We may be experts in the alterations and tailoring arena but that doesn’t mean we don’t have beauty advice for brides. To look and feel your best when you walk down the aisle, it’s smart to start a routine up to six months before your wedding. Here are eight habits to incorporate into your routine on the reg.
1. Eat clean. Why lather with potentially harmful chemicals and toxic substances to get rid of impurities on your skin when you can just start eating cleanly from the get-go? Cut grease/bad fats, bad carbs, and begin eating fresh and less- or unprocessed foods more often. This will help prevent those impurities from showing up in the first place, and will even aid your digestion and your overall health.
2. Wear sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors! At a golf tournament we went to one day we were very diligent with our SPF 70 sunscreen, reapplying it every two hours on the dot (as directed). However, my daughter was wearing this shirt that she though would provide enough coverage to the area below her neck, and so forewent any sunscreen on it. Long story short, she how looks for ways to hide this red triangular spot that was left as a result. Your lesson: Wear sunscreen EVEN if you think that area won’t get sun. (It will.)
3. Hydrate often! The easiest and quickest way to avoid dry, puffy skin–and dehydration, stress, jitters, among others side effects of wedding prep is to hydrate from the inside out. Sure, creams will help, but for a true glow, your skin needs to be hydrated. We’ve read you need to drink half of your body weight in ounces each day. So if you weigh 140, drink 70 oz. every day. That’s a good rule of thumb but you could search for your recommended daily water intake (depending on height, weight, and activity levels) and start sipping.
4. Take your vitamins. Vitamin A helps strengthen your vision, Vitamin B helps strengthen your hair, and Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system. Those are just a few of the vitamins that you could begin taking. Find out with your doctor what supplements they recommend or what foods naturally loaded with vitamins already you could start eating more of.
5. Get a trim. Chemical-laden bottles and substances can make big claims about repairing damaged ends, but the truth is, the only way to combat fried, split ends, is to trim them off. To avoid sacrificing length, take a half-inch off every 8 weeks.
6. See a derm. Up to six months before you say “I do,” schedule a visit with your dermatologist. Address concerns from excess oil to acne to fine lines all under the guidance of a pro. Your doctor can help establish a beauty routine (that will hopefully contain natural elements and foods!) long before your wedding that will have you looking your best.
7. Sleep, be calm, meditate, exercise, repeat. Sure, you’re stressed, and sleep is hard to come by. But to combat puffy or red eyes, you’re going to need a good snooze. Do your best to relax, try meditation techniques, deep breathing, or reading before bed.
8. Exfoliate, hydrate, eat well. Seriously, we’re big proponents of nourishing your body from the inside out. But sometimes you need some outside help. So to avoid dull-looking skin, be sure to exfoliate both your face and body: On your face only scrub your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin, and exfoliate no more than three times a week. And for the rest of your body use a loofah or body scrub to resurface skin daily.
Now that your beauty routine is on point, get ready for the compliments to start rolling in! (Also, shameless plug: good alterations are also vital to your overall look–pre-, during-, and post-wedding. So make the investment!) What tips would YOU add?