Weddings are expensive, and smart brides trim costs any way they can. Start by thinking about what you can do at home for free or for next to nothing. You don’t need to sacrifice quality to save on cost when it comes to radiating beauty on your wedding day. Here are three beauty tips for brides to be.
Virgin coconut oil is great for your skin, nails, hair and whole body.
Coconut Oil: Nature’s Cure All
As discussed in the article “Overcome These Skincare Challenges With Virgin Coconut Oil,” beautiful skin really does grow on trees. There are two kinds of coconut oil: refined and unrefined. Refined oil is generally used for cooking. Unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil on the other hand, can be used to improve virtually every part of your body. Packed with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, coconut oil can quickly and cheaply give you healthier hair, skin and nails.
Aspirin and Lemons as Skin Conditioners
There are few things that will cost a bride more than expensive skin treatments. But you can get the same results at home for next to nothing. Salicylic acid cleans pores and fights acne. Crush up 2-4 aspiring tablet and mix them with water until they form a paste. Apply, let sit and then rinse off just as you would any mask. Put a lemon in the fridge until it is cold, then cut it in half and add a dab of honey to the freshly cut middle. Use the lemon as an exfoliator to remove blackheads and soften skin.
Cut Out the Cost of the Mandatory Mani/Pedi
If you’re getting married, you’re almost certainly getting a mani/pedi. The good news is, you can pocket the cash you would have spent at the salon by doing it yourself at home, which you absolutely can. You’ll need to buy cotton balls, tools like nail and cuticle cutters, exfoliant, moisturizing cream, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover and, of course, nail polish. But all of that pales in comparison to a professional paint job. There are 12 basic steps:
- Clean your nails with polish remover.
- Trim hangnails and push back cuticles.
- Trim your nails.
- File away rough edges.
- Buff your nails.
- Exfoliate your hands and feet.
- Moisturize your skin.
- Prep your nails.
- Apply a base coat.
- Polish using three strokes.
- Apply a second coat of polish.
- Seal with a top coat.
- Finish by removing excess.
A simple mix of aspirin and water can replace that expensive salon mask.
You probably aren’t going to make your own dress. But there are a million ways for brides to save money without looking any less beautiful on their wedding day. Take care of your skin your nails on your own and remember, coconut oil makes everything smoother, shiner and softer.
Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer who covers health, fitness and beauty.