Your big day is looming, and although the dress, shoes, nails and bridesmaids and grooms getups may be sorted, there’s one area you may have overlooked that will pull focus on your special day; your complexion. Yes, that face of yours is most likely going to laugh, cry, cop millions of kisses – and deliver even more – at your wedding, so having it in peak condition is paramount!
If it’s good enough for ageless celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore, then it’s good enough for Stylizens. For those over 30, Thermage is the most popular way to firm and tone the areas of the face – using radiofrequency energy – that have lost structure and contour with age. The process is speedy – 90 minutes – but results firming results can take up to six months as collagen formulation takes place. So get booking now!
Even if you’ve never stepped into a skincare clinic, now may be the time to consider it. There are some fantastic laser options on offer for all ages to refine the complexion, but for a gentle, entry level laser, Stylizen loves Clear + Brilliant. Perfect for the 25+ age group of brides who may have copped their fair share of sun damage, it’s pain-free with zero downtime and maximum glow points. You may need up to three sessions, spaced a fortnight apart, so plan ahead.
For the super collagen boost that restores youthful plumpness, vitality and glow to the skin, Omnilux is your thing. Using LED technology, this treatment destroys bacteria responsible for inflammation (i.e. ageing and acne) whilst also stimulating the natural collagen process. The truly incredible results unfurl after 4 – 8 weeks.
Introducing once-weekly exfoliation and hydrating oils are a game changer for the skin. Choose a manual (granular) exfoliator to decongest skin completely. Follow up by applying a rosehip oil (if your skin is dry) or a gentle hydrating lotion to lock in moisture while the skin is clear and squeaky clean.
Clarisonic Mia2 Cleansing System White, $190 – available at David Jones.
Pollen Botanicals Honey & Sugar Exfoliator, $34.95 – available at Nourished Life.
asap Advanced Hydrating Moisturiser, $75 – available at The Skincare Store.
If you haven’t cleaned up your culinary act yet, now is the time. A diet is not in order here, but a slight detox of fatty, over processed, sugary and salty foods is essential if you want to get the best inner luminosity known to man – or woman. Up your intake of Omega 3 – think lots of fish and leafy greens – and drink 1.5 litres of water a day. Cut out alcohol entirely and when cravings call, go with almonds and blueberries. If you are run off your feet in the lead-up, introducing a multi-vitamin or beauty boosting supplement is key.
The Beauty Chef GLOW Powder, $59.95 – available at Nourished Life.
Weleda Organic Birch Juice, $25.95 – available at Nourished Life.
Vital Greens Superfood Powder, $32.95 – available at Nourished Life.
Can you go makeup free for a week? Or as close to as possible? Giving your skin some breathing space is an excellent idea for eliminating last-minute congestion. Regardless of whether you go full-face or nude-face during the day, cleanse thoroughly each night and morning. If you haven’t been doing this already, now is the time to start. Clean skin is the only canvas for your wedding day beauty look.
LA ROCHE-POSAY Effaclar Foaming Gel, $22.95 – available at Adore Beauty.
Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser, $33 – available at Adore Beauty.
100% Pure Purity Facial Cleanser & Mask for Acne Prone Skin, $34.95 – available at Nourished Life.
If you have a trusted face mask, now is the time to slap it on for some last minute TLC. Just don’t go trying anything new when it comes to beauty products as last-minute breakouts are the stuff of wedding day disasters. Beauty sleep is also essential in the lead-up, so get an early night and stay off the booze! Only 24 hours to wait till you can pop that cork (guilt-free) and celebrate!
Dior Prestige Satin Revitalizing Firming Mask 6 Masks, $210 – available at David Jones.
Sanctuary Youth Boosting Time Reverse Face Mask, $19.99 – available at Priceline.
Avene Instant Soothing Moisture Mask, $43.99 – available at Priceline.
Wake up to a warm glass of water with lemon to kickstart the metabolism and flush the system one last time, steer clear of too much coffee and stimulants as they will only add to the nerves, and just breathe. Meditation and quiet, considered breathing is one of the simplest ways to rejuvenate the skin as – when practiced correctly and consistently – it successfully stimulates the vital “chi” energies in the body, which imbibe the cells with fresh blood and aid renewal.