1. Treat Yourself to a Facial
A facial will give your skin a much-needed bath of vitamins while helping to clear blackheads, whiteheads, and any other impurities that can cause acne. In addition to this, it can help get rid of dead skin so it feels baby soft–which your spouse will certainly appreciate. Fortunately, there are many different types of facials to choose from, including those that are designed to brighten the skin. Choose based on which you’re most comfortable with and what appeals to your skin type the most.
Tip: Due to the fact that your skin may have an adverse reaction to the facial, it’s recommended to do this a full week before your big walk down the aisle. If you’re going for something more extreme, such as microdermabrasion or a peel, you may want to do it even further in advance to allow your skin time to fully recover.
2. Consider Hair Removal
A couple of things come up during wedding planning that you would presumably not have thought of earlier and pre-wedding hair removal is unquestionably one of them! Nothing unexpected, laser hair removal is a popular pre-wedding treatment. A large majority of brides decide to manage their body hair (from the face all the way to the legs) by having it professionally waxed. This is due to the fact that waxing can last around a month, eliminates next-day stubble, and makes the skin feel silky smooth. Not to mention it won’t require spending an hour in the shower trying to reach every last inch of the skin with a razor. If you’re interested in this, check out Glamour to learn all you need to know about bridal waxing.
For women who are not interested in taking on the pain of waxing; then shaving is a tried and true option to consider. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to do this before the wedding and purchase a new razor or fresh cartridge. In addition to this, it’s recommended to buy a quality bottle of shaving cream to help avoid razor burn.
Tip: If you’re going to wax. This should be done about a week before your wedding day to ensure redness or irritation can heal. If you’re going to shave you may want to do this one or two days before the wedding, depending on how quickly your hair grows. Some women even shave on their big day as long as they’re careful not to cause any cuts or irritation.
3. Get a Fake Tan
Even if you never tan or aren’t concerned about bronzed skin, you’ll want it for your wedding day. Not only will this look great in pictures; it can also help give you that “bridal glow” that every woman desires. Oh, and don’t forget that even a light tan can help you look slimmer while covering up any imperfections on your skin. For most women, they choose to have a spray tan done because it’s quick and produces natural results. This can be done either by a spray tan technician or many tanning shops have booths with spray tan machines in them.
Not interested in a spray tan? You have many other options for a fake tan, as there are many self-tanning products on the market today. However, you may want to have a friend or your future spouse apply this for you; to avoid orange palms or an uneven application. You can learn more about the pros and cons of each tanning option with The Knot.
Tip: It’s recommended to have self-tanning done three days before your wedding. If it’s too dark at first, this will be just enough time to allow it to fade. However, if you enjoy the color, you can simply maintain it with high-quality lotion.
4. Whiten Your Teeth
As a bride; the first thing guests will notice is the big smile you shine as you walk down the aisle. If you want this smile to be filled with pearly whites that brighten your face; then you’ll need to whiten your teeth before the big day. One of the most effective ways of achieving this look is by using teeth whitening strips a couple of days or months before your wedding. In addition to this, you may want to avoid staining foods and beverages, such as blueberries and red wine/tea.
If it’s too late to use whitening strips or other DIY whiteners, then professional whitening may be in order. Although this will cost a bit more money, the results will generally be whiter and only require or two visits. Last but not least, you can make your teeth look brighter by wearing a blue-based lipstick on the big day.
Tip: Speak with your dentist about the best time to have whitening done. Most will recommend professional whitening to be completed at least a week before your wedding day to help avoid sensitivity. You can find other tips for achieving the perfect bridal smile here.
5. Have Your Nails Done
With guests asking to see your ring and the photographer pictures of you holding hands; it’s important to have a beautiful manicure for your big day. Would you like to go with a color or are you more interested in something classic? The choice is up to you and the overall look you’re going for.
Tip: Although some brides have this done the day of their wedding, it’s generally a much better idea to go to the salon the day before. This will ensure you like what you see without giving your nails enough time to chip. If you’re choosing acrylics; you may want to go more than a day in advance, to ensure you can get used to how they feel. You can find more info on picture perfect wedding nails here.
Lights, Camera, “I Do”
You spend a lot of time, energy, and money on your wedding, so shouldn’t you look and feel like a million bucks as you walk down the aisle? By taking into account the beauty services above, you’ll be sure to do just that. If you decide to take advantage of any other treatments such as false lashes or brow sculpting; make sure to allow enough time before your big day. This will ensure you avoid any adverse reactions and feel your best on one of the biggest and most exciting days of your life.
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Author bio: Josephine is a freelance writer who is passionate about all things beauty, health and fashion. If you don’t find her writing she is more than likely soaking it up at one of Sydney’s beautiful beaches.