When you look at everything that needs to go into planning your wedding - the venue, dress, catering, guest list, etc - a beauty regime may not be seen as a priority.
We have put together this beauty timeline so you can work it in with your planning schedule to make sure you look perfect on your special day.
Keep in mind that this timeline should only be used as a guideline….feel free to only include what you want and exclude what you don’t. Also keep in mind that many of the treatments can be done at home (DIY), so if you have a tight budget don't worry to much about it.
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If you have dreamt of having long flowy locks on your wedding day and, like me, you had a pixie hairstyle when you got engaged it is best to start growing asap. But don’t worry - if you don’t have enough time to grow your hair to the length you want it you just need to get it bob; this is the perfect length to have hair extensions put in. You also need to look at colouring, especially if you want to go with something different on the wedding day. Now is the time to experiment because if it turns out not to work you still have time to fix it.
If you are prone to flare-ups and breakouts it can be a reaction to certain food groups. You can start a food journal to determine which groups are to blame and then start avoiding them so you can make sure your skin is radiant on the day. This can also save you money from having to see a specialist and using expensive products and treatments. It’s also always a good thing to start a good skincare routine, just to make sure your skin gets that little bit extra.
It’s now a good time to look into treatments that require down-time after a session. For example, laser hair removal or IPL treatment for broken veins and pigmentation.
Start Taking Supplements
Taking supplements can benefit you greatly. Certain supplements like fish oil for example do wonders for your hair and nails, Vitamin D is very good for your skin and Vitamin C and B12 will help keep your immune system strong and will help prevent you from getting sick - not only on the wedding day but also during your planning stages. You don’t want to go cake tasting or dress shopping when you have the flu.
Exercise and Healthy Eating
When I say exercise and healthy eating it does not mean you have to go all out and exercise 5 hours a day while only eating carrots…..no - you can maybe take a 30min walk in the mornings or a quick workout at home 2 or 3 times a week. You can also look at introducing more fruit and vegetables into your diet and maybe cutting back on the sugars and starches. Regular exercise and healthy eating will not only make you look good but feel good as well. It is always good to get into certain routines early on as it will be easier to stick to them as the big day approaches - and maybe thereafter as well.
The best way to lose weight before your wedding is to consult a specialist who can give you a nutrition and fitness plan. Do not binge diet and remember that once you have lost the weight you will need to maintain it. Your other option of course is to reconsider losing weight - remember that your fiancé asked you to marry him just the way you are!!
Sleep and Water
The old cliché….but there is truth to it. So be sure to drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep as often as you can.
Planning a wedding can be quite stressful…..so a couple of ideas to help keep the stress at bay is to take up yoga or meditation classes twice a month or book one night a week for some non-wedding fun or quiet time to regroup. If required you can book a day at the spa for a massage and a nice glass of wine.
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