Let’s be honest, you’ve had your fun in the courtship period, flaunting that glamorous ring in every selfie, but now you have to get into the nitty-gritty of looking drop-dead gorgeous on your D-Day! Before you walk down the aisle, you have the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself by having a makeover for skin, hair, nails and body. Although all of this might sound intimidating, do not worry: we have brought together the ultimate pre-wedding beauty regimen that will give you a healthy glow for this next milestone of your life!
For The Skin
Set Up an Appointment With Your Dermatologist: Visiting a dermatologist has two key benefits: one, they can assess your skin in a way that you can’t, understand your current complexion and skin concerns (acne, pigmentation, hives, rashes, etc). And, two, they can help you devise a skincare plan to achieve your perfect beauty look, whether it is by smoothening out those wrinkles or zapping the acne. Further, they can help you in customising treatments such as a deep chemical peel or micro-needling with platelet-rich plasma nine months before D-Day, laser hair removal or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) at six months out, and deep peels and exfoliating treatments three months out.
Get Off The Wine, Get to Juicing: Wine is a world-class dehydrator and radiance robber, causing flushing and leading to blotchy skin. Downing endless glasses of wine is a grave crime many brides-to-be commit. When there are still a few months leading up to your wedding, we suggest parting ways with or cutting back on your vino; instead, look for a healthier substitute such as juice. Green, beetroot, carrot and tomato juices are the easiest and most natural way to achieve a healthier skin texture and glow. They have oxidising properties and contain vital minerals that stimulate the lymphatic system and drain out the puffiness.
One Stress At A Time: As wondrous as weddings can be, most brides-to-be feel ill-prepared to manage the magnitude of stress involved in planning and prepping. It can easily turn one into a frazzled, whiny and anxiety-ridden ‘bridezilla.’ And it’s no surprise that stress causes many inflammatory conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and keratosis pilaris, leading to terrible skin. Although most say “there is nothing to worry about, it will all fall into place,” we know that is easier said than done! Our advice? Manage one stress at a time. This can be achieved by breaking down tasks, keeping a wedding journal, watching wedding bloopers, and seeking help from others.
For The Hair
Highlight Your Way Into the Wedding: There is a general rule of thumb when it comes to making any shifts in colour – whether you are going lighter or darker – only change two shades from your natural hue. Most professionals and hairdressers suggest going six months prior to your wedding for a patch test and then for a final touch-up seven to 10 days before your big day to ensure a chic and natural look. Also, another plus to this timeline: you will have enough time to change the colour in case you are not pleased with it. Keep in mind that golden and brunette highlights have been in trend since the beginning of time.
Keratin Treatment #101: If you are someone who regularly uses the straightening iron, curler and/or harsh chemicals on your hair, you know how dry, damaged, frizzy and unmanageable it can get! Well, luckily for you, you can now get smooth, shiny, nourished and healthy hair by booking an appointment for keratin treatment. For brides-to-be, this is an excellent chance to, one, repair your hair and, two, get rid of your stubborn curls. It is better than natural straightening because the natural hair protein ‘keratin’ is used to rebond and straighten the hair.
For The Body:
Eat Wise, Drop A Size: Weight gain can be the most stressful topic for any bride-to-be! But you can avoid gaining those extra inches by staying away from sugar, sodium and processed foods because they lead to belly fat and bloating. Instead, focus on healthier alternatives such as green vegetables, fruit and lots of water – all great sources to fuel your body, boost energy and clear your skin. And, while a glass of celebratory champagne is expected at every outing, keep in mind that too much alcohol makes your skin puffy and dry, and causes weight gain because you crave more snacks and junk food when you are buzzed.
Mindful Yoga, Mindful Wedding: Exercise is a must for anyone getting married because it alleviates stress and improves mood. Yoga is the most recommended form of exercise because it will not only benefit you physically but will also help you mentally and spiritually. So, if you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day, yoga is your way forward. Especially during the chaotic time of planning your wedding, you really need some time out for yourself.
Spa For Your Style: To be honest, one of the nicest parts of being a bride is all the pampering with the pre-bridal treatments to look ravishing at your wedding. It is important to indulge in such treatments, both to relax yourself and to tackle any skin- and hair-related problems. We bring you some benefits that will make you hit ‘confirm’ on your next spa day:
- Detoxifies and rejuvenates the body
- Fosters a positive attitide
- De-stresses you perfectly
- Safeguards wellness of the mind
- Evens out the skin tone
For The Nails:
Manicures and Pedicures Are A Must: As soon as you get engaged, you will want to flaunt that beautiful ring, so keep those nails and hands primed and pretty with regular manicures. Throughout your courtship period, experiment with colours and get to know your nail artist. You will want to look perfect from head to toe, so pedicures, too, are a must! Gel manicures and pedicures using UV technology for harder and smoother nails are the way to go. Although they are pricier, they can last up to twice as long as a traditional manicure.
Do Not Forget The Essentials: From the day you get engaged right up till you exchange your vows, essential oils are a must to increase the circulation on your fingertips, stimulating nail growth. It leads to healthy growth, which will avoid breakage of extensions or any such nail trauma! They make manicures and pedicures last longer by ensuring your polish has a lasting shine. Many experts suggest keeping the nails hydrated because they become brittle when they dry out, which leads to chips and cracks, Get into the habit of rubbing around your nails before hitting the sack every night to ensure beautiful ring-selfie hands year-round.
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