Bridal beauty: should I have a facial the day before my wedding?

The short answer is… no! If you’ve never had a facial before, deviating from your usual routine and your usual products can cause breakouts. BUT if you start your bridal beauty routine a few months before the wedding, you can enhance that natural wedding day glow, be flawless without make-up and fresh-faced without the needle.

I’ve tried every product on the market and a fair few facials, too. But Peter Rixham, of Ginger&Juniper, offers a facial massage signature treatment that’s even better than Botox. I asked him for some bridal-specific beauty tips so read on for your facial masterclass. And get set to GLOW!

Q: Should you get a facial before a wedding? If so, when?

I support the group of thinking that says you should keep as many things as normal as possible in the run-up to a major event like your wedding day. If you have never had a facial before then I would advise against having one done as a last minute idea the week before your wedding – stick to your usual cleansing routine.However, if you have built having a course of facials into your wedding preparations and have allowed yourself at least three months then I would heartily recommend that you at least attend a skin consultation appointment to find out how a facial or course of treatments could enhance how you feel and look on your big day.

However, if you have built having a course of facials into your wedding preparations and have allowed yourself at least three months then I would heartily recommend that you at least attend a skin consultation appointment to find out how a facial or course of treatments could enhance how you feel and look on your big day.

Q: Can a facial make you look worse?

Absolutely – understandably brides-to-be put themselves through various challenges in the lead-up to their big day. They may be on a new diet, new exercise regime, and nerves can play their part in varying stress levels – any of which in themselves could cause a breakout.

But a change in cosmetics or cleansing routine can certainly lead to a breakout and a face massage / facial itself by virtue of getting rid of toxins can lead to a breakout. This is mainly why I advise against a ‘first ever’ facial in the week before your wedding, however, well-intentioned the idea is. Q: Are there any products you’d recommend?

Q: Are there any products you’d recommend?

Budget is an important factor. I am happiest using a product brand that the client currently uses or will be able to continue to use after the course of treatments rather than the one off ‘luxury’ face treatment. Our skins do like routine.

Q: What about massage?

Both in terms of facial definition and relaxation.A facial which incorporates a good length of face massage is key to aiding all the usual aspects of lymphatic drainage and blood circulation along with relaxation. The lead up to any big event is naturally going to bring with it stress on different levels and face massage is just the tonic for easing

A facial which incorporates a good length of face massage is key to aiding all the usual aspects of lymphatic drainage and blood circulation along with relaxation. The lead up to any big event is naturally going to bring with it stress on different levels and face massage is just the tonic for easing pre-wedding stress. For clients who can’t have a facial – those with sensitive skin, for example – I always recommend a holistic massage to aid relaxation and to keep those stress levels in check. I do a very soothing bespoke aromatherapy massage with essential oils tailored to the individual client’s needs.

Q: What about products for a honeymoon?

Routine is best so I advise my clients to take with them what they usually use, in the right size quantities if they are flying so that they don’t end up having to forfeit their favourite items at passport control. Many brands do a lighter version of their products and lighter is better for warmer climates. Opt for a lotion instead of a cream.

If you want to treat yourself, I am a big fan of facial mists – they are usually handbag sized and just perfect for those moments where you want an instant boost of hydration. Neal’s Yard Remedies have an amazing White Tea Mist, which is both uplifting and calming. Crème de la Mer’s The Mist smells divine and feels luxurious on the skin.

Woman relaxing in water

Peter Rixham gives us the lowdown on The Ginger & Juniper Pre-Wedding Facial Package

Three Months Before

Free initial skin consultation 60 mins with a glass of champagne. The purpose of the skin consultation is for me to examine your skin but also for you to express any concerns, desires that you might have. It’s a good time to explore expectations- what is realistic in the time scale. I find clients get more out of the consultation session if they bring a friend- although the hour is devoted purely to the Bride-to-be. We will discuss your current cleansing routine and your current products and you are welcome to sample a range of products that are in our skin bar. I will also do a patch test before you leave so that we can start the course of face treatments as soon as possible.

Same month

Two facial appointments a week apart. The first is a classic cleansing facial of 60 minutes with the second appointment devoted more to face massage. I like to think of my face massage as a real workout for the face- aiding lymphatic drainage and boosting blood circulation. I will also teach you a few simple face exercises to do at home.

2 Months Before

In this appointment session a signature Define & Refine Facial.

1 month before

The same as above.

The Week Before

This final facial varies depending on the need of the client and is tailored very much to the individual.

Price: £499 for the course of 6 treatments plus the initial free skin consultation

Searching for a beauty countdown? Click here to view one.