Bride On A Deadline: Beautification!

08 November 2010

I don’t know what’s happening to me lately, but since getting engaged I have become obsessed with looking younger.  Actually on closer reflection, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the prospect of being critiqued by 120 of my nearest and dearest (not to mention the photos that will record every wrinkle and eye bag for eternity!) is what’s brought about this crisis of confidence.  I have always been totally cool with my age – there’s not much you can do about it, right? - I didn’t even have the customary melt down when I turned 40 earlier this year, but there is something about trying on floaty long white frocks that has brought my advanced years into sharp relief!  So I have embarked on “project rolling back the years”.

What I need is results and quick, W day is now 5 weeks away (just writing that has sent a wave of panic through me. I didn’t have a clue about the level of work that goes into arranging a wedding when we decided to ”just get on with it”. It’s like having another full time job!).  First up, Grazia’s resident expert on all things health, Health Editor Kate Faithfull, recommended a series of Skin Matters anti-aging facials. (check out Now I have had facials before - bit of steaming, a mask… you know the drill - but nothing like this.  I’m one treatment in and feel like I have a whole new epidermis already! Sandra at Joanne Evans took nearly two hours to cleanse, exfoliate – no gentle scrubs here; Sandra applied a mask containing 20% glycolic acid  -  then applied a moisturising mask that set over the face (including eyes) and peeled off in one. I now know what it feels like to have a fitting for a Madame Tussaud’s wax work! But the piece de resistance was the laser that Sandra used to zap away broken veins and sun damage.  I won’t lie to you, it was not pleasant (the aroma d’ burning flesh was a little disconcerting), but the results are great, the veins are gone and the pigmentation is definitely better, one more session and I reckon they’ll be a distant memory.
Part two of the anti-aging extravaganza is the teeth whitening.  My teeth aren’t too bad, but I am partial to a glass of red and a brew of tea, so they are not as gleaming as they could be.  I have had my mouth fitted for a gum shield,  which I am going to have to wear in bed for 10 nights on the trot (sexy, huh?).  I’ll keep you posted on how it goes, but all being well I’ll be walking down the aisle with a grin to rival Simon Cowell’s!

- Siobhan Mallen


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