Now that you are wrapped up with your fun engagement party and loading up Instagram feeds, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of the beauty regime for your big day. Besides getting a team of hairstylists and makeup artists that will make you look and feel the best, you need to start pampering your skin months ahead of your wedding to avoid beauty fiascos.
Yes, we are talking about a wedding beauty checklist that you need to conquer before your big day. A pre-wedding skincare regimen is a great way to practice some self-care, giving you jiffs to de-stress ahead of your nuptials. The clock is ticking, and it’s time to check things off your list with these bridal beauty tips that’ll ensure you look every bit blushing, radiant and captivating when the big day arrives.
Pre-bridal tips to get your wedding beauty routine in order:
1. Diet plan for the wedding glow
Wondering what would happen if that stubborn pimple makes a special appearance at your wedding? From the top of your head to the tip of your toe, many beauty bummers can haunt your special day. Other than knocking on the derm’s doors, make sure to feed your skin healthy nourishments.
Forget the fad diet and follow these suggestions for a pre-bridal skincare routine:
- Start your day with a warm cup of water mixed with lemon and honey to flush out toxins from your body
- Drink at least 8 to 9 glasses of water (including coconut water, green tea and loads of water with different add-ins) per day to avoid dullness and a haggard face
- Avoid processed foods to control cholesterol and glucose spikes. They also cause acne and breakouts that can leave marks on your skin
- Add in vitamin-rich food like avocado, broccoli, spinach etc. that strengthen your immune system, boost collagen and repair dull-looking skin. They also improve your skin complexion and add radiance
2. Get your skincare sorted
If your current skincare is a little humdrum, it’s time to change that. Embrace the inside-out approach to a wedding beauty regime with skincare products including retinol, exfoliating acids (AHA & BHA), niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and more. Try your hands on moisturizers and serums with nutritive and cruelty-free properties that can heal your skin internally.
3. At-home DIY skin-pampering
Besides skincare treatments and endless tours to parlours, your skin needs extra pampering with affordable and fuss-free DIY face packs for brides-to-be
- Gram flour and turmeric face mask: Gram flour (besan) and turmeric are rich in anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties that helps control excess sebum, brightens and gets rid of pigmentation. Add two tsp of besan and mix it with a pinch of turmeric. Mix some hydrating rose water and form a paste. Apply and let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse
- Papaya and aloe face mask: Papaya is a potent antioxidant that fights off pigmentation and defends against visible signs of ageing. Renowned to cure sun spots, acne and breakouts, aloe vera promotes collagen and moisturizes the skin. Mix 1 tsp of aloe vera gel with 2 tsp of mashed papaya. Apply the paste evenly and let it dry for 20-30 minutes, then rinse
- Ubtan Body and Face Mask: Ubtan is a concoction of ayurvedic herbs and essential nutrients that deeply cleanse the skin to reveal a natural glow. The therapeutic ingredients prevent acne, clears skin, removes excess oil and promotes radiant skin. Mix 1 tbsp sandalwood powder, 2 tbsp of chickpea powder, ½ tbsp of turmeric and 2 tbsp of raw milk to make a thin paste. Apply the smooth paste on your face and body. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse.
4. Get monthly hair care treatments
Start repairing hair damage. If you have naturally rebellious and frizzy strands, try getting keratin treatment a month before the wedding. Regularly oil your hair and invest in a monthly spa. Get a colour-enhancing treatment with vitamins to ensure smooth, shiny and healthy locks.
5. Manage stress
It’s common for brides to feel anxious and stressed, but the sense of impending doom is not a good thing for your skin. Excess stress and anxiety disrupt sleep which in turn leads to a dull and haggard complexion. Doing physical exercises and yoga keeps you in better shape and decreases stress levels, improves sleep patterns, and increases blood circulation in the skin.
6. Take your vitamins
Start taking vitamin supplements for glowing skin, shiny, thick hair and improved health. Add the daily share of vitamins and minerals to your diet, the month leading up to your wedding. Vitamin C, D and B improves collagen production, ward off common allergies, combat pigmentation and provide a youthful glow.
7. Consult professionals
Schedule a visit with your derm, especially if you have severe skin concerns and craft the pre-wedding skincare regimen accordingly. Doctors can prescribe topical retinoids or medications depending on your skin problem. If your brows are sparse, try microblading, and get thick natural brows without worrying about sweat or water getting in the way. Book an appointment with your dentist for professional-grade tooth whitening and flaunt your beautiful smile.
8. Trial makeup sessions
You surely don’t want your makeup artist to surprise you with unmatched makeup on your big day. Trial helps you to figure out your own makeup preferences and lets you experiment with different bridal looks and choose the perfect one for you. Schedule your makeup trial 3 months before the wedding to avoid makeup allergies.
9. Wedding clothes trial
Make sure to do a trial of your dream attire before the wedding day to avoid any dress mishaps. Do last-minute fitting and make sure your gown or lehenga is tailored precisely to your shape and height.
10. Sleep is everything
Beauty sleep is a thing! When we snooze, our body produces the most amount of HGH (Human Growth Hormone), which is accountable for regenerating and creating new cells—skin, muscle, hair. Skin goes to repair and recharge mode, meaning it wipes off toxins, repairs cells and DNA chains, replaces ageing cells and provides a baby glow in the morning.