FOR THE BRIDE
The jitters have set in, there’s just a month left to D-Day. Take deep breaths, relax and spend a day sitting back and reviewing your beauty routine. Remember to follow the basics: Eat healthy meals, drink eight glasses of water every day, get enough beauty sleep and stick to your fitness routine…
Get a dermatologist to examine your skin and hair. Clinical problems need to be tackled now.
Re-visit your hair spas and salon treatments, get into intensive gear to tackle chronic problems such as dryness, undereye circles and cracked heels. Write down a glaundry list of beauty goals and make sure you follow your salon expert’s advice.
This is the right time to buy your colour cosmetics. Try them on to test them. Even if something does give you an allergy, there’s plenty of time for your skin to get back its glow. Also, this way all your shades will be just right . remember to buy the best quality, reduce the number of lipsticks if your budget is tight.
Grow your nails. Stubby nails will not add to bridal allure. Regular manicures and pedicures will keep your hands and feet soft, and nails glowing. Rub in moisturiser on your hands and feet before going to bed. Soak your feet in warm water with bath salts when you feel tired or stressed. This is also a good time to get started on a good dayand-night regime. Use day and night creams after cleansing and toning.
Decide your look for the ceremonies and the actual wedding right down to the last detail… Go through the Internet and magazines to check out the looks you really like. Just keep in mind that all the latest styles may not suit you. It’s a good idea to consult a stylist (good salons will be able to help you with this).
Now is also the time to shed those extra kilos. Fix an appointment with a reputed dietician: You should be able to drop about 5-6kg.
A regular morning walk and a good night’s sleep are a must for your daily routine. Ask her to recommend some home toning exercises. Yoga is always a good option, but do aerobic exercise as well.
Get a full-body wax trial to check whether your skin is suited for this. If you have sensitive skin, you may have to opt for a good bleach (try Oxy Bleach) or try using an emollient hair-removing cream such as Veet or Anne French.
FOR THE BRIDE
By now, the only shopping you should be doing are the trials for your wedding costume or having a fun day out at a lingerie salon (the more conservative can try buying their lingerie.
Keep your skin glowing by continuing the facials, body massages and body wraps at your salon. Do not try any new treatments or cosmetics at this stage. Stick to tried-and-tested products or services. Use face packs from VLCC, Aromamagic or any other cosmetic brand you trust. Do a quick home facial by cleansing, massaging moisturiser on your face and finishing up with a face pack.
Plan a practice hairstyling session with the stylist. Try 3-4 hairdos, keeping in mind the various functions and outfits. Most salons give you a complete dress rehearsal with full make-up to showcase the complete feel of the‘D-Day’. It’s always better to try a few looks and products rather than ending up in chaos. Don’t forget to take along a trusted friend/relative to give an objective opinion.
No more junk food and colas. Drop the alcohol; instead, fill up on vegetable juices and water.
You can’t avoid going out, so when stepping out in the sun, wear shades, carry an umbrella and use a sunscreen with a high SPF level. Cleopatra bathed in milk for a reason- Take a mugful of milk with you in the bathroom and rub it all over your skin after your bath, massage for 10-15 minutes. Shower through and pat skin dry for a brighter complexion and softer skin.
Reconfirm salon appointments to ensure no mistakes have occurred.
FOR THE BRIDE
A fortnight to go
By now most brides are told to stay home as much as possible. Catch up on indoor exercise and get enough rest and sleep.
Avoid meeting friends for long lunches and dinners; even calls from your soon-to-be husband late into the night may be eating into your beauty sleep!
Plan your pre-wedding hair trim, colouring and highlighting if you want. Don’t get tempted to do anything that’s completely radical. You have already decided on your look.
If you have dry hair, try a hot-oil massage every third day. You can use sesame seed, almond or olive oil. Follow it by wrapping your hair in a towel dipped in hot water for five minutes. Talk to your stylist on how to treat your hair for the next seven days to keep it fit for styling on the big day; stick to trusted brands.
Add exfoliation treatments to your regular skincare regimen. At home, simply mix one-part sugar to twoparts fruit pulp for a good body and face scrub. Remember not to ignore your hands and feet.
Use only tried-and-tested facials and mask applications. No more than one facial a week lest you irritate and redden your skin.
FOR THE BRIDE
Now the countdown has truly begun. Do your last-minute trials, but the key is to get as much rest as you possibly can. Ceremonies will keep you tired as it is, do not aggravate with last-minute shopping jaunts.
Pack the bag you are taking to the stylist carefully. Make sure it contains a gloss, cotton swabs, make-up remover, bobby pins, hair spray, translucent powder, breath mints and anything else you want.
Make sure you get a manicure and pedicure done. We recommend you try the paraffin pedicure and manicure done at VLCC. You should get your brows shaped to get perfect arches.
Use a body wash with a loofah to exfoliate and polish your skin, particularly for your decolletage and arms. You can pick up one from Palmolive, Lush or The Body Shop.
Drink two extra glasses of water daily to keep your skin soft and supple.
Maintain your mental calm by taking short naps from time to time whenever you get the chance. And keep up your 10-minute meditation routine.
Do go for your regular waxing and bleaching sessions . they’re important!
Time’s up! It’s D-DAY
FOR THE BRIDE
Now the clock’s really ticking. Everything should be in place, since you’ve already packed your kit for the salon and got your dress ready. Relax, and enjoy the day!
Stop involving yourself in every little detail. There are people to handle crises.
Before the chaos of the ceremonies begins, take 10 minutes for yourself in the morning to recharge (listen to music or go for a walk). Have a healthy breakfast. Try to have fruits, milk or curd through the day.
If you feel tense, just breathe in and out to a count of 10.
During weddings, people will comment and complain. Don’t take that to heart.