5 Earth-Friendly Beauty Secrets for Brides-to-Be

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Whether you’re having a small, intimate wedding with close friends or a fairytale extravaganza, organising your perfect day involves a great deal of planning and preparation to ensure everything runs smoothly. And for brides-to-be, this will also include making sure you look and feel your absolute best when the big day arrives.

From the perfect dress and accessories to flawless skin that glows from within, achieving ‘blushing bride’ status doesn’t just happen overnight. When it comes to your skin, it definitely pays to start early and use the right products as part of your beauty regime to guarantee you feel fabulous on your wedding day.

1. Establish a beauty regime early

With so much to do in preparation for a wedding, as well as juggling everyday life, it’s easy to let beauty regimes slip. But, thinking of your skin as the foundation for you looking your best, it’s wise to make time to give your skin a little TLC by establishing a daily bridal skin care routine as early as possible.

It doesn’t have to be arduous or time-consuming, though. With time on your side, you can experiment with different products and techniques to discover those special ingredients and techniques that suit your lifestyle and, more importantly, your skin.

2. Exfoliate to illuminate

Helping to remove dead skin cells and increase blood circulation, exfoliating is an important part of any beauty regime – especially for brides-to-be in search of a smooth and gleaming complexion.

However, with so many different beauty products available, it can be tricky figuring out which is best for your skin type – but as a rule, opting for eco-friendly products that contain natural ingredients like avocado kernels or jojoba beads is always a safe bet. Products like these don’t contain harsh chemicals, additives or plastic microbeads that may be harmful to the environment – and better yet, they’re also far gentler on your skin.

When exfoliating your skin, always make sure you choose the right product for different areas of your body to prevent over-exfoliating and damaging your skin.

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3. Massage your way to a marvellous complexion

One of the secrets to a youthful and radiant complexion is to introduce facial massages to your bridal beauty ritual. By gently massaging your face regularly, you’ll work to stimulate the blood vessels below the surface, helping to combat signs of aging and fatigue along the way. Adding some essential oils into the mix – like rosehip oil and jojoba, with hydrating and skin-repairing properties – will give you a winning formula for achieving healthy, glowing skin for your wedding day and beyond.

4. Focus on your feet

With the prospect of spending a lot of time on your feet during the wedding celebrations, it’s important you don’t forget to show your feet some love as part of your pre-wedding beauty prep. The last thing you want is to be plagued by cracked heels or painful corns when you’re taking centre-stage for the all-important first dance. Whether you treat yourself to professional foot massages and pedicures or invest in moisture-rich foot creams to apply at home, paying attention to your feet will guarantee every inch of you looks gorgeous.

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5. Swap coffee for enriching herbal teas

Your bridal beauty regime isn’t about not only what you put on your skin, but also what you put into your body. Naturally, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is key to boosting your immune system, but it will also work wonders for improving the condition of your skin.

One area where you can make an impactful change is in reducing your caffeine intake by swapping your frothy cappuccinos and espressos for a refreshing peppermint or green tea. Packed full of antioxidants and skin-nourishing properties, herbal teas still offer that much-needed pick-me-up you get from caffeine-fueled alternatives, while benefiting your body inside and out – leaving you looking and feeling wonderful as you walk down the aisle.

Looking your best on your wedding day doesn’t have to be a chore, or reliant on inches of makeup on the day. By starting early and discovering which methods and beauty products work best for you, you can ensure you look positively perfect from head to toe.

Paul Richards is a long-time botanist and founder of Herbfarmacy – an online retailer selling organic skin care and beauty products for all skin types that are packed with herbs grown on their farm in Herefordshire.

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