Whether it’s the first facial of your life, or you get one done every month, there are so many types of facials out there that even the most regular user can get confused! But as a bride to be, you will need to pick and choose what suits your requirements and so you need to be well-versed with what different facials can do for you (results matter, after all!) Here’s your Guide To Bridal Facials!
A wedding is an opportunity like no other for the bride to get pampered and be treated like a queen. While the elaborate beauty and bathing rituals of the ancient queen required the help of many hands at her disposal, modern queens have to make peace with the best available beauty treatments available in salons. Enter the popular pre-bridal treatment.
Skin Care for Brides
You have to put yourself on a routine and well-scheduled beauty ritual at home as well as at salons to maintain your skin at its healthiest. This will help you look your best in the months leading up to your wedding.
How many days before the wedding should you get a facial?
Ideally, you want to get a couple of bridal facials done in the months leading up to your wedding. Your final facial should be done 1-2 days before your first wedding function (eg. Mehendi, Pooja) because you should not apply makeup in the 24-48 hours after treatment. This is because the pores might be open or your skin might need some time to settle down after a facial.
Which facial is best for the bride?
There is no one facial that’s best for everyone. It depends on your skin type, how much time you have before your big day, your budget and what type of results you’d like to see.
Before you book appointments, keep these points in mind:
- Understand your skin type – whether it’s oily, dry or combination.
- Make a note of your problem areas. (Pimples that just won’t budge, pigmentation spots, etc)
- What are the results that you expect? A brazen golden glow, a fairy white look, or just flawless natural looking skin.
With these questions answered, you are now ready to pick the best facial for bridal treatment.
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1. Basic Cleanup
Are you on one those lucky brides who’re born with amazing skin? You can opt of the basic cleanup, as your skin requires low maintenance. The clean up helps to clear the basic wear and tear of daily life. It begins with steam cleansing, followed by removal of dirt stuck in pores, blackheads and whiteheads from the skin, exfoliation for deep cleansing followed by moisturisation. Since this treatment is fairly mild, it is also suitable for brides prone to acne breakouts. The basic clean up is also the best bridal facial for sensitive skin. You can go for this treatment once in a fortnight.
Recommended brands for this treatment are Lotus & VLCC. Casmara is a thick gel treatment for super glowy skin. It has been tried, tested & loved by our Editor who calls Casmara the best bridal facial for oily skin.
2. Acne Reduction
Having acne prone skin can be super annoying, especially if acne decides to sprout up right around the time of your wedding. This treatment specifically targets ance to eliminate or at least diminish its effects. It involves steam and exfoliation followed by treatment masks which usually contain salicylic and glycolic acids. It is best to consult a dermatologist before going for this treatment.
Skeyndor anti-acne facial treatment is popular with beauty salons.
3. Gold Facial
One of the best facials for bridal glow, this one is a favourite with brides. Gold, being a soft metal, provides multiple benefits like removing toxins, curing sunburn and pigmentation and improving blood circulation. The USP of this treatment is a lasting delicate golden glow on the skin.
Lotus and VLCC are the recommended brands for the best gold facials for brides.
4. Anti Tan & Pigmentation
A bride has many things to do on her list and it’s almost impossible to avoid the sun. While hats and scarves may help, this is one type of facial which is a must for brides who have skin prone to sunburn and pigmentation to avoid any damage. Anti-tan facial helps to remove dark spots from skin burn and pigmentation and helps achieve an even skin tone, a must for flawless skin. The treatment involves exfoliation, activator application, massage cream and mask.
Lotus, Skeyndor and VLCC the most popular brands in salons.
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1. Tan Removal Facial
Have years of sun damage on your skin making it much darker? This is the best bridal those who have a bad tan. Tan removal facials make use of natural and chemical ingredients to boost brightening and glow in the skin. The treatment usually involves peels and bleaching.
If you’re looking for the best bridal facial for wheatish skin, this is a good option because it removes your tan and brings our your natural skin tone.
Skeyndor, O3+ and Remy Laure are the preferred brands by salons for this treatment.
2. Collagen Facial
Brides suffering from ageing skin can opt for this treatment. Collagen helps the skin’s elasticity preventing fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment helps to replete and rebuild lost collagen, rejuvenating the skin and making it look younger. The treatment involves the usual facial steps followed by a collagen repairing mask.
O3+ and Remy Laure and highly rated wedding facial treatments for collagen repair.
3. Derma / Chemical Peel Facial
This is a chemical based treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, treat pigmentation and melasma, and boost the skin with antioxidants. This treatment requires frequent sittings of 2-3 treatments applied once every 4 weeks. The effects are long lasting and the treatment is recommended for severely pigmented skin. The treatment is strong and it’s recommended to consult your dermatologist before opting for it.
Skeyndor and O3+ are the top rated brands for this facial.
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1. LED Facials
Almost anyone can opt for this facial with multiple benefits. It helps to diminish signs of ageing, resulting in glowing and supple skin which looks fresh and hydrated. It also helps lighten scars and acne marks. During the facial, the face is exposed to different coloured laser lights, each having a different therapeutic effect on the skin. The only con of this treatment is that it is expensive with a frequency of 4 – 8 sessions in a period of 4 – 8 weeks.
ISYA Derm, a skin care clinic run by a celebrity dermatologist (Dr Kiran Lohia), is the best place in Delhi to get all kinds of latest facial treatments done for brides that require fancy equipment. She’s our Editor’s favourite dermatologist in the city.
2. Organic Facial
Some brides are sceptical of chemical treatments. Organic facials, using natural products like skin friendly fruits ex, papaya, banana, honey, lemon and green tea are popular amongst brides with normal to dry skin. However, consider any allergies you may have before you opt for this treatment. Green tea has antioxidants in it and also great for removing tan. Papaya and honey act as natural moisturising agents. While fruit facials can be done at home, salon bridal facials provide an elaborate procedure from cleansing to exfoliating before applying the mask.
VLCC is a favourite with salons for this treatment. If you’re doing a bridal facial at home, Forest Essentials organic sheet masks are highly recommended by our Editor.
What’s YOUR go-to facial treatment?
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