One of the most important things on your wedding day is looking the part. Brides start dieting and exercising months in advance to look the way they’ve always dreamed of, and a lot goes into getting things in order. Eating the right food, exercising adequately, and getting plenty of rest can complement a beauty regime to ensure that you face no unwanted hiccups. Anyone in the midst of their own wedding frenzy will know the number of arrangements and tiny details that need attention in the fortnight before the big day. They can be utterly overwhelming, so here are some things you can do to ensure that you look your best despite the stress.
The right diet can make your body, skin and hair look and feel their best. Healthy and light foods are your best friends:
• Asparagus will help you get rid of the stress and, though not heavy, will make you feel full.
• Get your daily dosage of dairy. Milk is high in antioxidants, calcium and protein, and reduces blood pressure and stress spasms.
• Chamomile tea is a popular relaxant. Use a couple of teabags to ensure you get your beauty sleep,
• Oats are great for many reasons, including the
slow-release energy and powerful antioxidants. Oats also keep you full longer than other grains.
• Avocados are loaded with folic acid, and vitamins
B and E that are sure to keep your skin looking fresh and glowing.
• Drink lemon juice with water in the morning and mineral water in the afternoon.
• Beetroot is great for the skin thanks to its high levels of potassium, and vitamins A and E. It also eliminates toxins from the body and lowers cholesterol.
• Greens are great for the body, and kale is loaded with all the vitamins your body needs to make your skin shine.
• Include bits of ginger in your tea and food to combat indigestion. It’s also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
• The omega-3 fatty acids in mackerel and salmon work well for lustrous locks. Eggs are rich in minerals, vitamins and biotin; a great tonic for your hair. Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate also helps with hair health.
• Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks you can have, and it’s great for your scalp and skin.
A proper fitness routine should be tailored to the individual, as they work differently for different brides. However, all pre-wedding fitness plans need long-term planning and hard work. These tips may work for you:
• If you want to achieve positive results, you must stay actively engaged.
• Maintain a workout diary with dates, reasons and goals for working out. Note down your weight, and the measurements of your chest, waist, hips, thighs and forearms. This will keep you motivated. But don’t obsess; a monthly weigh-in and measurement is sufficient.
• Don’t push yourself too hard. Weight loss and muscle toning don’t happen overnight, so give your body time to adjust and work. By the end of month one, you should feel more energetic.
• A good mix of cardio and resistance exercises is aerobics, crunches and push-ups. Muscle weighs more than fat, so you may gain a bit of scale weight.
• We recommend focusing on getting fit and in shape first, and worrying about losing fat afterwards.
• Exercise de-stresses and clears the mind of wedding worries. Whether or not your figure needs it, exercise before the big day. Consider getting a professional trainer to guide you every step of the way and keep you motivated.
Having the right beautician isn’t enough to get your look down pat. Brides have to follow a consistent beauty and wellness regimen:
• We can’t stress this enough, but you need your eight hours a night. Sleep is vital, and even more so if you exercise.
• Don’t be callous with your hair and skin. Ensure they are their healthiest by getting regular trims so that your hair doesn’t look scraggly. And use skin and hair care products that are suited for you. Visit an expert, and do your research before you go shopping. Your shampoo, conditioner and serum should match your hair type.
• Now’s not the time to experiment with hair or skin care products. The closer you get to your wedding day, the more careful you should be about the chemicals you allow your scalp and skin to be exposed to.
• If you aren’t happy with the state of your hair, try treatments like keratin therapy and Nanomax. However, we suggest you begin the process at least three months before the big day.
• We advise against washing your hair on the day of your wedding. A day before works perfectly, as the hair’s natural oils help stylists work better.
• The skincare essentials are cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising. Though your cleansing ritual might only be once a day, consider doubling it; keeping your skin clean is important. After cleansing, it is important to get rid of dry and dead skin. However, don’t overdo the exfoliating. Last but not least, moisturise well. Oil-free product usually works better, and don’t forget to use sunscreen whether it’s sunny or not.
• Though most brides opt for facials before their weddings, it’s a tricky thing. You can’t be certain that a facial will work in your favour; sometimes, it’s just not what your skin needs. If you must, choose a facial that you’ve tried before and are happy with.
• Never sleep with makeup on! It’s easy to get lazy, especially since you’re awaiting a wedding, but don’t neglect this vital step.