10 pre-wedding beauty treatments for bridal perfection

11 Sep 2018

Ensure you look and feel your best on your wedding day, from head to toe, with these 10 bridal beauty treatments 

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Looking for an excuse to get preened and pampered? Your wedding day is the best reason you'll ever have.

Every bride wants to look and feel amazing on her wedding day and while your natural beauty will undoubtedly radiate through on your special day, a few pre-wedding treatments will give you the extra confidence boost you might need. From skincare to hair care, here are 10 of the top non-invasive treatments brides can opt for before the big day. 

1. Microblading

Give the impression of fuller and thicker eyebrows without the need for make-up on the wedding day. This semi-permanent procedure involves applying hair-like incision strokes via a nanoblade to the skin's surface and penetrating only as far as the upper skin. Depending on the results you desire, you can simply opt to fill in sparse areas using a colour matching technique or have your lighter eyebrows made darker for a more striking look. The results can last for 12-24 months and the treatment can be costly, so think carefully before diving in. 

When to have it: Atleast two weeks before the wedding so you have chance to get used to your new brows. 

2. Dermaroller

If you feel your skin is lacklustre and starting to sag, try out derma rolling; a tiny cylindrical drum featuring micro-needles is rolled across the surface of the face causing microscopic punctures which encourage the skin to repair and stimulate cell regeneration. The result? Increased collagen production and plumper, more youthful skin. While you can buy home kits, we would recommend visiting a registered professional. 

When to have it: 1-2 weeks before your wedding as skin repair can take anywhere between 24 hours to seven days. 

3. Dermaplaning

A method of exfoliation that removes the top layer of dulling dead skin cells and fine vellus hair from the face. Dermaplaning will leave you with silky smooth skin that allows for flawless make-up application, improved skincare absorption and results that last up to four weeks. 

When to have it: 1-2 weeks before the wedding. 

4. Facial

With all eyes on you on your wedding day, it will never feel more important to give your face some extra attention before the big event. Whether you're prone to breakouts, rosacea or dryness, there is a facial out there to suit you and your skin type. Speak to a beauty therapist about your concerns and allow them to tailor-make a facial treatment to target your problem areas, ensuring picture perfect skin. 

When to have it: A week before the wedding to let redness subside. 

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5. Hair glossing treatment

For silky, shiny tresses, a glossing treatment is an essential. You can get both clear and tinted variations, depending on whether you need a colour boost too. Glossing treatments are demi-permanent so allow for richness and vibrancy without the commitment. They promote texture and volume but calm frizz and flyaways and they can even eliminate brassy tones from blonde hair shades. 

When to have it: A few days or week before the wedding, depending when you have time. 

6. Lash extensions or tinting

Opting for extra lash length or added thickness on your wedding day, but don't fancy correcting a wayward strip lash mid-wedding? Then try lash extensions - individually applied fibres which begin to shed from the 2-3 week mark. There are various types of lash, including a more natural mink as well as horse hair and synthetic, to be chosen depending on your desired effect. 

Alternatively, if you're happy with your lashes as they are, try a lash tint to define your natural lashline.

When to have it: A week before the wedding to give you time to get used to your fuller lashes before they start to grow out. 

7. Waxing and threading

It goes without saying that you should book in for a wax appointment a few days before your wedding, paying attention to the four key areas: legs, bikini line, underarms and brows. If you haven't opted for an eyebrow treatment such as microblading, consider threading which offers a professional finish and long-lasting results. 

When to have it: A few days before the wedding to let any irritation subside and before re-growth.

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8. Fake tan 

If you want to top up your glow, a fake tan will add a hint of healthy colour to the skin on show. Exfoliate and moisturise your entire body a day or two before your tanning appointment to ensure a smooth application. Take a look at this advice for the perfect fake tan

When to have it: Two days before the wedding to allow time to fade, so no unsightly marks will appear on your white wedding dress. It is also advisable to pat talcum powder into body areas which may rub on the dress to avoid unwanted stains. 

9. Full body massage

De-stress and relax with a full body massage that pays particular attention to your most tense areas, such as your upper back and shoulders. A full body massage is the perfect reward for all your wedding planning efforts and will ensure your muscles are loose and limber on the day. 

When to have it: When all the wedding planning is done and dusted and you want to fully unwind, perhaps the day before the wedding.

10. Manicure and pedicure

The finishing touch, a manicure and pedicure will leave you feeling complete. Gel polishes cured under a UV or LED lamp are a fail-safe option if you don't want to risk smudging or chips. Classic brides looking for an elegant finish should consider neutral colours or a French manicure/pedicure, while there are endless options for brides looking to add a pop of colour. 

When to have it: 1-2 days before the wedding.