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The best bridal facial treatments to book in before your wedding

Put your best skin forward on the big day with help from the experts.

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There’s no denying the excitement of wedding planning, but when deep in the throes of incessant emails and managing every detail, don’t forget to book in some time to give your skin a reset.

Investing in regular maintenance facials can go a long way in creating that 'lit-from-within' bridal glow. Modern day treatments go beyond massaging in a face oil which, let’s be honest, we can do in the comfort of our bathrooms. Instead, you’ll find that the best facials incorporate either sophisticated technology such as LED light and microcurrent, clever massage techniques to carve out cheekbones without any invasive procedures, a sensorial touch to keep calm frazzled minds, or a combination of all three underscored with hard-hitting skincare.

With all things skin, the more time you put into it, the more rewards you’ll reap. Not least because skin takes at least 28 days to regenerate. Sarah Chapman, credited for Meghan Markle’s wedding day glow, recommends regular facials three-to-six months leading up to the wedding, with appointments around every four weeks to allow your skin to adjust and ensure significant improvement. If you’re new to facials or have specific skin issues to tackle, laser expert and facialist Debbie Thomas suggests booking in six to nine months before your wedding, as "treatments will take months and multiple sessions to show the best results. You need to get into a routine and give your skin the best chance to respond to treatments and products."

While it’s tempting to book in a treatment a few days before your wedding for a pick-me-up, make sure you only do so if you’ve had the facial before, so there’s low risk of unwanted reactions, says A-list facialist, Teresa Tarmey. At this stage, your facialist should have provided an at-home skincare plan to get the glow going. Ideally, your final facial (one that you know your skin loves) should be a week ahead, says Thomas. The day of, she recommends reaching for a hydrating and soothing face mask.

Ahead, the best facials to book in for future brides…

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1 Sarah Chapman Wedding Glow

A-list brides have facialist Sarah Chapman on speed dial for a reason. Her massage techniques, high-spec tools and stellar skincare promise healthier, awe-inducing results, so when she recently launched the Wedding Glow treatment, it made perfect sense.

The session starts with a Visia Skin Scanner which allows your therapist to understand your skin's condition in microscopic detail, whether that’s pigmentation, sun damage or fine lines. They’ll then treat your skin accordingly and offer tailored skincare advice for at-home maintenance. We highly recommend booking the package which allows you to have a session six months, two months, and two days before the wedding.

£100 for a 1-hour session or £300 for a course of three at Sarah Chapman Boutique, SW1X 0BP

2 Dr. Barbara Sturm The Signature Sturmglow

For an overall skin refresh, book in to Dr Barbara Sturm’s signature facial, which tackles clogged pores, dehydration and irritation via careful extractions, glow-boosting massages and the brand’s well-loved skincare. Schedule in a regular monthly session for six months to give you and your facialist ample time to work out any skincare issues that you may have.

£225 for 60 minutes at Dr. Barbara Sturm Spa & Boutique, W1K 3NS

3 Linnaean Oxygen Infusion Facial + Light Therapy

If the stress of wedding planning has left you with aggravated, unhappy skin, a hit of light therapy might be the answer, as it’s known to reduce inflammation.

This treatment at the all-encompassing boutique, Linnaean, also uses hyperbaric oxygen to deliver potent serums to the skin, resulting in a plump, hydrated complexion while antioxidants keep environmental damage at bay. Suitable for acne-prone, sensitive skin and those with pigmentation issues.

£150 for 60 minutes, also available in a package of 3 for £405 at Linneaean, SW11 7AX

4 Teresa Tarmey TT Supreme Facial

This comprehensive treatment reads like a recipe for glowing, red carpet-worthy skin. Not only does it take care of clogged pores and dullness using gentle extractions and a tailored lactic acid peel, it also uses LED light, ice-cold cryo balls to soothe redness, and lymphatic drainage to keep puffiness at bay. The Supreme Facial also includes a round of radio frequency to encourage collagen and hyaluronic acid production without any downtime.

£280 for 60 minutes at Teresa Tarmey Notting Hill, W11 1NR

5 Skin Design London The Face Tight Treatment

Renowned facialist Fatma Shaheen is adored by beauty insiders and celebs for her ability to deliver gleaming complexions and build skin confidence in the process. This hour-long facial uses the brand’s skincare in combination with radiofrequency and microneedling to promote collagen production and help with scarring, cupping technology and red light therapy, all while feeding the skin with fresh oxygen. The result? Lifted, plumped, radiant skin with cheekbones you never knew you had.

£500 for 60 minutes at Skin Design London

6 Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting Facial

Take a breather from the stress of last minute RSVPs and book yourself into this pampering facial in the Omorovicza treatment rooms at Liberty. This 60-minute treatment focuses on gently sloughing away dullness while replenishing skin’s moisture level so you leave with plumper, fresher-looking skin, ready for your close-up on the big day. For an extra £25, you can add on 15 minutes of massage using rose quartz, or either an eye or scalp massage.

£125 for 60 minutes at Liberty London

7 Natali Kelly Bespoke Facial

A step into Natali Kelly’s serene Chelsea clinic is an instant tonic for the soul. There are various tweakments available, but the Bespoke Facial is perfect for brides who want a non-invasive yet thorough skin overhaul. Expect a treatment that includes brightening peels, extractions, gua sha massage, cryotherapy, LED light and lymphatic drainage to get your complexion looking its best.

£450 for 90 minutes at Natali Kelly Clinic, SW3 2HT

8 KMP Skin Signature Bespoke Facial

Skin therapist Katharine Mackenzie Paterson works with a wide range of brands and treatment modalities including LED, microcurrent and manual massage which gives her the ability to properly plan a tailored treatment for your skin. A session with her will not only leave you with lifted, radiant skin, but she’s also a treasure trove of skincare knowledge and is more than happy to impart wise advice that will carry you through the wedding and beyond.

£250 for 90 minutes at KMP Skin, Mayfair W1K 5SL

9 Sunday Riley Ice Clear Facial

If you’re experiencing breakouts, this clarifying facial is the answer. It treats congested skin with velvet gloves by providing gentle extraction and exfoliation using salicylic acid-infused formulas before a round of blue LED light to help with blemishes and cryotherapy to take down inflammation and puffiness.

Sunday Riley facialist Neringa Sutkute recommends penciling in a session at least a few days before the wedding as skin can appear a little pink after the treatment.

£145 for 60 minutes at Liberty London and Hershesons Fitzrovia

10 Ada Ooi Bespoke Pinpoint Wellness Treatment

For something that goes beyond a superficial glow, look to acupuncture. ‘Facial acupuncture will address any internal conditions that are causing skin concerns, we treat a lot of clients with hormonal fluctuations, weak digestion, emotional and stress management which contributes to their skin health,’ explains Ada Ooi, an expert in traditional Chinese medicine. This holistic treatment also uses gua sha, cupping and LED to address fine lines, acne and swelling in the face and body.

From £500 for 90 minutes at 001 London, Harley Street W1G 6BP

11 D. Thomas Clinic DNA Essential Skin

Skin expert Debbie Thomas is a wiz with laser treatments. Her signature DNA Essential Skin facial is completely bespoke and works hard to restore the glow, tackle pores and improve skin's overall elasticity and texture. There are three stages available depending on your complexion's needs.

From £150 for 25 minutes at D. Thomas Clinic, Chelsea SW3 2HU

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