With your big day fast approaching, you’ve likely thought about which pre-wedding facial will give you that bridal glow. You’ll be looking at your wedding album for years to come, so it’s only natural to want to look your best on your wedding day!
If you’re new to facials, it’s difficult to know where to start. Even if you have regular facials, you might want to think about the most effective one to give you lustrous skin for walking down the aisle.
Here are my tips to help you find the absolute best facial to get before your wedding.
This is key. You need to plan well in advance of your wedding.
If you haven’t seen a facialist before, don’t book in with them unless it’s at least a week before your wedding date. You need your therapist to know your skin and you don’t want to risk any adverse reactions like a breakout before your big day!
I would always work backwards from your wedding date. Ideally, you want to get at least three facials booked in before the wedding.
The first appointment is to prep the skin and maybe tweak your home care routine. Your therapist will get to know your skin.
Then you’ve got at least two more appointments where you can consider using more technology and advanced treatments.
If you experience breakouts or specific skin issues, you need to be thinking four to six months before your date. Then you can look at a package of treatments building up to the wedding day.
If you’ve left it to the last minute, which so many people do, you need to pick treatments that are safe and simple and that will not overstimulate the skin. Looking at my treatments, I’d recommend The Hero Facial or Wow Factor Facial for last minute bookings. Click here for all treatment options.
A wedding facial package is ideally booked three months in advance.
In a proper wedding package, I recommend a course of six treatments. It should be a bespoke package as it really depends on what the bride wants to achieve or what her skin issues are.
Why do we need three months in advance? It takes that much time for your skin to reach its peak.
For example, If we did a HIFU Facial and Radio Frequency Treatment, we’re stimulating collagen, but it doesn’t peak for at least six weeks. And you’ve got at least two skin cycles from three months to your actual wedding day.
It also rules out if you’re going to react to anything. If you were to do something like needling, it also allows you to know how your skin responds and how long it takes to heal. So you then know your skin’s peak point.
Here’s some quick troubleshooting for common last minute skin issues.
Spots on your wedding day
If you wake up with a spot on your wedding day, ice it. Only ever poke it if it has a white head on it!
If you didn’t get any sleep before your wedding day
Ice, ice, ice.
You need cold ice cubes or ice globes across the skin. Ice constricts the blood vessels. You get a flushing of blood when they’re being constricted and warm up again.
You’re stimulating fresh nutrients in the skin. So it’s great for depuffing and just reviving the face. This is a magic wand!
Mask to hydrate before wedding day
To hydrate the skin or prep the night before or two nights before, I recommend a mask.
I would use something with mild enzymes to exfoliate and smooth the skin and then something hydrating, but not too oily.
Afterwards, if there’s an at-home gadget that a bride should use, it would be the LED face-mask. It’s safe to use five days a week and stimulates cell energy with ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
Even if you’re in the early planning stages of your wedding, now is a great time to start booking your facial treatments in!
For more information about bespoke wedding skincare packages, email me on clinic@abigailjames for more information. My full range of treatments can be found here.
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