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Bridal Beauty
Wedding Day Skin Care Tips
By Lisa Link

Beautiful BrideAs a recently engaged bride-to-be, I have been consumed within the predictable whirlwind of wedding planning that follows. While it really has been a great adventure to scout out reception halls, try on wedding gowns, interview photographers, select wedding invitations and marvel at how bloody expensive everything really is, it has also added a new dimension of anxiety, albeit joyous, to my life.

With that in mind, I wanted to share some tips and ideas for full-body Bridal beauty, as well as Bridal sanity, on your wedding day.

Obviously, everyone wants to look their very best on their wedding day; when else will you be the focus of attention of your closest friends, as well as the subject of a photographer chosen to capture you and your partner within a day that is both intimate and public?

While you've got the wedding gown and headpiece of your dreams, you can't neglect the care your skin and hair needs to look radiant on the Big Day.

While it is common for many brides to visit a dermatologist for complexion-calming tips, or a little "fix," or to go to a good salon for hair care and highlights, they often neglect the rest of their body's skin in the process.

So many wedding dresses today are more "bare," with attention drawn to shoulders, neck and décolletage, that healthy, glowing skin is an absolute necessity. The same goes for bridesmaids' styles; considering that a bridesmaid will be standing next to a woman who has pulled out all the stops to look drop-dead gorgeous, she'll definitely want to spend a little time pampering herself to look her best.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "Good goddess! I've already spent the better part of a down payment for home on this freakin' fairytale, and I don't have lots of extra money to throw around!"

Fear not! Here are some Bridal beauty tips for a little do-it-yourself luxury that won't have you spending all your hard-earned honeymoon cash.

What Does Your Skin Say?
Subtle Notes of Interest

Be Good To Your Bod
An Inside Approach

But Ever so Gently

True Grit

Smooth as Silk
Isn't She Lovely

Bronzed Goddess
And All Aglow

A Shower Gift for the Lucky Bride
Blushing Bride Beauty Box

Your Moment of Zen

Hopefully, you'll find some value in the bridal beauty suggestions that I've made above. Above all else, try to remember that this should be a fun day, not one filled with stress.

Accept that while everything won't be perfect, it will be heartfelt, and your guests will remember fondly the day you made your union official.

All of my married friends have told me the same thing: try not to micromanage everything on the day of your wedding. Just surround yourself with people you trust, let them know your wishes, and TRUST them to carry out their tasks.

Focus on your sweetheart, and take some time to really reflect on the vows you'll be exchanging, and enjoy the unique relationship you share. Everything else will fall into place.

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