When it comes to looking beautiful, there’s more to preparing for your wedding day than buying a dream gown, meeting up for makeup and hair trial runs, and getting your body toned. Starting a beauty protocol from head to toe is essential; and it’s never too early to get a regime started for your skin.
Head to Toe Care
There’s no doubt that every bridal gown reveals considerable parts of the upper body including décolleté, arms, back and shoulders. I’ve always considered the full body experience of exfoliation and hydration an important part of preparing for the big day. Lauren Padmore, esthetician and massage therapist at Flowering Almond Spa at the Founders Inn weighed in on the importance of a polished body. “With high definition photography, the focus isn’t just on the face but the entire body. A full body glow happens with exfoliation and keeping well-hydrated.” So bring on the Glow! I was ready for the protocols, beginning with a Lavender Salt Scrub.
Laying on a heated bed, Lauren worked on each half of my body from shoulders to toes, sloughing off dead dehydrated skin. Endorsing regular exfoliation to ensure saturation of moisturizers, she moved on to the Lavender Body Wrap, which put me in a cocoon state of relaxation and rejuvenation. I emerged feeling lighter and my skin was polished and glowing.
Then came the feet–which I was dreading. I’m ticklish and they felt beyond beat. Lauren reminded me that foot reflexology was critical for increasing circulation. Through foot massage, pressure points corresponding to different organs in the body are targeted through ten pathways. After my reflexology massage, I felt ready to slip into any four inch Louboutin that came my way. With packages like the all-inclusive Bride-To-Be; to the Perfectly Groomed and Mr. + Mrs. Package, this spa has it all covered @foundersinn.com/spa
As a makeup artist for over 20 years, I know that the end result of great makeup application is only as good as the skin you’re working on. Over time, layers of dirt and oils, along with dead skin build up on the surface. Guilty for not having had a deep cleanse in months, I was ready for the Hydrafacial M.D. that Master Aesthetician Deanna Bain prescribed at Medical Aesthetics of Virginia.
“Skin is the largest organ and the one we neglect the most. Pairing a monthly treatment three months before the wedding with a daily at-home regiment equals aisle-worthy beauty.” Specially created for individual needs, I immediately felt in capable hands as she customized my medical-grade facial. The four steps happened seamlessly, beginning with a thorough cleanse followed by exfoliation that literally ‘vacuumed’ dead skin and residual dirt off my skin. A facial massage was then applied to stimulate lymphatic drainage; and the a specially formulated mask was applied to pull out impurities and drive essential nutrients back into my tired skin.
Hydrated in a way I hadn’t been for months, I went home and applied makeup, admiring the defining results of skin rejuvenation. Now I’m hooked. With so many other protocols available including Botox, Kybella, Microneedling, Microdermabrasion and PERK, a quick day-before treatment that boosts and hydrates, brides will be camera-ready. medaestheticsva.com