We all have a vision of how we’ll look when we get married… we see ourselves glowing with radiance. In this vision people gasp at our beauty. But then dawns the reality and stress of planning a wedding. Church or registry office, venue, band, photographer.... The list is endless. As the bride (and remember you are the most important part!) it is imperative that you have your own plan of action for your beauty routine. If you don’t invest time and effort in yourself in the run up to your big day people will be gasping for all the wrong reasons!
Our experts at Killashee Spa have created a beauty countdown to one of the most important days of your life
9 months to go
Many brides come to us a month before their wedding in the hope of transforming their skin. Considering the skin renews itself every 28 days realistically there is little that can be done if your skin condition is particularly bad.
Water is one of the cheapest and most beneficial treatments for your skin. Now is the time to increase your intake to help flush toxins and impurities.
This is also the ideal time to begin a good home care routine. It is essential to cleanse and moisturise morning and night and exfoliate once or twice weekly. Having an established home care routine will ensure your skin is prepped for any professional treatments you may have. For in-salon treatments such as Biotec, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) skin rejuvenation, Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion it is vital to plan well in advance. This will ensure you get the maximum benefit from your treatment.
Biotec is a system developed by Elemis which offers 7 different facial treatments using the science of 5 in 1 advanced bio-electric technology which work in perfect synergy with the skin's natural bio-electric field, it literally turns the skin back on. It is ideal for tired and dull skin in need of a wakeup call. IPL skin rejuvenation is ideal for skin that lacks energy, is dull, tired, and red or pigmentated. It is great for improving the overall complexion. Microdermabrasion can be combined with IPL for optimum results. Chemical Peels dissolve the dead superficial layer of skin cells and stimulate collagen production. For the maximum benefit of these treatments 4 – 6 sessions are recommended, each with varying down time after each treatment. It is advisable to speak with a skin care specialist who can work out an appropriate plan suitable for your own individual needs and time frame.
6 months to go
If you haven’t started your skin care routine yet, tap yourself on the wrist and start NOW! You will be amazed how effective the introduction of even a simple skincare routine can be.
Book a make up artist for your big day and arrange a trial.
Another mistake brides make is booking an appointment for waxing for the first time a few days before the wedding without consulting a therapist. In many cases patch tests are required and often the results of a wax for the first time can be disappointing due to different stages of hair growth. If you decide you want to wax for your honeymoon and have never waxed before now is the time to start. Starting a regular waxing routine now will ensure longer lasting results for your honeymoon.
3 months to go
If you are planning to have a spray tan or another form of false tanning you should have a trial now. This will allow you and your therapist to decide on the perfect shade for your skin type. Your therapist will advise you on how best to prep your skin for your tan. Regular exfoliation treatments are ideal to get your skin glowing.
Start having regular manicure and pedicure treatments to ensure your hands and feet are in tip top condition. Remember everyone will be looking at your hands on the day so start using a hand cream now.
1 month to go
By this stage you should have had all your trials for your make up, tan, hair etc.
If you are having IPL, microdermabrasion or chemical peels have your final facial now.
1 week to go
Book yourself and your partner a relaxing massage to help you both unwind and enjoy some time together before the chaos! Better still, book another day spa with your Bridal Party!!
Have your waxing done.
2 days to go
That’s rights.... we’re down to DAYS!
Have your tan applied today to allow you time to top up if needed.
Have your manicure and pedicure too but ensure you book it before you have your tan as the exfoliation process will ruin your tan.
1 day to go
Paint your finger and toe nails.
Shape and tint your eyebrows.
The Big Day
Relax and enjoy every special moment. All your planning and hard work has paid off. Remember to have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue…