Wedding Prep — Chapter 2: Beauty Tips for Busy Brides-to-be
As mentioned in Chapter 1, my wedding date is approaching — T-minus 5 weeks and 4 days — and I have been incorporating a beauty routine into my wedding planning process, in which I plan to share in several segments. Chapter 2 is dedicated to busy bees who cannot afford to spend too much time on beauty care, but still long for glowing, radiant skin on the big day.
I’ve been engaged for about 14 months now, and the past year has been one of the most eventful, but busiest times for both my fiancé and myself. So naturally, it became a bit difficult to find time to use masks, go for facials, or follow the entire 10-step skin care routine. I try my best to use any forms of masks 3 to 4 times a week, but when I’m tired after work, traveling, or simply too hung up watching Narcos, I realize I hardly do it once a week.
So I worked hard on finding easy, effective and time-saving beauty tips that can be merged into our daily lives. And below, I’m sharing some of my favorites:
1) Be a Sleeping Beauty: Although you know this already, it is still good to remind you again that a good night’s sleep is crucial. Any dermatologist would tell you that lack of sleep is often the core reason for dry, dull skin that leads to other issues, such as acne, dark circles under eyes etc. So put the phone away when you’re in bed, and focus on sleeping well, even if it’s is less than 7 hours; its quality over quantity.
2) Clean Pillow Cases: You’re taking time out to do laundry every week already, so why not throw in your sheets and pillow cases too? AllYou.com once asked readers how often they wash their bedsheets, and while the majority says once every 2 weeks, some go without washing for over a month. And dirty pillow cases can often be blamed for acne and breakouts, because they gather dust and the oil from your hair and face! If you don’t have time to follow an elaborate nighttime beauty routine, this is the least you can do. Personally, I found my pores to be less clogged and see a decrease of visible blackheads since I started laundering on a weekly basis.
3) Use Multi-Purpose Beauty Products: A makeup remover that doubles as a face wash, a moisturizer that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or a makeup primer that evens out skin tone are all multi-taskers that helps save you time. Some of my favorites are the Milky Jelly Cleanser from Glossier, Powerful Priming Serum by Onomie (expect a product review soon!), Luna Sleeping Night Oil by Sunday Riley, Pure Shea Butter by L’Occitane, and the Multi-Tasking Face Serum by Mirai from Japan.
4) Become BFFs with Sleeping Masks: If you are impatient with sheet masks and too lazy to apply and wash off clay masks, then be sure to befriend overnight leave-on masks, which are face masks that don’t require any rinsing off and can be left on throughout the night as you sleep. Some masks contain harsh active ingredients and are therefore not suitable to be left on for a long period of time. However, sleeping masks are designed to stay on the skin for hours, providing deep hydration and glowing skin in the morning. Nothing sounds easier than applying a mask before bedtime and waking up feeling like a princess.
My current favorite sleeping masks:
- Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask (US$40): This was my first ever sleeping mask. The gel is transparent with visible little white bits that melt upon application; it features vitamin C and E to brighten your skin overnight. My reasons of loving this gel mask is because it is not greasy or sticky, and the fragrance is very feminine, which makes me feel more lady-like and pretty when I have it on at night.
- Banila Co. It Radiant Brightening Sleeping Pack (US$27): This cream works as a daily moisturizer when you apply a thin layer, after cleansing and using a toner, as well as a sleeping mask. Simply be generous with yourself and put a thick coat of it on right before bedtime. I don’t use this as a daily moisturizer as I usually reach for Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream; I save it to use a sleeping mask twice or three times a week. I love it because it is in a lightweight gel-form, and releases a gentle floral scent that is extremely soothing. This product has Carob Seed extract, which is known to accelerate the recovery of stressed, tired skin, and to help reduce inflammation. I often have the urge to take a selfie the morning after, and Instagram my skin with #wokeuplikethis.
- E Nature’s Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack (US$28): The latest addition to my collection of sleeping masks, the Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack contains over 70% Birch Juice! Birch Juice is essentially Birch sap, the natural water that is formed when birch tree pumps the sap from its root. It offers rich nutrients to provide your skin with intense hydration and maintains moisture. After using it for a few weeks, I find that this is best on just my cheeks, as my cheeks tend to be dry; it seems to be a bit too much for my oily t-zone to handle. So if you have combination skin like me, try it on your cheeks first like me!
5) Wash and Massage: The Japanese beauty market offers a considerable amount of facial massage tools, but I for one prefer using my own hands. And since I don’t dedicate a specific time to massage my face, I do it while I’m washing my face, which is what I already do twice a day. Facial massages are said to stimulate the lymphatic system and firm the muscles of the face. I sometimes find that it helps reduce puffiness the following day.
How to massage your face? Close your palms and make fists. Turn your fists towards your face and use the middle joints to press down, from your jaw towards your ears. Make sure you are doing it with face wash or face cream, but never when your face is dry, because this could cause wrinkles!
There are no ugly women, but only lazy women! That’s what I was told growing up, so despite busy schedules, there are always ways to merge in beauty routines – no more excuses!
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