Your pre wedding skincare starts with these facials

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It’s been a long time coming, but I can finally say, I can now offer every bride an effective, results driven facial skincare service, no matter what their skin condition or healthcare condition may be. I’ve introduced quite a few new services this year so I thought it would be nice to tell you a bit about them and how they’ll fit in to your wedding skincare plan. You might see something you’ve always wanted to try or something you didn’t even know existed! If you’re not sure which is the right one for you, book any 50 minute appointment and we can work out the best treatment during the consultation.

A variety of Neal's Yard Remedies products are arranged on a copper tray next to facial sponges

Neal’s Yard Spa Facial

I’m starting with this one because it’s the easiest to explain. This is what most people picture when thinking about facial treatments and includes all stages you’d expect; double cleanse, exfoliate, massage, mask, serums and deep moisturising. The products used will leave the top layers of the skin smooth and glowing whilst the massage (a condensed version of the Sculpting facial below) works on the deeper layers of the skin to aid blood flow and lymphatic drainage. It’s a great all rounder and a wonderful treat for yourself or as a gift to your favourite person. To really level up the indulgence, all the products used will be Neal’s Yard Remedies which smell and feel divine.

Sculpting Facial Massage

This is the first specialist facial I trained in back in 2019 and it remains to be a favourite for both clients and myself. At 30 minutes, it’s quick enough to have on your lunch break with no down time and suitable for all skin types. The focus of this treatment is to sculpt the contours of the face through deep massage of the muscles, relieving stress and tension at the same time. The lymphatic system is targeted to remove waste and excess fluid from the deep layers of the skin (de-puffing!). Blood flow is stimulated to bring oxygen and nutrients to the surface of the skin, and this is the part that leaves you extra glowing. For long term results you should have this treatment once a week for 4 to 6 weeks and then maintain the results with 3-4 weekly appointments. It’s great as a standalone treatment though for a bit of self care or boost before a big event (like your wedding!)

Dermaplaning

I had never planned on offering this as a treatment but it was the most requested service on a market research questionnaire I put out a couple of years ago, and I’m so glad! Dermaplaning is the removal of dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz) by scraping a sterile, surgical blade across the face. This is the only treatment that removes the hair as well as exfoliating the skin and because of this, it allows your skin care products to penetrate deeper into the skin and your makeup sits more smoothly. This treatment is best booked 1-3 days before an event but make sure you’ve not had any facial waxing or used any acids or retinols at home for 5-7 days before the treatment.

Deluxe Sculpting Dermaplane Facial

All of the facials on offer can be tailored to your desired results, but this for me, is the ideal combo. I’ve essentially created the ultimate facial that I wish I could do on my own face! The sculpting facial massage is followed directly by full facial dermaplaning. After this an enzyme peel is applied to soften and hydrate your skin. This peel is acid free so can be used on all skin types and doesn’t cause discomfort or redness and still gives incredible results. The final stage is a multi weight hyaluronic sheet mask to fully hydrate and plump your skin, a scalp massage whilst the mask does its thing and finally two passes of the cold hammer. Despite the name, I will not be hitting you in the face, this is a cooling metal device gently applied to the skin to seal in all the active ingredients, soothe and tighten the skin. If you could only pick one treatment to have before your wedding, this would be it. As with standard dermaplaning, this is an incredible treatment to have 1-3 days before your wedding or event and avoid exfoliating products (retinols, AHAs & BHAs, scrubs) the week leading up to your appointment.

Hydrofacial

The hydrofacial machine that I use has a variety of features for every skin concern; radio frequency, cold hammer, ultrasound just to name a few. But the star of the show (and the origin of the treatment name) is the hydrodermabrasion pen. The action of this device pushes exfoliating serums onto the skin, swirls it around and then sucks the solution along with dead skin and excess sebum back into the device. The outgoing serum solution and returning waste product are kept separate, just in case you were wondering how it keeps your skin clean. The abrasive element is the fluid running over your skin in combination with the slight vacuum and a variety of tips that can be used with the pen. It is so gentle, it can be used on the most sensitive of skin types and distilled water can be used instead of serums for those with allergies. The vacuum element can be increased to carry out extractions of blackheads and blocked pores with no trauma to the skin whatsoever. All my clients who have had this treatment have messaged the following day to say how smooth their skin feels and how much smaller their pores appear. This is the only treatment that can quickly and significantly reduce the appearance of pores without the use of exfoliating products.

Chemical Peels

I feel like peels have a really bad reputation thanks to *that* Samantha scene from Sex & The City. If you don’t immediately know what I’m talking about then you can see the clip here. This is absolutely NOT what you’ll get when you book a peel with me. If you’ve ever used a serum or toner containing AHAs or BHAs like glycolic acid or salicylic acid then you’ve already dabbled in the mildest form of chemical peel. When this treatment is carried out by a trained professional, we’re using slightly stronger acids for a specific amount of time. The treatment starts with a gentle but thorough double cleanse and then prepped with a mild disinfectant. After this, the peeling solution is applied very thinly with a piece of gauze and left on for between 1 and 10 minutes. It is a tiny amount of product so it doesn’t feel like much is happening whilst the peel is working. It may feel warm or tingly but should never feel painful or burning. The peeling solution melts away the top layers of your skin giving you instant results. Once all the dead skin has been removed I’ll apply a mask with specific ingredients to compliment the type of acids in your peel. This is the ideal time to get lots of hydrating and nourishing products into your skin. The very last step is to moisturise and protect the skin with SPF and you’re good to go! Different acids in the peels will target different skin conditions, for example mandelic acid is great for melasma and pigmentation, salicylic acid is the best product for acne prone skin. So it’s not just about deep exfoliation but treating any underlying conditions or problems. Peels should be done as part of a multi appointment treatment plan. Depending on the type and strength of acid needed for your specific skin care goals, you may need between 3 and 6 sessions at intervals of 2-4 weeks. After this, you can repeat another set of sessions or move to a maintenance plan of having a peel every month. If you have a specific skin concern you’d like to address in the run up to your wedding then these peels are a great option for you.

If you’re in the process of planning your pre-wedding skincare treatments, you don’t have to pick just one kind of treatment. Some brides may want a course of peels 6 months before the wedding then have dermaplaning the week before. Some brides just like an hour to themselves to get pampered and have some stress relief in the days before the wedding. Whatever your skin and your energy needs, we can work out the right treatment plan together. Head to my booking page to get your appointment in the diary or drop me an email if you have questions. 

Ailsa x

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