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Dr Leah will see you now: The Apprentice winner gives her top tips for perfecting your pre-wedding skin and body

Planning your big day can be the most stressful time of your life. In the midst of all the scheduling and planning it is easy to neglect ourselves. For most people having all eyes on you can be extremely daunting, especially the prospect of finding yourself in front of the camera all day long as we all know there’s only so much make up and good lighting can hide. So here’s my top tips, tricks and do’s and don’ts for men and women to get yourself looking and feeling your best for your big day.

Do leave an adequate amount of time

Time is always of the essence. It is easy to feel pressured into making dramatic changes at short notice before such a big event. Just like when you’re deciding on your table setting and colour schemes, I always advise brides and grooms to create a forward plan for your skin, body and general health.

Don’t make any Dramatic Last Minute Changes

One of the biggest requests from my patients is to get last minute results before a big event. I generally advise against this, especially for first time users of advanced products and procedures.

I would say, as a general rule of thumb; refrain from injectable procedures for 6 weeks prior and do not make any drastic changes to your skincare within 2 months, this includes the use of any retinoids or hydroquinone. This allows time for your skin to adapt and accept the right products and to see a positive effect of the procedures.

Do Be Body Confident

The anxiety of fitting into your dress or suit without any unwanted bumps and bulges is stressful enough, and let’s not get started on the potential beach pictures from the honeymoon.

The key is to allow yourself enough time to regulate a good diet and exercise regime. It takes an average adult body 1-2 weeks to lose 2lbs, so, using this as a guideline, you should allow an adequate amount of time to get yourself into shape. Drinking plenty of water helps to remove toxins from the body, while it is also great for skin hydration.

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Do treat your body correctly

Not all stubborn body concerns go without a fight, which is why at the clinic we offer a variation of non-invasive fat reducing treatments from 3D LipoMed. This machine uses innovative fat reducing methods to target those unwanted, stubborn areas that just won’t shift. The machine contains a plethora of functions to smooth, sculpt, reduce and tighten areas of concern.

With all the treatments out there it is hard to know which would be right for you, I would always recommend seeking advice from a professional who can create a bespoke treatment plan to help you achieve your ultimate body shape goals.

Don’t be a lobster bride/groom

For those who want that healthy glow – whatever you do, do not crash tan. Spending prolonged time in the sun or on a sunbed is detrimental to your skin’s health. You also run the risk of burning the skin and may end up as a “lobster” bride or groom that make up will not be able to hide. Keep protected with an SPF and antioxidants at all times and use a spray tan for that finishing touch.

Do Prepare Your Skin from home

Using a correct skincare line for an adequate amount of time prior to your wedding is as important as receiving the necessary treatments.

I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the three basic steps of skincare – Cleanse, Hydrate and Protect. With this in mind, skin can take time to adapt to new products and for the benefits to be visible. I would recommend starting any new skincare regimes or products no less than six months before the wedding.

Also remember that skincare isn’t only for your face. Ensure you are exfoliating your body regularly, using an active moisturiser such as Dermaquest 3D Stemcell Body Crème and a broad Spectrum Physical SPF.

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It’s always hard to find an advanced SPF for the body – my personal favourite is by Heliocare; it’s a factor 50 and sprays on so it doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

Do Treat Your Skin

The treatments that you will opt for will vary depending on your skin needs. Once you have any underlying conditions under control, you can work on the overall tone, texture, pigment and rejuvenation.

At the clinic I have created a Bridal Skin Prep regime for anyone preparing for their big day. For the treatments to have maximum effect, they should begin approximately 6-8 months prior to the wedding.

It begins with introducing collagen stimulation and resurfacing via micro needling. I only use Genuine Dermaroller as I have seen the most effective results through its trademarked design.

The treatment works by penetrating the skin at a 90 degree angle and a depth of 1.5mm when treating the face and 2.5mm with the body. With this, the collagen is stimulated to create a smoother, more toned appearance and reduces fine lines, wrinkles and opens pores. It can also help with hyperpigmentation and stretch marks.

This can seem a little daunting at first, however you will be topically numbed prior to treatment and always treated by a professional.

These treatments take place at a minimum of 6-week intervals with approximately 3-4 treatments needed. The best results are typically seen up to 12 weeks post treatment, as the collagen will take longer to rejuvenate.

To brighten, rejuvenate and smooth the skin I would recommend skin peels. AHA’s such as Lactic and Glycolic acids will target cell turnover without excessive peeling and generally you don’t need a huge amount of downtime. A course of 4-6 peels in 4 week intervals will give maximum results on the skin leaving you with that extra special glow on your wedding and also the perfect smooth canvas for make-up application.

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So for all of you Brides and Grooms out there I would just like to wish you all a fantastic day and I hope my top tips can help you feel even more fabulous on your extra special day.


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