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Glow Guide For Brides


In a month's time or maybe even in less you will be taking the most crucial vow of your life. You will be making that all important transition. This is when you experience a gamut of emotions - joy, sadness, excitement, anxiety and sometimes anger - all at the same time. What with all the preparations where your involvement is needed, you are jittery, a bag of nerves. And it starts showing, not just in your personality and behavior but also on your health and beauty. You are stressed out, tired and often irritable. You either start gulping down every bit of food in sight or feel like throwing up even if you've had a glass of water. Then there's your skin, which seems to get duller by the day and you notice new spots on your face. All this when everyone asks you to relax and slow down, all you want to do is burst into tears. Coming to the aid of young, beauty experts advise all young brides to keep in mind all their pre-bridal requirements that include body and mind - starting from managing stress, detoxification and purification to her complete final makeover. Besides the weeklong festivity, a wedding marks the beginning of a new life, of a life-long commitment that calls for lot more than just makeovers. It calls for an emotional and physical rejuvenation to prepare for the journey that lies ahead.

Soothe Your Mind:
First of all, it is important to mentally prepare yourself for the transformation that will take place in your life. No doubt, as the D-day approaches, your stress levels are bound to go up - not just due to the ongoing preparations but also due to anxiety about your future. Stress management plays a key role at this point in your life. In fact, yoga is considered one of the best methods to handle stress. Regular pranayam or breathing exercises early in the morning can actually help you start the day with a calm mind. If you are a greenhorn in yoga, then join a yoga class at least two months before your wedding day. The benefits of this will definitely show on your wedding day. Yoga offers psychological benefits by creating a safe, positive environment to reconnect with our bodies and calms the counterproductive messages that often arise in our minds. It improves digestion and eliminates constipation, water retention and bloating. It also improves blood circulation to major endocrine glands such as the thyroid and pancreas that control your appetite, moods and sleep patterns as well as improve self-image. About a month before your wedding you can also sign up for a few mind rejuvenation therapies like color therapy and music therapies offered at leading spas in your city that help in soothing your internal turmoil. Request your therapist to give you some at-home tips, to prolong the soothing effects of the therapies. According to aromatherapists, burning lavender scented aroma candles in your room or lavender aroma oil can soothe your nerves. Also put a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow before going to bed to get refreshing sleep. Every morning add a few drops of sandalwood oil in your bath water to rejuvenate your soul and feel calm.
Some Aroma Oils To Rejuvenate:
Aroma essential oils are very beneficial for enhancing skin texture. A bride-to-be can use either of these oils for beautification, nourishment and maintaining the suppleness and glow of the skin.
Lavender: Highly valued for its natural fragrance for its calmimg, soothing and refreshing properties, it adds that extra glow to all skin types. It is an invaluable antidote to skin irritation.
Sandalwood: It is a sublime natural fragrance renowned for its calming and refreshing properties. It is a light, easily-absorbed oil and adds glow and firmness to skin. It is also an aphrodisiac.
Jojoba: It produces a unique oil similar to the skin's natural oil. Particularly suited to oily skin, it has a hydrating and moisturising effect.
Almond Oil: It nourishes and firms up the skin to make it look healthy, glowing and smooth, while, at the same time, tones up the muscles. It is excellent for all skin types.

Boost Your Health:
During the pre-wedding days, due to excessive stress, your diet tends to take a big hit. Most of us go on a see-saw diet. Aestheticians advise would be brides not to go on a crash-diet and make sudden diet changes just before your wedding. Added to the stress this can play havoc with your body's natural balance and give rise to spots, blemishes on skin and other bodily problems. Instead go for crunchy salads, freshly squeezed juice either vegetable or fruit or blend of both, and fresh fruits. This cleanses you inside out and helps in reducing toxins from your body. Start avoiding extra fried things and junk food. This will help in maintaining your weight and give you a clear skin. To detoxify your body from inside you can start following a juice diet once a week. See Detoxification Plans. Start your morning with a lemon and honey drink and follow it up with an orange tomato juice. In the afternoon have a cabbage, mint and carrot juice to cleanse.In case you are feeling excessively hungry, just have a medium sized boiled potato with a dash of lemon and pepper. Avoid salt and sugar on this day. Use honey to sweeten your drinks. Have the juices every 2-3 hours throughout the day. Regular aerobics and pilates along with yoga improves muscle tone and posture and helps in weight management. Daily yoga classes will provide soothing physical benefits from loosening of muscles that have been tightened by inactivity, tension and stress. Regular doses of vitamin E, C and A will improve your skin texture and work in giving you a healthy glow. It is advised that the supplements be started at least three months prior to your wedding date for them to have an impact.

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