For the Bride
Soothing Eye Treatment: If you have puffy, dry or irritated eyes after those late nights of wedding preparation, try a homemade remedy to soothe and refresh. Cool chamomile tea bags and cucumber are good traditional remedies to cool and soothe the eye area, while cool potato slices are also good for puffy eyes. Light some scented candles, put on some relaxing music, and lie back with the tea bags, cucumber or potato slices covering your eyes for 10 minutes.
Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment: You don’t need to splash out to get perfect bridal locks. For a natural conditioning treatment, try mashing an avocado and applying directly to your hair for a shot of moisture and nourishment. Alternatively, for a protein-rich treatment, apply a beaten egg to your hair, leave for 10 minutes, then rinse off with cool water.
Steam Facial: Steaming is a good way to cleanse your pores, helping to promote clear and glowing skin – the perfect base for wedding day make-up. For a steam treatment at home, fill a bowl with boiling water and leave to cool slightly. Add a couple of drops of essential oils, such as tea tree oil for acne-prone skin, lavender oil for oily skin or rose absolute oil for dry skin. Steam for a few minutes by leaning over the bowl with a towel covering your head to trap the steam. You can follow a steam treatment with a purifying clay mask or simply some toner and moisturiser.
For the Bridesmaids
Rejuvenating Body Scrub: If your bridesmaid dress reveals your upper arms and your legs, then give yourself a boost with a body scrub to reveal glowing skin for the big day. For a nourishing body scrub, mix together some brown sugar and olive oil, using roughly double the amount of brown sugar to oil. You can also add in some manuka honey, which is beneficial for both dry and acne-prone skin types, and some lemon or orange essential oils for an uplifting scent. Use the scrub in the shower, rubbing in circular motions over the body and paying attention to rough spots such as the elbows. Follow with body butter, but remember to let it sink in before you put the dress on – the bride won’t be impressed with greasy marks!
Refreshing Foot Mask: After the fun of the hen party, your poor party feet may be in need of some R&R. Our feet are often neglected, but they deserve a treat from time to time, especially after dancing the night away. For an invigorating treat for your feet, mix together equal quantities of oatmeal, corn meal, sea salt and olive oil. Add a few tablespoons of aloe vera gel to get a paste-like consistency then add a few drops of refreshing peppermint oil. Apply to feet and massage in. Leave for a few minutes wrapped in cling film then wash off.
For the Mother of The Bride
Skin Brightener: Papaya and pineapple are great natural exfoliators and skin brighteners due to the alpha hydroxy acids that they contain. To tighten and brighten your skin, blend some papaya with yoghurt and honey and apply as a face mask. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse off. Alternatively, pour some pineapple juice into ice trays and leave in your freezer overnight. Once frozen, pass the pineapple ice cubes over your skin and leave for five minutes before rinsing.
Milk Bath: Take a leaf out of Cleopatra’s book and relax in a cleansing and nourishing milk bath. The lactic acid in milk will soften your skin, and milk baths can also be soothing for those with eczema or psoriasis. Add a few cups of whole milk or some milk powder to your bathwater, mix in some essential oils and honey (optional) then float rose petals on top for a luxurious and indulgent treat. This is a perfect way to relax and reflect the night before your daughter’s big day.
For the Groom
Purifying Facial: For the ultimate at-home facial, begin by cleansing and lightly exfoliating your skin using oatmeal and water. Follow this up with a soothing or cleansing mask made from natural ingredients such as yoghurt, avocado, strawberries or honey. Finally, persuade your busy bride to give you a facial massage using a natural oil such as jojoba, grapeseed or almond oil. Apply the oil to hands then massage the face using gentle upward circular motions. This will help to nourish the skin and boost circulation, giving a vibrant and soft complexion – perfect for all those wedding photographs.
Aromatherapy Shower: While baths are perfect for relaxing, a shower can be equally indulgent. Choose a relaxing essential oil such as lavender, or an uplifting oil such as neroli, and add a few drops to a damp flannel or sponge. Place this on the base of the shower in front of you as you shower to allow the steam to release the scents.
Softening Hand Treatment: For perfect hands for those wedding ring close-ups, try using a moisturising scrub made from one tbsp olive oil, one tbsp sugar and one tsp of almond or grapeseed oil. Scoop some of the mixture onto your hands then massage in circular motions all over. After a few minutes, rinse off the mixture with warm water until most of the oil has been washed off, and then pat dry. Finish with a moisturising hand cream or lotion for wedding-ready mitts.
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