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Pre-Wedding Facial Massage

Pre-Wedding Facial Massage – Guest Blog by Amy Bryant

So. It’s three weeks until the big day and you look in the mirror. To your absolute horror you see fine lines, wrinkles and flaky skin like you have never seen before. All of that wedding planning stress has taken its toll and you need a quick fix. You need some revitalisation and you need it quick. But who and where do you turn to?

Pre wedding facial
The answer is – a facial.

I don’t have time for that’ I hear you sigh. But are you aware of what facials can do for you? Do you have regular facials? Are you using the right products for your age and skin type? Well if are unsure of the answers to these questions then it’s time to read below!


You might have your eyes popping when you look through the salon menu and are seeing the prices of their different facials (they really do vary!) and thinking how the hell is this going to fit into my wedding budget? But trust me, a facial is extremely beneficial and you don’t always need to spend a fortune to see the benefits. Especially when there’s only a couple of weeks to go.

ExfoliateYour facial is likely to begin with a cleanse to prepare your skin for an exfoliation. This will prime your skin ready for a flawless make-up application by removing dead skin cells that are giving you the dull, flaky appearance. It will also prepare for those lines and wrinkles to be pumped full of nutrients.

We then get onto the massage. Not only will it send you into a dreamy slumber, relaxing your muscles from the weight of the wedding planning, it will also pump your blood around your face, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the area. This will reduce puffiness, plump those fine lines and can strengthen the facial muscles. It will also aid hydration so once you wake up from your slumber you really will have fab, wedding worthy skin. Hooray! Face MaskThe facial is also likely to include a mask, which can do anything from remove impurities, hydrate or reduce fine lines.

And as if that wasn’t enough, another important part to the facial is the therapist using recommended products for your skin type. I would hope that they would use a serum, a day cream including SPF so your skin is protected, a night cream and an eye cream or gel to help waken those eyes and lessen those bags.

FTW SerumThe main two products that you should throw your budget out of the window for are the serum and the night cream. Now, of course each brand is different but generally speaking these work their best when used at night as this is when your skin repairs itself. They will be nutrient rich which will aid collagen and elastin production. Say hello to a tight, fresh, youthful look! The overnight serum will also take things a step further and penetrate the layers of the skin to hydrate you even more.

So. If you have looked in the mirror and feel some emergency repairs coming on then keep calm and book a facial!


Author: Amy Bryant – Shore Beauty. Click here to see her website and client services.

The Benefits of using a Facial Serum

So why use a facial serum?

We all know that plenty of sleep, being safe in the sun, a healthy diet and lifestyle can keep our skin in good condition from the inside – but can we do anything from the outside to keep those wrinkles at bay?

For those with an interest in skin care, you will already be aware that there is a world of different treatments and products all promising different miracles. Where do we start?

A good skin care routine is essential. Our skin is a living organ – our largest organ – and supplying it with essential nutrients and moisture is paramount, as well as keeping it clean and free of harmful chemicals. No matter what your skin type, nor what your preferred routine is; from soap and water to cleanse, tone and moisturize – there is a serum out there that will benefit your skin.

So what is a serum and do we need to use one? What’s the difference between a serum and a moisturizer?

The structure of molecules in a serum is generally smaller than that of a moisturizer, which allows the serum to penetrate deeper than a regular moisturizer. Serums can deliver vitamins, active naturals and antioxidants deep into the skin. Many are used overnight, which is the best time as this is when the skin heals and repairs itself.

Serums are generally lighter in texture than moisturizers. They may also have a higher level of active ingredients compared to their moisturizer counterparts. Always look for natural ingredients as they are kinder to the skin.

Here are some of the best to look out for –

Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil

limnanthesMeadowfoam flower oil is derived from the seeds of a white flower which has 98% long chain fatty acids. This oil hassuperior moisturising and conditioning properties and is emollient but not greasy.

Oenothera Biennis Oil

oenotheraEvening Primrose Oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid (GLA) derived from essential fatty acids (EFAs). This helps to maintain the moisture barrier of the skin and it soothes and protects dry skin. EFAs manufacture prostaglandins, which are responsible for maintaining the tone of blood vessels and balance of water levels in the body.

Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil

Wheat Germ Oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel and is a naturally abundant source of vitamins A, D and E. It also contains fatty acids and plant sterols. This oil has a softening and conditioning effect on skin and is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Triticum Vulgare Seed Extract

Wheat Seed Extract contains ceramides and glycosylceramides, which help to replenish the skin. It has anti-elastase, anti-collagenase and anti-free radical activity and acts against skin aging.

Rosa Canina Fruit Oil

rosacaninaRosehip oil is a cold pressed vegetable oil which is extracted from the seeds of a wild rose which grows in the Andes. It is unique among vegetable oils in containing retinol (vitamin A) and vitamin C. This oil is high in essential fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid (omega-6) and linolenic acid (omega-3). It is thought to reduce the size of pores and is good for skin infections due to its high level of vitamin A. Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidant tocopherols and is used to heal scarring and diminish photo-ageing caused by exposure to excessive sunlight. The essential fatty acids help to maintain the moisture barrier of the skin and soothe and protect dry skin.


Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant found most abundantly in wheat germ oil, sunflower and safflower oils. It is an effective antioxidant and free radical scavenger and protects the skin from environmental damage. It accelerates healing in burns and reduces scar formation.

Retinyl Palmitate

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin which improves the appearance of mature, sun damaged and dry skin. It hydrates and softens skin and helps to recreate a smooth, supple texture and tone. It protects the skin from damage caused by free radicals.

Butyrospermum Parkii Butter

Shea Butter is composed of fatty acids which melt at body temperature making it an ideal emollient for skin, without leaving a greasy feeling. It nourishes the skin with vitamins A and E, helping to maintain the skin. It is good for sun damaged skin as it has a high level of cinnamic acid, which acts a natural sun screen. Shea butter has anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties. The high content of unsaponifiables and allantoin in shea butter combines to yield its soothing and protective properties.

serumFace The World has developed a natural skin care range, including an anti-aging, overnight skin-booster serum with ALL of the above ingredients in it.

“We included the serum in our range, even though it isn’t a direct part of the facial massage experience. The benefits of using a serum to enhance your daily skin care are too important to ignore.”

Head over to read the authentic customer reviews yourself – and e-mail liz@face-the-world.co.uk to see what the latest offers and coupon codes are!