So, you are going to be a bride! It’s going to be the most beautiful day of your life and you are going to be gorgeous and radiant, in your own unique way. But if you are a working woman who is hustling day in and day out, you also know that you have no time to be consistent with your skincare.
In that case, how do you amp up your skincare game just weeks before your wedding? Well, fret not. We are here to help you with some pre-bridal tips that have withstood the test of time. It takes a village and many months to prepare for the wedding, so why should you not invest a healthy chunk of that time in taking care of your skin so that you glow on your special day?
Let’s make sure that you look your best before you walk down the aisle, shall we?
- 1. Face spa
- 2. Hair spa
- 3. Exfoliation
- 4. CTM routine
- 5. Home treatments
- 6. Clinical treatments
- 7. Hair removal
- 8. Gym and workouts
- 9. Prim hands and feet
- 10. Meditation
- 11. Sleep
- 12. Hydrate
1. Face spa
Quick tip? Start 6 months before the wedding. Face spa is great, but it cannot give you instant results. It needs to be done consistently and over a good period of time so that you can reap the benefits. In case you don’t have much time left, you can go for gold facials twice a month. However, remember to take a patch test before you go for the facial. Or else you may end up with burns and scars that you will definitely not want, wedding or not.
2. Hair spa
Just like a facial spa, a hair spa is also something that you would want before your wedding. Due to stress and pollution, our hair starts to lose its shine and lustre. A hair spa, done consistently over a period of time, can help you get that back. Just like your facials, remember to go for your hair spas as well. Once a month should be enough. Just in case you are not comfortable drowning your hair in chemical treatments, there are many home remedies that you can try as well.
This is one step in the skincare routine that many either skip or forget. Do neither, especially if you are a bride-to-be. Regular exfoliation helps your skin breathe as it removes the dead skin cell build-up and smooths out any texture on the skin. You do not need to put coarse scrubs on your skin. You can simply purchase products with the right ingredients that can exfoliate your skin gently. Also, remember to not exfoliate your skin every day. Just once or twice a week is enough. You can also look at some of the homemade scrub recipes that work just as well. Remember to start at least six months before the wedding.
4. CTM routine
Do you have a proper CTM routine? Don’t worry, it is not anything complicated. It simply refers to cleansing, toning and moisturising, three essential steps for a good skincare routine. First, figure out your skin type and what ingredients work best for you. If you have sensitive skin, choose either organic products or products that are free from sulfates and parabens. Consult your dermatologist. Either way, figure out a good cleanser, toner and moisturiser for your skin and follow the routine twice a day. Don’t forget to top it off with sunscreen during the day to prevent any damage.
5. Home treatments
There are many ingredients using which you can create face packs, scrubs and cleansers that can help you get glowing and nourished skin, all over a period of time. Again, do a patch test first. Not all natural ingredients are good for you. If you have sensitive skin, it is better to connect with your dermatologist first. Homemade packs are also a great way to maintain your skin after clinical treatments.
6. Clinical treatments
Do you have too many marks and spots on the skin? Then clinical treatments are a good option for any kind of hyperpigmentation. Again, connect with a good dermatologist who can suggest what is good for you, like microdermabrasion, a chemical peel or any other treatment. A course of six months will help your skin heal and breathe, so you can reap the benefits of the treatment entirely.
7. Hair removal
This is another area where you may need professional guidance. While shaving and waxing are great options, you may want something more long-lasting and permanent, something that leaves you smooth and hair-free for a longer period of time. Laser treatment is a great option. You can get that started six months before the wedding and complete all the sessions. While these do not remove the hair completely, they reduce it by about 85%.
For eyebrows and upper lips, however, get it done twice a month. Keep a facial razor or a tweezer handy for emergencies.
8. Gym and workouts
There is a reason we give you a six-month window to execute all the pre-bridal tips. If you think you are not going to fit into that dream bridal outfit of yours, start working out. You do not have the time to chart out a workout and diet plan? Consult an expert who can balance both for you. Do not make the mistake of crash dieting or take on any other unhealthy form of dieting. Consult the best people and have a balance of exercising and a good diet. Avoid fried foods, soda, excessive alcohol and smoking. It is good for you in the long run as well.
9. Prim hands and feet
Stress and more stress, that’s what lives are all about nowadays. And the first thing on which stress wreaks havoc on, is your nails. Either you bite them off (hands), or you rip it off (feet), sometimes leading to bloody consequences. Avoid touching both. But at the same time, start going for manicures and pedicures. Maintain the nails of your hands and feet by using a pumice stone regularly. Scrub your body every week, including the crevices of your fingers and toes.
Meditation is important. Whether it is in yoga or in any other form, it helps in keeping your mind calm. Try to meditate every day for at least 15 minutes. A healthy mind reflects on your face. Try it, you won’t regret it, trust us.
You don’t want those dark circles and under-eye puffiness, do you? Agreed, there are concealers and under-eye creams and gels that can work, but nothing is miraculous. The only thing that can work is getting ample sleep and having a good diet that is high on nutrition. We would advise you to get at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep every day, for healthy skin and beautiful eyes. Regulate your sleep cycle at least six months before your wedding.
Last, but certainly not least, hydrate yourself. It is important to have at least 8-10 glasses of water. Hydration ensures that you have clean and smooth skin that is never dry. Also, it helps keep your body toxin-free, which further helps in clearing up your skin. This will also prevent acne and subsequent marks.