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The 1-month beauty checklist every bride should follow

Come wedding day, the bride becomes the center of attention. She is looked at with utter admiration, captured in beautiful photographs, and celebrated by all. As they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look your ravishing best! A good skin and hair care routine in the weeks leading up to the wedding day is an important part of bridal preparation. It ensures a healthy, gorgeous bride who exudes a truly natural glow.

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Naturally beautiful hair and glowing skin can be achieved with healthy habits, which include a balanced diet, adequate rest, and some amount of exercise on a daily basis. Believe us, it is worth putting in all the efforts and staying disciplined for at least a month before the wedding to get that bridal look of your dreams.

1.Prepping the skin

The skin is a reflection of our inner health, so there is really no shortcut to that flawless glow. It’s never too early to start, so get on board with fitness as soon as you can. A minimum of one month is necessary for a holistic prep.

Make sure you drink plenty of water and eat four servings of fruits and vegetables every day.  This will nourish your skin from deep within while also detoxing your body. Add a high potency multivitamin and Omega-3 supplement to your diet to further the benefits. As far as topical skincare goes, remember to do the cleansing-toning-moisturizing ritual twice a day. Don’t forget to top it off with sunscreen, ideally with SPF 30 or more, for thorough protection. An addition of a night skin serum or sleeping pack will be helpful in replenishing your skin while you rest. A deep pore cleansing facial should be done for it’s exfoliation benefits as it removes a superficial layer of dead skin cells. This should be done a month ahead to make sure that the skin gets time to heal and feel smooth on your wedding day.

Skin care doesn’t stop at the face. It would be a good idea to add skin nourishing oils like sweet almond or jojoba to your moisturizer for body care. This will keep your skin soft and supple like satin.

2.Looking after hands and feet

Given the popular wedding rituals, the bride tends to draw a lot of attention to her hands and feet. Especially in our Indian weddings where mehndi and jewellery play a major role in accentuating the bridal look, grooming is very important. Get regular pedicures and manicures as you near the wedding date. This will keep dead skin and cracks at bay, making your hands and feet look baby soft. Including hand and foot creams to your nightly ritual is also recommended.

A bride looks complete with well-groomed hands and feet

3.Caring for your hair

If you are keeping a watch on your diet and have included the essential supplements, then your hair health is bound to improve.  For any major concerns like hair fall and dandruff, see a dermatologist to get to the underlying problem.

Feel free to indulge in a weekly hair spa at your favorite salon to get those lustrous locks. At the same time, don’t ignore the power of a good, old- fashioned oil massage at home that will give a real boost to your hair health along with soothing relaxation for the mind. This is a good time to make a shift to shampoos and conditioners that are sulphate and paraben free, as they reduce scalp inflammation and prevent the hair from drying out.

A beautiful bride is the culmination of glowing skin, healthy hair, well-groomed hand and feet, and a relaxed mind

4.Promoting overall wellbeing

Planning a wedding is a long process that often starts a year in advance. The bride plays the most important role in decision-making from trousseau shopping and venue selection to picking the wedding planner and putting down the guest list. This can turn out to be an exhausting and stressful affair, especially in the last few days before the wedding. It’s important to keep a check on your stress level and stay calm in order to enjoy this entire journey to the fullest. 

Take out the time to schedule therapeutic massages during this time. In addition, any exercise that you find enjoyable is great for your mental wellness. A workout will not only help you get fit and release toxins from the body, but also initiate the endorphin rush that will make you feel happy and stress free. Meditation is another effective way to relax without giving in to the endless worries. You could look up a tutorial online for guided meditation or download an app for the same.  Stick to a routine and set a reminder on your phone so you don’t miss any session.

 A regular visit to the spa to pamper yourself in the days that lead to your wedding will make you look and feel your best

5.Remember the don’ts

Don’t experiment with any in-salon, chemical skin or hair treatment closer to the big day. If you are going for a new hair color, it needs to be done at least ten days prior to the wedding. Hair removal too should be scheduled a few days in advance. It’s best not to experiment with anything new, so stick to the method that your skin is used to or opt for something that you’ve tried before.

For the bridal look, do not decide on a makeup artist without a trial. This means that the makeup artist will showcase the exact look that you are to wear on the main day. It’s important that you try out the products to be used to gauge skin sensitivity, if any. It will also help ensure that you know how your makeup will look, devoid of any unwanted surprises.

As a bride takes the center stage, besides all things glam she is also met with tremendous pressure and a big heap of expectations. Therefore, it’s significant that you slowly start working on your beauty regime well before the D-day, to look and feel your very best when the time comes. Your wedding day is bigger than the sum of its parts and the ultimate goal is to have a memorable experience that you can cherish for life.

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