Let not a shortage of time get in the way of your glow routine, says SNEHA SINGH

Every bride desires to be a head-turner on her D-day for which she starts prepping well in advance, but not all brides are so lucky. We are talking about brides-to-be who are so entangled in their office work and professional life that they don’t find the time for elaborate salon and spa sessions. What to do in such a scenario? First of all, don’t fret, ’cause we have got you covered with easy-peasy beauty essentials shared by experts to transform you into the ‘perfect’ bride with minimal fuss.

Early start
The sooner you start, the better the results. Jump-start your pre-wedding routine six months or at least three months prior to your wedding month. Start with the basics; schedule your monthly manicure-pedicure so that your hands and feet shine equally, and have your monthly facials or clean-ups which are essential for clear and radiant skin. Take some time out for a body massage as it will rejuvenate and tone your body and rid it of toxins. If you find it hard to make it to the parlour, learn the basics like cleansing, toning, moisturising and body scrubbing.

Bust your stress
A working woman who is always on her toes can be plagued by stress, anxiety and lack of mental peace. Stress can also adversely impact our physical health and make you look dull and tired. “Stress plays a big role in speeding up the process of ageing. Under-eye dark circles, puffiness, acne, poor digestion, and weight gain are some of the undesirable effects on skin,” says Dr Shefali Trasi Nerukar, MD Skin, Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Trasi’s Clinic & La Piel. “Detox can be implemented into your daily routine in simple ways, like working out for at least 30 – 45 minutes every day and having small portions of a balanced diet all through the day,” adds Dr Shefali. Meditation is a must for detoxification of the mind so that you look calm and peaceful at your wedding.

Beauty essentials to transform you into the ‘perfect’ bride with minimal fuss

‘Treat’ yourself
When time is short, the treatments have to be extremely effective. Dr Trasi suggests, “Carbon laser peel, vampire facial, hydrafacial, microdermabrasion, micro botox are currently trending in the beauty world. These are relatively less time consuming with minimal to no downtime and make the skin look smooth and supple with a healthy sheen. Mild peels for de-tanning and uneven skin tone can also be advised.”

Mindful munching
Clinical Dietician, Kanchan Patwardhan recommends, “A bride must opt for a holistic approach to achieve her target. Good nutrition, daily physical exercise (like walking, skipping) and sound sleep is necessary. She  must consume a balanced and nutritious diet to avoid deficiency disorders. She should eat plenty of vegetables and fruits to increase her immunity. She must consume sufficient proteins, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.” Strictly say no to refined carbs which add on the kilos, reduce red meat consumption, and avoid excess alcohol, jams, jellies, chips and pickles.

Shine naturally
According to Dr Patwardhan, you can tackle your dry skin problems by consuming a handful of nuts like almonds, walnuts, flax seeds and sunflower seeds as these are a good source of vitamin E, omega 3, 6, 9 which is essential for elasticity of skin. “Eating nuts helps ward off dryness, it also prevents blackheads and whiteheads. Include milk, eggs, cereals and yeast in your diet as they are rich in calcium, vitamin B Complex, and vitamin B1 to give you a radiant skin. Guard yourself from sunburn by relying on vitamin-rich fruits like orange and guava.”

Granny’s tips
Remember our Dadis and Nanis used to brag about their good old beauty secrets? On the same lines, Dr Trasi shares some unique home remedies. Mix oatmeal, yogurt and honey together and voila! You have got the best face cleanser. Looking out for a natural exfoliator? Go to the kitchen, grab some sugar and mix it with honey, your exfoliator is ready. Sip on some green tea to get that glowing skin. Don’t just apply coconut oil on your scalp, apply it on your body as well after bathing. The oil acts as a great moisturiser. Use egg whites as a natural peel off mask and don’t forget to apply ubtan (gramflour, turmeric and milk) before a bath.

Perfect regimen
Dr Trasi shares the ultimate beauty regimen: “To maintain the glow, a regular use of face wash and gels containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids along with moisturiser, is advised. Oral antioxidants and serum containing vitamin C provide an added benefit. Once a week mild exfoliation with a gentle scrub of the skin, and layering it with a hydrating moisturiser is necessary. Overnight application of a good anti-comedogenic moisturiser is essential. Harsh scrubbing should be avoided as it can abrade and irritate the skin to cause redness and breakouts.

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