All brides know the importance of time – make the most of yours with our guide to the best treatments to book, and when.
12 MONTHS TO GO
Thin lips, dry skin, love handles? It’s time to write a ‘fix-it’ list to identify your priorities. Search for reputable cosmetic doctors, check their credentials and ‘interview’ two or three to compare their suggested treatment plans. If teeth are an issue, book to see a cosmetic dentist now – average treatment time for adult braces is about a year.
11 MONTHS TO GO
Arrive at your first consultation armed with questions and weigh up your expectations against what’s achievable. Anyone else in the bridal party need a spruce? Now’s the time to gently make suggestions.
10 MONTHS TO GO
Strengthen your skin, hair and nails from the inside out and start taking a supplement such as Lumity (lumitylife.co.uk), which is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for a head-turning bridal glow.
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9 MONTHS TO GO
To tackle facial hair or defuzz limbs, laser hair removal (try waterhouse young.com) is a hassle-free alternative to waxing. Most people need four to six treatments about six weeks apart – try to schedule during winter, as skin is sensitive to sun after treatment.
8 MONTHS TO GO
Hyaluronic acidbased fillers can firm the jawline, erase tear troughs and plump lips and are best applied in incremental treatments. If problem skin (acne, rosacea etc) is an issue, visit a dermatologist for a targeted prescription skincare course (eudelo.com).
7 MONTHS TO GO
For areas that need lifting (cheeks, jowls, brows and even boobs) without surgery, sign up for a thread lift. The effects take a few months to settle but the threads continue to build collagen networks under the skin for pleasingly perky results for many months after (riveraesthetics.com).
6 MONTHS TO GO
Say bye-bye to the bloat and book in a body-contouring treatment (CoolSculpting and SculpSure have virtually no downtime), which can take three months to yield results and may need topping up. It’s also a good time for Botox (if you want it), as effects take three to four months to wear off, giving you time to rethink if necessary.
5 MONTHS TO GO
Skin-tightening options are vast, from ultrasound collagen remodelling to radio-frequency treatments, with most needing a few months to take full effect. Consider Visia skin analysis to anticipate any future issues before they arise (sthetics.co.uk).
4 MONTHS TO GO
Skin renews itself in six-week cycles, so now’s the time to soup up your routine. Look out for products containing wrinklesmoothing retinoids or redness-reducing niacinamide. Want to beef up your brows? Microblading is the latest facial tattooing technique – book in with Karen Betts and her team (karenbetts.co.uk)
3 MONTHS TO GO
Don’t let bad breath get in the way on your big day. Book in with a hygienist to buff off stains and for a deep gum clean (londonsmiling.com). And brighten blotchy skin with a chemical peel – expect best results after three months.
2 MONTHS TO GO
Freshen up your smile with an at-home teethwhitening kit and allow time to find a complementary new shade of lipstick. Book a Medi Pedi (margaretdabbs.co.uk) to soften up heels and sort out unsightly nails.
1 MONTH TO GO
Blitz stress, boost energy levels and sleep better with an IV therapy drip that fast-tracks vitamins, minerals and amino acids straight into the bloodstream. Rogue spot? A cortisol injection can flatten eruptions overnight (skin-matters.co.uk).