Your final treatment before walking down the aisle has to be a biggie. It has to make you feel fresh, smooth and, in general, give you a sense of newness. No pressure then.
Now, you could run all over town looking for exfoliators, loofahs and butters days before THE BIGGEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE. Or you could turn to Elemis for its Total Face and Body Polish treatment and they'll do it for you. Yes, that's better.
The treatment involves body brushing (the spinach of beauty - good for you but not enjoyable in the slightest), exfoliation, luxury oiling, a facial and being lathered in shimmering moisturiser. Yum.
I arrive at Elemis DaySpa in Mayfair with high hopes for the whole process. I'm still in winter mode, and in no position to break out my spring wardrobe, nevermind my wedding dress. Right now, I'd probably describe myself as scaley. No bride-to-be should attribute the same adjective to herself that one would use to describe a reptile.
Anyway, my therapist Kati, begins with a foot cleanse and a stern body brushing before drenching my skin in Japanese Camelia Oil. It's bliss. Then I am gently exfoliated with rice scrub and Cupuaca butter, and wrapped in a warm sarong. I snuggle down and bid farewell to my dead skin cells.
Kati starts a 30-minute Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing facial and then massages my neck and shoulders. I fall asleep and wake myself up, snoring.
After a shower to remove the exfoliator, I'm smothered in Pro-Collagen Body Cream and ready to embrace Spring. I am a butterfly! I am Lazarus! My body is smooth and soft; my face gleams. I skip up Regent's Street and feel ready to walk down the aisle.
The Total Face and Body Polish by Elemis costs £85 and is 55 minutes long. For more information visit www.elemis.com