Now that you are engaged, you’ll find your hands have suddenly become the centre of attention!

Are your hands looking their best? The tell tale signs of aging is usually our hands. As we get older, our hands lose firmness and plumpness. Veins look more prominent, skin is thin and crepey in texture. Sun spots or pigmentation marks make their presence known in the back of the hands.

Combating the ‘aging hand’ syndrome takes more than mere hand cream (though that simple step does make a difference). With so many advances in cosmetic treatments, your hands need not give away your age!!

Complete Hand Rejuvenation involves treatment with Radiesse. Treatment of Sunspots involves the use of IPL (intense pulsed light) Here at the Slievemore clinic we use both Radiesse and IPL to greatly improve the texture and tone of your hands.

11 Months to go

Now is the time to book into to see your skincare specialist here at the Slievemore clinic; make sure you give yourself enough time to banish the skin problems that bother you. Whether you’re worried about rosacea, acne, pigmentation, facial redness or sun damage, or if you just feel like you need a pick- me- up for your skin- book with us for your skin assessment appointment.

10 Months to go

Do you want to be hair free for your big day and your honeymoon? Book in for your laser hair removal patch test. You can treat a wide variety of areas, why not contact us at Cosmetic Doctor to find out about our current laser hair packages? Bear in mind that it can take between 6-8 treatments to be totally hair free, so give yourself enough time and book this month.

9 Months to go

It’s time to start thinking about your diet, to help you look and feel your best you. It’s important to eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water; Cosmetic Doctor are happy to put you in touch with a nutritionist if you feel you have a lot of changes to make to your diet.

Healthy Skin Tips

Beauty Secrets Revealed!

Effective anti-aging regimens should incorporate the best prescription skincare products, good diet, vitamins to fight wrinkles and keep you looking great. Discover how foods, diet, vitamins, cosmetics and skin care can slow down the aging process.

For Healthy Youthful Skin Dr. Lisa Fay recommends the following tips:

Dietary Tips

  • Keep glucose and insulin levels down
  • Keep antioxidant levels high
  • Have a healthy BMI range
  • No sweets- avoid sugar
  • Minimise starch based foods
  • Plenty of fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit in moderation- avoid sugary fruits e.g. bananas and dried fruit
  • Eat high quality protein every day
  • Eat good fats daily e.g. non processed meat and fish
  • Eat nuts, avocado, olive oil and coconut oil

Things to cut down on

  • Sweets
  • Bread
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Chips
  • Processed foods
  • Cheap vegetable oils and trans fats
  • Cigarettes
  • Excess amounts of alcohol

Eat three main meals at regular intervals daily. This helps to enhance resistance to oxidative stress.

  • Avoid grazing
  • Avoid eating after 7-8pm this encourages Growth Hormone release at night
  • Skip 1 meal per week (intermittent fasting)
  • Eat antioxidant rich foods- this encourages cell repair mechanisms
  • Antioxidant rich foods include: berries, green and white tea, cocoa powder

Caloric restriction scientifically proven to increase lifespan significantly

Aim to do the following

  • Drink more water
  • Drink green and white tea
  • Avoid smoothies and fruit juices
  • Avoid fizzy drinks
  • Drink red wine in moderation
  • Cut down on milk
  • Take a supplement of vitamin D 1000-3000iu
  • Take omega 3 essential fatty acids like Eskimo or Quest

Exercise Tips

”Less is more”

  • Brief high intensity exercise is best- max of 20 minutes three times a week
  • Build up strength with training to increase growth hormone and insulin sensitivity
  • Avoid long aerobic exercise like jogging and spinning classes, as this increases oxidative stress and cortisol.

Slow down premature skin ageing and common facial skin conditions using the following suggested regimen


  1. Neostrata Glycolic or PHA products recommended by your Therapist or Doctor to suit your skin type or skin condition.
  2. Vitamin C serum (e.g. Obagi – L ascorbic acid serum 10-20% (4-5 drops)
  3. Sun Protection (e.g.Heliocare- SPF 30-50 )


Neostrata product suited to your skin type or condition as advised by staff at CosmeticDoctor, Stillorgan.

Topical Retinoid products (Retin A 0.025-0.1% – start by using once or twice weekly and titrate upward as tolerated). This will slow intrinsic and extrinsic aging. This is a prescription agent and must be prescribed by a medical doctor. Topical Retinoids are contra-indicated in pregnancy. Sun Protection is vital with this product.

Learn how certain foods, diet, vitamins, skincare, and cosmeceuticals can reverse the signs of ageing, rejuvenate skin and reduce lines and wrinkles. Contact CosmeticDoctor.ie for more information.

8 Months to go

Have you made sure you are using your sunscreen? make sure you start using your sunscreen on the areas that you will see on your wedding day, whether it is to stop tan lines or prevent future sun damage. Ensure you are using your Heliocare sunscreen every day- You can buy Heliocare factor 50 sunscreen here at cosmetic doctor for €25.Sunscreen is vital in the prevention of pigmentation and sun or age spots. Make sure that your sunscreen offers protection against UVA rays, the rays responsible for pigmentation. Sunspots are not harmful but many individuals present to have them treated because they look unsightly. So to look your best in your wedding dress, start wearing your sunscreen today!

7 Months to go

Now is the time to attend Dr. Lisa Fay for a cosmetic consult to see what kind of skin treatment would be best to prepare your skin for your wedding, we offer a wide range of skin treatments here at cosmetic doctor at the Slievemore clinic:

  • Dermapen
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Ipl
  • Anti-wrinkle injections
  • Dermal fillers
  • Glycolic peels
  • Blue peel radiance
  • Chemical peels
  • Obagi nuderm

Dr. Fay will assess your skin and advise you on which treatments are best for your skin type, as you may need to have more than one treatment it is a good idea to give yourself plenty of time for the course.

6 Months to go

Starting a good skincare regime is essential, and 6 months before your big day is a great time to start. This will allow your skin to be exactly how you would like it for your wedding photos. We offer a range of excellent skincare regimes here at the Slievemore clinic. Book in with our expert therapist and we will assess your skincare regime, we will also take a series of photos using our Profect Camera System. We will then decide which is the best range for you, depending on what issues we find. The ranges we use here at the Slievemore clinic are:

  • Beauté Pacifique
  • Obagi nuderm
  • Neostrata
  • Neostrata skin active range
  • Dermaquest

5 Months to go

Don’t forget about the mother of the bride and groom- they deserve to look their best for your big day! Whether she would like to have anti-wrinkle treatments, or treat specific issues, have your mother and mother-in-law to be visit Dr. Fay to have her looking radiant on your big day.

4 Months to go

About 4 months before your wedding day, it’s a good idea to start thinking about treating any redness or facial veins, pigmentation or sun damage that can sometimes be visible through make up. As you may need to have up to three treatments if your veins are persistent, it is a good idea to start this now to allow time for the course, and allow time for your skin to heal. If you don’t suffer with broken veins, pigmentation, sun damage or redness, IPL is also a great idea for rejuvenating the skin. A radiant glow is always the best accessory for any bride!

3 Months to go

Would you like to smooth out wrinkles around the eyes or on your forehead? Would you like to have a perfect pout or volume in your cheeks? We can also help you slim down your face, contour your jawline or even fix a bump on your nose! 3 months before the wedding book into Dr. Fay for your cosmetic treatments. We offer a full range of anti-ageing treatments.

2 Months to go

Book now for your microdermabrasion treatments on your back, chest and face. If you want to achieve that golden glow, or if you would like a nice even skin tone to have a spray tan applied, 2-4 microdermabrasion treatments are a must- have treatment. Book in with our therapist for your treatment this month.

1 Month to go

The last month before your wedding, think about adding some Obagi vitamin C serum into your skincare regime to give a boost to your complexion.

For the last week before the wedding, book in for our ‘Hollywood Facial’, an oxygenating facial that will help you look your best, it’s the quick fix ‘must- have’ of the all the stars. It is especially good if you are feeling tired and stressed to give you a little bit of a hand to look calm and refreshed!