No matter your long-term fitness and beauty goals, your wedding day is critical. You want to feel as confident, strong, and lovely as possible on this special day. Consider working on yourself from the bottom up so you’re ready to go on the morning of your wedding.
Treat Your Feet Daily
In the months before your wedding, work to remove dead skin on a daily basis. While your feet are damp, go over them with a pumice stone to remove dead skin and calluses. If you have time for a foot soak or a shower before bed, take care to moisturize your feet well after the pumice treatment. If you can tolerate it, sleep in socks to let the moisture soak in.
Smooth, Soft Legs
Whether you wax or shave, it’s critical that you keep your legs moisturized. Let them air dry a bit after your shower and moisturize while still damp for the best effect. Spend a bit of time in your toweling robe after your shower so the moisturizer can sink in.
Boost Your Bottom
The simplest way to lift and sculpt your bottom is to start on your elbows and knees with your tummy tucked in tight, then flex your foot and pulse it toward the ceiling 15 times. You can pair this with a standard plank to tone your tummy and strengthen your shoulders.
A Trim Tummy
To quickly drop tummy bulge so you can be as slim as possible in your dress, work to eat foods that are low in processed carbs, such as white bread, crackers, and rice. Avoid pasta, as it can cause bloating. Additionally, try to avoid salty foods to reduce water weight. Instead of regular meals, try eating a 200 calorie snack every 2 to 3 hours to reduce your calorie intake but keep from feeling starved. In the week before the wedding, you can further reduce tummy bulk by taking a break from foods that are high in roughage. If you eat a diet that contains a lot of raw produce, this change can lead to a sluggish gut, so consider getting a box of Smooth Move Tea, just in case you need it.
Tone Your Arms
You don’t have to lift big weights to get toned arms, but you will need to put in the time on this. Working with 3 to 5-pound weights, bicep curls, and tricep kickbacks in reps of 30 each can tone and trim your arms from front and back. Other moves include arm circles and half-moon rotations to keep your arms elevated and build muscle tone. Small weights plus many reps equals toned; heavy weights plus fewer reps equals bulk.
Neck and Décolletage
Even if you’re not going strapless for your wedding, your neck and décolletage will likely be on display either during the ceremony or as you leave for your honeymoon. Treat the area above your breasts with the same care you use on your face and neck. Use a cleanser that won’t strip away moisture. Exfoliate the area to prepare it for a firming moisturizer or serum to keep the skin from your forehead to the top of your dress looking its best. On the big day, consider adding a little bronzer to your cleavage.
Your Beautiful Face
The best thing you can use on your face is a gorgeous, happy smile. If you’ve been grinning at yourself in the mirror as you plan your upcoming nuptials, you may have noticed a few wrinkles creeping in at the edges. Consider a session with a cosmetic surgeon’s office for dermal fillers. You can search for the best treatments by searching in your area, for example, if you live in Toronto you might search for places that provide dermal filler in Toronto. If you’ve never had this treatment before, plan to take a “test drive” of the product so you know how your body responds to the treatment and to the product. If you don’t have time for a test drive, be aware that a dermal filling treatment can last up to 12 months, so you will have time to recover from the treatment and still enjoy the full benefits.
Your wedding is an ideal time to gather with friends, bring family together, and celebrate the love you share with your partner. With some simple preparation, you can enjoy the day knowing you look your very best.
Contributed by Samantha Higgins