I have yet to meet a bride-to-be that wasn’t completely consumed with how to look her best before the big day. But what most women don’t realize is that you can’t fix what is on the outside without first fixing what is on the inside. Remember when your parents used to tell you, “You are what you eat?” Well, they were right.
If you want to be at your best when you say “I do” then let me tell you why you should shift your focus from the outside in:
Last year I tried Botox. Sure I was only 27, but that didn't stop me from obsessing over a wrinkle in the middle of my forehead. So I decided to go see a doctor. He told me that while he would be happy to give me the shot, if I just drank more water I wouldn't need it. That got me thinking....I could pay $300 to fix my problem, or I could fix it for free by upping my H2O intake. The decision was a no-brainer and months later I could hardly see it.
Water is the key to fresh skin, healthy hair, and strong nails, so at least three months prior to your wedding you need to make hydration your #1 priority. Think of your body like a plant that is trying to grow. You must water it everyday or else it is going to wither.
Still not ready to give up your Diet Coke? Consider these facts:
1. Did you know that soda is one of the top acidic substances that humans ingest? Why is this a problem? Well, acid leads to inflammation, which causes collagen to deteriorate and eventually collapse, thus forming a wrinkle.
2. Caffeine is hard on the liver causing it to not filter toxins from our body to the best of its ability. So every time you go to the vending machine for an afternoon pick me up, remember that you are trapping in toxins that are wreaking havoc internally on your body. You want to flush toxins out with water, not keep them in with soda.
3. Think that zero calorie drink is keeping you skinny? Think again. Studies have shown that our bodies are tricked into thinking that artificial sweetener is actually sugar, resulting in the production of insulin which stops the body from using fat as fuel and keeping us from losing weight. More water = less lbs.
You know processed foods are bad for your health, but do you know why? Nearly 6,000 chemicals and additives are used to make these foods. Scary, right? You would never willingly put so many unknown chemicals on your skin, hair, or nails, but by ingesting them into your body you actually already are.
So If you are serious about looking your best come wedding time, remember this one piece of advice: every time you hit the grocery store only shop the perimeter. The middle of the store is where all of the processed foods are, so in order to take in the best nutrients to get your hair, skin, and nails in tip-top shape to stroll down the aisle, stick to the outsides.
Even if you maintain a healthy diet, chances are your body is still lacking certain essential vitamins, but fear not because there is an easy fix. The first step is to be sure to maintain vigilant about taking a multi-vitamin every single day. But on top of that here are a few extra beauty specific supplements you may want to consider:
The benefits of adding in biotin are twofold: It will help strengthen your hair to prevent breakage and split ends making your wedding day do that much easier to work with, and it will prevent your nails from becoming brittle, which is crucial in getting your unique manicure to last even longer.
The last thing you want is to have a red face in your wedding pictures, so be sure to even your color by adding vitamin B3 into your regimen 3 months prior to your big day.
And don't forget.....
Taking care of your inside does not mean that you no longer have to worry about taking care of your outside. In order to be your best self on your wedding day, you must remember to maintain both.
Do you think that it is no big deal to blow dry or straighten your hair without using any product to protect it? Well, think again. This is the fastest way to dry, brittle, and broken hair on the most important day of your life. Strengthen your locks by using Brocato Cloud 9 Hotshapes Miracle Repair Flat Iron & Finishing Spray before applying any heat.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Keep your skin looking healthy by finding a great lotion, but be sure that it includes a high SPF to protect your skin from the sun.
Feeling your best inside and out is going to make this happy time in your life even happier. So why not start today? Be sure to share your favorite hair healthy recipes to the Loxa Beauty Facebook page.
For the love of beautiful brides,