Save The Date With These Bridal Beauty “Don’ts”
Every bride dreams of having the perfect skin, hair and makeup on her special day. With so many guests and shutterbugs, it’s no wonder that lots of women begin their wedding beauty preparations months in advance of the ceremony. As the big day draws near, it’s too easy for soon-to-be brides to go into last-minute panic mode. With a short time before you say your vows, these “I don’ts” will keep you from having to remedy any unnecessary beauty blunders before you say “I do.” Keep calm ladies, this advice will help keep your to-do list from getting any longer.
Haircuts + Hair Color
Tempting as it may be to want to make over your locks right before the wedding, the weeks leading up to your nuptials are no time for drastic changes. After all, and altering our hair is a quick way to transform appearances. While it can be fun to experiment with cut and color, there is too much room for error right before the big day. Keep things simple and have a professional perform a simple trim and apply a clear gloss, which will make your strands look polished and renewed.
Alcohol + Caffeine
While now may be the time to celebrate your single-gal freedom before the exchanging of the rings, redness and puffiness are two guests you don’t want to invite to your ceremony. Alcohol is a diuretic that dehydrates the body and depletes it of essential nutrients. This leads to a dry, uneven and less-radiant complexion. Excessive partying also causes sleep loss and increased caffeine consumption, so if you think that double shot of espresso is the answer, think again. Caffeine is a stimulant and irritant for the nervous system. Unless you crave less beautiful skin and more anxiety, steer clear of the shot glass and coffee cup and choose a relaxing drink like caffeine-free tea.
Exercise + Diet
Once wedding week hits, don’t try to make up for months of lost time by starving yourself and overdoing it at the gym. Your unhappy mood and aching muscles will make you regret it. Instead, stick to your normal regimen to combat stress and keep those positive endorphins coming. Your wedding and honeymoon are meant to be two of the happiest times of your life. Don’t do your body a disservice by trying drastic and unhealthy measures to lose weight. Instead, nourish your body by drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest and eating a well-balanced diet.
Rule number one is stay out of the sun and to use sun block if you want youthful skin. While a tan may look healthy, it’s actually your body’s defense mechanism against damaging UVA and UVB rays that cause premature aging and burns.
A safer, less-costly alternative, like an at-home sunless tanning product, can create the look of sun-kissed skin without the harm. Test your product well before the big day. No one wants to wake up with streaked or splotchy skin the day of the ceremony. The best way to ensure that your skin looks glistened by the sun gods is to find a trustworthy product or consult an airbrushing professional, two weeks in advance, to customize a flawless glow.
Makeup + Beauty Products
Last minute changes to makeup can make a good thing go bad. Schedule your trial run well before the wedding to ensure that you get exactly what you want. With all the impending stress of the nuptials, soon-to-be brides can feel overwhelmed and uncertain of their prior choices. Stick to your original plan, which was probably implemented before the butterflies took over. To avoid breakouts, it’s also wise to make sure that you’re using the appropriate skin care products and acne treatment well before your special day.
GB – Guest Blogger: Sara Kosmyna is a writer and licensed cosmetologist with more than five years of professional experience. She works for Mario Badescu Skin Care.