It’s going to be your special day and all the eyes are going to be on you! While you may be preparing for a lot of things in advance, to ensure your D-Day goes on great and smooth, one thing you definitely can’t give a miss is looking after your glowing skin before marriage. For most brides-to-be, one of the biggest concerns is getting the perfect makeup and getting the perfect look on your most important day, but trust me, if your skin isn’t clean and healthy enough, you’re really not a 100% ready, are you?
This does not mean that you need to have flawless skin throughout, but even if your skin has imperfections and flaws, there are many ways to ensure these will minimized or even go away, by the time your wedding day arrives.
The first step towards having a clean and glowing skin is to make sure you’re having plenty of water. The idea is to keep the body hydrated. In addition, make sure you have plenty of watermelon, which is a great source of hydration for your skin. In addition, you can also have grapefruits, broccoli and lettuce.
Give your skin some time to get ready, at least 3 months before the big day. This should ideally be the time when you religiously start looking after your skin if you haven’t done it till now, and your diet should get more healthy and natural.
For brides in their 20s, this is the age when you might be getting acne and skin discolouration from the sun. Go for deep-cleaning facials once a month that will help prep the skin.
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If you have crossed 25, your skin will need regular exfoliating to help improve the overall texture of your skin.
In addition to good food, your skin will also benefit from a few essential supplements like a good multi-vitamin, Co-Q10 that increases metabolic efficiency and improves heart health and Omega-3 (found in fish oil) that is great for heart, eyes, brain, skin and your overall health.
Apply a good moisturiser each day, at least twice, over your face and all over your body. Also, make sure you give extra attention to areas that are excessively dry, like elbows, knees, feet and hands.
No beauty treatments will work on the skin unless you have a good 8 hours sleep every night. Make sure you’re sleeping well.
There will be many pre-wedding celebrations you’ll be attending where you will have to do your own makeup and hair sometimes. Make sure you shampoo out your makeup brushes to avoid any bacteria build-up on your skin. Wash them with shampoo, rinse and hang to air-dry with the bristles facing down.
Here are a few home-made packs that you can use to get that glowing skin:
a. Brightening Mask to improve complexion for normal skin
Mix a tsp of gram flour, pinch of turmeric powder, few drops lime juice, 1/2 tsp each of olive oil and milk. Apply on the face and leave on for half an hour. Wash off.
b. Treating Acne and Pimples
Wash and grind a few mint leaves and make a smooth paste. Apply all over your face in the night. Wash off in the morning.
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c. Clay Pack For Oily Skin
Take some clay powder (multaani mitti) and add rosewater to make a thin paste. Apply over the face and leave it on till completely dry. Wash off with water.
d. Sandalwood And Rosewater Pack For Oily Skin:
This is great to achieve a radiant, glowing complexion and is also good for removing blemishes or pimple marks. Mix 1 spoon sandalwood powder with rosewater to make a paste. Apply over face and neck. Wash off when completely dry
e. Milk Powder And Lemon Juice Pack For Dry Skin:
Take a spoon of milk powder and few drops of lemon juice. Make a paste and apply on face.
Wash off after 20 minutes.
Here are a few amazing foods that will help you get that glowing skin:
a. Salmon: Contains essential omega-3 fatty acids to keep your skin supple, hair healthy and your nails strong.
b. Pistachios: Pistachios or pistas help nourish hair and scalp.
c. Cinnamon: Stimulates blood circulation
d. Turmeric: Heals sun-damaged skin
e. Dark chocolate: Helps decrease sun sensitivity
f. Peppermint: Great for digestion
g. Beetroot: High in vitamin A, potassium, sodium, calcium and vitamin E that’s all great for healthy skin.
h. Brown Rice: Helps regulate sugar levels in body
i. Legumes: Peas, beans, lentils are great for digestion. High in fibre. Great detoxifying agents. Good for clean skin.
j. Garlic: Helps fight off any skin infections
k. Broccoli: Packed with antioxidants that add a glow to the skin. High in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and folate content.