Tips for morning beauty routine
- Eat breakfast! It’ll give you the energy you need for the day. A healthy meal would be a glass of milk or orange juice, a bowl of whole grain cereal or cereal with fruit, a piece of toast and a fresh, nutritious orange. If your are in a hurry try instant breakfast.
- If you don’t like eating in the morning, try to get into the routine of eating your evening meal a few hours earlier and gradually get into the routine of eating breakfast starting with something light like a smoothie and crackers. Breakfast is too important of a meal to skip. It will give you energy throughout the morning and curb your appetite for a large lunch. It also helps with bad breath, because if you don’t eat breakfast, 9 times out of 10 your breath is going to stink, so, eat up!
- Drink 8 glasses of liquid. Water is very good for you. Try carrying a water bottle filled with water. It will help you feel energized, keep your voice strong and loud and keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful.
Apart from your regular facial, waxing and bleaching, chances are you’re picking a ‘bridal package’ offered by most salons.
What you may not realise, however “is that many of these services may not even be necessary for you,” says Dr Mukta Sachdev of Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. She suggests consulting a dermatologist before you sign up for any packages that include specialised skincare treatments. Susheela Singh* got married in New Delhi over 10 years ago. She wasn’t a regular salon visitor, so when a fashion designer friend insisted that she bleach her facial hair and whiten her skin close wedding, she decided to follow advice—with disastrous results! “I like a baboon,” she says, wincing even a decade after the event. But since she had left it too close to D-day, all she could do was rely on her makeup artiste to conceal the blotches on her skin as best he could.
Rules of thumb for any cosmetict treatment you want to get at this time—go to a welltrained aesthetician; and don’t experiment, either with the procedure, or with the beautician. Also avoid testing new products now; stick with what you and your skin are used to.
When Swati khare (name changed) got married over seven years ago, she decided to head to a salon at a 5-star hotel for a waxing job (in her h o m e t o w n Bangalore). The aesthetician recommended a back wax and she went ahead with it. Unfortunately for Swati, her skin reacted to the procedure and her back was covered with welts. She had to use make up to cover the blemishes for the wedding day, apart from taking painkillers to stem the pain. If, however, you are firm on trying out a new procedure at a salon, Dr recommends you do it a month in advance so, should anything go wrong, you can get help from a dermatologist and fix the problem. “Brides have walked into my clinic with terrible boils from waxing that went wrong—a day before their wedding! These boils can take up to a month to clear with oral antibiotics and lotions. I have also had brides walk in after a facial that went wrong and the rashes can take a week to clear up with steroidal creams and antihistamine medications,” says Dr Sachdev. You simply can’t take the risk with even a routine procedure in the last week leading up to your wedding.
And yes… you don’t need makeup all the time and don’t forget that “you are beautiful”