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Tips for a Princess Bride

At The Maryborough, we understand the significance of such a special day. We wanted to offer a few quick guidelines to our princess brides as you prepare for your wedding in Cork. We've also created bridal spa packages specifically for you so that you look and feel your very best on your wedding day!

For flawless skin in your photographs, start a facial routine to fit into you lifestyle. The routine should consist of the following: 

  • Cleanse: Morning and night. If possible, do a double cleanse at night if you're wearing make-up.
  • Tone: Remove any make-up residue and close pores.
  • Moisturise: Balance and/or hydrate your skin.
  • Exfoliate: Once or twice a week depending on your skin type. It improves the texture of your skin and the absorption of your products.

If you are unsure of the correct products to use for your skin, we recommend you have a facial where the therapist will be able to advise you as to the proper products. To enhance and support your own routine, we also suggest you have a facial approximately every two months.

For smooth, soft skin on your wedding day and the honeymoon, exfoliate your body a few times a week, and moisturise daily. This smoothes the skin, increases circulation and hydrates. A body brush can be used on dry skin or an exfoliator in the shower. 

Additionally, if you plan to get a spray tan, these steps allow the tan to apply easier and last longer. Test a few tans before the big day to find the best type for you. On the day of a spray tan, do not exfoliate or moisturise as this could streak the tan. Make sure you do this in the days leading up to your appointment.

A good trick to enhance your eyes is to tint both brows and lashes. This opens up your eyes and face and ensures you will not be left with any embarrassing mascara watermarks on the day. If you have never had this done before, it is advised you have it done in advance as it will take a few days to get use to. Be aware that you need to get a patch test done 24 hours before your tint to make sure you have no allergies to the tint.

To really show off the sparkle in your ring, treat your fingers to a luxury manicure before the big day. In the months prior to your wedding, keep nails and hands hydrated with a good quality hand cream.

For the best results on your feet, have a number of pedicures in advance of your wedding. Don’t leave it until the last minute! When moisturising your body, go as far as your heels and feet. 

Not only do you want to look fabulous on your day, you want to feel it too! First, eat correctly with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Stay hydrated by drinking water. Most importantly, you need to exercise. To help to achieve even greater results, detox. Consider having one of our ESPA body wraps. They help you to relax and unwind but also encourage the body to flush out any unwanted toxins. A course of wraps, perhaps one a month, along with your exfoliating and moisturising routine, will leave your skin feeling brand new.

Maryborough Hotel and Spa, Maryborough Hill, Douglas, Cork, Ireland, T12 XR12.
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