Get Bali Wedding Ready!
Okay, so you're engaged. You're over the moon. You have your Pinterest board ready. Invites are done, venue is selected, and all you have to do is show up. But you want to look and feel your best right? And with Bali being such a humid and sticky place at times, you want to make sure you're glowing, not shining as you walk down the aisle.
How exactly do you prepare for a Bali wedding?
That beautiful bridal glow will shine out of you naturally no doubt. It's one of the happiest moments of your life, but I thought I'd interview a few professionals in their industry to help you along.
With the climate playing a huge factor in what you wear, your hydrations levels, and whether or not your hair is going to stay put or decide to have a life of its own when you're there (mine certainly does), I want to share with you some tips and tricks to help you look and feel your bridal best.
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Kim has long been a go to for so many women when it comes to diet, nutrition, and general well being, especially for women. She's a certified Clinical Nutritionist and Naturopath, specialising in hormones, gut health, weight management and fertility amongst other things.
She's also a recent bride - yay! Congrats Kimmy!!! - so who better to ask! Here's what Kim had to say:
"It’s probably a wise idea not to leave this part of your planning to the last minute. If implementing healthy habits is foreign to you, you should allow about 4-6 months before your big day to make some changes. However If living a healthy lifestyle is what you do already, this should be second nature to you!
Diet and lifestyle can play a huge role in improving the quality of your skin, hair, nails and of course, overall physique. Although habits that cause you to thrive should ideally be part of a healthy lifestyle as a whole, there are some little health and beauty hacks that you can take on board for your big day...even if it means that you’re going to have to cram this into whatever time you have left.
A skin cycle is approximately 5-6 weeks, so that means that any changes you make can take approximately a month and a half to reflect, topically. Your skin loves good quality oils, topically, but also internally. Diet-wise, ensure you are consuming a diet rich in fats (let’s not shy away from fat ladies), especially omega 3 essential fatty acids as these reduce inflammation, and increase suppleness. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and anchovies are great. For plant based sources, avocado, flaxseeds, hemp seeds and marine based supplemental oils are my favorites.
Avoid refined vegetable oils and fats (canola, sunflower, margarine)
as these are high in omega 6. Transfats which are often an ingredient in refined foods (read the back of food labels) should also be avoided. These fats can potentially exert an inflammatory action, not just on your skin, but systemically throughout your whole body. Inflammation can manifest topically as redness, spots, pimples, zits and can cause conditions like eczema and psoriasis to flare.
Your skin loves antioxidants! These nutrients quench free radicals and in turn, reduce inflammation. Specific skin-loving antioxidants include Vitamin A, C, E and zinc. Increase deep coloured fruits and veggies and supplement with zinc if you want a nice therapeutic dose this awesome mineral, just make sure you take it with food.
Nails and hair thrive on similar nutrients to your skin, but brittle skin and breaking hair could benefit from some supplemental biotin and silica. However, thinning, breaking hair or excess hair loss can indicate hormonal imbalances, specifically thyroid issues. If this is something you are experiencing, ensure you get your hormones investigated by your health practitioner as treating the underlying cause is always key.
Last but not least, let’s address digestive health and bloating. There are some awesome hacks on how to reduce bloating acutely, but it’s best to prevent it from occurring in the first place. If bloating is something you deal with regularly then you need to do some investigating. A diet diary is the easiest way to try pinpointing your triggers. An elimination diet is also great as it removes potential trigger foods followed by a reintroduction of them to see if you bloat/react. Leave this for at least 3 months before your big day. Bloating can be an indicator of inadequate stomach acid, resulting is food which isn’t being broken down effectively, causing fermentation and distention of your stomach. A simple daily dose of apple cider vinegar (1tsp) in a small amount of warm water can help. Sipping on herbal teas like ginger and lemongrass can ease your bloat too. peppermint can also be beneficial but if you suffer from reflux as well as bloating, mint can actually worsen it. Consuming a small amount of fermented food/drink daily can be really beneficial for bloating (kim chi, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, yoghurt), or alternatively, take a high dose broad spectrum probiotic."
Now if that's not enough to get you started, I don't know what is!
Next, I spoke with long time friend, and in my opinion, one of the top tier makeup artists globally about skin care and how to get it ready for those balmy evenings on the dancefloor.
Zoe travels internationally for work, and is often the hand behind the stunning faces you see glammed on so many campaigns. If you're lucky enough to be getting married in Bali at the same time she's there, then you're in for a treat. Her hands are gold!
Zoe gave me a brief lowdown on her recommendations:
"Prepping your skin for Bali is super important. It's best to have your last facial 2-3 week before you arrive as you can break out from the facials, especially if they involve a lot of massage. It's best to give your skin enough time to normalise afterwards. Then, leading up to the big day, you can use a mask suitable for what your skin may be needing. It may be looking a little bit tired due to last minute organising, travel, seeing family and so on, so keep an eye on this.
Some of my favourite masks are:
Glam Glo Firming Mask - For instant brightening and natural glow.
Origins 10 Minute Mask or Drink Up Overnight Mask - For quick hydration.
Charlotte Tilbury Godess Skin Clay Mask - For calming and pore tightening.
Getting your skin in good condition is so important.
Make sure you have a good skincare routine at least 6 months before the big day. It'll make a world of difference. My ultimate favourite skincare brands are Rationale, Biologique Recherche, and The Ordinary.
Regarding hair, it's really important that its not dry by the time of your wedding. Humidity loves dry hair and this will cause your hair to frizz and be hard to control. Hair mask are vital, bring one with you and use one regularly before your wedding. I love using the Olaplex shampoo, conditioner and leave in treatment. For a good hydrating mask, I go with Kerastase or Oway. They're amazing.
In terms of styling, if you do have hair that's allergic to humidity or goes limp fast, and looses body quickly in the heat, but you want to have your hair down for the big day, I'd suggest getting some clip in hair extensions (cut and coloured to match your own hair) so that the extensions can hold the style and body, and won't frizz.
For those of you wanting a beautiful tan, don't fry yourself in the sun! You dont want strap marks, redness, or patchy areas. Get a spray tan the day before so it's coated evenly. And make sure you exfoliate well before you get one.
If anyone has further questions or need advice, I'm always here to help!"
Okay so that explains a lot why my hair is so frizzy!
Peace of Mind
Last but not least, your mental health and peace for the big day! It's just as important to feel pretty mentally as it is physically.
It was easy to know who to speak to about this. My sister Nikki.
Nikki is a Nutritional Therapist as well as a Mental Health Counsellor and is the founder behind State of Soul. With regular workshops for women focusing on everything from communication to yoga, and breath work to conflict resolution, she had some great pointers to maintain your cool with getting married in a country that isn't your own.
"Communicate Your Expectations - A lot of frustration can be avoided by communicating your expectations from the get go. Asking questions, seeking clarification on processes, and expressing how you would like things to be in an ideal world. The clearer the communication, the less chance of misunderstandings (and therefore stress!) throughout the process.
Communicate Your Boundaries - It's not uncommon for weddings to feel like they become about everyone else apart from the bride and groom. Families might get more involved than you would like, opinions are expressed without you asking for them, the bridal party might become more demanding than you had expected! Boundaries are key in avoiding unwanted conflict and in feeling calm and in control. If something doesn't sit right with you, or if someone is getting too much 'in your space' - simply express how this makes you feel in a healthy, assertive way.
Remember Your 'Why' - If or when things get crazy or overwhelming, remember why you are doing this. At the end of the day who is this wedding for? What does it mean to you? To your partner? Why was it exciting in the first place? What value do you place on it? Ground the mind down by remembering the intrinsic meaning of what you are about to do. Perhaps even writing it down can be a useful reflection tool throughout the process.
Let Go + Enjoy The Day - The reality of life is that we just don't have that much control over things... shit happens. You might plan for a sunny day, and it rains. Perhaps the music doesn't come on right on cue, or dinner is delayed by 30 minutes. Sure, these little things can be frustrating - if you allow them to be. On the day of, remember you have done all you can and this day is now about a celebration of love. Learn to breathe through any small glitches, knowing that when you look back, they will probably be forgotten about (or better yet, something to laugh about). One thing we can control is how we react to things - so therefore approach your day with a big smile, an open mind, and don't forget to remember your 'why'."
And there you have it. Our top tips on how to get Bali Bride Ready for your big day!
My personal tip? Have fun. Dont sweat the small stuff, trust your planner, and dont forget to eat your cake!
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