We’re getting married early next year, so I’ve recently started thinking about our timeline leading up to the big day. In addition to all the other preparation involved in planning a wedding, it can be overwhelming to think about beauty commandments and skincare options. Navigating all the available options can be confusing, to say the least! Do I need monthly facials? What about teeth whitening and hair colouring? Should I get lash extensions or a lash lift? I’ve even heard about brides-to-be opting for more extreme measures before their wedding day.
Well, I’ve done the research for you and narrowed down the five treatments that I think are worth investing in before your wedding day.
1. Hair colour trial run
I’ve recently started experimenting with my hair colour after not having dyed it for five years. Whether you’re opting for a drastic hair colour change or just trying to find the perfect shade, colourists suggest getting it done three months out so you can see how it wears and ensure it’s exactly what you want for your day. If you’re happy, book in your final colour two weeks before your wedding date.
2. Henna brows: I’m a regular at The Pamper Bar in Ferrymead and have talked about my love affair with henna brows a lot on Instagram. If you’re unfamiliar with henna, it’s a natural tint that doesn’t use peroxide or ammonia to process. It soaks into the hair follicle more evenly than standard tints (ideal for grey and blonde hairs, but I find it perfect for my dark brown brows, too!) Depending on your skin type, henna lasts about 4 weeks on the hair, which is double the wear of a standard tint. The Pamper Bar team can also create a skin stain with henna that lasts up to one week — perfect for those who like a more defined brow or want to forfeit brow cosmetics day-to-day. They’ve got a range of colours that they customise to suit your needs. I love how henna accentuates my natural shape and fills in those gaps, so I don’t have to bother with brow makeup.
Photo by Ana Galloway
3. Lash tint and lift: I’m currently debating between a lash lift and tint (which I’ve had before and LOVED) and lash extensions for my wedding day. Lash lifts typically take 45 minutes to an hour, depending on whether you’re having your brows done as well. Lash lifts last about 6-8 weeks, depending on growth cycles, ideal for those who are heading away on a honeymoon right after the wedding.
I’ve previously shied away from extensions because I used to wear false eyelashes for dance and the extremity of extensions freaks me out a bit. That said, The Pamper Bar offers a range of thicknesses and lengths to customize different lash looks. For brides, the team recommends a trial for extensions to ensure both parties are on the same page. It’s even better if the trial can coincide with your makeup trial.
4. Teeth whitening
Having pearly whites for my wedding day is definitely priority for me. I’m generally pretty happy with my teeth, but also pretty addicted to coffee, so know I’ll need to buy some whitening strips a month or so before our wedding. I initially considered professional whitening, but I want to make sure my teeth don’t look unnaturally white. The salon brightening strips at The Pamper Bar are a happy medium, so I’ll be trialling those later next year.
5. Facials and LED Therapy
Many brides-to-be opt for facials (be it microdermabrasion or chemical peels) during the months leading up to their weddings. I recently tried an Ultraceuticals Vitapeel facial, which is a medical-grade chemical peel that helped address my acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots. The results were INCREDIBLE and a natural way to make skin look younger.
In addition to more intensive facials, LED therapy is a relaxing way to treat any skin concern. From acne to rosacea to ageing, the non-invasive treatment uses specific colour light to treat the concern. Each colour light emits a different wavelength in to the skin, which triggers your skin’s response to help heal your skin concern. For example, blue light kills acne-causing bacteria while red light balances skin tones, increases fibroblasts and collagen. Each treatment starts with a cleanse and exfoliation followed by 20 minutes under affectionately named Larry the LED light. The Pamper Bar team then finishes with an eye cream, serum, toner and moisturiser. For extra relaxation, your hands and arms are massaged and the total treatment takes 30 minutes.
“If you’re wanting your skin to be extra plump and glowy, we recommend three treatments per week for two weeks before the big day,” says The Pamper Bar owner, Deneale Knox.
“With skin concerns like acne, we suggest getting started a few months out and have a course of three treatments for a month before beginning a maintenance plan once we establish how your skin is responding.”
While there are seemingly endless treatments you can invest in before your wedding day, try not to get too carried away. For me, my skin is where I’ve chosen to splurge because clear, glowing skin makes me feel most confident. My advice is to figure out what’s most important to you and focus on feeling your absolute best. The months leading up to your wedding day can be stressful AF (believe me, I know…) so spending a bit of time having a facial or treating yourself to a pedicure is a great way to unwind. It’s going to be one of the most important days of your life, so have fun and it’ll show!
This post was sponsored by The Pamper Bar, but all opinions expressed are my own.