There are DIY options aplenty ahead of your big day, and of course the at-home upkeep is vital to maintaining the best skin, hair and nails of your lives. But to get you on the right track, there’s nothing quite like being in the hands of an expert. Discover the top London-based aestheticians, therapists and to have on speed dial: these are the best beauty experts for brides.
Dr Ariel Haus at Dr. Haus Dermatology
It is virtually impossible to talk about dermatology without mentioning Dr Ariel Haus, founder of the eponymously named Dr Haus Dermatology Clinic on Harley St.
Renowned for his expertise in non- surgical treatments and laser technology, it’s no surprise that Dr Haus Dermatology was the very first clinic on London’s Harley St to offer Emscuplt, a revolutionary non-invasive treatment that uses electromagnetic technology to help you simultaneously build muscle and burn fat.
Perfect for brides and grooms who want to tone up just before their wedding day, it’s great for strengthening abdominal, arm, leg and glute muscles. This smart technology works by inducing higher than maximal muscle contractions to muscle tissue, causing it to remodel its inner structure which in turn encourages muscle building and fat burning.
Prior to your treatment at Dr Haus plush clinic, his friendly staff talk you through the treatment, answering any questions you have and allying any concerns. ‘Before’ pictures are captured before the 1st session commences and after your course, more photos are taken, enabling you to see any difference that the treatment has made.
The treatment itself involves is pretty straightforward. The process involves attaching electromagnetic plates to the area of your body that the treatment is for. For each 30 minute session, a trained Clinician monitors and adjusts the frequency to ensure that the session is not only optimal but also to ensure that you’re comfortable. The treatment itself induces what feels like intense contractions to the treated area and it’s estimated that one treatment achieves the equivalent of 20,000 muscle contractions.
The best bit is that there is no down time required after the treatment, albeit you might feel like you’ve just had a harcore gym session after! The typical recommendation is to do a course of a minimum of 4-6 treatments to achieve the best results.
To book a complimentary Emsculpt assessment visit https://drhausdermatology.com/treatment/emsculpt/
Dr Uliana Gout at London Aesthetic Medicine
Dr Uliana Gout is not only a thoughtful and caring clinician, she’s a globally renowned educator in the field of aesthetic medicine and her hyper-personalised approach leaves her patients feeling like they couldn’t be in safer hands. LAM’s bright and airy Harley Street clinic is an absolute treat to visit and Dr Gout, who is a master in everything from injectables to medical-grade skincare, works with her patients to establish their unique needs.
For men and women preparing for their Big Day, Dr Gout recommends a bespoke Radio Frequency Treatment. Perfect for contouring and tightening, the treatment has zero downtime and is suitable for patients of any age, gender or skin type. From the first session patients can notice more sculpted cheekbones and a lift to their jawline. If you want to be really extra, why not have a treatment on the morning of your wedding Prices start from £460, visit london-aesthetic-medicine.com/ to book
Dr Galyna Selezneva at Dr Rita Rakus
EmFace is the skin treatment everyone’s talking about right now and who better to go on this revolutionary skincare journey with you than the very best in the business, Dr Galyna Selezneva. EmFace, combines radiofrequency to boost collagen and elastin with HIFES (high-intensity facial electromagnetic stimulation) to strengthen a select group of facial muscles and ligaments. Not only is it painless and needle-free, it is the first treatment that works on skin and facial muscles at the same time.
EmFace is the only device able to strengthen the facial ‘lifting’ muscles. It quite literally targets the deeper layers within the face and further delay or bypass the need for surgical interventions, as well as rely less on volumising agents such as fillers. So if you are looking for rejuvenation or anti-aging ahead of the big day this quick-pain-free 20 minute session is worth every penny. Not only does EmFace achieve physical change, but also to restore confidence. https://www.drritarakus.co.uk/clinic/clinicians/dr-galyna-selezneva
Camilla Kirk-Reynolds at Camilla Lashes
The lash artist behind some of the most prolific brides (including certain royal weddings, we hear), Camilla is loved by her international clients for her excellent tailored technique – even the most glam set can look somewhat natural, because it’s all bespoke to your eye shape. Not only that but her hygiene is second to none, which is important as a bride: the last thing you want is a gunky eye infection before the big day.
These are no ordinary eyelash extensions. Camilla specialises in a technique called GEL-Lys, which uses LED light to cure each lash, meaning not only do they dry instantly, but they last 30% longer than traditional lash extensions: infills are only needed every 5-6 weeks, as Opposed to 3-4.
Camilla’s bridal package is what to go for, where she offers one full set, to act as a ‘trial’ to see how you like the lashes, and one infill to have a few days before the big day, meaning Camilla can make any last-minute tweaks to the lash design so that it’s practically perfect for when you say ‘I do’.
Bridal package £642.40, including a 15% saving compared to booking a full set and infill separately. For more information and to book, visit camillalashes.com
Dr Yannis Alexandrides at 111 Harley Street
Renowned plastic surgeon, Dr Alexandrides is the trusted founder and Surgical Director of 111 Harley Street. There’s a plethora of services available at 111 Harley Street, from surgical procedures such as rhinoplasty and breast augmentation to injectables and non-surgical treatments including microneedling and endermologie – a massage treatment with tightening benefits. But there’s a medical element too, at 111 Harley Street, everything from migraines to milia and skin tags can be effectively treated, making it a firm favourite on the list of best London beauty experts for brides.
Prices depend on individual services. Find out more at www.111harleystreet.com/
Dr Marwa Ali at The Wellness Clinic, Harrods
Dr Marwa Ali’s clients adore her for her unrivalled techniques, utmost precision and warm and calming demeanour. Her expertise is vast: not only is she a go to for your aesthetic treatments and injectables, but also offers bespoke skin treatment plans and medical-grade facials including the Gala Glow, loved by celebrities before a red carpet, which uses High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound and high performance vitamin C for wedding-worthy radiance. At The Wellness Clinic, no treatment can be undertaken without an initial consultation, which will allow you to talk through your concerns directly before deciding on the treatment direction for you.
Prices depend on individual services. Visit The Wellness Clinic for more information. www.harrods.com
Pietro Simone at Flemings Mayfair Hotel
Put your face in the hands of facialist Pietro Simone and not only will you be supremely relaxed, but his magic hands can work wonders on your complexion. He’s on the list for the best beauty experts for brides as such an expert that with just one quick look at your skin upon meeting he can instantly whip up a treatment plan that delivers results, fast. Expect his signature peel with a cotton threading technique and powerful facial massage for drainage and lifting, alongside advanced technology such as laser to zap away skin woes.
Pietro Simone Signature Facials start at £190 for 75 minutes, call +44 (0)2070165611 or email [email protected] to book.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis
Located on the Pavilion Road in Chelsea, Sarah Chapman’s team is the go-to for ‘your skin but better’, results-driven facials. Unless you have a specific treatment in mind, book the Bespoke Luxury Facial, where a therapist will tailor the entire 90 minutes to your skin’s needs, including options such as LED therapy, microneedling, peels, hydration masks, extractions and more. Importantly, they’ll ask what your current routine is, so it’s worth making some notes on your phone before you visit, and your therapist will be able to prescribe suggested routines or treatment plans based on your skin’s individual needs.
For London-based brides looking for the best facials, Sarah Chapman Wedding Glow: Signature Skin Experience is the package to book. It comprises of three treatments, across three separate visits: six months before the wedding, two months before and then two days before. You’ll also get two special pouches including Sarah Chapman minis to gift to your mum and/or bridesmaids.
Sarah Chapman Bespoke Luxury Facial, £190 for 90 minutes. www.sarahchapman.com/
Flavia Morellato at Harvey Nichols
Flavia Morellato ‘Let’s drain it all’ is the Dame of drainage’s strapline, alongside the unique, physique-altering massage. Flavia’s technique helps with everything from de-puffing and reducing cellulite, to boosting circulation, immunity and the metabolism, it’s a technique that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system and works to flush out excess liquids and toxins from our system and subsequently helps to combat water retention and inflammation – making this an essential treatment ahead of the big day.
The Flavia Morellato Method aims to address the common issues caused by the busy lifestyle Londoners and helps with almost anything – if you’re struggling with digestive issues, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, or to just feel that little bit flatter ahead of the big day. She helps to eliminate all traces of water retention and puffiness to leave you feeling lighter and more streamlined in just one session. https://www.flaviamorellato.co.uk/
Ioanna at Townhouse Nails
A good manicure is hard to beat but a great manicure is something you’ll be thinking of for months to come – and that’s what you want for your wedding, right? Townhouse Nails are the go-tos for high-precision manis and the most delicate but on-trend nail art. If you’re after a trad nude, you’ll be spoiled for choice with their impressive array of pinks, creams and whites – and if it’s a French manicure that keeps popping up on your Pinterest board, then you’re in the best hands: that’s Townhouse’s signature.
Technician wise, ask for Ioanna, who is the mastermind behind many of the nail art designs and collaborations but she really comes into her own when creating a bespoke design just for you. Her prep is unbelievably detailed – you can tell the quality of your manicure depending on how long is spent on prep – and steady hand is exactly what you need.
Find Townhouse Nails in Fitzrovia, at Harrods, Knightsbridge and H beauty Milton Keynes.
Ricardo Vila Nova at Harrods
Nicknamed ‘the hair whisperer’ Ricardo is, by trade, a trichologist. Trichology is the science of hair and scalp health – so Ricardo’s treatments all start with a hair DNA consultation via a microscope to see what’s really going on with your scalp and strands. It’s a step you may not have considered in your quest for your dream bridal ‘do, but is an investment that’s completely worth it.
Depending on your and scalp state, Ricardo will – literally – whip up shampoos, masks and other hair care products tailored to you. And, of course, a bespoke treatment plan, which could include intensive masks, LED therapy and even follicle repair injections. Perhaps his best kept secret, though, is his special steam sinks. Steaming the hair helps open the cuticle so the product can penetrate deeper, but watching the ribbons of steam dance in front of your eyes is akin to meditation. Wedmin stress? Not here.
What’s really nifty, is if you’re dying your hair before the wedding, particularly if you’re going lighter, it’s a good idea to book in with Ricardo a few days later, as his expert team can help reverse the damage that the dye can do to your hair – not only preserving the colour, but also the condition of your hair.
Prices are dependent on the treatment plan, visit Harrods for more information. www.harrods.com
Few treatments compare to Dr Joney De Souza’s approach, from the subtle transformation he brings with expertly-administered filler (designed to replace lost volume, strengthen the facial structure and finesse the features) to toxin – or “anti-wrinkle injections” – (formulated to relax overactive muscle contractions, and thus smooth the appearance of fine lines). Not forgetting “skin boosters” like Profhilo – Joney is ahead of the game when it comes to laser and skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. drjoneydesouza.com
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