The bridal beauty countdown – according to the experts

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Fingers crossed that the limitations on weddings will be fully removed on 21st June. But whether your wedding is composed of just 15 guests or 150, it’s still a bride’s big day.

With little time left to prepare for a relaxing on lockdown rules, here’s our timeline for ultimate bridal beauty.  Lead Nurse at Karidis Clinic, Suzi Noble, shares her insider knowledge on the latest cosmetic treatments that can still generate a bridal beauty boost before your big day. We’ve also asked Karidis’ in-house nutritionist, Yvonne Wake, on the foods which should be incorporated into your bridal beauty diet.

A June wedding

If your one month countdown has begun, even just one HydraFacial can give you an instant skin boost and is gentle enough to have in the weeks and even days before your big day.

Yvonne Wake, nutritionist at Karidis Clinic, says: “Skin is a two-sided organ, so remember to drink plenty of water, water is king so avoid tea and coffee where you can. It is important to fuel your body with nutrient-rich foods. Berries and tomatoes that are rich in antioxidants can help protect your skin from the sun and free radicals. Spinach and dark green leafy vegetables are also rich in skin-healthy nutrients. Don’t over cook food to lose nutrients. Keep it fresh and brightly coloured. The effect of a change in diet can take a while to become visible, so start eating for healthy skin when you still have at least a few weeks to go”.

A July wedding

With only two months to go, it is natural for brides to begin feeling the pre-wedding jitters, which can take its toll on your skin. When you’re stressed, your body responds with a cascade of hormonal activity that can damage the dermis in a number of ways. First, it compromises the skin barrier, leaving your skin dehydrated and it also triggers glycation, causing your skin to look less elastic.

However, one of the most damaging results of stress on the skin is the increase in free radicals causing oxidative damage. This results in pigmented spots, sagging and an increase in lines and wrinkles.

Brides who are feeling the stress can incorporate skincare that is rich in antioxidants to reverse the damage caused by free radicals. Stimulating collagen in the form of retinols is a great place to start. Suzi recommends using the Obagi Nu-Derm system to transform your skin. The treatment addresses hyperpigmentation and improves visible signs of skin ageing. Nu-Derm is ideal for hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun spots and rough, uneven skin.

A late summer wedding

If you’ve been experimenting with products before, now is the time to choose your favourites and stick with them. A basic routine should include a cleanser, a serum or treatment, and a moisturiser as a minimum.

There are a few treatments that are worth exploring if you still have a couple of months to go. Karidis’ Ultherapy treatment can help you achieve a fresher, more youthful look from your brow to your chest. Ultherapy, which is clinically proven to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage, is the perfect solution for brides who are wearing strapless style dresses.

A winter wedding

If your wedding isn’t scheduled until later this year, then your skincare will need to focus more on combating the dehydration that can be caused by the changing seasons. Choose a richer cream to protect your skin from the cold weather. If you use a retinol or other skincare product that is known to be drying, switch to a lower concentration to avoid over-drying your skin. You should exfoliate all year round but it is even more crucial in the winter when your skin is at its driest.

If you have a 12-month lead-up until your big day, begin consultations to see if facial injectables are needed. Skin resurfacing treatments which use laser technology can be a great way to stimulate new collagen and elastin production and take a while to work so start them as early as possible.

For more advice on any pre-wedding beauty jitters, call us on 0207 432 8727 to arrange a consultation.