Five ways to wedding wellness
-Apr 17, Caroline Blight, Health -
It’s that time of year again where some of us are buying hats and trying to work out if confetti will be allowed – and others are getting ready to say ‘I do’. If you are a bride, getting ready to walk down the aisle, you will no doubt want to look and feel your very best. With all the preparations to take care of it can be hard to find space for some self care. It’s worth it though, because if you make time to get yourself ready for the occasion you will enjoy your wedding day even more.
Don’t make big changes close to the day
If you are planning to get your teeth whitened or brows tidied then make sure you do it at least a couple months in advance. The last thing you need is sensitive teeth when you are toasting your new union or wonky brows for your photos. You will also want to make sure that your make up test is done with the eyebrow shape you have on the day so that it’s right for you. Remember that some brow techniques can cause skin irritation so you need to allow time for that to settle. Ditto the fake tan. Make sure you have a tester tan at least one month in advance to check you are not sensitive to the formula and also that the colour is the right shade for you. When it comes to the big day, better to get it done 2 days before so it is less likely to rub off on your dress and any problems can be ironed out.
Also remember to take your Lumity supplements daily for three months in the run up to your wedding day, so your body can make the most of all the nutrients within those clever capsules to ensure you’re looking and feeling your best. It’s a great idea to start with the oil too, so you can be sure your skin is looking its most radiant best!
Hydrate to avoid bridezilla!
When we are properly hydrated we can think more clearly and are less likely to feel as stressed and panicked. Studies have shown that being just half a litre dehydrated can increase your cortisol levels, which means your body and mind are feeling the stress. Staying in a good hydrated status can keep your stress levels down when you are organising one of life’s most potentially stressful situations. While it won’t make the wedding flowers any cheaper or mean you don’t have a drama with one of the bridesmaids on the day, it can me you feel less overwhelmed and you’ll find it easier to find a stress-free satisfactory work around to any problems.
When you are planning a wedding you are more likely to feel stressed anyway which means you are likely to be more dehydrated as your body’s response to the pressure, so you could need to take on more fluids than usual.
Every organ in our body needs water and our skin is the biggest organ we have. If our skin is not adequately hydrated we will be prone to breakouts, redness, more pronounced wrinkles, dullness and a tight feeling. It’s possible to have oily skin which is also dehydrated so don’t think your skin type will save you!
As well as making sure you drink enough water in the run up to your wedding day it’s also worth cutting down on the things which dehydrate the body like salty, processed foods and caffeine. Being hydrated will also flush out toxins and leave your skin glowing and reduce bloating. Make sure on the day, which is always so hectic grabbing a drink seems impossible, you charge someone with the task of holding a water bottle for you – perhaps a personalized ‘Bride’ one!
Plan sleep into your wedding week
Forget getting enough sleep the night before your big day – often nerves, excitement and last minute hitches combined with an early morning means that’s just unfeasible. So it’s all the more vital you plan in some sleep for the week before your wedding day!
It takes an average of two days to recover from one bad night’s sleep so bank the sleep with plenty in the run up. Sleeping well will help you look rested and glowing and also make sure your body is operating at its very best. It will prevent cravings for high-sugar and salt foods which could cause dehydration and bloating along with sugar level spikes and dips which will also leave you feeling stressed out and your nervous system shot. If you’re having trouble sleeping then try some of these tips. Your beauty sleep is just that!
Embrace yoga for a more enjoyable wedding day
Yoga is a fab way to de-stress in the run up to your wedding but also a really lovely thing to do on your big day. Either book in for a class if there is one close to you, or arrange a session with a yoga instructor in your wedding day accommodation for you and your bridesmaids. The endorphin rush will make you feel calmer and happier and even look better as you will be energized. Go for a restorative class so you are stretched and alert rather than wrung out and excessively sweaty! If you can’t make a class or lesson then an online yoga session would still be valuable – even if it’s only 10 minutes long. Why not try this one by yoga expert Nadia Narain?
Nominate a phone holder!
You have done all the planning and have been the point of contact for your whole wedding planning time, but that should stop on your big day. Find a friend or relative who will take your phone and work as your PA for a day! Turn off the access code and let them take and make any of the essential calls so you can focus on the day itself. You have a photographer to capture the special moments and can always ask friends to send you any pictures the next morning if you can’t wait to relive it. When we step away from technology we are better able to enjoy our immediate surrounding and the people we are with. And this is certainly an occasion for basking in the moment.
For more ideas about how to prep your skin for a walk down the aisle, Nichola Joss tells us how to get fab skin for a big event, and for wedding makeup ideas look no further than How To Get Amal Clooney’s Look.