In order feel and look your best on your special day, it’s important to ensure you are making beauty sleep a priority during this busy time! You can count the hours to your big day, the moment you have been meticulously planning to perfection. Well, weddings are fun, especially for the newlyweds about to start a new chapter in their lives. What they will not tell you, however, is all the anxiety and stress days before it all comes together. Even the smallest details matter, and as you stress over it, you are likely to forget the details that attribute to your own well-being. Remember, they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!
We all know that sleep deprivation is not good for your mental health, but what you may not put into consideration is how it affects your physical health and appearance. Your face says a lot without your lips even moving, and as your big day approaches, the last thing you want is a dry, dull, or sagging skin. Also don’t forget dark circles that are nearly impossible to cover up without uncomfortable amounts of makeup.
Quality sleep is vital as your body gets the opportunity to rest and repair from all the wear and tear from the day’s activities. While stress and excitement as you wait for your big day might keep you awake, getting beauty sleep is necessary. Here are a few simple but practical pointers to help you get the much-needed beauty sleep and look best during your wedding.
Create a Bedtime Routine
The demanding plans can knock you off balance, forcing you to stay awake for more hours as you strive to perfect every aspect of your wedding day. With a lot on your plate, you need a plan to ensure you are setting aside enough hours to sleep. Creating and sticking to a bedtime routine will help you develop a sleep cycle leading to quality rest.
Stay Away from Alcohol and Caffeine
A glass of wine is sometimes exactly what you need for your health and sanity, but drinking too much alcohol affects your sleep and accelerates dehydration leading to dry skin and hangovers the following day. Caffeine, also dehydrates you, impacting the hydration and glow of your skin. If you’re getting enough sleep, you shouldn’t even need to reach for that cup of coffee this week, but if you need caffeine, try switching to green tea.
Remember, you are what you eat and your body reacts to what is consumed. So, if you’re consuming unhealthy things like junk food, alcohol and caffeine, you will likely be more prone to break outs, dull skin, or just feeling sluggish.
Stay Away from the Screens
This is not the time to binge-watch your favorite TV series. Those cliffhangers can quickly take over your plans, the next thing you will be watching TV until the morning. The same goes for your mobile devices. Unplug from the screens and avoid spending too much time on the phone to see if everything is in order as it will only increase your stress levels and limit your quality of sleep.
Exercise for Beauty Sleep
A simple workout is all you need for a relaxed and stress-free moment. With all the excitement and stress as you plan for your wedding, a little workout, including yoga as you head to bed helps improve your blood flow and alleviate the stress levels. Give yourself this time to focus only on you and not what’s next on your to-do list. Exercising also helps promote deep rest, which will help you feel refreshed to tackle the next day.
Take a Bath
A hot bath, together with relaxing music, can work wonders. Studies have shown that warming up your body temperature with water-based heating, significantly improves your body’s ability to fall into a deep, restorative sleep. Give yourself a little extra time in the evening for a long tub dip, maybe add in a bath bomb with essential oils and read your favorite book or magazine. Your body should feel relaxed, euphoric, and ready to rest.
If you’re like most brides, you will likely be extremely busy during your wedding week – but that shouldn’t mean your beauty sleep should suffer. Do you best to tie up loose ends early on and give yourself time to rest and relax before the big day.