Bridal skincare, create your 6 month plan

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It seems we can’t turn anywhere without seeing the gorgeous, glowing, happy face of Ms Megan Markle. With her wedding date set, plans are well and truly in full swing to make sure the big day runs smoothly for the Worlds eyes to see and we’re pretty sure that Megan’s skin is at the top of the list.

Brides all over the nation waited with baited breath for someone to leak news on Megan’s skincare routine before the big day and when her facialist revealed tips on what to do we suddenly saw a surge in client questions about acid peels, microdermabrasion and facial yoga. So here we incorporate frequently asked questions and advice you on when to pencil it into your diary.

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6 months to go

start with correctional treatments

This is the time to get any invasive treatments out of the way giving enough time for your skin to heal and allowing long term results to show, this means fillers, botox, chemical peels etc. Don’t forget, some treatments don’t show optimal results immediately, rather it takes up to 3-9 months to see the best results. A perfect example of this is RF, although you do see some immediate results such as brighter and smoother skin, radio frequency is a treatment which constantly works over time, boosting collagen growth and in turn tightening and lifting the face or body.

If you suffer from acne, you’ll know this is something that can flare-up at the worst of times. Acne can be caused by many things, from congestion, pollution or excessive oil secretion to stress and raging hormones. For those who have tried everything and hit a wall, you should consider a hormonal skin consultation with a doctor to get to the bottom of the flare-ups, sometimes a cream or facial just won't do it, you may need a prescription.

You should also start to consider taking supplements such as Biotin B7 and food rich in vitamin A, not only do they play a role in giving you energy for physical activity but it also helps to give healthy hair, skin and nails. At the clinic, we call B7 the “H” vitamin, stemming from the German term “haar and haut”, which means “hair and skin” and is a staple addition in our IV cocktails. Consider your supplements well in advance of your wedding, at least 6-8 months early or as soon as you can - something is better than nothing.

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5 months to go

fitness & body treatments

You are what you eat, so try to stay away from processed foods or takeaways. You’ve probably heard this a million times but eating the right food before and after a workout can make a massive difference to how your body uses and stores energy. At the clinic, we don’t believe in low fat, calorie constricting or fad diets. We should all be eating like our ancestors, a paleo lifestyle which is balanced and sustainable. With will power and consistency, 5 months is enough time for anyone to get their body into a much better condition. Do not crash diet or workout excessively at the gym it can have the opposite effect, keep your mind and body healthy by eating good fats, doing low intensity, endurance and strength training to tone and sculpt.

Now is the time to banish chicken skin (keratosis pilaris), stretch marks and cellulite. There are so many treatments out there to help with all your body woes. Two of our favourites are the Body Buff and Peel and Secret RF needling with radio frequency. The body buff and peel is exactly what it says on the tin, your body is dry brushed and then using glycolic peel all the dead skin is removed. This is especially wonderful for brides who’ll be applying henna on hands, legs and feel. The peel does not requires prep and ideally it should be done once a month before your wedding, 5 treatments later the skin on your body will be in a much better place.  Secret RF is the creme-de-la-creme of treatments, it works with monopolar radio frequency + two dozen needles to treat everything from sagging skin to stretch marks and can be used anywhere on the face or body. Results for Secret RF, much like the RF only improves over time and had a week of downtime so best to do it in advance.

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4 months to go

hair removal

Please do not shave! Whatever your option (waxing, IPL etc) make sure you look after the skin pre and post treatment with healing products and following all of your practitioners home care rules. Hair removal has a knack of causing ingrown hairs, pigmentation and scars so we recommend always keeping a Healgel Intensive at hand. Removing hair is a necessary evil, so make sure you’ve pre-booked all your appointments to ensure a hair-free-honeymoon. 

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3 months to go

calming facials & home care products

Now that you’re well underway with correctional treatments, some of which should already be making a huge difference to your skin. Speak to your therapist about creating a protocol of calming and hydrating facials for the next 3 months. Hydration is the key to beautiful skin, with or without makeup it’ll show. Not only do you want to look great on your big day, you also want to look great during your honeymoon and limit time wasted applying makeup. Your therapist should look at your bare skin under a magnifying glass before they recommend a protocol and it should be tailored to your skin needs. The best way to make your facials last longer is to follow up with good products at home, our therapists always recommend using the very best quality serum you can afford, it is the most powerful product and the one thing you should spend good money on.

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2 months to go

get your cosmetic products right

It is highly likely that you would have already booked your makeup artist, but if you intend to do your own makeup as Kate Middleton famously did on her wedding day, make sure you have the right stash of products. Thanks to all the beautifying procedures you've carried out your skin will probably not require any super heavy concealers or foundations on the day. 

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1 month to go

pedicure-plus, mani's and brows

Now you genuinely need to start unwinding, let your bridesmaids do all the running around whilst you figure our the best brow shape, kick back and enjoy a Pedicure Plus that'll remove everything and keep it off for a month. This is an upgrade on the usual pedicure, it doesn't compete with nail bars or chiropodists but it's an in-between option.

Fabulous Five

Winter is here, so bring on the slew of treatments, products and supplements to calm, heal and protect your body inside and out from the dark dreary nights, fierce winds and central heating. Scared and feel like the only option is to hibernate until Spring? Fear not...
We've narrowed down the five superhero treatments and products available at Harpal Clinic to fight off all that Winter has in store and put the spring back in your stride.

Top five treatments

1. Radio Frequency (the non surgical face lift)
Heat energy is zapped deep into your skin to boost collagen and leave you with firmer, tightened and evenly toned skin. The treatment starts with a thorough cleanse, a gel is applied and the RF wand is glided across your face. It will feel soothing with a sightly warm sensation and is followed by a healing serum to seal everything in. This is ideal for victims of saggy skin and the best thing is...RF can treat any part of your body. Saggy knees, boobies and bums beware!

2. Micro Needling (collagen induction therapy)
Think Derma Roller, to the power of 10! Micro Needling is the Trickster, it causes injury to the skin and fools it into repairing itself. The healing process then stimulates collagen production, heals acne, scars, cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles and more. Treatment begins on cleansed skin, topical anaesthesia is applied to the area 15 minutes prior and then the therapist is let loose with a wand yielding 16 tiny needles. Later you may feel a little tender, some dryness and peeling for the next 2-3 days. This is your skin healing itself. Results can be seen immediately and will improve over a period of weeks and months.

3. Intraceutical Hollywood Facial
This a favourite amongst the heroes at Harpal Clinic and endorsed by an array of Hollywood stars. An all rounder it treats wrinkles, fine lines and hydrates your skin in an hour of pure bliss. Following the three step hyaluronic layering process, you'll leave looking visibly refreshed and plump.

4. Micro Dermabrasion+Electroporation
The AquaTouch gadget will gently exfoliate away dead skin cells from the surface. This polishing treatment uses water micro dermabrasion technique so rest assured, it is kinder to the skin. The added super power of electroporation will increase permeability of skin cells and allow serums to sink in with supreme effect. Treatments range from 30-70 minutes long and you'll experience zero downtime. 

5. IV Vitamin Cocktail Infusion aka Myers Cocktail
This is an intravenous nutrient potion. A mixture of Vit B, Vit B, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, minerals such as magnesium sulphate and calcium. This will enhance your immune system, reduce fatigue and help anyone with digestive problems, bloating and allergies. Think of this as a boost, it will help you stay perky and protect against the nasty cold and flu viruses winter unleashes.

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The superhero products to get you through the big freeze

1. Intraceutical 3-step (sold separately)
This trio of hyaluronic beauties will help you Revive, Replenish and Protect. Designed to work in harmony with each other they combine powerful ingredients to fight against the signs of ageing. With the option of Rejuvenate, Opulence, Atoxelene and Clarity to target your specific concerns, these heroes have been endorsed by an array of Hollywood celebrities.

2. NeoStrata Problem Dry Skin Cream £36
The combination of freezing temperatures and central heating can cause havoc on your skin. This rich cream can be used on any part of your body experiencing extreme dryness. Jam packed with moisturising oils, beeswax and other goodies it will reduce flaking, chapping and will even help heavily calloused areas, yet it is safe and gentle enough to use on sensitive areas such as your face. 

 

3. Intraceutical Boosters £39.95 each
These nifty little guys are brilliant. Four powerful serums allowing you to customise your skincare, they can be used alone or combined with your daily skincare.

  • Vit C+B Booster to Smooth, Brighten Strengthen
  • Collagen+ Booster to Restore, Tighten, Volume
  • Antioxidant+ Booster to Detox, Revitalise, Balance
  • Vit A+ Booster to Regenerate, Clarify, Refine

 

 

4. NeoStrata Anti-Oxidant Defence Serum £78
Another serum to put the spring back into your skin, this product contains 8 antioxidants which will combat oxidative damage and fight against ageing. Wrinkly, sallow, dull skin be gone!

5. HealGel Intensive £37.50
We rave about HealGel at Harpal Clinic. Created by world leading plastic surgeons and biochemists its purpose is to soothe, repair and protect your skin. This versatile product can be applied anywhere on your body and is gentle enough to use on your face (a great base as a makeup primer) and even soothe intimate areas after a waxing.