Today we're excited to feature a new guest blogger! Zyana's survived wedding planning and bridesmaiding, and is here to share her (hard won!) tips for making sure you look (even more) awesome!
When prepping for a wedding there are a million moving pieces to arrange. Even with help of a fantastic wedding planner, which I hugely recommend, it can be difficult to make time for ourselves as well – leaving our personal health goals and plans last in line for attention.
We all want to look fantastic on our big day, and for many that means losing a few extra pounds to be able to fit into that perfect dress. There are tons of diets and exercise regimes to get you on track to weigh-loss success while also ensuring you drop needed inches. Here are a few extra quick tips for ensuring that you look as good as possible in not only those engagement and bachelorette snapshots, but also your treasured wedding photos and videos on your big day.
Getting that healthy glow
Okay, we’ve all seen those women who wear thick makeup on their wedding day, and this is a really scary trend. I’ve seen makeup disasters as well - with wrong-color foundation that makes them look like a geisha/ghost, really not a great look on your wedding day.
To stay as natural as possible also means making sure you, and your skin, have a brilliant healthy glow from the inside out. The trick to achieving this is two-fold:
Up your water intake – studies show that drinking eight glasses of water a day will help us flush out toxins and improve skin elasticity. Proper hydration not only improves all body processes, but it also prevents disease, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces under-eye circles, and improves any skin discolorations.
One study, published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, found that drinking 2.25 liters (roughly 9.5 cups) of either tap or mineral water every day for four weeks altered skin density and thickness - reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In terms of immediate results, one University of Missouri-Columbia study showed that drinking about two cups of water increased blood flow to the skin - aiding in tissue repair and healing.
Water makes a big difference in skin health. Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores both become more prominent. The best way to determine if you are getting enough water is to use an online water hydration calculator.
Another way to boost your skin “canvas” on your big day is to commit to a diet rich in fresh fruits and veggies. Not only will this help with your number one health goal of losing excess pounds and fat before the wedding, but it will improve the color of your skin. In a study published in the journal of Evolution and Human Behavior, researchers found that eating a diet of fruits and vegetables high in carotenoids actually causes a healthy pigmentation and glow in the skin.
The best fruits and veggies to stock up on and consume to achieve this inner healthy glow are foods rich in carotenoids including; carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, and tomatoes.
Skip the tanning booth
As mentioned above the best way to improve your skin’s coloring is to change your diet, but if you need further proof, another study of colorized faces representing carotenoid intake versus melanin skin darkening, similar to what happens in a tanning bed, were put to the test.
Researchers found that study participants rated the healthy glow faces as more attractive than the sun-tanned and sun-exposed skin. The study showed that individuals with higher dietary intakes of carotenoids from fruit and vegetables have increased skin reflectance. The study also established carotenoid coloration from consuming fresh fruits and vegetables as a valid visual cue to overall human health.
If you want to look healthy and glowing on your wedding day, then skip the tanning booth and go straight to juicing! Not only is sunlight and two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB, exposure from tanning damaging to your skin, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is quick to point out that it can even cause skin and other cancers. Also, as proven from the above studies, it’s just not as attractive as a healthy inner glow.
Looking great on your wedding day doesn’t have to be hard, and the lifestyle changes you make will have lasting positive effects to your overall health and vitality as well. Wishing you much joy on your upcoming big day!
Zyana Morris is a passionate blogger who loves to write on trending health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a featured author at Healthable, Uplifting Families, Inscriber Mag, Hello Mamas and few others. Currently she is working for Hourglass Express, an online store for waist trainers. Her favorite quote is “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.