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The Bride’s Beauty Regimen for Skin, Hair & Nails

What you can do in the months before your wedding to look your best on your big day

Don't wait until the last minute to prepare your skin, hair and nails for your wedding. Here are some suggestions for preparing for your big day:

SKIN

  • Avoid over exposure to the sun or tanning beds. This can cause your skin to become dry and sometimes discolored.
  • Cleanse your skin with the appropriate products for either dry, oily, or normal skin; clarify (tone); moisturize daily.
  • Apply eye cream every night before bedtime. This will moisturize the most sensitive part of your face. It will help in reducing lines and darkness around the eye area.
  • Never rub your face with towels or any rough material. Blot your face dry - GENTLY!
  • Never go to sleep without cleansing your face. During sleep your cells regenerate and will absorb what is on your skin. If all you can do is rinse your face with water, that is better than nothing.
  • Use gentle, upward strokes to when applying your moisturizer.
  • Once every few months (some may need it more frequently) treat yourself to a facial. It will help to keep a nice glow to your face.
  • Be sure to apply sunscreen of at least an SPF 15.
  • Many people forget about their lips. If your lips are very dry/chapped you can rub Vaseline on them with a washcloth. The washcloth sloughs off dead cells, and the Vaseline moisturizes.

HAIR

  • Take a daily multi-vitamin (check with your doctor first). This will assist in healthy hair, nails and skin.
  • Avoid excessive heat from dryers, irons, rollers, sun, etc.
  • If your hair is color treated and you're in the sun, wear a hat or mix sun block with gel and apply it to your hair. Both will aid in the prevention of oxidation and dryness.
  • Do not brush your hair when it is wet. Only use a large tooth comb and take small sections. This will prevent tearing of the hair.
  • While your hair is wet, do not rub it hard between a towel or wrap it tightly on top of your head. This can cause breakage leading to frizz. Towel dry your hair by gently squeezing it between the towel.
  • Do weekly protein and moisture treatments. You can make your own in your kitchen. Mix a few raw eggs, mayonnaise, and a little olive oil in a bowl (measure according to the length of your hair). Apply the mixture to your hair, cover your head with a plastic cap and either sit under heat, use a blow dryer, or keep placing hot towels over the cap. Leave on for approximately 30 minutes. Do not shampoo out-only rinse very well. The protein will bond and strengthen the hair and the moisture will add shine and elasticity.
  • Keep up with monthly trims to avoid dead ends.
  • Cleanse your hair with a clarifying shampoo 1-2 times a month. This helps to remove any product build-up or excess dirt/oils. If you are an avid swimmer, you may want to do this once a week. Do not do this in excess because it will strip your hair of essential oils and may make your hair feel hard and dry.
  • Always apply shampoo to the roots and conditioner to the ends. Scrubbing your ends with shampoo will only dry them out. Applying conditioner to the roots will only make your hair flatter and lose body.

NAILS

  • Moisturize your hands daily as often as possible.
  • For dry hands, get frequent paraffin treatments or manicures.
  • Apply cuticle oil to your nails every night before bedtime. This really helps to soften and moisturize the cuticle area. You will be surprised what a difference it makes in the way your hands/nails look.
  • Do not cut your cuticles too much. This can cause them to grow back thicker. The nail bed also relies on the cuticle to nourish it.


These beauty tips courtesy of Veronica from Defy The Ordinary Hair Design

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