It is widely recommended that brides or grooms to be should think about booking a series of facials before their wedding day to get the best from their skin. The idea is to achieve the best skin day of your life and also having the makeup sit well on the skin and look great in the photos obviously! A course of pre-wedding facials ensures skin will be glowing and will eliminate the chances of a breakout or oily look, or dry patches and redness. Here are four facials that have will make sure brides are smiling and glowing on their big day:

1/ The Hydrafacial From the South William Clinic and Also Available at the Beauty Suite, Galway

The HydraFacial is a trademarked facial treatment that uses advanced, patented vortex technology to deeply cleanse the skin and effectively deliver botanical ingredients. It contains nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, horse chestnut seed extract and magnesium peptides and propels them to the areas where they do the most good. In addition, HydraFacial also delivers powerful antioxidants to counteract damage by free radicals (pollution, sun and stress) which can deteriorate the skin’s condition and accelerate the ageing process. The great thing about the Hydrafacial is that you can see instant results. It uses a three-stage process which detoxifies the skin. The pores are literally cleared out with a suction cup apparatus and micro-foliants are used to take the dead layers off the skin. Skin is left with long-lasting hydration and collagen is rebuilt with the essential nutrients involved in the process. If you want a fast result, the Hydrafacial is the one for you.

2/ Skin Theory’s Mango Radiance Peel From Therapie Clinics

I love the convenience of Therapie Clinics- their app is a must to download, so when I was invited in to try the new Skin Theory Mango Radiance Peel (€100) I was excited. I had read great things on various beauty news sites and was assured there would be no downtime afterwards. Sometimes peels can cause redness and flaking, but this fruit/enzyme peel, which is rich in vitamin C, is sold as a “lunchtime” treatment so you can go in and out. The Mango Radiance Peel feels a bit tingly when applied to the skin and then it’s left on for a few minutes to take a layer of the dead dermis and dead skin cells off. It works on skin discolouration and helps with exfoliation.  It isn’t painful at all but people with sensitive skin might find it slightly uncomfortable when the peel is first applied, depending on your pain threshold. The peel is then removed and a moisturising layer is applied to the skin, infusing Vitamin C and Orange Stem Cells into the skin to brighten, protect and repair. By the time I left Therapie 40 minutes later, my skin looked so fresh, smooth and young. There was a little bit of redness the next day but it faded fast and I was left with a stunning glow.

3/ Bespoke Clinic’s Winter Youth Peel

Behind Bespoke Beauty in Donnybrook, is famed facialist Elaine Butler Doolin who is known to be the best in the biz in D4. Bespoke Clinic’s Winter Youth Peel is an intense “age recovery” peel is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, and promises an afterglow like no other. Before I went into Bespoke Beauty, I had heard about Elaine’s magic touch but I was blown away by every aspect of this facial. The peel restructures the upper layer of your skin so post-treatment, the skin looks unbelievably plump and fresh.- ideal for a pre-wedding fix. On top of getting this wonderful peel for glowing, age-defying skin, Elaine also gives you her trademark relaxing face and neck massage, a technique of which she is famous for, and I reached a level of relaxation I haven’t previously experienced in a salon before. It really was heavenly and I can see why the clients keep returning to Elaine.

4/ The Byonik Laser Facial at Sophia Woods “the Facialist” Clinic

Any facial fanatic out there worth their salt raves about Sophia Woods. Sophia recently returned to Ireland after spending several years honing her craft in London and creating quite the celeb following. From there, Sophie brought back the “BYONIK Laser Facial”, a treatment that uses a combination of laser and NIR light mixed with pulse triggered technology. It sounds complicated but the results mean plump and clear skin, sealed in moisture and promising fantastic results. Sophia’s signature facial will give you the same result of a more extreme laser facial but in a shorter amount of time and with no pain or downtime, winner! The Byonik Laser Facial works by penetrating skin cells with hyaluronic acid with zero pain involved, leaving skin looking silky smooth and super soft. It really is the perfect self-care investment before your wedding day.


- Avila