Its one of the biggest day’s of your life so naturally you want to look your best. When it comes to skin care and beauty prep there is no such thing as starting too soon. Read on for all of our top tips.

When to start:

The best time to visit your beauty therapist is 6-8 months before the wedding, this will allow your therapist to evaluate your skin and decide on the best course of action. If you have a skin condition such as acne this time frame is very important. Many people with acne have suffered with it for a number of months or maybe even years and that cannot be turned around in a matter of weeks, a programme of treatments is needed and diet and lifestyle should also be taken into account, the changes that need to be made can take time. Depending on the person and the type of treatment chosen, it can happen that certain treatments will make the skin a little worse before it gets better, so leaving plenty of time before the wedding is wise. If you don’t have a particular skin problem usually a series of  treatments would be recommended to give your skin a boost, to get it in tip top condition and then you will be given a maintenance programme to follow.

How many sessions do you recommend and how often:

To begin with I would usually recommend a course of between 6-10 treatments depending on the skin condition. These would be done on a weekly basis for 6 treatments and then one two weeks later, followed by one  three weeks later, followed by one four weeks later and then maintenance every 4-6 weeks. The final treatment should be done 3-4 days before the wedding.

Laser / Facials or Peels?

The answer to this depends on the client. A bride in her early twenties with a normal skin type does not need laser, however a course of gentle peels such as Latic Acid Peels can benefit her, and give brighter, fresher look to her skin with a more even tone. This will ensure make up will sit well on the day. A bride who is thirty plus, no matter what condition their skin is in will benefit from both Laser Rejuvenation and Peeling/ Microdermabrasion treatments. These treatments will increase fibroblast activity in the skin which means that more collagen is produced, leaving the skin looking plumped up and more resilient, with a reduction in lines and wrinkles. They also give a more even skin texture and can deal with any scarring or pigmentation problems. These are the Rolls Royce of skin care treatments and if the bride wants to see definite results she won’t be disappointed with any of these treatments. One of the most popular treatments that we do for brides is Venus Freeze, it is very popular with brides because of its red carpet ready results.

It is important to consider the dress, how it sits and how much skin is showing. If they are wearing an off the shoulder dress they should ask their therapist to include the décolleté in each of the treatments. At Akina we offer a back treatment that includes body brushing, lactic acid and Vitamin A oil. This treatment is ideal for those brides that are exposing their back, a series of 6 is recommended. If you are wearing sandals on the day of the wedding a course of pedicures is recommended, do at least one a week for the four weeks leading up to the wedding. The same goes for your nails if you are having nail enhancements put on or if you are going with the natural nail, weekly manicures are recommended.

If you have left it a bit late:

Microdermabrasion treatment two weeks before the wedding can work wonders. Alternatively an Environ Vitamin Facial will feed powerful antioxidants A, C and E into the skin which will help combat free radical damage caused by stress.  It is also very important that they are doing the basics at home, if they are not cleansing the skin properly make-up will not sit well on the day as there will be a build up of dead skin. A gentle exfoliation twice a week is also good and along with a hydrating mask.

Using your skin care to combat the signs of Stress:

Stress can aggravate skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne so it is important that the bride is using the correct skin care for her skin type. I have seen so many people using products that are completely wrong for their skin type and aggravating it even more. This is why it is important to have a therapist do a proper analysis of your skin to determine the skin type and then advise on the right products. If the bride is suffering from mild eczema or psoriasis they can try to cut out dairy products from their diet and make sure they are getting enough of the right nutrients such as green leafy vegetables.

Adding a few drops of aromatherapy oil to a warm bath will help the physical effects as well as the psychological effects of stress. A daily self massage with Environs Essentia A Oil will hydrate and heal the skin as well as helping to keep the skin supple. We love the Neom Body and hair treatment oils for this also. If you are prone to stress related cold sores start on a course of Lysine which is an amino acid that helps in preventing them. If her lips get dry or dehydrated Jane Iredale does a great lip exfoliator that contains orgainic brown sugar on one end and when you flick the tube the other end has a shea butter lip plumper that contains special peptides that increase hydration and stimulate collagen. Putting a layer of false tan on your face can also even out blemishes that have been left from spots.


Don’t go to bed with your make-up on.

Don’t try any new products with a month to go before the wedding.

Don’t wax facial hair the day before the wedding. If you don’t have a routine with electrolysis or laser and must wax , do it at least 4 days before the big day.

Don’t use a false tanning product that you have never used before. If you are having a spray tan done do a trial at least six weeks beforehand.

If you are a smoker don’t smoke more that usual, it prevents oxygen from getting to the skin leaving it looking dull and grey

Don’t stay up all night, try to get at least eight hours sleep every night the week before the wedding. A good nights sleep can take years off.

Don’t be tempted to drink more tea or coffee than usual the caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands causing an increase in the production of androgens, which in turn can cause the skin to produce more oil, leading to breakouts.

Don’t drink alcohol the night before the wedding, it dehydrates the skin and can make your eyes puffy. Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated and glowing.