When I embarked on my bridal preparation journey I never imagined how stressful it could be! If you don’t know, stress hormones can wreak havoc on your body, and your skin. There are just so many things to plan and do for the big day and one of those things was making sure I would look and feel my best.
This meant that I had to work out a skin and body preparation plan which I started six months before my wedding date. I set some skin and body goals for my wedding day. I wanted to have:
- Smooth and hydrated skin that would give me a glowy appearance
- Firm and lifted skin. I’m in my late thirties so I’m starting to see the effects of gravity, particularly in my brows and lower face
- Toned and tightened body. I wanted to reduce some upper back fat, and firm and tighten my arms and back
I’ve been blessed with good skin (thanks mum and dad!), so my bridal preparation routine was fairly easy to plan. For those with problem skin, the earlier you start your skin preparation journey, the better. Starting up to six to twelve months before your big day will allow plenty of time for individualised planning and delivery of treatments to suit your skin needs. Dont forget its not just about the bride, mother of the bride, groom, and bridal party should be prepping too (I did end up also treating several of my wedding guests)!
Here’s the journey that I took to prepare my bridal glow. I formulated this plan based treatments that have strong clinical evidence to back up results. So here’s what I did over a six month period:
Initial Consult –
I obviously did this consult with myself but I also do this with my clients at this point. The initial consultation allows a total face assessment, which also includes getting to know your expectations, routines, and lifestyle. All of this information enables to formulate a plan to help you look and feel your best for your wedding day.
Ultraformer III Skin Tightening –
To firm and lift my skin on my face and body I performed Ultraformer III ultrasound skin tightening. A completely non-invasive treatment which utilises micro-focused ultrasound waves to stimulate the collagen fibres to contract, and promote long-term collagen growth at deeper levels. This treatment is best performed at least 4-6 months before your big day as the results continue to improve over this period of time. The areas I treated included face and neck, upper back, back of arms, and above knees.
Collagen Induction Therapy –
I performed collagen induction therapy to focus on stimulating the more superficial layers of my skin. Otherwise known as skin needling, it utilises small needles to stimulate the upper layers of the skin improving texture, hydration, tone, and reducing redness. There is some downtime associated with this procedure. For normal skin like mine i performed 3 x treatments over a 6 month period. For more problematic, or aged skin i suggest a course of at least 6 treatments so these need to be commenced well in advance of the big day. Treatments are usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Enzymatic peels and LED light therapy –
My favourite combination to get your skin hydrated and glowing. Enzymatic peels gently stimulates normal cell exfoliation, and LED light therapy boosts cellular activity. The two together are super relaxing. They can be performed in between needling sessions, and I performed a treatment 1 week before the big day to give myself that extra glow.
Fat reducing –
I wanted to reduce the upper back fat above my bra line to look and feel my best in my dress. This treatment was performed utilising an injectable treatment to reduce fat. This treatment is commonly used to also help shape and contour underneath the chin. The back treatment was considered an ‘off label’ treatment, and so can only be performed by Doctors specialised in treating this area. I used one of my colleagues whom I trust. 2-3 treatments are typically needed. There is moderate swelling associated with this treatment that can take up to 2 weeks to resolve so best started 6-12 months prior to the big day.
Dermal Fillers –
I was feeling slightly deflated in my midface with some formation of mild jowls which i common at my age. Utilising dermal fillers which is an injectable treatment the areas look much more lifted and contoured. Again this treatment needs to be performed at least 4 weeks prior to your big day. If you’ve never had this treatment before i would even recommend treating 6-12 months prior so you are confident with results and technique of your injector. I am also a firm follower of ‘less is more’ and strive for results that make people look ‘refreshed’, and not ‘filled’!
Anti-wrinkle Injections –
My final treatment was anti-wrinkle injections to smooth any lines caused by movement, and to minimise my squinting for the photos. I performed this 4 weeks prior to my big day as that is when I feel the results tend to be at their best. If you have never had this treatment performed then start at least 6 months prior again to ensure you are happy with the results and the technique of the injector.
Lifestyle modifications –
People get tired of hearing healthy eating and lifestyle go hand in hand with good skin but it’s so important. My bridal prep meant increasing my exercise regime, and reducing on all the naughtys such as alcohol and high fat foods.
On the Big Day
Finally the day arrived. I looked and felt at my best.
The fun began with a trusted make-up artist whom I’d had a trial with and made sure she used products that were good for my skin. Plenty of hydration with a little champagne! And lots of happiness and laughter. It was just perfect.
I wanted to look and feel like a glowing bride and I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. It really was my perfect day and it was worth every bit of the preparation. I would really love to be part of this big day for other brides to be!