Bridal Beauty Routine
bridal beauty routine
a beauty post
"Elegance is when the inside is just as beautiful as the outside"
- Coco Chanel
I wanted to share my bridal beauty routine with you, as over the last year or so I have totally transformed myself by subscribing to a more mindful, conscious and healthy lifestyle. My approach to beauty is holistic as I believe every aspect of transformation is interconnected. My beauty philosophy is beauty from inside out, rather than surface level.
I've detailed my personal goals for areas in my life I wanted to improve from diet, fitness, skin/health care to wellness. I've basically broken down everything I did that helped me to look and feel my best on my wedding day. Having a specific event like my wedding day was a powerful motivator for me as it gave me a time-sensitive framework to make some positive changes and improve myself!
Now that my wedding day has come and gone, I'm happy that I will be able to carry on with these lifestyle changes as it has naturally become a part of my everyday life. It's also crazy to me how sensitive and upset my body is when I forget or stop doing certain things in my routine, as I know for sure that my body is the happiest when I am diligent with my routine so despite the extra effort it takes to do certain things, in the end it's 100% worth it.
I hope these beauty tips below will give you some useful ideas and stir some inspiration in you as I love sharing and discovering amazing things, so enjoy this post!
MY BRIDAL BEAUTY ROUTINE
My diet goal was not to necessarily lose a specific amount of weight, but I definitely wanted to lose a few inches off my waistline, get back to a healthy BMI and feel more energetic, fit and confident. Over the course of 2.5 years, I lost 18 pounds and I now weigh the same weight I was as a teenager.
- Alkalize. I alkalize my body by starting the day with drinking a large glass of warm water with lemon.
- Healthy balance. I maintained a stable balanced diet which consisted of a 80/20 breakdown of clean/whatever I wanted to eat/pasta. This is a happy balance for me.
- Eliminate the bad stuff. I cut out dairy and sugar completely while significantly reducing consumption of red meat, alcohol and caffeine.
- Eat clean. More vegetables, whole foods, good fats like avocados, eggs, walnuts, salmon, tofu etc. I don't love the idea of labeling myself as a vegan because I'm not 100% (I still have lean meat like organic turkey, chicken and I eat a lot of fish), but when I do go out to eat at restaurants I would prefer to order from the vegan/vegetarian menu.
- Intermittent fasting. Doing this has been instrumental in my weight loss progress. My initial fasting experience wasn't the easiest until I modified it to suit my own body's needs, so the key is to listen to your body! The goal is to fast for 12-16 hours and I do this 3x/week every other day. The days I am not fasting are my work out days. The first thing I do every morning is drink as much water as possible, which kick starts my metabolism and helps my stomach feel full.
- Take daily supplements. My daily cocktail of supplements consists of marine collagen (in powder form mixed with water), vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium, probiotics and fish oils.
My fitness goal was to build strength and tone. I learned how to lift weights with proper form and as a bonus, I built a booty and have more definition in my biceps!
- Train with a personal trainer at the gym. I trained 2x/month with a PT and worked out on my own 2x/week by going to barre class (which I love!) and strength training at the gym.
- Less cardio, more strength training. I spent 80/20 strength training vs cardio at the gym and focused on exercises such as dead lifts, squats, kettle bell swings (my favourite!), bicep curls, lat pulls and chest flys etc.
- Walk, walk walk! I walked as much as possible to and from work as my daily cardio.
My skincare goal was to feel totally confident wearing no makeup at all. By maintaining a consistent routine, I was able to do exactly just that and feel beautiful inside out.
- Facials. I went to get a facial 2x/month where I would do a peel, oxygen treatment and occasionally light therapy if I had hormonal breakouts.
- LPG Endermologie. I did a beauty treatment on my face and body called LPG Endermologie which is an all natural method of stimulating the skin to reactive dormant cellular activity. I saw visible results on my body after a package of 6 sessions (it's my secret to a butt and breast lift without any invasive surgery). As for my face, I saw immediate results after one session as it contoured and lifted my skin. Overall, my skin felt more firm and smooth. LPG is expensive, but it is a worthwhile investment especially if you have a special occasion like a wedding in my case.
- Clean, treat, hydrate, moisturize. Maintained a consistent morning and evening routine with isClinical cleanser, active serum, pro-heal serum and reparative moisturizer. I wrote a detailed post about my skincare routine that you can read here.
- Sheet masks. I did at home sheet masks 1x/week. My favourites are Dr Jart, Laneige Water Sleep Mask and My Beauty Diary Face Mask. The key is to look for sheet masks with active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid for example.
- Dry brush, dry brush, dry brush. Doing this daily has been a game changer for me. I recently posted about the benefits of dry brushing - read it by clicking here if you haven't already!
My hair care goal was to grow out my hair as long as it felt naturally comfortable and keep it feeling healthy, luscious and lustrous.
- Biotin. I took biotin supplements to help optimize my hair growth. I really don't know how effective they were on its own as I was also taking other supplements, but I didn't experience any negative side effects from biotin (I heard some iffy things from different people) which is a good sign. My hair is also the longest it's ever been in a while, which could be a result of biotin combined with better health in general.
- Wash hair less often. Not washing my hair everyday has been a really amazing way to save time, save money from buying shampoo and to boost hair health. It was a bit of a struggle for me at first getting used to the idea. I resisted the urge to wash my hair daily by only washing my hair 3x a week which helped a lot. If you like that "clean scalp" feeling like I do, then let me just say that dry shampoo is a must-have. I always use the Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo which I personally love as it smells so good.
My wellness goal was to significantly reduce my anxiety and stress levels in order to feel more calm in general. I can't say I've nailed this one as it's a constant work in progress for me, but I can say that I now understand the importance of boundaries more and that has definitely allowed me to feel more aligned and in control.
- Journaling. I started to write down little things in a journal/personal planner and realized how effective putting pen to paper is when it comes to actually doing stuff. I keep all my schedules, appointments, to-do list items and personal goals in a fun Ban.do journal I found and love. The cute stickers and hilarious random quotes are a bonus and not boring at all.
- Mindful meditation. Just a few minutes of inhaling and exhaling every morning and every night before I sleep just helps me to clear my mind which is often the biggest barrier to getting good restful sleep. I personally love doing yoga classes where there is a meditation/chanting aspect included in the practice. I did that at a Yoga Retreat on Bowen Island which was honestly one of the best experiences I've ever had. It was so therapeutic for me, I wrote a blog post about it which you can read more about here.
- Positive affirmations. I have a pinterest board of positive mantras, quotes and affirmations that I repeat to myself during my meditation practices. My personal experience with reciting affirmations aloud is that if I don't fully believe in it wholeheartedly, it doesn't work. It definitely takes time to get to a point where you're totally all in but I would say just be kind to yourself and do your best!
- Sleep early and get 7-8 hours of sleep. I am a night owl and have always been, so this one is so tough for me. However, I realize that the later I would stay up the worse my body would feel the next day. I try to be in bed before midnight every night to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. I definitely believe that restful sleep is the cure for anything, but the hard part for me is actually falling asleep. My remedy for that is a hot concoction of steeped ginger tea and honey, and a couple pills of magnesium supplements.
- Soak in the bath. I never had time to simply soak in a bath tub before, but then I realized that it was because I wasn't making the time. I'm obsessed with bath salts and love the process of preparing for a bath, lighting some nice candles and enjoying some me time. Any kind of bath salt with epsom salts and essential oils does the trick. It's a bonus if you can find bath salts with dried flower petals - those are my favourite!
Before I sign off, I'd like to leave you with one final note before signing off:
I always felt guilty or selfish when it came to self-care, but after changing my perception about it, I learned that when you take the time everyday to do something that makes you happy, it truly is the best gift you can give yourself! This very belief has enabled me to feel truly me, free and happy as I have ever been. I hope that this post encourages you to remember to practice self-care everyday as feeling beautiful on the inside is a pretty powerful thing.