That clock is counting steadily down ’til it reaches the most photograph­ed day of your life. Avoiding key pitfalls and prepping well should see your skin glowing just in time for “I do”, writes AISLING KEENAN. “You’ll be looking at the photos of your wedd


Aisling Keenan on the prep to follow in time for “I do”

Organising a wedding is a huge undertakin­g; so much so that where budget permits, an actual profession­al can be hired to do it. If you’re making those checklists and booking those vendors yourself, I salute you – it’s no mean feat.

One thing you may be factoring into the evermore complicate­d equation is your beauty plan. Tanning, waxing, hair colouring, nail lengthenin­g… there’s a lot to think about. Skin is a core part of that plan, and three months out is when the prep starts to really go up a notch.

Sinead Gallagher is a registered general nurse and co-owner of Renew Skin Clinics, a popular spot for pre-wedding pilgrimage­s. Sinead says that when it comes to a three-month bridal skin countdown, a 360 approach is needed. There’s no point spending the earth doing peels and laser with the pros if you’re not taking

care of things at home. “Skin health is a combinatio­n of things,” says Sinead. “A good home care regimen is vital, and you need to give products time to take effect.”

As well as home skincare, Sinead says a holistic look at supplement­ation and diet is required to make sure you’re giving your skin the best chance. “Nutraceuti­cals are making huge inroads into maintainin­g excellent skin and hair health, as well as aiding sleep and general wellbeing. The obvious things like drinking lots of water and a good diet are also really important,” she advises.

Depending on what your specific needs are, Sinead says a tailored approach is always best, and the three-month window is key. “It really depends on what problems, if any, are happening with the skin,” she explains. “If a bride suffers from break-outs, open

pores and blackheads, we’d generally recommend a course of peels, which are typically done every two weeks for a course of six treatments.

“If they have a redness of the skin and some visible telangiect­asia (red veins), intense pulse light (IPL) would be advised. Often, we would do peels and IPL in a course together to have a bride’s skin looking its best for the big day.

“You will always be looking at the photos of your wedding, so invest in your skin – it’s going to represent you for a very long time!”

IF YOU WANT TO REDUCE PIGMENTATI­ON... DO seek out the big guns – IPL and peels could be required to get the flawless finish you’re after. “Brides want glowing and luminous skin,” says Niamh. “Our most popular course of treatments would be a combinatio­n of Image Skincare peels, Genosys Mesotherap­y and Dermalux LED therapy. However, if someone has extreme pigmentati­on and broken capillarie­s, they might need a course of IPL. DON’T overspend on unsuitable products. Managing your own expectatio­ns when it comes to how far products alone can take you is a good tip. “If you are on the wrong products, then you are just throwing your money down the drain,” says Sinead.

IF YOU WANT PERFECT SKIN ON THE DAY... DO get a hydrating facial the week of. “If you’ve been having regular skin treatments and your aesthetici­an knows your skin, we’d definitely advise a hydrating facial, but nothing aggressive or stimulatin­g,” says Niamh. DON’T get any treatments that are too harsh or try anything new.

IF YOU WANT TO GO ONE STEP FURTHER... DO try Botox. If, like me, you’ve got fine lines across your forehead, wrinkles around the eyes or marionette lines you’re not fond of, Botox is a great way to smooth them out dramatical­ly. It’s pricey, but it works. I go to the Dr Mulrooney Clinic and find them to be magic. DON’T get it done for the first time too close to the wedding. Try it a few months before and if needed, top it up. You don’t want to do something so radical and risk not being happy with it.

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