Like any bride-to-be, Meghan Markle will want to look her best on her wedding day.
From her gown to her hair, the closest attention will be paid to every detail of her appearance to ensure she’s at her most dazzling when she walks down the aisle.
Now her go-to facialist, London-based Nichola Joss, has offered a hint at what the future royal’s skincare regime might be in the lead-up to the May 19 ceremony, giving other brides-to-be the chance to replicate her signature glow for their own big day.
Speaking to Marie Clarie, Nichola, who counts Kate Moss and Jennifer Lopez among her roster of clients, revealed her approach involves a little more than just cleanser, toner and moisturiser – and requires starting five months in advance…
Leave plenty of time
Nichola advises starting ‘four or five months’ before the big day if a bride needs corrective work for conditions like acne or scarring.
Brides should also start by seeing their facialist every two weeks, with the possibility of cutting down to every three weeks as the day draws closer.
This early period is also the time to use serious corrective products that require a lot of healing time, such as ‘acid peels, intense microdermabrasion, or laser treatments’, according to Joss.
Two months before the wedding, treatments should focus on making the skin calmer and more hydrated.
Have constant massages
Nichola is famed – and loved by the A-list – for her bizarre ‘inner facial’, which costs £250 and involved her massaging the inside of her client’s mouths.
Meghan has previously credited the technique – which sees Joss manipulate the skin on the inner-cheek – with helping to sculpt and tone her cheekbones.
Joss also advocates massaging the skin with facial oil – targeting areas like the neck, cheek and forehead. Ideally this would be done by Joss but she also provided followers with a step-by-step guide to help them with the process at home.
Be gentle on the day
On the morning of the wedding, Joss advises using only ‘simple, nourishing products’.
Also be sure to keep dirty hands off your face, leave spots alone and drink plenty of water.
Nichola reveals the four biggest skincare mistakes we ALL make (and why young women should avoid wearing too much makeup)
Nichola Joss previously shared these tips to all women looking to improve their skin…
1. Not cleansing correctly
‘If you don’t remove cleanser correctly, cleansing particles sit deep in your skin,’ Nichola explains.
‘That will lead to congestion and cause breakouts and also an imbalance of pH levels. Essentially, you have to make sure you cleanse off your cleanser.
‘In the evening I always make sure I remove any environmental grime, and then do a second cleanse to cleanse the skin slightly deeper.’
2. Skipping toner
‘This is one of the most important elements for keeping skin clean and maintaining its pH levels,’ Nichola explains.
‘It can also re-balance, refresh, and remove any cleansing particles that are still in the skin – as well as helping to remove cleanser.’
3. Wearing too much makeup
‘Nowadays, girls in their twenties wear far more makeup, layers of foundation and contouring and illuminators, and that can be quite damaging because there’s quite a heavy build-up on the skin,’ says Nichola.
‘The most important thing is to remove all of your makeup and do a gentle exfoliation. Too much makeup can cause congestion and cause breakouts.’
4. Rushing your routine
‘It’s imperative to break your skincare regime up into stages,’ says Nichola.
‘As soon as you get home, the first thing you must do is remove the grime and pollution, then allow your skin to optimise the heavy-working products like anti-ageing products.
‘Do those first steps very early in the evening and leave for at least three to four hours.
‘If they’re working throughout the early evening while you’re cooking or watching TV, they can work quite freely and you’re still active and moving therefore your blood is circulating quite highly. That helps the function which helps efficacy of the product.
‘And then, when you put an oil on at bedtime, because you’ve given these products time to work.
‘When you massage an oil in at bedtime, it traps those products skin-deep so it keeps them working.’
Nichola also reccomends an anti-ageing supplement called Lumity.
The two-part supplement programme (you take one in the morning and one at night) contains a variety of useful vitamins and amino acids, and was created by a Cambridge University graduate.
The celebrity favourite also contains nutrients including lysine, selenium, vitamin D and magnesium to support hormone production.
‘I’ve been using it religiously for about a year,’ Nichola reveals. ‘It makes a massive difference; helps to heal the inside of my body and helps me to recover quickly.
‘It also helps to re-balance my hormones, and helps with hair as well.’