Dear Derm: When Should I Start/Stop Facials In The Run-Up to My Wedding Day?

If you have major skin concerns like acne and uneven pigmentation, it’s best to get the situation under control well in advance. Here's exactly how far in advance you should do that.

Being a bride is a little bit like being famous for a day.

There will be hair and makeup, a beautiful dress, and paparazzi (i.e., the wedding photographer) who will follow you everywhere you go. That last part—being photographed all night long—can be daunting.

Which is exactly why brides and grooms opt for a little pick-me-up in terms of skincare in the run-up to the event.

Irish Tatler asked Dublin-based skincare expert Ciara Darcy about when you should be scheduling/halting your skincare appointments for the best results on the day itself. 

"I'd say 70% of the people I look after are brides!" gleams Ciara.

"I'll get an email saying they have their venue and makeup artist booked but what do they need to do to their skin?! The first step is a skin consultation where we chat about products they currently use/don't use – never any judgement!

"I'll ask about their main skin concerns and we create a treatment plan. Ideally, we need to start eight to 12 months before their wedding day. One treatment every four weeks," she continues. 

"The homecare products that are used in between treatments are crucial. If we don't get them spot on it's like a cha-cha - one step forward with their facials and two steps back with poor homecare. Saying that you don't need to splash out a fortune, you just need to use the right ones for your skin.

"In the morning, that includes a cleanse (depending on skin type), Vitamin C serum to strengthen capillary walls, brighten and breakdown pigmentation. Then a high factor physical SPF.

"In the evening, a double/triple cleanse if you've had a lot of makeup on, eye cream, serum and sleep. Sleep plays a huge part in skin health along with other lifestyle factors such as stress, medication, alcohol, poor nutrition and incorrect products for your skin type.

"If there's an underlying skin condition such as acne, rosacea or pigmentation we will address that first, on average I think it takes three months to see massive changes however you'll be shocked at the different one peel can make!

:I advise my brides not to try any new products one month before their wedding day. By that stage, we will have their skin glowing and healthy. Adding a new product in too close could cause irritation or a breakout which we want to avoid at all costs!"

So, there you have it – right from the skincare queen's mouth. To book a skin consultation with Ciara, get in touch via [email protected].

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