As you prepare to be a Bride, beauty can easily feel like a huge task to undertake, just as planning the rest of your wedding – and it seems pretty intimidating at times, not to mention expensive and time consuming!
With this post we want to remind you to allow your skincare and beauty routines to be centered around feeling good – both in confidence and in vitality.
The bridal beauty industry often talk about juice cleanses, crash diets, laser treatments, and invasive facials, all in the name of chasing the ultimate wedding day beauty.
We think there is so much to learn from top models and French women who swears by keeping things simple when it comes to their beauty regimes. The idea of straight-forward beauty is that it should be something that brings you a sense of pleasure – not a job to perform.
Use our fool-proof but effective hacks below to rethink your routine and how it could be kinder, gentler, easier and more pleasant as you prepare to be a bride.
- As you are anticipating the big day, it can be hard not to get fanatic about specialist treatments, peels and miracle products, but don’t do too much to your skin at once. The more you do, the more confused and imbalanced it gets. Stick to regular tried and tested routines such as using reliable and gentle products. No need to over-complicate things; keep it simple and easy. Your skin actually knows what to do if you provide the right circumstances – you just need to aid the process. Interfering too much with its natural rhythm can have the opposite result.
- In the morning, wash your face using only water, or at most just a gentle oil-based wash. Using face wash products that are too drying results in overproduction of sebum which can lead to breakouts. The oils that built up at night are very healthy and protective for your complexion and will prevent dull skin and aging. Don’t wash it all away – try using only a bit of micellar water on a cotton ball.
- Always wash thoroughly at night, making sure to remove all makeup. Why not wash your face and your makeup off as you come home from work, and give your skin some resting time. This will remove off grime that built up during the day and be an opportunity to apply a soothing mask, too.
Put your money into keeping your skin naturally radiant and clear, rather than on foundations or concealers.
- Let your skin and hair care routine be a highly sacred ritual, whilst your makeup and blow-dry routine can be more casual.
6. It is important your skin to breathe once in a while, which means totally makeup free days! If you must, apply only tinted moisturizer and a light dusting of blush and lip balm instead. Your skin will thank you for it later.
7. Store your less frequently used creams and serums in the fridge, and makeup in your bedroom. The humidity and warmth of the bathroom shortens their lifespan and can encourage bacteria to breed in the bottles.
8. Never wear any makeup to the gym or when sunbathing. A note on sun: always use high SPF. Consider spray tanning instead.
9. Regularly clean the things that touch your face, and avoid touching your face as much as possible.
10. Turn your pillow every night, rotate if you have two, and change cases weekly. This limits the amount of bacteria that gets in contact with your face. Wash the towel you use for your face often – and only use it for your face.
11. Never use very hot water on your face and hair as it can dry out and damage it. Instead, just go with a moderately warm temperature when you shower and wash.
12. While pore strips are fun, using them too often might result in larger pores and weakened skin. Rather lightly steam your face over a facial steamer to naturally open up the pores, use a mild scrub or cleanser and then apply a toner to close them up. At all cost avoid squeezing and poking.
13. Moisturizing is the most important for everything: your hair, your face, your body. Use masks for face and hair as much as 4 times a week, interchanging natural ingredients and store-bought formulas. Invest in a fragrance- and dye-free moisturizer that can be used as an all-over treatment. The effectiveness of a gentle baby lotion should never be underestimated! Moisturize morning, throughout the day and before bedtime. Treat the skin on your neck and décolletage the same way you treat your face.
14. Each week: mix a tablespoon of used (not dry) espresso grinds with 1 teaspoons of olive or coconut oil. Massage gently using only light pressure onto your face for 2 minutes to exfoliate, soften and prevent wrinkles.
15. Keep everything you do light and simple. If you start using 25 products on your face, the moment you don’t have them, your skin will be depending on it. Just keeping your skin clean and being good to it is enough to build up healthy and naturally resistant skin.
16. You don’t necessarily need branded products to achieve beauty or to keep skin soft and supple, nor does it have to cost you a fortune. There’s no need for expensive cosmetic creams as long as you have fruit and veg in your fridge. Mash up avocado, banana, strawberries, or blueberries into a healthy face smoothie treatment. Good ol’ cucumber slices is an instant toner for eyes and skin.
17. Yogurt is a brilliant face mask; the lactic acids act as a gentle but effective skin peel. Try adding some honey too. Use used, cooled down green tea bags to wipe the face and soak the skin in cleansing and rejuvenating antioxidants.
18. Beauty is linked to emotions. Enjoy your engagement and make sure to relax. Try to live balanced and eat well 80% right 80% of the time. But the most important thing is to be living life during your engagement -and always- with appreciation and delight.
19. Drink a glass of water with lemon or apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Why? It will help your system to refresh at night, awaken your digestion again in the morning. An efficient digestive system helps to create awesome skin.
20. For a weekly body skin pampering, exfoliate using coffee grinds and olive oil to buff yourself in the shower. You can also try rubbing your body with olive or coconut oil as a deeply moisturizing treatment, put on an old pyjamas and leave on for 30 mins before rinsing.
21. Wash makeup brushes with mild perfume free shampoo once a week. It keeps them and your skin clean, and the brushes last longer.
22. Try squeezing a bit of lemon juice, mix with water and tone your face with it, being careful to avoid the eyes. The acid pulls all that wants to come out and is deeply cleansing and brightening.
23. Don’t over-wash your hair or use clarifying shampoo too often. Dry shampoo is your secret weapon. Over-washing strips your scalp of the oils it needs to grow healthy and strong hair. Go easy with straighteners and don’t blow dry more than you absolutely need.
24. If you are blond, rinse you hair with chamomile. It’s a natural lightener.
25. If you have red hair or are a brunette, rinse your hair with rooibos or hibiscus tea.
26. If you have dark hair, try black tea or peppermint tea.
27. Use baths as more than just to clean up and relax. Add oils, salts, or herbs to bath water to increase the beauty benefits and efficiency.
28. Beauty starts on the inside. Taking care of your heart, emotions and stress levels must come first. Taking care of body and face is next.
29. Drink a lot of green tea. Anti-inflammatory and full of anti-oxidants, sipping this type of tea every day will have a positive effect not only on the skin, but your overall wellbeing too. You can make it interesting by adding lemon or infusing peppermint leaves or berries. When you get bored of green tea, try white tea, rooiboos tea and nettle tea.
30. The best foods for beauty are those high in nutrition, natural oils and antioxidants. Such as berries, walnuts, salmon, kiwis, olive oil, green vegetables and seeds, and make sure to eat good protein too.
31. Use oil treatments for your hair on a weekly basis. Try argan oil, coconut oil or good olive oil. For a deeply penetrating treatment, warm the oil gently before applying to dry hair. Wrap hair in towel and let sink in for 30 minutes before washing out with shampoo. Condition as normal.
32. Make the most of your sleeping hours. Moisturize hands and feet while you sleep. By applying a rich cream, putting socks on you’ll wake up with beautiful soft skin. Use facial nightly masks too for effortless rejuvenation.
33. Have a glass water before going to bed (not too much) to aid the body’s nightly renewing process. Address and process your stress before going to bed so your sleep is as undisturbed as possible.
34. There’s nothing more beautiful than a smile, the literal proof of inner beauty. Even though wedding planning can be stressful as h-ck, simply by putting a smile on your face you’ll boost happiness and wellbeing.
Smiling sends a message to your brain that says, “I’m awesome.” Make it a habit to smile and laugh more frequently, have a positive and excited outlook. If planning gets in the way for your sanity and beauty routine, take some time out, go outside on a sunny day and simply take a moment to feel the fresh air on your face.
35. On your wedding day, stand out for being yourself than by looking like someone else. Embrace what makes you special and unique. Highlight your best features and be proud of the woman you are and the milestone you have achieved.