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Save The Date! – Preparing Your Skin for Your Wedding Day

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As we steadily approach the date of our own lead therapist, Adele’s wedding anniversary, we can now sympathize with the many of you out there who are approaching your own big day. With that in mind, we thought we’d try to make this process at least a little less stressful and give you our top skin prep tips for your big day.

Start planning early

It’s a common misconception that skin treatments can be postponed until the later stages of planning, but especially if you have longer-term skin problems like acne and pigmentation, it’s better to start earlier. Keep in mind that most advanced treatments have fairly long breaks between sessions (between 3 and 8 weeks) to allow the skin to renew itself between treatments. The ideal time frame is around 6 to 9 months before your wedding date, but of course little time is better than no time so don’t be afraid to reach out even if you only have around 3 months left.

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Consider your concerns

Think seriously about what your skin goals are. What do you want to get out of the treatment? You might want to even out the texture of your skin – improving this will allow your makeup to sit better during the day. Maybe you don’t want to wear a lot of makeup at all, so you want to improve pigmentation problems and protruding blood vessels so that the skin looks even and radiant even without foundation. Or maybe you’re a mature bride looking into anti-aging so you can look and feel fresh on your big day.

Then again, you might not have any particular concerns at all – treatments like HydraFacial have no downtime and leave skin looking dewy and radiant, so they’re a fantastic way to self-medicate and relieve stress when the “pup” takes over your diary!

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And remember, regardless of outside feedback, if certain things that could be considered “imperfections” don’t bother you, don’t waste valuable time on them. Depending on your wedding time frame, you may need to prioritize your skin issues, so be realistic with your therapist about what bothers you the most.

Don’t neglect the body

If you’re new to advanced treatments and don’t yet know what we can do, you might be tempted to just focus on the face, but there are so many other areas of skincare we can help you with.

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It’s worth thinking about areas of your body that could be highlighted by the cut of your dress – chest and back are common areas that suffer from active acne and post-acne scarring. Our exfoliating skin peels, microdermabrasion and micro-needling treatments can all be performed on the body to address these issues. Another common physical problem is keratosis pilaris, particularly common on the back of the upper arms, which can be treated with a HydraFacial treatment.

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Another thing to consider are those annoying bumps and blemishes like blood stains or skin tags that may be more visible in your dress or are likely to be rubbed and cause you discomfort during the day – both issues can be easily addressed with Advanced Electrolysis will.

It might also be worth considering hair removal, not only for your wedding day itself, but also for your honeymoon. IPL hair removal treatment causes a permanent reduction in hair growth, causing body hair to appear thinner and finer and grow back much more slowly. This exponentially speeds up last-minute tasks like shaving. Many wedding dresses are sleeveless or strapless, and that’s how Adele has treated her armpits—one less thing to think about if you’re planning to dance the night away! And if you’re planning a relaxing beach vacation for your honeymoon, a bikini or leg treatment can tick one more thing off your to-do list.

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Every body else?

Self-confessed bridezillas, look away now! Remember, this day is not all about the bride. Maybe you are the groom, a bridesmaid, the mother of the bride or someone else! As a guest at a wedding, no matter what your role, you are a valued part of the big day. You will likely be featured in many photos as well. So if you want to improve something, now is the best time to get in touch with us.

Don’t fall at the last hurdle!

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Especially if you’ve been a busy prepper, the worst thing you can do is try something new too close to your wedding. This includes any home care products (cleansers, moisturizers, masks, etc.) or in-clinic treatments.

If you are short on time, we recommend trying a treatment for the first time at least 6 weeks before the big day and then having the final treatment about a week before the wedding.

your next steps

We always recommend starting with an initial consultation where our therapists here at Eden Skin Clinic can create a personalized treatment plan for you. We can also recommend at-home products to help maintain your skin’s health between treatments.

You should let your therapist know about your upcoming wedding, and if you already know a date, or at least have an idea of ​​the month it’s likely to fall in, that can help give us a guideline to work around this. The more we know, the easier we can get around!

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It can be helpful to let us know what your at-home skincare routine is like and what treatments you’ve had before. If you are taking any medication or supplements, it is important to have them on hand.

Here is an example of what a treatment plan might look like, using Adele as a case study.

Wedding date: September 2021

Skin Type: Combination

Skin issues: acne/breakouts and anti-aging issues; minor blemishes (mainly blood spots and sebaceous hyperplasia) on the neck and face; Had IPL hair removal and is interested in refresher sessions.

Recommended Home Care (with AlumierMD)

• Purifying Gel Cleanser (AM + PM, daily), sometimes use Acne Clarifying Cleanser

• Bright and clear solution (AM + PM, daily)

• Retinol eye gel (evenings only, 3 times a week)

• AluminEye (AM + PM, daily)

• Acne Balancing Serum (morning only, daily)

• Retinol Resurfacing Serum 0.5 (PM only, 3 times per week)

• HydraLight Moisturizing Cream (AM + PM)

• Sheer Hydration SPF40 (reapply only in the morning, daily and as needed)

• Enzymatic peeling (once every 2 weeks, between treatments)

Body Treatments: For Adele, we recommended Meso Peel treatments on her back once a month to help with pimples, blackheads and congestion. This should start about 6-9 months before the wedding date.

In April/May, around 4-5 months before her wedding, Adele was due to have her first advanced electrolysis session to help with the blood spot/cherry angioma and sebaceous hyperplasia of the face, neck and chest.

Adele has had some IPL hair reduction treatments before so her hair removal sessions are less frequent, around every 6-8 weeks to further thin out hair growth.

Facials: Adele’s main facial concerns were hormonal acne/breakouts and anti-aging concerns. We recommend alternating once a month between the Microdermabrasion + Mesopeel combination treatment to smooth texture and help with blemishes, and Micro-Needling, which can help with fine lines and overall skin rejuvenation.

We also recommend performing HydraFacial treatments when your skin needs it. The week of her wedding, we recommend a final HydraFacial treatment to help clear up skin congestion without the associated downtime of her exfoliation/micro-needing treatments.

are you getting married soon? To book your own Eden Skin Clinic consultation at one of our skin clinics in Wimbledon or Kensington London, call us on 0208 947 7037 or email us at hello@edenskinclinic.co.uk.

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