Thursday, February 7, 2008

Pre-Wedding Bridal Beauty Tips

Wedding season is fast approaching and as you’re checking off items on your wedding “to do” lists, don’t forget to pencil in your pre-wedding beauty routine! The secret to looking fabulous on your wedding day is to prepare in advance. If possible, start your bridal beauty routine 6 months prior to your wedding day. If you are like most brides, then you probably have a beauty goal for your wedding day; whether it is to lose 10 pounds, grow your hair longer, or to improve your complexion, you can start doing things right now to achieve those goals. So, I’ve gathered some of the best beauty tips I could find, including some of my own and have put them all together for you!

  • For shiny, healthy hair on your wedding day, begin weekly deep conditioning treatments 5-6 months before.
  • Research and invest in a skin cleansing regimen as soon as you have a date set. Or consult a dermatologist for skin problems. Seeing a dermatologist scares many people away, mainly from the fear of high costs; however, many health insurance policies allow for dermatologist visits and treat them as a general office visit.
  • Start exercising in 20-minute increments, three times a week. Any cardio workout will do – swimming, running, biking, or even brisk walking. As your stamina increases, increase your workouts to 40 minutes. For toning, resistance training is key. Start by doing 12-15 reps with a relatively low weight. As your endurance increases, add more weight and increase the number of reps. No need to join the gym either – invest in a nice set of dumbbells, medicine ball for a great ab workout, or grab your bridesmaids for run around the neighborhood.
  • If you are prone to breakouts, make sure to keep stress at a minimum. Easier said than done, especially with your wedding fast approaching; however, life’s stresses and pressures can often show up as skin blemishes. Be sure to treat yourself to relaxing activities such as bubble baths, yoga classes, or even a day at the spa! If breakouts are still a problem close to the wedding day, see your dermatologist for a cortisone shot.
  • Looking for the best way to conceal a pesky blemish? Apply a small amount of concealer (experts recommend two shades lighter than your natural skin tone) with a brush to the middle of your blemish, and then blend out towards the edges. Cover with a fine powder, and repeat until your skin looks flawless.
  • Begin a teeth whitening regimen 3 months before the big day. If you can’t see a dentist for bleaching treatments, check out your local drugstore for at home bleaching options. These are relatively inexpensive and still get the job done great! If you’re looking for a ‘middle of the road’ option, consider investing in a great electric toothbrush. Not only do these keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free, but used with a whitening tooth paste, are proven to remove pesky stains and whiten teeth!
  • If you are getting married in the winter and chapped or cracked lips have become a problem, use a Vitamin E stick (sold at drug stores) to heal them. You can also exfoliate your lips at home just by using your toothbrush. Wet with warm water and brush lips gently. During the day, don’t forget to apply the all important Chap Stick often!
  • Finally, use an exfoliator every day, moisturize your skin twice a day (especially right after you shower), take a multi-vitamin daily, and always drink at least 8-10 glasses of H20 a day!

Stay tuned for more bridal beauty blogs in the weeks ahead and remember to take a deep breath when times get stressful; after all, this is one of the most exciting times in your life, so SMILE and you’ll always look fabulous!

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