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Here Are Some Things You Can Do to Make Sure You Look and Feel Your Best on Your Wedding Day

As a former personal trainer, Sarah is passionate about all things health, beauty, and self care.

Weddings are emotional, fun, and often stressful for the bride and groom. Besides general wedding planning and selecting a venue, the bride is often under a lot of pressure to look her absolute best on her wedding day. It is difficult to dedicate extra time to selfcare as a bride is selecting the perfect dress for herself and her bridesmaids, finding a makeup artist, a hair stylist, and engaging in all the tasks associated with wedding planning. Brides may experience breakouts, premature aging or weight gain because of stress. To avoid this, brides-to-be should be sure to take some extra time to relax, including spa days, massages, and meditation, but also to create the right skin care and beauty routines and treatments to keep them looking young, healthy, and glowing on their wedding day.

If you are a soon to be bride and feel like all of the above applies to you, here are some tips to help you maintain a glowing complexion and a low level of stress before your big event.

Get a massage, but focus on your face, head, and neck

Getting a massage at the spa is a classic way to unwind after a long week. However, most people focus on full-body massages, whereas many of us actually tend to keep a great deal of tension and stress in the face, head, and neck, causing headaches and sinus discomfort. It is both relaxing and rejuvenating to receive a face massage, as the intense pressure in the facial muscles is released, reducing the severity of headaches and one’s overall anxiety. Further, lymphatic drainage facial massages have been said to aid in contouring the face, making you appear more youthful and fresh, a few major things that you may want or need on your wedding day.

A medical approach to reduce facial muscle tension

The benefits of massages for the face and body are legendary, but one of the most popular methods for reducing tension and muscle contractions, specifically in the face, is Botox. Believe it or not, Botox can be used not only cosmetically, but also for medical purposes to relax the muscles that are injected with it. It can also be used to treat chronic migraines and TMJ, a condition characterized by jaw clenching and grinding, frequently caused by stress. Botox is typically used by doctors as a medical treatment for headaches and migraines, which often add to the stress that you are already under when planning your wedding. Botox is known for its muscle relaxing qualities, which result in the reduction of headaches by releasing tension in the muscles surrounding the head and neck.

This medication can also be injected for aesthetic purposes to reduce forehead wrinkles, 11s lines between the eyebrows and crow's feet around the eyes, all of which are caused by muscle contractions and facial expressions. Additionally, it offers a slimming effect on a person's jaw and lower face if injected into the masseter muscles. You can check this website to learn more about Botox and its many benefits.

Laser peels and carbon exfoliants

Even if you don't necessarily need a facial, getting one is great and can be very relaxing, however not all facials benefit your skin as much as you might think they do. In many cases, they are more effective for relaxation and not always for rejuvenating or hydrating your skin. In the carbon laser peel, a carbon paste is applied to your skin to absorb all the buildup inside of your pores. Instead of just rinsing it off as you would at home, a laser is used to clean both the carbon and the grime in your pores off of your face using high intensity light pulses. The aim of this treatment is to minimize pores while reducing oiliness, which is a combination that results in the best skin for wedding photos. Additionally, you can expect a reduction in breakouts if you have acne-prone skin, as the pores are cleared of acne causing bacteria and oils.

High intensity laser resurfacing

To achieve a smooth, even glow, you may want to opt for a non-ablative laser resurfacing treatment 2 - 3 months before your wedding. Laser resurfacing stimulates collagen and elastin production in your body by causing controlled damage to the outer layers of your skin, triggering your body’s natural healing response. In the end, this will result in tightening of the skin, shrinking of the pores, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and a general rejuvenation. Consult with a board certified cosmetic physician or dermatologist before deciding to undergo this treatment to make sure you are a candidate. Face, neck, and decolletage can be tightened using laser resurfacing skin tightening treatments if used properly by a skilled and experienced provider.

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Radiofrequency fractional microneedling

Similar to laser resurfacing, fractional microneedling also causes controlled trauma to the skin, alongside radiofrequency thermal damage to deeper dermal layers. This treatment enhances collagen production at a depth that cannot be reached using lasers. This allows your skin to become firmer and smoother from the inside out, leaving your skin texture and tone to appear more even and free of impurities and irregularities. You can get 1 - 3 sessions before your wedding for glowing skin and amazing wedding photos. Once again, this treatment should only be carried out by a trained and experienced provider, to ensure optimal results.

Meditation and breathing exercises

If you feel like your whole life revolves around wedding planning, then it is safe to say that you are probably overwhelmed and stressed. Meditating and practicing breathing exercises daily can significantly decrease your stress levels and help you feel more in control of your life. You will remain calm even during the most stressful times, and your mood will be stabilized. In addition you even get some clarity when making decisions. Just as important as planning the perfect wedding is bringing peace to your mind.

Yoga, movement, and exercise

Rather than meditate, you may prefer to explore something more fast-paced yet still relaxing. Vinyasa Yoga is a wonderful practice to move your body and breathe at the same time. While it does have some meditation-like qualities, you will also be strengthening your core and getting in a good workout at the same time, which overall will make you look and feel great mentally and physically.

Under eye dermal filler

Despite meditation, yoga, and massages helping us rest and improve our sleep quality, some of us are cursed with dark circles under our eyes, no matter how much sleep we get. This may sound familiar to you, which suggests that you may be a candidate for under eye fillers. A wide variety of areas of the face and body can be filled with hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers, including under the eyes. The under eye filler will brighten your face, make you appear more awake and youthful, and will give you an overall more refreshed look by replacing the lost volume that casts a dark circle below your eyes.

Cold Therapy

Shocking your body with cold temperatures can do wonders for your mental health, physical health, and even appearance. The use of cryotherapy or cryotanks shocks the body in a therapeutic manner using extreme cold temperatures. You can use this to reduce muscle tension, improve your skin, and even your hair. Daily cold showers can also help relieve anxiety.

Cold temperatures can also be used for other purposes, including the permanent elimination of subcutaneous fat on the body. Cryopolyisis describes the process of freezing fat cells using a medical device that is non invasive, so they can be metabolized and eliminated by the body permanently. Treatments like this can be obtained at many medical spas and can be used to eliminate stubborn fat pouches all over your body. Whether you want to lose your double chin, or get rid of that little belly pooch you haven't been able to address naturally, cryolipolysis may be the perfect solution for you to fit into that wedding gown.

Takeaway

During the stressful process of planning a wedding, it is important not to forget to take care of yourself. Your major priorities should be yourself, your health, and your emotional wellbeing. While it is fun and exciting to plan a wedding, it is a huge task and requires mental clarity and a healthy mindset. Thus, using the above mentioned methods for stress release and beauty will not only ease your wedding planning, but also make you feel and look better on your big day.

It's also important to note that some items on this list may be off-limits to you or may not be your thing, which is entirely fine. The key takeaway is to find time for yourself, even during times of stress. While you may be planning the perfect wedding, it is important to be relaxed and healthy on your wedding day as well. If you don't take care of yourself, you may find yourself stressed and anxious on that one day you've been looking forward to, after many stressful months of planning.

Relaxing your body and mind is possible in many ways. Irrespective of the many tasks ahead, taking care of yourself is essential.

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