I met Lindsay back in 2016, when I photographed her wedding at The Orangery. Lindsay was one of the most beautiful, radiant brides I’ve ever seen, stunning and glowing.

When Lindsay started her Instagram page ‘ Lindsay Beauty Wellness’ I was so excited and enjoyed watching her platform grow so much in the past year. It accompanies her Website, Lindsay Ryan Beauty & Wellness which you can get lost in for hours, educating yourself (and then come out with a huge shopping list!)

With over 20 years of experience and having worked for so many coveted skincare brands, Lindsay’s knowledge, coupled with her depth of research on every product she reviews, means that she is a brilliant resource for any bride looking to learn more about skincare and wellness ahead of their wedding. 

She has interviews with some really high profile beauty journalists and presenters, as well as founders of iconic and up and coming brands on her website. Her journalism is compelling but never overwhelming. Whether you know your skincare and want to keep up to date with new products, or if you are completely new to it all, you will spend hours on her journal and there is so much to learn from her ‘Lindsay Educates’ section too.

If I were a bride to be and was interested in beauty & wellness, Lindsay and her page would be one of my first ports of call. As well as all of the information, it looks so pretty too! The photos she takes are just gorgeous. Her instagram is a thing of beauty and even her highlights are worth sitting down to and going through with a cuppa. You will find tutorials, q&a’s and videos you can follow along with. I did the facial massage the other night before bed and it felt like a real treat for myself.

I decided to get in touch with Lindsay to ask some questions that I thought I would be asking if I were a bride to be. I hope you find them useful…

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I never usually have facials. How far in advance, before the wedding should I come and see you?

I think this depends on the time you have to dedicate to regular facials, what your skin concerns are and your budget. A personalised consultation with your facial therapist will allow you to express you skin goals and a bespoke course of treatments can be designed based upon your needs and concerns. You could schedule your facials anywhere from a year before the wedding to really focus on specific skin needs to 4 -6 months from the big day. That would mean 1 a month for 4-6 months. The final facial should be around a week from the wedding date and should focus on hydration and radiance. 

How often would you recommend I have appointments? 

As a general guide I would recommend facials every 4 weeks. The skin cells regenerate every 28 days so it makes sense to invest in your facials on a regular basis to achieve the best results. 

Will you recommend products to suit my skin?

Absolutely. It is just as important to continue with the correct skin care at home between your professional treatments to maintain the benefits that can be achieved in your facials. 

Why facials? Can’t I just get a good makeup artist?

Facials combined with the right skincare routine at home will create the perfect base for your make up application. I always believe that skincare is one of the first steps to enhance a radiant complexion. Using the correct ingredients will help target collagen and elastin levels in the skin to minimise and soften the appearance of fine lines, while exfoliating ingredients will help remove dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, healthier complexion.  

Will it stop the possibility of breakouts on the day?

Professional and advanced facial therapies can help improve the health of your skin, whilst reducing the occurrence and severity of blemishes and breakouts. However, it is also important to take care of yourself by address lifestyle, diet and internal and external factors like stress and hormones that can influence breakouts. 

I have injectables, would you still recommend I visit you?

Have a discussion with the doctor administrating the Botox or fillers as to when would be safe to continue with a facial treatment. It is usually recommended to have at least 24-48 hours for the injectable to settle before commencing with a facial treatment. 

What one change or new routine would you recommend for me as soon as I start planning my wedding?

I would recommend incorporating a wellness regime. Start taking supplements that support your immune system as well as ones to support healthy skin, hair and nails. Introduce relaxing activities like yoga and Pilates or another exercise you prefer, this will ensure your boosting your endorphins (happy hormones) and will help to aid recovery from any stressful moments that may arise in your wedding planning. 

Having great skin gives you such a boost in confidence and feeling confident really does shine through in photos. In taking care of your skin in the lead up to the wedding, you will have the best base for your makeup and your honeymoon too! Most people continue their newly learnt skincare regime and find that they can’t live without their facialist once they start having treatments. There are so many fantastic therapists and facialists out there, it’s well worth making this one of the first things you start to invest in when you begin your wedding plans.