Quick guide for a pre-wedding glow:
The constant thing that goes in every bride's mind is how and what to do to look fresh and flaunt a flawless skin on the big day. From a strict diet and regular workout to beauty and hair treatment, a bride-to-be leaves no stone unturned to look like a princess on the biggest day of her life.
Hands down that beauty treatments and skin care tips do help in getting that radiance and glow but, most brides-to-be end up missing on a common yet vital thing- detoxification.
Detoxification basically refers to the body’s natural process of getting rid of harmful toxins. And when the body is devoid of all that is harmful and toxic, it looks fresh and feels healthier. Everyone who has heard of this before or have done it themselves know that no external beauty treatment can replace what detoxification does to your body and skin from within.
If you are still not convinced, read on.
Why do you need to detox?
Detox cleanses the body at the cellular level, and helps to boost the body’s daily functions and leaves you feeling healthier and more energetic. Detox also acts as a remedial process for poor digestion, weight gain, skin allergies like acne or pimples, and even high blood pressure. Getting rid of harmful toxins from your body not only does wonders to your internal system, but also projects a more beautiful you by clearing your skin from the deepest layers, giving it a natural glow.
How to go about it?
Even though it is a natural process, but by a conscious detox plan along with the well-planned pre-wedding routine, you can achieve a naturally glowing skin and healthy body .
We will discuss some simple steps ahead that you can begin with.
What can you do to detox your skin?
Detoxification can be achieved by implementing simple habits in your daily diet routine. Other than the usual advice of healthy diet plan (small portions at 6 meals a day and more fresh fruits and veggies) and regular exercise (at least 45 minutes a day for at least 4 days a week), following are a few things you can do to improve your daily detox.
#1. Bid goodbye to junk food
Before you begin to plan your detox diet, you must give up all the fizzy drinks, fried, sugary, cream-laden treats that you love secretly indulging in. These foods are heavy to digest and cause bloating of the stomach. Moreover, they can also lead to skin breakouts, which you are clearly going to despise, especially a few days before the wedding, right?
Unfortunately coffee and alcohol make to this list, so stay away from strong coffee and alcohol. They can tamper with your digestion and sleep pattern, and ultimately resulting in the dullness of your skin.
#2. Hydrate your body the right way
The basic detox technique that you have probably been hearing everywhere is- hydration. You must have enough fluids in your body to help detox. However, at the same time, you must be careful about choosing the right fluids to keep yourself hydrated. Here are a few drinnks you can go ahead with:
a) Say yes to fresh juices: Avoid commercially packed juices, as the quantity of sweeteners and preservatives are high while the nutrients are low in them.
b) Summer or no summers, smoothies got to be there: Adding a freshly made juice or smoothie into your daily diet will increase your energy, cleanse your skin and soothe your eyes.
c) More water and no coffee/tea: Grab a bottle of water instead of a fizzy drink. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee, or other energy drinks. Or, squeeze some drops of lemon, or add a slice of lemon or cucumber to your regular glass of water.
d) Never run out of green veggies: Apart from fruits juices, add some green vegetable juices to your daily diet. Drinking fresh, raw juice is a definite way to keep those comfort food cravings at bay while still getting the best nutrition.
e) No tea but only green tea: Include at least 2-3 cups of green tea in your diet. Not only does it help fight disease by boosting immunity, but it also enhances the detoxification process.
#3. Eat the correct detox foods
Including just the right foods in your diet promises a good detox and cleansing of your body. Here are some foods that will do the trick for you:
a) Fresh fruits: Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, and many other vital nutrients that are great for your system. Simply include a large bowl of fruits in every meal.
b) Whole grains: Make sure you choose whole grains (wheat, jowar, bajra, etc.) over refined flour products (white breads, cakes, pasta, etc.). Whole grains are not only rich in nutrients and antioxidants, they are high in fibre too. Fibre helps keep your system clean by ensuring regular bowel movements. While trying to detox, the last thing one would want is constipation or bloating.
c) Green leafy vegetables: Leafy greens help your digestive system with enough antioxidants and fibre to get rid of toxins. You can either eat them raw in form of salads, or add them to all your favourite preparations.
d) Lemons: These fruits are an amazing source of vitamin C, which is known to be the most potent agent helping the body detox and burn calories too! You can squeeze lemon juice on your salads or fruits, or simply begin your day with a glass of water with lemon. This is a great way to neutralise acidity in the body, and aid digestion.
The mental detox is important too
Effective detox is not just physical, but also a mental mechanism. Your body will produce more toxins if you are stressed or exhausted mentally. So, just take a break from the unending wedding chores and enjoy a breather. Practice yoga, meditate, or do some simple breathing exercises. Or, read a book, take a walk in the park, or just sit in garden or on the terrace to calm your mind. This will give your body and mind time to rejuvenate and refresh.
A well-planned and followed detox routine will promise a healthier and fresher looking you on the most special day of your life. So time to get started!