Getting Fit and Glowing As a Bride-To-Be

Congratulations, you’ve just had “the question” popped to you – as the surprise and exhilaration will probably linger for days and weeks, it may subside as feelings of anxiety start to settle in. After all, there’s a complicated wedding that has to be planned! There are cakes to taste, venues to tour, musicians to audition . . . and, if you’re anything like most brides, you want to look your best as you walk down the aisle. This can add to the pressure you are feeling, so below are a few tips to help you look and feel good for your big day.

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Becoming Toned & Fit

It’s natural that you may want to lose a few extra pounds before your wedding. Avoid crash diets and, instead, implement a routine of consistent exercise and healthy eating. Be realistic with your weight-loss goals. After all, starving yourself will make you and the people around you miserable. Plus, by striving to hit an unreasonable weight in a short amount of time, you’re going to become discouraged and perhaps emotionally beat yourself up. Take comfort in knowing that many bridal dress companies like David’s Bridal are increasingly catering to ladies with curves, so you can look fabulous regardless of what the scale reads.

Skincare

Blemishes and large pores can’t be cured overnight, so start giving your complexion the TLC it needs as early as possible. Eat foods that will allow you to naturally glow, like salmon, blueberries, olive oil and whole wheat. Always, always remove makeup before going to bed, and routinely use a facial mask or microdermabrasion washes to remove grime and help make pores appear shallower.  Professional facials will help address specific issues and put you into a deep relaxation, but be certain to let your dermatologist or esthetician when your wedding day is approaching so they can avoid applying treatments that will leave your skin looking temporarily red and raw. Plus, remember to moisturize from head-to-toe, paying special attention to feet, elbows and hands.

Teeth

There are simple steps you can take to have a pearly smile in your wedding photos. Like many skin products, whitening products do not work miracles after their first usage, so start using them sooner rather than later. Scheduling a teeth cleaning prior to the big day never hurts and, afterwards, avoid consuming liquids that stain like coffee and wine. Foods like apples and carrots will naturally scrub away tarter throughout the day, and flossing is a must.

Hair

While you may want to treat yourself to a new hair cut or dye job, avoid doing anything extreme in case it turns out different than you imagined. To give your hair that extra luxurious bounce, eat bananas, oats, dark leafy veggies, oysters and beans. If you’re a summer bride, make sure to apply hair sunscreen so the hot sun doesn’t dry out your tresses and consider applying a shine-boosting product that will allow your locks to come across as especially moist and healthy during the photo shoot.

As your wedding day approaches, make sure that, despite stress, you’re receiving the proper amount of sleep and are eating three meals a day. After all, you want to feel fresh and beautiful as you exchange vows with your husband, rather than tired and ragged.

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