Getting married? Congratulations!
You have work cut out for you. Now you must draft a budget and guest list, plan attire, decorations, meals, an engagement party, a bachelor party, a bachelorette party, and a honeymoon. You must book a venue, an officiant, a caterer, entertainers, a photographer, and a videographer, not to mention rehearsals, compiling a wedding registry, sending invitations, and answering burning questions from your friends and family. The list goes on and on.
But amongst the clamor, you mustn’t overlook this simple, somewhat intimate step: practicing proper skin care. Provided you’ve successfully booked a photographer, you’ll appear in photos to be cherished for generations (hopefully), not to mention kissing and dancing before your grandma and the in-laws. You want to look your best.
Follow these 8 tips and you’ll positively glow when saying the two magical words.
1. Drink ample water
Hydration is always important, and skin is no different! Water deficiency causes skin to dry, flake, and become prone to damage. Proper hydration detoxifies and clears your complexion. So drink up!
2. Protect skin from ultraviolet radiation
Exposure to sunlight is healthy in moderation, but in excess, it accelerates aging and can even cause cancer! Wear plenty of sun screen, wear clothes that cover your epidermis, and stay out of the sun!
3. Get abundant, quality rest
With all the tumult of wedding planning, its tempting to burn the candle at both ends and loose sleep. Don’t. Sleep loss not only causes dark circles, but interrupts restorative functions. Your body and skin repairs itself during sleep, so get to bed and wake up gorgeous and refreshed!
4. Quit cigarettes
Cigarettes are a slow suicide and are downright murder on your skin. Seek help from your fiancé and quit!
5. Eat well
A great diet will leave your skin radiant. Eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables to maximize beauty.
6. Kick stress to the curb
Stress can cause acne breakouts. Stress also stimulates the production of cortisol, a hormone that can make you bloated and tired. Find time for a relaxing spa day, aromatherapy, or even simple naps, in the midst of demanding wedding preparations
7. Be gentle
Harsh or abrasive surfaces and substances damage skin! Use gentle soap, hypoallergenic, non-toxic cleaning products, and soft fabrics
8. Respect your health
The bottom line is, skin is a very important part of the body. Habits that support your general health also support the health of your skin, the largest organ. So take care of yourself.