Thursday, August 11, 2011

Beauty Tips you can do a week before your Wedding!

So your wedding is in a week . .
We at Swell Beauty have been busy during this wedding season!  Brides are always asking if we have any tips to share.  Here is a list of tips we send to all of our brides a week before they say "I Do".  These are things you can do at home that can help prep your hair and skin for the big day.  Who doesn't love a little extra pampering, right?!
Here you go, in no particular order:

1.  Drink a lot of water over the next week.  It will flush out any unneeded toxins in your body.  Your skin will look clear, extra hydrated, and you will feel great!

2.  Mask it up!  It's always a great idea to do a mask a day or two before your wedding.  Get a mask that matches your skin type- Oily, Dry, or Normal.  They also have masks for Acne prone skin too.  Masks are great in giving you moisture, cleaning out the pores, and leaving you with tight, glowing skin.

3.  Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.  The texture of your skin sets the base of how your makeup will look.  It's always a good idea to exfoliate twice a week, getting rid of the dead and flakey skin sitting on the surface!  Another great idea- Biore Deep cleansing Pore Strips!!  Love these!  Do it the day before your wedding to get rid of any dirt that may be clogging your pores!  

4.  Puffy eyes?  If  you tend to get puffy eyes and dark circles, there are a couple things you can do.  First, try to get good rest the week before the wedding.  Second, find a good eye cream or gel that combats puffiness.  There are a ton out right now.  Usually these creams are packed with things like Chamomile, Cucumber extracts, and even caffeine.  These help to soothe and wake up the delicate skin under your eyes.  Use it the night before and the morning of your wedding.  Lastly, if you are really worried about puffiness, you can get a cooling eye mask.  These are great to keep in the fridge, and whip it out when you need to shrink down those bags under your eyes.  Find them at most beauty/makeup stores, and even Target.  You can use this the morning of your wedding!

5.  If you decide to go tanning, cover your face!  Any rays on your face will damage it, whether it's the real or artificial sun.  If you want your face to have more color, get a self tanning cream meant for the face, and use it after you exfoliate.  Jergens Healthy Complexion is a great one. Also, bronzer works wonders!

6.  Avoid getting your Hair colored/highlighted and even Cut a few days before your Big Day.  At the least,  try to schedule your appointments 4-7 days before your Wedding.  Just to avoid any chemical accidents or stylists mistakes!

7.  Keep your Hair out of the Pool a least a week before your Wedding.  Chlorine is a strong oxidising agent and it tends to damage the cuticle, which is the outer layer protecting the shaft of the hair.  In result it can cause dry, porous hair.  Plus it could turn some blondes Green or leave a green Hue!  NO good for the Pictures on your Wedding day!!

8.  Protect your Hair from the sun and heat from blowdryers and irons.  No bride wants fried, damaged hair for their wedding.  Wear a hat when going out in the sun for long periods of time.We suggest, you   use heat protectant products.  We love the Biolage Sunsorials Line such as: the after Sun Shampoo and their Daily Mist. Also Redken has a great styling Serum thats great on wet & dry Hair.  These products can be purchased at most Beauty Supply's.  

9.  Try not to wash your hair the day of your wedding unless we have discussed otherwise. Your Hair tends to be longer lasting and hold better the dirtier it is.  For some hair types , like thinner hair, washing the day of is perfectly fine. 

10.  Invest in a great Deep conditioning Treatment for your locks, like Joico's Deep Reconstructor Product.  You want your hair to be moisturized, polished, look and feel fabulous for your Wedding.  We recommend you do a conditioning treatment a week or  3 days before your Wedding Day.  You will LOVE the results!

We hope this gave you some ideas or helpful hints on how to look extra amazing on your special day!!  

XO- Dee & Laura