The winter season means two things, a chill in the air and the start of the wedding season. When it comes to a winter wedding, we generally assume that winter weddings are fuss free. No humidity so no frizzy hair, no sweaty makeup, no makeup meltdown during wedding functions. But the season brings along problems like flakey skin, cakey makeup, chapped lips, limp hair and pedicure running out too soon during marriage celebrations. Dry and patchy skin can be a nightmare when it comes to makeup application as everything you apply flakes off or creases.
Looking beautiful on the wedding day is not merely a matter of make-up and dress. It needs weeks of care. If a skin care programme is followed a few weeks before the wedding, it can really help. The skin type and the season should also be taken into consideration. For instance, in winter, even oily skins may feel dry, while dry skins need more moisturisation and nourishment with creams and oils.
For your daily facial care routine, cleanse your skin twice a day. It’s not just the skin on your face that’s prone to dryness in the winter—your hands are often left vulnerable to the same environmental elements as your complexion. Same goes for the rest of your body! Night time cleansing is more important, in order to remove pollutants and make up before bedtime. So, cleanse the skin daily at night and apply a layer of moisturiser before you sleep. You can also apply an all-night mask for your skin.
For normal to dry skin, use a cleansing cream or gel. Or, take half a cup of cold milk and add five drops of any vegetable oil (til, olive or sunflower oil). Put this in a bottle and shake well. Cleanse the skin with it, using cotton wool.
Keep left-over mixture in the fridge. If the skin is oily, use a cleansing lotion or face wash for oily skins. Oily skins also need deep pore cleansing. Mix rice powder with curd and apply on the face once or twice a week.
Rub gently with small circular movements and wash off with water. Ready-to-use scrubs are also easily available. In winter, an oily skin may be prone to blackheads. You can have “clean-up” at a beauty parlour and have blackheads extracted. One of the easiest ways to prevent dry hands is by adding a hand cream to your skin care routine.
All brides go through some kind of stress. Do not stress. It can ruin all your winter skincare efforts. To deal with this kind of mental stress, it is essential to learn to relax. It has been proved that physical exercise actually helps the body to cope with stress.
A few weeks before the wedding, start taking a little exercise, like going for a walk. In fact, walking is good for both body and mind. Yoga and meditation are also helpful, in terms of calming the mind and inducing relaxation. You must ensure eight hours sleep daily to rejuvenate your skin. If you sleep late and aren’t getting enough rest, take mini naps between the day. Even a couple of 30 minute naps through the day will help you and your skin!
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