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Starting Wedding Day Prep Early : Bride Edition

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For any bride, they want to look stunning on their wedding day. And no matter what – you will. But, most brides like to spend time getting themselves ready and picture perfect for their big day. And, quite often, in the whirlwind of wedding planning, they forget to do the prep, and end up trying to fit everything in to the last few days including the wedding day, and have to abandon plans they had early on. There are many things you can do in advance of the bog day that will help you to look and feel amazing, and by planning in advance, you don’t run the risk of forgetting things, or having to cut out plans.

No matter what happens, your wedding will be perfect, and the person lucky enough to marry you will think you’re the most beautiful thing in the world regardless. But we all understand the want to look the best we can, and there is absolutely no shame in it.

A lot of beauty prep you can do has little to do with makeup and stylists, so make a plan that you can stick to, but don’t get stressed out about it. Plus, there are beauty prep routines that will help you to stop stressing! Which is perfect for any bride.

Diet

And we’re not talking about how you can lose five stone in three months – because that is just not going to happen. If you want to lose weight for your big day, then look at your diet and start cutting out the fats and sugars, make sure that you have the right portion sizes for you, and that you are eating all the right things. Get some advice if you’re unsure of the right diet for you. A balanced diet has so many more benefits than just losing weight – it will give you more energy, which is perfect for those long days trying on wedding dresses. It helps you sleep better, which counteracts those stressful nights. And it can also clear your skin. The biggest contributors to bad skin are greasy foods, dairy and sugar. Cut all these down or out, and combine it with a good skin care routine (which we’ll talk about later on) and you’ll see improvements in no time.

Exercise

You knew it was coming! Again, if you want to lose weight, then exercise is an absolute must. Get yourself a workout plan designed to help you shift the weight and tone up, and stick with it. Just picture that perfect dress as motivation. Set yourself a realistic goal, and if you think you’ll struggle on your own, you can rope your bridesmaids into the workouts, or get yourself a personal trainer. Even if you don’t want to lose weight, exercise is great for you anyway. It gives you that boost in endorphins which helps to conquer stress and beat wedding blues, which is a real thing and effects a lot of brides. It will also help clear your skin, and can be a great way to relax. If high-impact isn’t for you then try yoga or swimming,

Hair

Prepping your hair for the big day goes beyond having it cut and styled just before the big day. Although, that is a big part of it. You can also help your hair to be as luscious and thick as those hair ads on TV. Use a deep cleansing conditioner once a month, and combine it with an argon oil and coconut oil wash. Use the right products for your hair type, and, if you have coloured hair then make sure you are using the right treatments for it; ie purple shampoo for fake blondes. You can also help your hair by drinking plenty of water, and applying a heat protector before applying any heat to your hair. Have dead and split ends trimmed regularly too.

Skin

We have already touched on diet and exercise to help clear you skin, but, if you’re really concerned about it, you might also want to consider seeing a dermatologist for stubborn acne or blackheads. Apart from that, your skin can only improve with a daily skin care routine – which starts with drinking plenty of water. When buying products, make sure that they are right for your skin type – the three main types are oily, dry and combination skin. Use a cleanser and a toner day and night, with a foam wash on the mornin and an exfoliating wash in the evening. Use a face moisturizer every morning and night – you can switch to an anti-aging cream if you want to. Sunscreen should be used every day and not just when it’s sunny outside, and your skin can be protected from getting clogged with makeup by using a primer and water-based foundation. Add in a mask or a pour strip once a month for extra care.

Teeth

So many brides don’t think their teeth are up to scratch for their wedding photos. Everyone wants to have perfect photos on the big day, so if this is a problem area for you, then take this opportunity to fix it. Use a whitening toothpaste twice a day while also flossing to help improve the health or your teeth and gums. If you wish to make bigger changes to your smile, then go to a dentist for teeth whitening and any other procedures.

Meditation

Too many brides get so stressed over every little detail of the wedding, which causes sleeplessness, weight loss or weight gain, irritability, and simple unenjoyment of the whole process – which is a time we’re sure you’ll want to remember. One of the simplest ways of relieving some of that stress comes with meditation. It can simply be some time spent on your own, relaxing and doing nothing. Put on some calming music, light your favourite candles, and lay down. Focus on your breathing and visualise those stresses leaving you with every exhale. It’s a simple yet effective practice that you can use for the rest of your life.

The Secrets To Great Oral Health

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We all want our teeth and gums to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. But wanting this and making it happen are two very different things, and it can be challenging keeping on top of your oral health. The truth is that there are a number of things you could be doing which you are probably not yet doing. Even with all the information abounding that people have about oral health, there are many things which people are kept in the dark about. With that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the secrets to great oral health which you could be making use of.

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Overcome Dental Anxiety

Many people have a genuine anxiety related to visiting the dentist. If you are familiar with that feeling, you might find that it affects your oral health over time. If you want your teeth and gums to remain as healthy as possible, it will be highly beneficial to try and overcome your dental anxiety. There are a number of ways to do this. One of the best things you can do here is to visit a dentist who is well known to be good at what they do; this could be a celebrity dentist or just someone in the local community whom people recommend. You can also express to your dentist that you are anxious, and they can try and find ways to work around it. The important thing is to not ignore it altogether.

Vary Your Diet

It is rare that people think about changing up their diet in the name of improved oral health, but it is actually one of the most powerful things you can do. Your diet has a direct impact on your oral health, so it makes sense to put a special effort into including as many vitamins, minerals and so on in your daily diet. There are also little tricks which you might want to bear in mind. For example, if you finish off a meal with a small cube of cheese, you can reduce the effects of acid on your teeth from the meal. Of course, it’s also beneficial to reduce the amount of sugary foods you take into your body, as these essentially attack your teeth.

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Change Your Brush

Most people fail to change their brush often enough, which can quickly cause some severe dental problems. With an old brush, you might cause damage to your gums form the hardened bristles. You could also be worsening any existing conditions you might have orally, and it is possible that you will not be keeping your teeth as clean as you think you are. Replace your brush once every two to three months at least, or as soon as the bristles become worn.

With the above taken into account, you can expect your oral health to be in a much better situation on the whole. This will give you a greater peace of mind, so it is well worth doing.

No Satisfaction (with a soft toothbrush *sadface*)

WTF? More ants this time on NEW toothbrushes
(back-story on the ants)

So.

I went to the dentist for the first time in seven years late last week.

A bunch of time spent cleaning, examining the wear on my teeth and discussing its causes.

Grinding, clenching and chomping in the night (mouth guard recommended).

Acid wear for a number of reasons.

Dry mouth from the medications I’m on.

And over zealous brushing.

Apparently a toothbrush should last me three months.

Mine won’t even make it to three weeks!

So I was handed a soft toothbrush, instructed to make it last three months and to cut back on the obsessive brushing.

It just doesn’t feel right! Meep!

What’s a girl to do?

(in the meantime, I’m having extra hot showers to compensate for my need to FEEL CLEAN)

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