The wedding day is only a week away. Everything is set, from the perfect white dress you are going to wear to the fabulous hair and makeup to enhance your natural beauty. However,no matter how you try to make everything perfect, there will always be those unwanted circumstances, like sudden weight gain, that test your grace under pressure.
From a weight gain dilemma to a pimple that suddenly pops out on the last minute, here are some beauty emergencies that may occur a week before your wedding and some ways on how to solve them.
- You gained weight
Did your wedding dress shrunk or did you just gain a few pounds? Whatever that is, finding out that the dress doesn't fit one week before your wedding induces a panic attack. The good news is you can do last-minute body toning with discipline and persistence.
Spend an hour a day working out. Exercises should include cardio exercises like hopping on a treadmill for 20 minutes and strength training. Then, help yourself by cutting back on salt, sugar, and starch intake. Say goodbye to your favorite fast-food and processed foods and say hello to eating fresh, clean, and whole foods. Drinking adequate water and chowing down slowly can also minimize the bloat and give you a greater figure on your big day.
- Your skin is not picture-perfect
For sure, you don't want to bring your dead skin cells to the next chapter of your life. At least six days before your big day, treat yourself to a full facial. Tony Silla, the co-owner, and head esthetician at Face Place in Los Angeles says that the full facial will guarantee a healthy and radiant complexion in time for your wedding.
Even with the gratifying facial, maintain your glow by staying out of the sun as much as possible and wearing SPF 25 sunscreens to protect your skin. You should also maintain a daily exfoliation regimen for your body using an herbal body scrub to slough off dead skin cells, clear blemishes, and soothe the skin.
- You have a hairy problem
No bride will allow herself to walk down the aisle and head over to their honeymoon not as flawless as she can be. Those unwanted hairs in your from your legs and armpits to your down under have to say goodbye. It is advised to book an appointment to your trusted waxing salon at least four days prior to your wedding to ensure any redness or irritation clear up in time.
- You're a little pale
Since basking in the sun might do more harm than good, you can have a golden glow the safer way by using a spray tan. Sunless tans are a healthy way to get that stunning, bronzed glow while considering the well-being of your skin. Go to your favorite tanning salon two days before your wedding for enough drying time, keeping your beautiful white dress from getting stained.
- Your pearly whites aren't that white
You have been drinking a lot of coffee lately and you didn't notice the discoloration it brought to your teeth. You can cover up the blemishes and puffy eyes, but it would be really hard to cover up stained teeth. A no-brainer solution is to visit your dentist to clear up the stains and whiten your teeth. But if you're running out of time, you can get help from some of the items present in your pantry.
Make a paste using several teaspoons of baking soda and lemon juice. Put a good amount of the paste onto your toothbrush and apply it on your teeth. Leave the paste on for a minute and rinse. You can also rub the inside of a lemon peel on your teeth to brighten up your smile in an instant but don't do this often for it can hurt and damage your enamel.
- Your eyes look tired
The stress and the lack of sleep you've had from the wedding preparations show on your face, especially on your eyes. You may wake up with dark, puffy eyes and you don't want that to mess up with your bridal glow.
You can perk up your eyes by wearing a gel eye mask for 10 minutes. If you have no time to purchase an eye mask, just raid your fridge and look for a fresh cucumber to put on your eyes. You can also put a chilled metal spoon onto your eyes to reduce the puffiness and darkness of the eye area.
- You wake up with a zit
Waking up with a pimple on your wedding day's last minute might be your ultimate nightmare as a bride. You can cover up the redness but no matter how hard you try, the annoying bump will still be there. You should be able to shrink and dry out the blemish before applying concealer.
Dr. Michael Lin, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist suggests using a layer of benzoyl peroxide-based acne medication to kill bacteria and shrink the zit. Joanna Vargas, a renowned celebrity facialist also suggests dabbing a bit of yogurt onto the blemish and allow the lactic acid and probiotics will calm the pimple and heal it fast.
Carmina Natividad is one of the enthusiastic writers for Jennifer Regan, a shop in Sydney that caters to women who are looking for the perfect bridal dress to wear as they walk down the aisle. Her articles mainly focus on fashion and beauty, which help soon-to-be-brides prepare for their wedding day.