The importance of a well-planned, wedding day beauty prep is highly underestimated. Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful no matter how big or small, eventful or low-key you want the day to be. Here are four things you’ve never thought of that count as beauty prep.

1. Start following a HEALTHY diet

You are what you eat. If you’re thinking now is the time to go on a crash/yo-yo diet, you and your skin will crash before the wedding day. Now is really the time to start filling up your plate with fresh veggies, fruit and healthy protein. Snack on nuts and trail-mix instead of chips and energy drinks. Opt for green tea instead of coffee. Your wedding day is not about how thin you look, but how good you really look and feel. Crash diets and eating or drinking items containing sugar and caffeine can ultimately leave us looking and feeling exhausted. Start filling your day with small healthy habits that fuel your body and nourish your skin.

2. Get your beauty sleep

Getting quality sleep is the ultimate beauty elixir.

Making sure that you have a bed that efficiently supports your body and is comfortable enough for a good night’s rest is one of the best things you can do as part of your beauty prep. The Dynamic Therapaedic range of mattresses from The Bed Shop offers superior support for your whole body while also fighting allergies using a specialised technology called Purotex® because no one wants a stuffy nose and puffy eyes on their wedding day.

3. Get moving

Daily exercise, even if it’s just walking, can do wonders for your health and skin. The increased blood flow re-energises the skin by supplying cells with more oxygen and nutrients from your now healthy diet for a glowing appearance. You can also use this time to catch up with family, bridesmaids or the fiancé. Though we don’t dismiss the importance of a good wine-and-moan session, you’ll get much more out of a 20-minute walk or hike with a friend. Your spirits will be lifted and you’ll feel mentally prepared for all that on-going wedding planning and stress.

4. Up your sunscreen game

​The harmful UV rays emitted by the sun (and tanning beds) are the skin’s number one enemy. Nothing ages our skin like UV-rays and the damage caused by it can be irreparable. If you’ve started an expensive skincare regimen as part of your wedding prep or booked the most expensive aesthetic treatments, it will mean nothing if you don’t use a good sunscreen daily. Tanning beds (aka death beds) are also out of the question. We’re serious! Instead, try a few different spray tan options or ask a fellow bride-to-be for suggestions until you’ve found one that gives you a natural glow without the damage.

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