Simple Tips to Keep in Mind
To look good and get that natural glow, you need to eat healthy and keep your skin well looked after at least six weeks before "D day". Yes, your diet plays a crucial role and you mustn't neglect it. Here are a few tips -- Be conscientious about your liquid intake. Avoid alcohol and increase natural drinks like water, chaach, lassi, fresh fruit juices and nimbu pani.- Add at least five pieces of fruits daily to your diet and that does not mean a bit of each but a whole piece - 1 full apple, 1 full orange, 1 bowl of pomegranate, 1 bowl of papaya, etc.
- Lots of salads and freshly made soups are highly recommended.
- I commonly find to-be-brides and grooms suffering from dark circles. It is inevitable due to stress, chaotic lifestyle, hectic schedules and late nights. But it is a must to relax and sleep on time (it is not without reason that we call it 'beauty sleep'), as well as take out "me time" for a little pampering.
- Exercise regularly to help improve blood circulation, tone up the body, get rid of those extra kilos and prevent a sluggish looking skin.
- I would even suggest practicing meditation to calm the nerves and relax the wound up mind which very often buzzes with a million thoughts at this time. You can start with just 5 minutes a day and you will see the difference.
Recipes for Super Skin and Hair
Here are time tested recipes for super skin -
1. For Dry Skin
Take 1 tsp oatmeal, add 1 tsp of honey, milk and the paste of 5 almonds. Mix well and apply on to the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and scrub off patting with just a wee bit of milk. Wash face with cold water.
2. For Combination Skin
Take 4 ground green olives, 1 tsp fresh aloe vera gel, 2 tsp orange peel powder and 2 tsp yoghurt. Mix well and apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Pat with rose water and scrub off. It should be done only 3 times a week.
3. For the Body - Ubtan
I have tried this wonderful recipe - Ubtan - on several brides and grooms and it has had fabulous results for clean, exfoliated and super soft skin ridding the skin of all dead skin accumulation. Mix 1 cup oatmeal, 50gm almond powder and 50gm rice powder. Take 4-5 tsp of it and mix it with 2 tsp honey and full cream milk to make a thick pakora-like consistency. Apply all over body and leave it on till semi dry. Dab with milk and scrub in a rotating manner, especially on the neglected areas like elbows, knees, buttocks, back, etc. Wash off with water.
4. For Gorgeous Hair
Do have regular oil massages followed by steaming, preferably with a good quality Mahabhringraj oil (the king of hair herbs) or Brahmi oil. Another incredible hair paste that can be used once every ten days is -5 Amazing Home Remedies For Dry Hair)
Body massages and body scrubs are not mere pampering before a wedding, but an essential part of grooming. Have one every 10 days at least 2 months before the wedding date.
With simple, planned out grooming schedules you'll be able to reduce your stress and look your best for that special day which comes once in a lifetime. So all the best!
About the Author:
Suparna Trikha is a beauty expert based in New Delhi. She also teaches meditation through aromatherapy and organises corporate workshops for distressing. She has her own range of 40 beauty products and proposes to launch them very soon in the Indian market as well as abroad. With this crusade of moving back to nature, Suparna believes in making people healthier and more beautiful the natural way.
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