Cornwall is home to some sublime spa experiences and specialist beauty salons where highly trained therapists deliver innovative treatments, many of which are perfect for brides-to-be. Here's Wed's top pick of the latest pre-wedding beauty treatments to try...
For revived eyes...
Voya Facial at C Bay Spa
If sinking into the impossibly snug sofa at the stunning sea-gazing spa isn't treat enough, indulge your senses further with a bliss-inducing Voya Facial. C Bay Spa's Organic Seaweed Marine Eye Treatment is designed to refresh and rejuvenate tired eyes, combining dreamy and decongesting lymphatic massage movements with gorgeous products to reveal more youthful-looking skin around the eyes.
Layer upon luscious layer of divine smelling products are applied and tenderly removed to the entire face during the specialist treatment, from a deeply nourishing cleanser and skin polishing scrub to a series of serums aimed to reduce dark shadows, promote collagen production, smooth out fine lines and boost radiance for the ultimate facial unwind.
Wonderfully cool seaweed eye masks combine with a hair and scalp massage to complete the heavenly experience, which can be followed by prolonging the sense of escape with a stint in the outdoor heated pool, hydropool, sauna pod, spa gardens, relaxation lounge or champagne bar.
Organic Seaweed Marine Eye Treatment £70
For lovely lashes...
Lash Lift at No 3 Lash & Brow Bar
Specialising in lash extension treatments using Couture Lashes, this is the perfect pre-wedding pick-me-up and ultimate way to inject some glamour into your bridal look.
Certified Lash Stylists at the beautiful No 3 Lash & Brow Bar use the most innovative techniques to enhance your eyes for a balanced, bold and beguilingly beautiful look to give instantly longer, thicker, fuller and natural-looking eyelashes. Using a mixture of luxurious eyelash extensions including silk, mink and cashmere that last up to six weeks, expect glamour-puss eyes replete with the wow factor. You might even book a bespoke package for you and your maids, complete with complimentary fizz, cupcakes and a goody bag to be savoured in this super-luxe spot.
Patch test required at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. Deposit of £10 needed to secure your booking. £75 (Infills - £40)
For silken skin....
Marine Energy at Gwel an Mor
Imbibe the relaxing and rejuvenating properties of the sea with this gorgeous treatment from five-star luxury resort, Gwel an Mor. After a brilliantly buffering sea salt exfoliating ritual, the body is covered in a smooth, sense-spoiling layer of seawater gel that is gently heated to dispense a wealth of natural minerals into the body to revitalise and regenerate the skin.
Complete your stay by luxuriating in the Wellbeing Spa facilities, which include an indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and steam room, or top off your ocean-inspired treatment with lunch and a glass of bubbly at The Terrace Bar & Restaurant, complete with more of those soul-soothing sea views.
For a youthful glow...
Natura Bisse Diamond Life Infusion at St Michaels Resort
A visit to St Michaels Resort combines stylish coastally inspired interiors and spellbinding sea views; it's the perfect place to unwind and beautify in equal measure. The state-of-the-art spa is home to the region's largest hydrothermal pool, along with a bevy of relaxation areas, a sun terrace, champagne nail bar, herbal Finnish sauna, 'experience' showers and the world's only Cornish sea salt steam room.
Their series of specialist body, facial, and health and beauty treatments tackle a range of areas and problems using the latest products and techniques for palpable and visible results. A definite to-do for brides-to-be is the brilliant Natura Bisse Diamond Life Infusion. Named as the World's Best Spa Brand in the 2018 World Spa Awards, Natura Bisse blends exquisite ingredients to create innovative products - and Diamond is the cream of their collections, designed to tighten, firm and bring luminous radiance to the complexion. This treatment promotes youthful-looking skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles to give gorgeously glowing results. Expect greater firmness and elasticity as you slip into a hypnotic state of anti-ageing relaxation.
For a radiant complexion...
Hydra-Facial at Aqua
Receive the 'red carpet treatment' for your face courtesy of Aqua's transformative Hydra-Facial, which aims to replace dull and poor complexions with super hydrated, plumped and smooth skin. Glycolic acid banishes impurities, boosts collagen production and shrinks pore size, while Dermalux LED Phototherapy maximises the absorption of all the serums deep into your skin. This is an ideal treatment to have just before the wedding - although it is recommended to start six months in advance if you have any dermatological concerns - to ensure a radiant W-day glow.
£95 / £65 for starter Hydra-Facial
For enhancing your beauty...
Dermaplaning at Aqua
Dermaplaning is a brand new treatment at the Truro salon. "This treatment is great for brides. It's like having a natural filter," says Ady of Aqua. Using a scalpel at a 40-degree angle to tauten the skin, swiping motions are delicately made to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair. The result? Improved skin texture and tone, scar reduction and an overall brighter complexion, while simultaneously improving the natural contouring of your face - enhancing the cheekbones and jawline - and slowing the signs of ageing. Another bonus for brides is that the removal of the vellus hair (peach fuzz) will allow perfect make-up application - and won't regrow any thicker or darker.
words Hannah May