The lead up to a wedding can be a very busy and stressful time for some brides. The weeks before are filled with pampering, prodding and pulling, to get you looking your most beautiful on your wedding day. These weeks are so packed with completing those last minute things on your to-do list that it’s no wonder brides don’t hire a personal assistant.
In order for this time to run smoothly it helps to be organised and have all your beauty needs mapped out so you can book your appointments accordingly and in an order that is necessary and efficient. We have recruited the help of Rebecca from Rebecca C. Skin & Body Wellness retreat in Camberwell to help us put together a clear and concise schedule for all your beauty needs in the lead up to your wedding. Follow this, and you will be looking your most beautiful you on your wedding day… and a whole lot less stressed.
In terms of skin care Rebecca says your focus should be to refine and tone the skin surface and hydrate it to have optimal looking skin on your wedding day. This can be done with facials that stimulate collagen and use active ingredients. Depending on your skin care needs some brides may need weekly, fortnightly or monthly facials depending on their concerns and their time frame. Rebecca recommends a facial like the Indio Cosmeceutical Radiance C facial or the Organic Microdermabrasion Facial that she offers at her clinic. If a bride-to-be suffers from a breakout, Rebecca says that introducing ingredients like Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic Acid will help combat this and improve hydration, whilst helping to balance out the skin. Vitamin C and A will also help heal spots by increasing cellular regeneration.
Bridal Beauty Checklist
2-3 Months before…
– First skin consultation with professional. Put in action plan for the coming months. Start facials or other treatment (rebook as instructed)
– Hair cut. This needs to be done with enough time to grow if need be. Hair should be kept as natural as possible. Meaning, don’t cut that last minute fringe (rebook for a fortnight out if need be). A great tip Rebecca suggests is to think about whether you want to go to a salon or whether you want someone to come to you. It could make your morning run a lot easier depending on which one you choose. Do not have a hair cut within four weeks of the wedding. It’s too risky, unless you have short styled hair that needs regular maintenance and you trust your hairdresser.
– Hair treatment. Start having monthly or fortnightly hair treatments to get your hair in great condition in the lead up to the wedding. You can also do weekly deep conditioning treatments from home which is a cost effective way of doing it (rebook for a fortnight out).
– Hair trial. Your hairdresser may be doing your hair on the day, or you may have organised an outside hair stylist. Either way you need to get an idea of your look for your big day. Gather up magazine images to show the stylist. It’s best to settle on a look a few months out because it gives you time to change your mind. Don’t trial more than two months out as you may forget what you decided on and become unsure.
– Brow shape. If you don’t have your eyebrows regularly shaped now is the time to trial it. (rebook for one week out).
1 Month before…
– Now is the time to limit or cut alcohol and increase consumption of fruit and vegetables. This will get you looking slim and reduce bloating and puffiness.
– Trial your tan no less that 2 weeks before. This way you can see when it looks its best and book accordingly. It may be two to three days before the wedding.
– At this point you should be in a good home-care skin ritual. This includes cleansing, toning with an alcohol free toner, moisturising and including vitamin serums morning and night. Your skin professional will recommend products to suit your skin.
– You should also still be having your monthly, fortnightly or weekly facials at this point and should be seeing a dramatic improvement in your skin.
– You should be still doing your in salon hair treatments monthly or fortnightly, or doing your at home conditioning treatments weekly.
– This is also the time frame where you get your makeup artist in to start trialing looks for you. Your skin will be looking fabulous and will give you an accurate idea of what your makeup will look like on the day.
– Start increasing exercise if you haven’t already. Taking walks often will help to ground you and also increase tone in the lead up.
1 Week before…
– During this time Rebecca recommends the bride indulge in a massage to relieve any stress or tension. Book one for yourself a week out and regroup.
– In the lead up to getting your spray tan skin must be scrubbed 1-2 times and moisturised daily in the lead up to the tan.
– Brow shaping.
– All waxing must be done no less than 48 hours before the wedding, to give skin time to relax. You definitely do not want to book your tan on the same day or earlier than your waxing so keep them at least a day apart and waxing always first!
– Get your nails done. Check out Couturing’s guide to picking the right manicure here.
– Last facial.
– Hair treatment. Depending on hair type. This will most likely be the last time you wash your hair before the wedding.
– Spray tan
– On the morning of, you will only have to worry about your cleansing ritual in the morning and then professionals will come and do your hair and makeup. Some people also get a manicurist to come and do your nails on the morning of, however this can be a bit stressful and time consuming for some. Now it’s time to let the professionals take care of you.
Rebecca started Rebecca C. Skin & Body Wellness 3 years ago after wanting to provide clients with a boutique style retreat where they can receive high end skin and body treatments as well as all beauty therapy services in a wellness environment in Camberwell.
Rebecca focuses on improving clients skin and giving them the best results with naturally sources Cosmeceurical ingredients. All products are natural or organic. Rebecca also tries to source product as locally as possible and most of her products are Australian made, such as Indio Cosmeceutical A active & natural range which is made in Australia. She also stocks Uspa Skincare for face, hair and body which is made in Melbourne and Synergie Mineral Makeup.