Monday, 7 September 2015

Top 3 Pre-Wedding Health & Beauty Tips


When it comes to love, getting married is the ultimate sign of love and commitment for me.  I totally appreciate that it isn't for everyone but my wedding day was the best day of my life and i'll treasure the memories forever.

Aside from the sentiment of what getting married means, it is also the perfect chance to dress up and show your friends and relatives how amazing you look.   When you're truly happy, that really shows and adding pretty hair, makeup and an amazing dress enhances that further.  Let’s face it, all brides want to feel like a princess on their big day, so if you’ve a spectacular engagement ring from the likes of 77 Diamonds glistening away on your finger and you're currently planning your big day, don't forget my health and beauty tips to get you wedding ready.

1. Take Care of Your Skin


top skincare recommendations for oily skin

Wedding planning can get very stressful but don't forget to take care of your skin.  You can be wearing the most gorgeous dress with fabulous hair and makeup but nothing gives you a beautiful glow quite like having beautiful skin.  Take care of your complexion as much as you can in the run up to your wedding day.

It is so important to develop a skincare routine that works for you and to stick to it.  Don't sleep in your makeup and make sure you're cleaning your face thoroughly morning and night.  Moisturising regularly is so important to replenish the hydration in your skin and as lipids, which are the natural fats that keep the outer layer of your skin healthy, can be destroyed by alcohol, it is a good idea to limit the number of alcoholic beverages you consume in the run up to the big day.

Try to get as much sleep as you can and relax, perhaps even whip up a homemade face mask or two. You’ll find a whole host of great recipes online such as the breakfast mask which helps rebalance oily skin, so take a look and enjoy a girly night in with several of these concoctions.  Its a good idea to have some cooling eye masks on hand for the morning of the wedding too to reduce any puffy bags if you've had a late or restless night.

Everything seems so busy in the run up to the big day but a good skincare routine will take only a few minutes but give you so much benefit.  You can read about my skincare routine and the products that I love to use here.


2. Eat Healthily and Embrace Exercise and Chill Out Time


Lots of brides want to lose weight before their wedding, some want to maintain their weight but that's entirely down the individual.  Personally, I think that you should do whatever you feel is best for you without putting any extra pressure on yourself- you are perfect just as you are and your partner is marrying you for you, not for what you could be if you lost or gained weight.

However I am a firm believer that when you're eating well, you feel better in yourself.  Ensuring you're having plenty of fruit and veg will not only make you feel good inside but it could also stop you from feeling under the weather as you'll be getting lots of vitamins and minerals.  When I'm feeling tired and stressed, if I'm not getting enough nutrients then I often end up with a cold and that's the last thing you would want before your wedding day.

Exercising is also important for your mindset as well as your overall health.  Aside from helping you to tone up, gain muscle or lose weight if thats what you're aiming for, exercising regularly can have lots of other benefits that make you feel good.  Exercise releases endorphins which are feel good hormones that can help you to deal with stress, anxiety and pre-wedding jitters a lot more easily.  You'll notice the benefit in your skin too as well as your overall well being.  I can't do lots of hardcore exercising but when I do a little bit, as much as I can, it makes me feel fantastic and it really shows in my mindset and the way that I approach other things in life.

Exercising doesn't have to be in the gym.  If you find a class that you love, exercising wont be a chore and it might even be something that you look forward to during the day while you're sorting out all of the final preparations.  You could even go for a walk as the fresh air can do you the world of good, or if you're short on time, there are many quick toning exercises that will help you to feel your best.  Its not about making you look a certain way, you're perfect just as you are, but its more about helping you to release some stress, chill out and feel good about yourself.  Some people find exercise to be very effective at doing that, others prefer to read, listen to music or do a crossword.  Whatever helps you to escape and relax while feeling good about yourself and your body is going to benefit your mindset and well being.



3. Look After Your Hair


hair mask

When you're looking after yourself on the inside, it shows on the outside, especially with your hair.  Eating well and regularly conditioning your hair is very important to keep your hair healthy as when you're feeling stressed, your hair can often suffer.  When I'm tired, stressed and under the weather, my hair often looks more dull and is more prone to breakage.

Proteins found in chicken, turkey, fish and dairy products can help to keep your hair strong while foods rich in iron such as green vegetables, red meat, chicken and fish will help to prevent your hair from shedding.  Vitamin C which is found in many fruits and fresh juices will help in the production of collagen which strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts and Omega-3 that is found in oily fish will also keep your hair hydrated and with a healthy sheen.



Treating your hair to a hair mask once a week can really work wonders on the condition of your hair.  It can help to add body to your hair, preserve your colour and smooth the ends of your hair.  Applying a hair mask can also serve as a pampering treat and a little bit of escapism from a busy day wedding planning.

I'd love to hear what your pre-wedding health and beauty tips are in the comments!

 *written in collaboration with 77 Diamonds.  All opinions, as always, are honest and my own.
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8 comments

  1. Yes hair masks weekly are life changing!! You have some good tips
    xoxo
    janelle

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  2. Hair masks and face masks are always a definite thumbs up from me x

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  3. Great tips! My wedding day was 5 years ago, but it's still one of the most amazing days of my life - second to the birth of my first child! I planned my wedding alone, while my husband was stationed 500 miles away (military) so working out was my go-to stress relief!

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  4. Great tips! In the months before my wedding I think I just kept doing what I always did and didn't do anything drastic but about a month before I started really focusing on my skincare.
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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  5. awesome tips! i will definitely keep these in mind whenever my wedding is! i know ill get stressed and breakout ha

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  6. Thanks for sharing your great tips :)

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  7. I love your tips for pre-wedding...my youngest sis out of us 7 kids is getting married in December before Christmas so I am already prepping not only myself but my 11 yr old son as well! Hair and Face masks is a MUST for me!

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

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  8. Fabulous post as always Laura - I always enjoy stopping by and reading your latest post!
    Absolutely agree with all of your tips! A Skincare routine is something I am still working on for myself, I can't seem to get the right combination! Also, I don't think I use hair masks enough!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely tips!

    Sophia Meola | A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    xxx

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