Many brides traditionally go for an elaborate series of pampering facials and treatments in the weeks and months leading up to their wedding. However, there are a number of natural at-home treatments and practices that can also give you that glowing look, without the expense and hassle of repeated trips to the clinic or beauty parlor.
Here are three important beauty tips for glowing skin inside and out not only on your special day but any day of the year. These tips are backed by extensive scientific research. It’s not just good sense, but proven to get you the glowing, healthy, natural look you want from the inside and out
Drinking around two liters of water a day is required for most adults. If you work out regularly or are living in a hot or humid climate (and who isn’t?) you may need to even drink more each day.
Staying hydrated is not only important for all body processes, but it aids in the distribution of essential nutrients and also ensures that waste is removed from cells more efficiently.
Chronic dehydration can lead to dry and dull-looking skin as well as cognitive decline. However, the good news is that staying hydrated can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. It also helps with cell repair and restoration and improves skin appearance and coloring.
Hydrating our bodies and skin is one of the easiest ways to quickly improve the texture and appearance of our skin in preparation for our big day.
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy glow
We all know that eating a diet rich in fresh, seasonal, fruits and vegetables is necessary for long-term health. However, you may I know that a diet rich in living foods can also increase skin reflectance making you appear healthier and more attractive.
In one study, a diet of carotenoid-rich foods – including carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, and tomatoes – improved skin’s appearance and was judged more attractive in photographs.
The healthy rosy glow that carotenoid intake adds to your skin will ensure you need less makeup on your big day. It also means that you will look beautiful every day of the year, with or without makeup, and not just on the day you’re captured in your wedding photographs and films.
Avoid skin lighteners
Did you know that skin lightening creams can actually make you appear darker? These toxic chemical creams include ingredients like hydroquinone and mercury, making them arguably the most dangerous so-called beauty products on the market.
While hydroquinone inhibits melanin production temporarily, the body overcompensates by producing more melanin over time, making the skin actually appear darker with repeated use.
The potent topical steroids in these “skin lighteners” – including clobetasol propionate, betamethasone, and fluocinonide frequently found in these pastes and creams – can cause skin thinning, stretch marks, bruising and broken veins. The alpha hydroxyl acid used in lightening creams and chemical peels can also increase sensitivity to UV light.
Unless you plan to never go outside and live in your room with the curtains drawn for the rest of your life, these bleaching and lightening creams will do more harm than good over time.
If you use these creams and pastes you’ll ultimately end up with darker skin and uneven patchy skin color. This may give you the feeling that you need to correct the color with more cream – further exacerbating the process. Use of skin lighteners has also been linked to increased risk of skin infection, acne, eczema, cancer, and other major health problems.
The best thing to do is avoid these products altogether.
Instead, avoid going out in the sun between the hours of 10 and 2 when the sun is typically at its peak. Wear long sleeved blouses and wide brim hats to shade the body and face and reduce exposure to harmful rays.
If you take the time to promote good healthy every day, especially in the months and weeks leading up to your big day, you’ll be a glowing blushing bride on your wedding – naturally. While these tips can help your skin appear smooth and luminous on your wedding day, more importantly, they’re tips for everyday health that can facilitate long-blissful life with your new partner.