Bridal Beauty Routine: Complete Preparation Guide
By Helen Bradford
The date is set and it’s time to get busy planning and making all the arrangements. Amidst the pre-wedding chaos, there’s one thing that’s easiest to forget about: yourself. Every bride wants (and expects) to look absolutely stunning on her wedding day; but the thing is, that glowing, flawless look is not solely the result of great make-up and preparation on the morning of the wedding. In fact, the beauty routine on the wedding day is just a tiny part, because gorgeous hair, nails and skin are the result of months of proper care and nourishment. So, you know what’s next: some you-time.
Adjusting your lifestyle
Everything starts here. No matter which products you use or how often you use them, nothing works if you’re not getting all the nutrients your body needs or if you’re constantly stressed. That glowing look is actually the look of health.
Make sure to eat nutrient-rich and healthy meals every day. Fish, nuts and eggs are the source of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B, which are necessary for healthy hair and skin. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants. Also, you need plenty of hydration, constantly. Drink at least 2L of water daily, plus you’ll be getting extra hydration through fruits and veggies which have a high percentage of water. You’ll see that this works magic for your body.
Brides usually want to lose some weight for the wedding, and if you happen to fall into this category, don’t follow any fad diets. Rather, cut out junk food and empty carbs from your diet and start exercising, and you will have positive results for sure. This advice also goes out to those who’re not looking to lose weight: daily physical activity will keep your body toned, your metabolism in check and it’s the smartest way to control your stress and hormone levels, which highly affects your outside appearance.
SPF everywhere, always!
The sun really dehydrates both your skin and lips, so get used to applying SPF 30 all the time. Applying an SPF cream to your lips will prevent them from getting chapped in the sun, wind and cold. Also, apply a nourishing moisturizing cream to clean skin after spending time in the sun.
Stick to a prescribed routine for your face
It’s best to consult a professional dermatologist in the months prior to your wedding, who will assess the type of skin you have and its specific needs. Have them prescribe a detailed skincare routine for you and ask how frequently you may go for facials, because not everyone has the same needs in this department as well. Do this as early as possible, because you don’t want to experiment with any products a month before your wedding.
Know your make-up
You want your make-up to be timeless and adjusted to your personal look, and the formula may not be found instantly. Experiment with different looks and see what you like best in the months prior to your wedding so that you have no surprises on the big day. Trying on fake eyelashes for the first time or finding that perfect eyebrow shape for your face can be a lot of fun, but these things are not something you do last minute if you want to look confident and comfortable.
Regular visits to your hairdresser
A few weeks prior to your wedding is not the time to try on a new hair color. The perfect hair color is achieved slowly over time and you need a trusted hairdresser for this, one that will also help you eliminate any previous mishaps. Treat yourself to a day at the hair salon often to get regular trims and invigorating scalp massages that will stimulate follicles and add body. Along with the adequate diet and plenty of vitamin B, this is what will make your hair gorgeously healthy on the big day.
So there you have it – the bridal beauty routine is really about living a healthy lifestyle and finding time for yourself each day to nourish your skin and hair. Don’t sacrifice this time under any circumstance, and don’t view it as a burden but rather as little rituals for yourself. And hit the spa as often as possible – you deserve it!
Helen Bradford is a bookworm and home décor enthusiast who constantly seeks new ideas to write about. She spends her spare time doing fitness and traveling.