The wedding season is here and when it comes to wedding preparations, there’s no such thing as starting too soon!
A bride on her wedding day is beauty personified and the most important message we have for the brides is to not forget to take care of oneself amidst the preparations.
Stress is a major factor which affects the bride’s glow on her wedding day, as being healthy from inside brings out the most beautiful glow. Because planning a wedding is a stressful job, here are a few tips for you to make your job easier. Moreover, some of these are simple homemade remedies which won’t cost you any extra time, money or effort.
Follow these ten skin care tips to get clear and luminous skin for your big day:
Don’t leave caring about your skin for the last minute. The longer you have to attend to your skin the better. The ideal time is to start two months before your wedding.
Eat Super Foods
As we all know that a glowing complexion comes from within, pay attention to what you eat. Follow a nutritious diet which includes more fruits, vegetables, and dry fruits. You can include watermelons, spinach, sweet potatoes, and green vegetables in your diet as they contain copious amounts of Vitamin A while helps in repairing the skin. Lack of vitamins and proteins can lead to fragile nails and hair and dull skin. Decrease your intake of sugar and carbs. You can also start drinking green tea every day because of its beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can download calorie journal apps to keep a tack of your intake.
CTM (Clean, Tone, Moisturize)
Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing should be done regularly without fail for clean and glowing skin. A clean face with open pores will make your skin breathe better. Use a toner after cleansing to tighten your pores. Toning also reduces fine lines. Lastly, moisturizing helps in locking the moisture into your pores and make your skin soft and supple. Moisturize your skin at least twice a day and apply moisturizer on your body at least once a day.
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Exfoliation is one of the best ways to get rid of dead skin cells and blackheads. Exfoliate after cleansing your face once or twice a week, then use a toner. Use exfoliators that contain AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) as they help to remove dead skin cells. You can also use a homemade scrub made of rice or whole wheat flour.
If you suffer from blackheads or spots on your face, try using a salicylic acid product as an exfoliator. This will gently exfoliate your skin, clear pores and also have an anti-inflammatory effect on your skin.
As bridal makeup starts with good skin and no foundation will look perfect without a smooth, exfoliated base.
Hydrating your skin is important especially if you have dry skin. You can use sheet masks for the same before you moisturize your face. Sheet masks are beneficial in hydrating, balancing, calming and brightening your skin.
Apply an effective sunscreen after you apply your moisturizer. A good sunscreen will keep your skin protected from not only the sun but also harsh wind, and other temperature changes. It also helps in sealing in the moisture from your moisturizer.
Drinking water is essential to make your body free of toxins. If your body is toxin-free, it will be visible on your skin as well. Try to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. You can also opt for coconut water, lime water or detox water. Fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, grapes, cucumber etc. that contain a higher water content also help in hydration of your skin.
Sleep is an absolute must before your wedding. Lack of sleep can lead to dark circles and dull looking skin. Cell regeneration happens at night and poor sleep stops this process from occurring. This means that our skin won’t repair itself at night.
Also when you compromise your sleep, your body starts secreting the stress hormone which leads to stress and inflammation in the body. The best treatment for this will be to sleep for at least 8 hours every night.
Try and find the best exercise routine for you. It can depend on whether you want to lose weight or want to exercise only to release stress. It is advised that you keep yourself in some form of physical activity. It can be a 30 minutes’ walk in the fresh air or a gym routine.
Avoid crash dieting or aggressive gym routines one or two months before the wedding as it can make you look tired and crabby. If you want to lose weight, try consulting a dietitian or personal trainer for a proper schedule. Start working out at least four months before the wedding to achieve effective weight loss.
The best way to relieve stress is to meditate or perform yoga. This will keep you calm, give you inner peace and make your skin glow. You can download a meditation app and meditate daily for at least 15 minutes to keep your stress levels under control.
- Avoid using your phone when the lights are off as this increases the stress on your eyes and will lead to a headache, dark circles.
- Don’t try any new products at least three weeks before your wedding.
- Keep your hands in peak condition because there will be a lot of focus on them on your big day. Massage almond oil on your hands and nails every day. You can also make a scrub out of olive oil and sugar to gently exfoliate.
- Don’t forget your lips. Use a good quality lip balm every day and scrub them at least once a week.
- Alcohol and caffeine dehydrate your body, so avoid them at least a month before your wedding.
- Go to a Spa and get a massage to de-stress from the wedding preparations.
Lastly, don’t give up on your skincare routine post-wedding. Why should you have a time frame for looking gorgeous? You can opt for simple home remedies to maintain your glow.
When you follow these tips, you will feel beautiful inside and out. Our last advice is to try and stay positive throughout the chaotic period of the preparation of your wedding by thinking about the happy times after it. After all, how you feel inside reflects outside.