Your Wedding Season Skincare Checklist

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Whether you’re a bride to be or an honoured guest, there’s no denying that summer is the busy season when it comes to nuptials (and the parties that come along with them!). Weddings and extra socializing in the summer is as fun as it gets, but often comes along with parched, dehydrated skin (hello, champagne), too much sun exposure and fatigue from staying on the dance floor until the wee hours. Luckily, my main focus at Sound Skincare this season is prevention and protection! While I always recommend starting your pre-bridal skincare routine at least 6 months in advance, there are many ways to prep your skin (gently) closer to the big day. See below for my top tips for wedding season skincare!

1. Nourish Your Skin From The Inside Out

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. As the outside temperatures climb, so does our body’s need for hydration. Try to drink plenty of water (add lemon for extra detox) daily in the months leading up to the wedding - and don’t forget to supplement with a high quality collagen (try my Bend Beauty Marine Collagen + Co Factors). Collagen is an awesome building block for helping your skin stay plump, hydrated and nourished all summer long (good balance for the casual beverages summer tends to invite). Like we talked about last month, your diet is a huge key to success when it comes to the health and vitality of your skin. Ensure you’re prepping for wedding season by inviting in more whole, veg, fermented foods and a good probiotic/omega into your diet.

2. Establish A Routine

Now that you’re prepping your skin from the inside out, your next step is to schedule a skin consultation with me! I’ll take the time to assess your skin and make recommendations for treatment and products that will be tailored to your specific needs. I always suggest to not start a brand new intensive routine too close to the wedding date (especially no peels!). For many clients, I take a minimal approach if we are 1-4 weeks out by sticking with hydrating, brightening and soothing treatments. My number one bridal skincare tip is to schedule a series of LED sessions with me leading up to the day; to stop acne bacteria in its tracks and stimulate extra collagen for that glow. I may also suggest to get in the habit of doing facial Gua Sha at home (pick up your Jade tool at the studio!) to help detoxify the skin and reduce puffiness. I can advise you on starting a skincare routine that makes sense for your lifestyle (and point you in the direction of the most effective cleansing and hydrating products for you!). Lastly, I’m here to remind you that it’s equally important to care for your nervous system - stress can take a huge toll on our skin, so make sure you are getting plenty of rest along with carving out some much needed time for self care!

3. Prep With A Customized Facial

Just in time for the wedding season, I’ve introduced a brand new facial treatment to my offering: the Wedding Renewal Facial. This beautifully restoring facial focuses on the practise of Gua Sha, an ancient Chinese treatment that uses a gentle scraping technique to facilitate lymphatic drainage in the face and neck, which detoxifies and sculpts for a natural lift and glow. Paired with customized enzymes, masks and serums from my go-to product line, Rhonda Allison, the skin will be infused with deep hydration and vitamins for added nourishment before or after your big day. As with any of my treatments, I’ll customize the treatment completely for your individual skin needs and concerns. And finally, while maybe not quite as important as your vows, I consider a strong SPF to be a key ingredient in the big day!

Book Your Pre or Post Wedding Facial Today

Just a reminder that Sound Skincare is your one-stop-shop for pre-wedding beauty - offering everything from waxing to pedicures to lash tints to compliment your awesome new skincare routine, and get you ready for the big day from head to toe!

Flower Power: My Top 3 Spring Skin Saviours

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Spring has a remarkable way of showing us that the time has come to shed our winter layers and prepare for a re-birth. Just like new growth emerging from the soil ready to reveal its vibrant beauty, now is equally the perfect time for us to transition and bring our dull winter skin to life; to awaken, renew and blossom.

I am highlighting my top 3 Rhonda Allison ingredients and treatments in use at Sound Skincare this season of rebirth. Although these products are solely for professional use, I believe in sharing my knowledge about why I choose to use specific products and ingredients, so that you can understand their role as you lay blissed out before me.

These items are included in the following treatments:

  • Awake + Revive Facial

  • Spring Renew Peel (for a more rejuvenating treatment)

  • 12 Flower Power Facial

1. Hibiscus Peel

One of my favourite go-to’s for facials is the Hibiscus Peel from Rhonda Allison. Hibiscus acids are considered a second generation alpha-hydroxy acid, which increase cellular turnover, provide antioxidant benefits, and stimulate collagen production. Our skin greatly tolerates these (and other flower acids) because they are less irritating and much more moisturizing (twice as much, in fact) than most traditional AHA’s. It provides skin lightening, healing and moisturizing benefits, making it a great rejuvenator for all skin types.

2. 12 Flower Mask

When it comes to this mask’s ingredients, the power is in the numbers! This is the perfect complex of 12 unique flower acids all with their own benefits of brightening, hydrating, calming, as well as providing nutrients, flavonoids and antioxidants. These 12 flower extracts include: rosehip oil, cactus flower, hibiscus, blue lotus, white frangipani, magnolia, rose oil, passionflower, honeysuckle. kangaroo paw flower, banksia flower, red spider flower. These last 3 extracts are native to Australia, and help to impart feelings of kindness, relaxation, strength, and enthusiasm, which I find completes this blend beautifully.

3. Lotus Enzymatic Booster

Aging, dehydrated or sun-damaged skin? I am loving the benefits of this newly added booster to my arsenal, for brightening, smoothing and softening the skin. With powerful ingredients of papain, lotus extract, and L-Ascorbic, this powdered formula is simply added to masks and enzymes to further strengthen and repair. Lotus flower extract has amazing brightening and strengthening benefits due to its ability to scavenge free radicals, papain is a naturally occurring enzyme found in papaya to help digest dead skin cells while L-ascorbic acid is a valuable antioxidant and component of vitamin C that protects the skin against UV damage. Have different concerns? Don’t worry, I have a booster for that. Ask me about the different ones during your next visit!

All of these products are featured throughout the Spring Blossom Facial Series, which are available March-May. Book your Spring facial today!