Three spa treatments to get before your wedding day

Most brides-to-be want to look as beautiful as they possibly can at their wedding. If this is the case for you, then it might be worth booking a few beauty treatments at your local spa in the run up to this event. Spa packages (usually comprising of two or three treatments) are often surprisingly affordable and can make a huge difference to how you look and feel on your special day. Here are three treatments that you might want to consider getting:

A massage

If your schedule allows for it, consider getting an hour-long massage the evening before your wedding (or even on the morning of your big day). This serves several purposes; firstly, it will help to remove tension knots and ease any last-minute nerves you might be feeling, and thus ensure that you feel relaxed and rejuvenated on your wedding day.

Secondly, the kneading and rubbing actions that most massage therapists do will help to improve your blood circulation and boost your lymphatic drainage system; this, coupled with the hydrating oils typically used during this treatment, will leave your skin with a wonderfully healthy glow.

A facial

If you want your complexion to look even-toned, smooth and healthy on your wedding day, it's worth getting a facial. Ideally, you should do this a week or so before you're due to get married, to ensure that there is plenty of time for any temporary redness or irritation to die down.

The products and techniques used during a facial can vary considerably. Most beauty therapists will tailor their approach, based on each client's skincare requirements. If for example, you have a dehydrated, dull complexion, they may offer a microdermabrasion treatment (which involves using aluminium oxide crystals to gently rub away dead skin cells) or a glycolic acid peel to exfoliate and brighten the skin. They may then follow this up with the application of an oil, to hydrate your complexion.

A manicure and a pedicure

Paying attention to the smaller details, like your fingernails and toenails, is essential if you want to look your best on your wedding day. As such, it's a good idea to have a full manicure and pedicure done during the run up to your wedding. Unlike the aforementioned facial, it is better to get any nail treatments done just a day or so before the big day, to ensure that your polish doesn't get chipped before you have a chance to show it off at your wedding.

During a typical manicure, the beauty therapist will reshape and buff the nails to a shine, trim the cuticles and exfoliate the skin on the hands. They will then soften and hydrate the skin with a rich moisturiser, or by applying a paraffin treatment. Following this, they will cut the nails and add a base coat (to prevent staining), a layer of colour and a protective top coat (to reduce the chance of the colour chipping).

During a pedicure, the beauty therapist will place your feet into a tub of warm water for a few minutes (in order to soften the skin), before they then use a pumice stone to remove calluses and patches of dead skin.

They may then massage your feet with an oil or cream-based moisturiser before trimming both the nails and the cuticles. Lastly, they will add the aforementioned base coat, colour and topcoat.