin.
Other recommended clinics include EF Medi Spa, and Waterhouse Young, founded by Norman Waterhouse, UK’s leading cosmetic surgeon, whose reputation and knowledge of the face and skin is second to none.
Give your brows a break
We’ve all been guilty of over-plucking, but now is the time to truly put the tweezers down and give up the threading and waxing. Why? Because when you over-pluck, you lose all of your natural arch shape, which can change your facial expression altogether. Sign up with a professional such as Shavata Brow Bootcamp six months to a year in advance to whip those brows into shape before the big day.
Want an even brighter smile on the day? Dr Richard Marques BDS comes highly recommended and has recently launched his own natural whitening toothpaste. As with skincare treatments, there is a big difference to teeth whitening when done by a professional and supported with home care. One-hour zoom sessions to more extensive courses are available.
Looking after the skin on your body is as much a priority as facial skin. Regular exfoliating, dry body brushing and moisturising will ensure that, come your wedding day, your skin is absolutely glowing.
Exfoliating and dry body brushing not only boost circulation, but also help with detoxification, which can support a lifestyle change that you are addressing through nutrition. Exfoliation is a must for a long-lasting, streak-free tan.
To get you started, try out The Connaught Himalayan Crystal Salts Treatment. Made with energising essential oils blended with Himalayan crystal salts, Aman Spa’s body scrubs contain all the 84 mineral elements found in the body to help detoxify and re-mineralise. They gently stimulate the body, awaken energy lines and reveal the skin’s natural glow — an excellent preparation for any massage!
I recommend Thalgo’s Salt Flake Scrub as an at-home treatment spa scrub and Aromatherapy Associates Body Brush is perfect if you are new to body brushing, as it comes with an easy-to-use strap and has natural cactus sisal bristles to energise your skin. Go gently in the beginning as your skin adjusts to the bristles and pressure.
Plan your hair removal
De-fuzz without the fuss with waxing experts at Naked Hare or Strip Wax Bar. If you have never waxed before it’s going to take some getting used to and I don’t only mean the pain! You will need to allow your hair to grow out and then get into a cycle of hairy legs to no hair. This is again is where ‘planning ahead’ will really help – start six months to a year before your wedding day. You and your hair cycle need to become accustomed to this form of hair removal. Hair can become softer over time and in some areas does not grow back at all.
Trust us, you’ll thank yourself if you plan ahead and get started now!
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