TREAT YOURSELF

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Making sure your skin and body is in the best condition it can be before the wedding takes time – and a little help from some cutting edge technology

You have booked in your tan, your nails and your make-up.
But what else can you do to ensure you look and feel amazing on your wedding day?
We have sourced the newest and most popular beauty treatment trends available in the Geelong region.

Clear and brilliant skin
Vitality Medispa owner and dermal therapist Annette Harman says her spa’s Clear and Brilliant treatment improves skin tone, texture and radiance, reduces the appearance of pores and renews soft and smooth skin texture for naturally radiant and glowing skin.
Annette says the fractional laser skin resurfacing treatment is the only one of its kind in the Geelong area.
“It’s all about boosting collagen, plumping the skin and reducing pores,” she says.
“It refreshes the skin.”
Annette says the medical treatment was comfortable without the downtime many other laser treatments have.
“You will feel sunburnt for four to six hours and there will be some redness,” she says.

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Feather brow tattooing
Beauty precision owner Alanna Reinert says eyebrow tattooing has been revolutionised with this procedure, which creates a very natural look.
The semi-permanent procedure looks natural and can provide a strong eyebrow game for a bride-to-be.
“Brides all want those perfect brows on the day,” she says.

Lash lifting
A lash lift defines, curls and enhances your natural lashes for up to eight weeks depending on your natural lash cycle. Alanna says the treatment is an alternative to eyelash extensions, which uses silicone pads to lift the lashes to create a subtle curve.
“So your lashes are flawless for the wedding and the honeymoon,” she says.

Skin DNA
This concept involves a DNA swab being sent off to a lab to get a personalised skin analysis to determine a tailor-made skincare routine.
Alanna recommends brides do the Skin DNA test six to 12 months before the wedding

Teeth whitening
A white wedding can be more than just the dress. Alanna says Beauty Precision offers a teeth whitening treatment which does the job without the harsh peroxide.

Going deeper
Body Recon cosmetic clinic manager Adele Bartram Goodall says its most popular bridal prep is skin treatments and injectables.
“However, we have seen a large rise in laser tattoo removal and even breast enlargement and face surgery such as rhinoplasty,” she says.
“This isn’t limited to just brides, often it’s an excuse for the rest of the family including the mother-of-the-bride or groom, father-of-the-bride or groom or even the groom himself to ‘tweak’ things they may of always wanted done.”
Adele advises anyone interested in cosmetic work to plan well in advance.
“Ideally the longer prep, the better it will be,” she says.

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Skin rejuvenation
Making your skin look fresh is not a new idea, however, the way it can be done has never been more effective.
Australian Skin, Face and Body dermal clinician Fiona Priddle says mixing medicine with a skin treatment can get better results.
“In the practice we have a GP and a plastic surgeon attached so we can offer the latest in all treatments,” she says.
She says brides are opting for skin peels, LED treatments and laser treatments to combat skin redness and pigmentation.
Fiona says brides should come in between six to 12 months of their wedding day for the best results
She says after a one-on-one consultation, a treatment plan is laid out for the bride-to-be, with generally one treatment each month.

Laser hair removal
This hair reduction treatment is an investment for the long term.
Fiona says although it isn’t new, laser hair removal treatment has become more popular than ever.
“Because laser is a permanent reduction, a bride’s skin is smoother on the day, with less chance of break-outs or ingrown hairs,” she says.
She says face and underarm treatments are the most popular with brides.
Like a big drink of water for your skin, this Natural Harry smoothie is chock-a-block full of all the hydrating and free-radical fighting vitamins and minerals your skin craves.

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SKIN GLOW SMOOTHIE
Serves 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Smoothie:
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1 cup (130g) mixed berries, fresh or frozen
10 fresh mint leaves
1 mango cheek, peeled
1⁄2 cup (50g) cucumber, diced
1⁄2 cup (50g) pineapple, peeled and diced
1 1⁄2 cups (375ml) coconut water or purified water
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon acai powder (optional)
To serve:
2 sprigs of fresh mint (optional)
Small handful of berries (optional)

METHOD
Place all ingredients in a blender.
Pulse to combine and blend until smooth.
Sprinkle with a few berries and some mint.
Serve and enjoy!

Recipe from Natural Harry recipe book by Harriet Birrell, available for $49.95 at naturalharry.com.au