The Ultimate Bridal Beauty Countdown: 5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for the Big Day​

With your big day on the horizon, you're no doubt busy planning the beauty treatments you want to get done before your wedding. But when is the best time to get these in your diary? Here, The Organic Pharmacy, shares their top beauty tips for brides-to-be on a countdown.

We all want to look our best all of the time, but when your wedding day is set and in your calendar, you'll naturally be looking into treatments you can have done in advance, as well as the make-up style you'll want to be wearing when you say "I do". But with so many things to get organised, you may be confused about when to schedule in your own preparation.

To make sure you have enough time to pamper yourself to the fullest, you'll want to follow this bridal beauty calendar. Here, I'll be talking you through everything from starting skincare, to test runs of your makeup, and how to keep fit and healthy ahead of your big day.

Think smartly with your skincare

If you've previously been pretty lax with your skincare and are wanting to ensure your skin looks as radiant and glowing as possible for your big day, you'll need to experiment with a new routine. While correctly and carefully identifying your skin issues, type, and texture can help you to choose the right products, there may still be some teething issues as your skin gets used to some products. For example, with sudden use of potent ingredients like retinol, the skin can have a "purge" where you may experience a breakout while you get used to the new products. So, you'll want to make sure you begin using ingredients like this up to six months in advance of your wedding.

Real results don't happen overnight, and individual products can take between 4–6 weeks to show improvements, so you'll want to be sure you at least give yourself this amount of time to see if your routine is working or if you need to try something new. Be aware that the weather and other external factors can mean you'll need to switch up your skincare again. For example, if your skin feels drier during the colder months, prioritising a thicker moisturiser instead of your usual lightweight one will ensure you keep hydrated and avoid peeling or flaking skin.

Treat yourself to some spa treatments

As the big day draws closer, you might want a final polish and what better way than to visit a spa where a professional beautician can treat you to some skin-suited treatments. If you're planning on getting a spray tan done for your big day, you'll want to ensure your body is primed perfectly for it, and the best way to do this is to have a full body scrub.

Your beauty therapist will get rid of any dead skin and encourage any ingrown hairs out with a gentle scrub that'll mean your tan goes on beautifully and evenly. I would recommend having this done the day before you get your tan done. Even if you're not planning on tanning for your wedding, having a body scrub is a luxurious experience and will ensure every inch of you is glowing on your big day.

You'll no doubt have been on top of your skincare as the weeks draw in closer to your wedding day. But why not treat yourself to a special skin consultation and facial to leave your skin feeling refreshed? I'd recommend having this treatment in the week leading up to your big day so you can maintain your glow for when you walk down the aisle.

Schedule in a test run for your bridal make-up

Your bridal make-up will tie together your elegant wedding day look, so you'll need to ensure you have enough time to perfect it before you get married. If you've got an idea of what you want, be sure to pull together a mood board as this will help the make-up artist you hire to bring your vision to life. There are plenty of sources of inspiration for your bridal makeup, including Instagram, Pinterest, Google Images, and lots more. So, be sure to do a thorough check of all of these until you find a good collection of photos that reflect what you want doing for your big day.

If you prefer to do your own make-up, you'll still benefit from creating a mood board, but you might also want to take a look at YouTube tutorials for how to achieve your desired look. While you may already be confident with your make-up, there may be some tips and tricks for that specific look that you'll find valuable. Having a few good test runs of your make-up before the wedding day is key, and I would recommend doing these initially as early as possible to check whether you definitely don't want to hire a make-up artist, and then again closer to the time so you're confident on the day.

Invest in your health and fitness

It's no doubt important to you that you look your very best on your wedding day but feeling great on the inside is just as key. If you want to ensure you feel comfortable on your big day and are wanting to tone up or make some physical and mental changes, you might want to set yourself an exercise schedule and focus on healthier eating.

While this can help you lose some stubborn pounds you've been wanting to shed or assist you in building up muscle and toning yourself before the big day, it'll also be great for getting into a routine that you can carry on long-term. If your gym is closed or there isn't one nearby that's easy to get to, running or home workouts can be just as effective, and with so much inspiration for healthier meals on the internet, you won't be short of ideas for a meal plan.

Remember that fitness isn't all about the way you look, but how you feel, so don't be too hard on yourself with a regime leading up to your wedding day. If you're looking to make bigger changes, you may want to start working out and eating healthy up to a year in advance of your wedding day. If you reach your goals before this, you can then work on maintaining them.

Continue to look after yourself in the future

Preparing for your wedding day can show you just how much pampering you usually miss out on. And, while there may be some one-off treatments in there such as spa trips, there is plenty you can do yourself at home to treat yourself to all-important self-care.

For example, giving yourself a luxury manicure or pedicure every few weeks is sure to make you feel nicely put-together. Similarly, taking your skincare serious and ensure you've got a good daytime and night-time routine is important in keeping your skin healthy, hydrated, and clear. But you will need to be aware of what products don't mix well together and ensure you use these at staggered intervals. For example, niacinamide won't react well with other acidic ingredients, and BHA shouldn't be mixed with hyaluronic acid, so make sure you're clued up on what's in your skincare and create a routine that is safe and doesn't counteract itself.

For luscious locks, treating yourself to a hair mask once a week will ensure your hair is silky and smooth. And, be sure to get into the routine of using a heat protector before you blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair.

Getting ready for your big day doesn't have to be chaotic. With The Organic Pharmacy bridal beauty calendar, you'll be well prepared for all the treatments and routines you need to set before you walk down the aisle.

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