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.

PRP Therapy - not just a fad facial

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PRP has a long history within the medical field, it was first introduced in the 1970's for sports medicine, orthopaedics and dermatology to heal muscle, tissue and skin damage and more recently, it has been reported that Rafa Nadal used PRP to repair his knee injury. It has since been used by some of the worlds most beautiful people, to stop age in its tracks. However, it was thrust into the spotlight by non other than Kim Kardashian when she took her famous selfie lying on a bed, face covered in blood (we'll get to this part later) and there has been a buzz around this intriguing facial ever since. Kardashian, along with Rupert Everette and Bar Rafaeli are all reported to big fans of the treatment and all have remarkably smooth, youthful skin. 

Not known for the faint hearted mainly because it requires blood being drawn and injected back into your skin, it is certainly not a fad and certainly for those serious about their skincare.
The most comforting fact is knowing that chemicals or synthetic substances aren't being injected into your skin, on the contrary, this technique relies on your own blood; packed with rich platelet cells, growth hormones and a number of proteins such as cytokines along with other bioactive factors which have healing components to repair damage in the body. What better way to improve your flaws, naturally?  

To put the science plainly, blood is drawn from your arm, spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the rich platelet. The rich platelet is then extracted and subdermal injections are made into the area of concern or used with microneedling for doubly whammy rejuvenation. Once the PRP enters the area in need of healing, it clots and begins to regenerate bringing with it all the benefits of anti-ageing - stimulating the growth of collagen and healthy skin cells.  When combined with microneedling, hundreds of micro sized injuries are made to the skin, the aim here is to kick start your skins healing process on the surface and at the same time the rich platelet is smothered over the area to sink deeper and cover more surface. 

Our verdict? If you're squeamish about what you've read so far, you'd be forgiven for not including this strange method in your skincare regime, but take it from us, it's not as painful as it looks and considering the benefits it will be worth biting the bullet for. Clients see a significant improvement in skin tone after just one session, for more complex concerns such as wrinkles, loss of elasticity, acne scarring and hair loss you would benefit more from 3 or more consecutive sessions. If you do decide to have this treatment, our best advise is to be patient as some of the results can take a couple of sessions over a period of weeks, so don't be disheartened if you don't see the desired immediate results.