It goes without saying that you want to look your very best on your wedding day. Of course, you'll be blessed with a love-induced glow, but it's important to have a disciplined bridal beauty routine prior to the big day too.
Treatments should play a big part in your routine; but with guest lists, flowers, recovery drinks and more to organise (and budget for) it pays to know the essential vs. the optional.
Here, we breakdown the best bridal beauty treatments to lock in.
(Note: They're also great for bridesmaids, mothers of the bride, and any wedding guest wanting to look good in photos.)
Worth It: Dermaplaning
Start your wedding skin prep a few months in advance with a Dermaplaning appointment. It involves a single fine blade used at an angle to remove vellus hair (a.k.a. peach fuzz)—but that's not the only benefit. It gently exfoliates, removing any dead skin that can leave your complexion looking dull or bumpy.
It's also a good pigmentation nixer and, because the treatment leaves skin ultra-smooth, it means the active ingredients in your skincare will penetrate deeper, your makeup will sit better, and last longer. All good things.
Worth It: Teeth Whitening
Nearer to the date, focus on details like teeth whitening. While this treatment is non-invasive and offers instant gratification, it's recommended that you get whitening done at least 4-6 weeks before your wedding to leave enough time for a top-up—you'll be beaming as soon as you say 'I do' so you want to put your best smile forward.
If you're stressed with last-minute planning, good news: brands like Sparkling White Smile offer mobile services so you can schedule your teeth whitening around your pre-wedding timetable—they'll even come to you. The brand also offers group discounts (perfect for the bridal party), as well as On The Go Wipes for your clutch.
Worth It: Rain-Proof Your Hair
Rain is every bride's worst nightmare—though photographers will tell you it results in better photos—but aside from checking the BOM app every two seconds, there's not much you can do about it—aside from prep your hair.
If you have the time and especially frizz-prone hair, book in for a keratin treatment to flatten, seal and smooth your strands; it'll make them more manageable on your honeymoon, too. If you're too busy to sit in the salon for hours, ask your hairdresser about Kérastase's K Water treatment. It essentially acts as a raincoat for your hair, leaving it frizz-free and shiny, but it's much faster than a typical keratin treatment, staying on for seconds, not minutes.
Worth It: Brow Lamination
Brow trends have changed drastically since the overly-plucked noughties, with full, feathery brows proving a runway favourite this year. But, keeping them looking fresh and picture-perfect can be a challenge; that's where brow laminating comes in.
Lamination acts the same way a lash lift does, restructuring your brow hairs into your preferred shape and keeping them in formation. The feathery effect looks natural and elegant, giving your brows a fuller look for up to eight weeks—the perfect solution to get you through rehearsal week, wedding day and your honeymoon.
Not Worth It: Chemical Peels
While we're all for a chemical peel and any kind of extreme beauty treatment going, wedding week is not the time to be experimental.
Any treatment that mentions 'downtime' or any facial that uses a 'high concentration of active ingredients' should be avoided in the few weeks leading up to your wedding. Instead, opt for a lower intensity treatment that's all about hydration and radiance - without the reactivity. Try a light-therapy treatment (favoured by celebrity facialist Melanie Grant) to boost your glow, and be strict about drinking water and moisturising.
Also invest in a hand-held microcurrent tool to help keep your skin sculpted at home; it doubles as a great way to relieve wedding stress, too.