Stay Calm and Get Married
Looking and feeling good on your wedding day might be harder than it seems, especially given the amount of work and stress that goes into planning. The experts have a handful of quick, easy tips to help busy brides-to-be stay or get healthy, inside and out.
1. Get Glowing Skin
The smartest path to a clear complexion is exercising, eating healthy and drinking lots of water, says Dr. Sandy Johnson, a dermatologist in Fort Smith, Arkansas. “Water – as well as applying a bland moisturizer – helps hydrate the skin, which minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and maximizes that glow,” she says. You also should slather on the sun protection and avoid scrubs that may irritate the skin, says Johnson. And if you’re not pregnant, use a topical retinol or retinoid to exfoliate.
2. Boost Energy
Making wise food decisions – like lots of fruit, veggies, and 6 ounces of probiotic-packed yogurt, daily – can increase your energy, help with regularity and keep the sniffles at bay, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and author of “The Superfood Swap” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016).
Blatner also recommends drinking three cups of green tea, daily. “In addition to having two-thirds less caffeine than coffee, green tea has a compound called L-Theanine that buffers the caffeine to give you a gentle perk-me-up without the jitters,” she says.
3. Stay Calm
Dr. Scott Haltzman, author of “The Secrets of Happily Married Women” (Jossey-Bass, 2008), strongly advises taking time to take a break and care for yourself, whether that means yoga, a long walk or a bath. “It’s impossible to work on invitations when you’re in the bathtub,” he says. He recommends focusing on the fact that a wedding may be a special day, but what really matters is the marriage that follows, when favors and seating charts are long gone.