Preparation Before Marriage Tips

We’ve heard it said enough times that the wedding day is the most important day in the life of any girl/ woman, so I will refrain from saying that! But this is also the day when you have to look your ravishing best for the shutterbugs, because, 40 years down the line, you still want the oohs and aahs to flow, when your children and grandchildren see you in all your glorious beauty. These pictures are supposed to represent one of the happiest times of your life, so how would you like it if you saw your pictures with a big pimple on your cheek?! Or your hair a mess? Will not do! So, let’s see what all things must you take care of, to look your best on your wedding day, so that the photos will do what they are supposed to do in a few years time – make you smile, and wistful, and remember the magic and love and help you live it again, without any blemishes.

Areas to Cover…

Health Care
Your inner health will affect your outer appearance. Eat healthy, and you will have a blemish free skin and a glowing complexion. Avoid all junk food and soft drinks and eat healthy, balanced meals leading up to your wedding. Follow a detox program, to clean up your system from the inside out. Get your teeth leveled and whitened if you so wish, but do that a month prior to the day. If you are taking some medicines, consult your doctor before you stop the course. My pre-wedding diet advice would be, sleep and eat well, so that you look great and the chances of you falling ill are reduced.

Hair Care
Depending on the gown you choose, decide your hair length, style and cut at least 2 – 3 months prior to your wedding. Get regular hair spa treatments to give your hair that shine, and make them luxurious. If you are planning to straighten out your hair, or put them through any other permanent treatment, it is advisable to do so a month before the wedding. If you want to color it/ add highlights then do it a week after getting them straightened, so that there is some time for the hair to get used to new things. If you put your hair through treatments in quick succession, you may end up damaging it, making it look dry and limp on your wedding day. Decide the hairstyle you are going to wear on the day, and see if it suits the type of gown you have chosen. Consult with your hairdresser, as to which style will suit your face structure best.

Skin and Nail Care
Your skin is an indicator of your health, so it has to be at its glowing best on your day! Remember to moisturize your skin daily after your bath. One of the best pre-wedding beauty tips that I can share with you is, apply the moisturizer within a minute of having your bath/ shower, so that it locks the moisture in your skin and makes it look healthy, young and gives it a glow. It works much better than applying the moisturizer on dry skin. Also, clean your face, hands and feet thoroughly before sleeping, and apply a good overnight cream. Hands, feet and nails are equally important, specially if you are going to take close up shots of your rings, hands held, and the like. Also, if you are going to wear heels, you do not want to display chipped, and unkempt nails. If you are going with clear nails, good for you, but if you are going to have them painted, best to do so two days prior to the wedding.

Body Care
Body care is of equal importance in the pre-wedding beauty regime. If you are prone to acne on your back, then get a scrubbing brush/ loofah and exfoliate your body regularly, maybe every alternate day. Exfoliate all the exposed as well as most covered parts, like your hands, legs, armpits, etc. It helps in reducing the tan, and also exposes the healthy and plump cells by getting rid of all the dead cells, to give you a fresh and glowing look. This is especially important if you are planning to wear a backless/ strapless gown.

Facials
Facials are top ranking in pre-wedding beauty care checklist. Start getting regular facials around six months prior to the big day, and get one every three weeks if you can. Don’t overdo it though, or you may end up looking like you had a layer of skin taken off your face. Facials will help your tired and tanned skin look cleaner and fresher, and give your face a glow. Also, they will remove the layers of dirt that have accumulated on your face over time. Strictly stop facials a week before your wedding. And stick to products that suit you. Don’t test any new tempting products, anytime shortly before your wedding.

Waxing and Threading
Waxing and threading should be done regularly. If you haven’t tried either of these things before, but want to do it for your wedding, then I suggest that you start early, to let your skin get used to all the pulling it will be subjected to. Wax four days before the wedding. The redness and rash, if any, will take a day to settle down, and you would not like your photos to look like you had a bad rash or sunburn. Threading your eyebrows and upper lips should ideally be done a week before the actual date of the wedding, so that in case you need to correct the shape of your brows, you have time to do it.

Manicures and Pedicures
Get manicures and pedicures monthly, for a few months before your wedding. It will take care of the dryness and tanning of your hands and feet, and make them soft and beautiful. Getting manicures and pedicures on a regular basis will help in moisturizing your hands and feet, and will get rid of dry, scaly skin, specially from your heels, and tips of your fingers and toes. Get your final pedicure and manicure a couple of days before your wedding, and you will surely notice the change. If you are not comfortable with long nails, then a french manicure will not please you. Go for the simple shaping of short nails, and apply a clear coat of polish over it, to make them shine.

Makeup
Whatever makeup you choose to do, make sure it suits your skin type and skin tone. Do not try new products, as you do not know whether they will suit your skin or not. Also, keep in mind your outfit and the shades in it, and see that the makeup doesn’t clash with the outfit. Make it subtle, highlight your best features and leave the rest as natural as possible. Do not go over the top in an attempt to look ravishing, as you may end up looking like an overdone doll. Try to keep the makeup as neutral, subtle and light as possible. Use waterproof makeup, to avoid smudging and running in case you tend you sweat a lot. You are happy, and that in itself is going you make you look pretty and gorgeous. The makeup is just to complement your natural looks, not alter them.

When, What, How…? The Checklist

…12-14 Weeks Before
This is when your facials, detox diet, and waxing/ pedicures and manicures should start. Get the facials every 3 weeks, and the waxing, manicures and pedicures monthly. Start exfoliating.

…8-10 Weeks Before
Choose your hairstyle, makeup, and jewelry according to your wedding gown, and see that they match and complement each other. If you have doubts about any of them, now is the time to change it. Don’t put it off for later.

…6 Weeks Before
Opt for massages and hair spa treatments and indulge yourself. Get your teeth whitened if you’d like and the Botox. Do not leave these things for later or you may end up regretting it.

…4-5 Weeks Before
If you want to straighten your hair and color/ highlight it, now is the time. This is also the best time to get your hair trimmed, so that the split ends are taken care of, and your hair looks fuller and healthier.

…1-2 Weeks Before
Whatever treatments you had started, this is when you should stop almost all of them. In the last couple of weeks, do not try any new cosmetics. Make sure the dress fits perfectly and there are no tucks required, and the jewelry is polished and shining.

…2-3 Days Before
Time for the spray tan, as well as the final waxing, pedicure and manicure. No more facials. Also, have a dress rehearsal with the hairstyle and makeup, so that you know exactly how you are going to look when you walk down that aisle, to the love of your life.

…On the Wedding Day
Exfoliate gently with a face scrub and moisturize. Do not do anything else or try anything new, in your last minute panic. Leave the beauty care in the hands of your beautician and stylist. Just relax, be ready a couple of hours before the wedding, and enjoy your day.

Important DOs and DON’Ts

  • If you are thinking about including Botox in your pre-wedding beauty regime, I’d recommend you do it at least a month before the wedding, so that your muscles get used to it, and settle down. Also, that will help in case of wrong placement of the Botox – stiff and droopy lips on the D-Day? Oh, the horror!
  • If you can pay for it, laser treatments to get rid of body hair are better than waxing regularly. Start 6 – 8 months prior to your wedding and get monthly sessions. This way, you will not have to worry about your hair growing back constantly, besides which you won’t be required to shave or wax on your honeymoon!
  • If your skin is very much acne prone, then you may want to start the facials a little earlier, say 9 months before the wedding. The microdermabrasion facials help reduce acne to a great extent.
  • If you have been using any contraceptive, consult the doctor before going off it. It may cause hormonal changes, and you may break out in acne or suffer some other side effects, if you do it a month or two before the wedding. Ask your doctor the effects of going off the contraceptive, and also when you should do it.
  • If and when you are buying your own makeup instead of using the professional’s, try on the makeup on makeup-free skin before you buy it.
  • Do not get any facials in the week leading up to your wedding. In fact, do not try anything new a week before the wedding.
  • If you want a fake tan, then do not try to get one at home, lest you turn out looking orange, or black on your wedding day. Go to a tanning parlor at least 3 – 4 days prior to your wedding.
  • Make sure you match your makeup with your dress, and that it is not clashing with your outfit.
  • Do not try any new hair or face products for a week before your wedding. Also, do not get a haircut within the month leading to your wedding. Remember, if you do not like it, there is no way you can grow out your hair again by the time you walk down the aisle.
  • Do not go on any crash diets in the months leading up to your wedding, specially if you have already chosen your outfit. If your weight rises or drops, then alternately, you will either be gasping for breath (and not in a nice way!) or clutching your dress so that it doesn’t slip. So, no diets please.
  • Drink plenty of water. It helps. It’s good for your health, skin, hair, complexion, etc.
  • And of course, a couple of days before your wedding, put on your dress, to see that it still fits perfectly, and that no tucks and stitches are required. If it doesn’t fit on the day, you’ll end up feeling really hassled.
  • If you happen to wake up on the big day with a zit beginning to peep out from your face, don’t panic and try to pick it. LEAVE IT ALONE. Apply a concealer or makeup and cover it up as much as you can. If you tease it, the entire area around it will turn red, and it will be tougher to cover with makeup.
  • Get your hair and makeup in place, two hours before the photo sessions start, so that there is no last minute hurry.

Lastly, it’s your wedding, so obviously there is going to be a mad rush heading to the D-Day! But if you can, then try out those weekend or weeklong spa treatments, or the various massage packages a month or so before you’re due to get married. You’ll get time to yourself, and it’ll help you relax. Remember, no stress plus good health equals glowing skin. Wish you all the luck for the future!

Beauty Tips for Men

It is a common assumption that men are just not bothered about their looks, and are not willing to make an effort. A fact that they will never admit is that like women, they are equally conscious and bothered about the way they look, and also like getting themselves pampered at beauty salons and spas. Though, there are many beauty treatments exclusively for men, they may not serve the basic purpose of maintenance. By following some simple beauty tips, and a proper regimen for skincare and hair care, men can also achieve the looks that they desire. Here are a few appropriate measures.

Hair Care
The most common hair problems that men face are hair loss, graying, and dandruff. This is mainly due to the lack of appropriate hair care, and also due to dust, pollution, and harmful UV rays of the sun. The following hair care tips will rid you of hair problems.

  • The most important aspect is caring for the scalp. Always use a mild shampoo, followed by a moisturizing conditioner. If you have dandruff, use a good anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner. You can also use a hair serum to maintain the texture of your hair.
  • Wash your hair at least thrice a week. Massage your hair and scalp with oil that contains vitamin E, and leave it on for a few hours before you wash it off.
  • Do not wash your hair with warm or hot water. Always use lukewarm or cool water for this purpose.
  • Avoid toweling or blow-drying, as it can cause hair breakage, leading to considerable hair loss, and ultimately, baldness. Do not brush wet hair, and allow it to air-dry for a while.
  • Avoid the use of hair straighteners, accessories, and products, that can damage your hair follicles.
    To tackle graying, get your hair colored, using a color or dye that suits your skin tone.
  • Get your hair trimmed regularly, and wear a cap or hat while venturing out in the sun and pollution.

Skincare
Facial skincare is what many men overlook, not knowing that it is indeed very important. They have 15% more oilier skin than women, which leads to rampant skin disorders like acne, wrinkles, blemishes, etc. Follow the steps mentioned below to avoid such occurrences.

  • Cleanse, tone, and moisturize your face on a daily basis. Men with very oily skin should use a soap-free cleanser, and a face gel in place of a moisturizer. A moisturizer that contains clay properties can also be used.
  • Use a face scrub, at least twice a week, to get rid of dead skin cells, blackheads, and white heads. Follow it up with a homemade face pack.
  • Always use a sunscreen when going out in the sun, to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.
  • Prior to shaving, wash your face with a soap-free face wash, wet the beard with warm water, and let it soak well for a minute or two. Use a shaving cream that contains vitamin E or aloe vera, as it would be less harsh on your skin. After shaving, use an after-shave toner, and follow it up with some moisturizer.
  • Visit a salon once a month, to get a face cleanup done. This will rid you of unwanted black heads, clogged skin pores, and pimples. Do not hesitate to get an occasional salon or homemade facial done.

Hand and Nail Care
Hand and nail care is something that even many women tend to ignore. Hence, it is no big deal if men completely ignore it. However, they must understand that clean and filed nails are the signs of a well-groomed man.

  • Moisturize your hands, and fingers daily after a bath. Keep your hands, and the area between the fingers, clean.
  • Do not bite your fingernails. Instead, trim them on a regular basis, and file them appropriately to avoid brittle nails.
  • Getting an occasional manicure at a salon, is just fine.

Foot Care
It is very essential to care for your feet, in order to avoid foot infections. The following tips will help you maintain clean and healthy feet.

  • Wash your feet regularly, and keep the area between the toes clean and dry.
  • Trim your toenails regularly, and file them.
  • Use a foot care lotion to avoid rough, dry feet.
  • You can also use a pumice stone or foot file, to get rid of thick, dead skin from the heels and ankles.
  • If you are going to be wearing socks all day, make sure you use a deodorizing foot spray or talcum powder to avoid stinky feet. Also, clean your shoes before you wear them.

These tips are sure to work for you. However, remember that the most important factor that makes heads turn is your confidence.