Staying Healthy for your Winter Wedding means looking and feeling great from the inside out.
From trying on dresses, to picking out a cake, it’s well known that there is an enormous about of preparation that goes into planning a wedding. While both brides and grooms will undoubtedly spend hours making sure they look their best, odds are they won’t spend enough time making sure that they feel their best. The cold, dry air of winter throws a whole new set of health obstacles our way. Since the last thing you want is to be feeling down on your big day, make sure you’re take the proper precautions to negate winter’s worst.
Boost Your Immune System
During the winter months, our bodies are increasingly susceptible to colds, the flu, and so many more viruses. Not only does the flu virus flourish in cold, dry air, but that same air has the ability to suppress our immune system. It’s also suggested that because we spend more of our time indoors during the winter, we are more likely to spread viruses to one another. Since you’ll mostly likely be doing a lot of hand-shaking and hugging at your reception, it’s a good idea to ensure your immune system is in top shape!
First, you should consult your physician about getting the flu shot. While many shy away from the flu shot, a physician can best guide you in making a decision. Good hygiene is also key, so make sure to wash your hands with soap and water frequently (before, during, and after the receiving line)! Another option is taking Vitamin C and other supplements that boost your immune system. Finally, a good diet and plenty of exercise while avoiding excessive alcohol (at least until the reception) is your best overall defense.
Keep Your Skin Healthy
Even if you’re not actually sick, poor skin health can leave you feeling uncomfortable. Dry skin caused by the winds of winter can cause itchiness, and perhaps even pain. On the same token, cold sores can cause the same feeling on your lips, and are the very last thing you want to look at before hearing “you may kiss the bride.” Developing a skincare regimen in anticipation of your wedding will be well worth it in the end.
The most important thing is keeping your skin hydrated, so make sure you take steps to lock in moisture. Making sure you drink plenty of water every day will not only benefit your skin, but also your overall health. Next, start fresh by exfoliating dead skin cells, then protecting from the elements by picking the right moisturizer. The same goes for lips too! Using a protective lip balm with SPF built in will help protect from chapped lips, cold sores, and damage from the sun. Once a cold sore develops, act quickly to cure it with topical creams or prescription pills for cold sores.
Prepare the Proper Outerwear
Being exposed to winter air can suck moisture from your body, which is vitally important to immune health. Keeping your body hydrated is one of the most beneficial things you can be doing, and the dryness of a winter day can make that extra difficult. So if you’re planning on being outside for your winter wedding photos, you should probably plan your outfits accordingly. While a groom can easily stay under the layers of a great tuxedo (especially if it’s made of corduroy), brides can always incorporate long gloves or fur shawls for an elegant but functional look.
Wearing a scarf can also help you protect against a sore throat, which would be detrimental to reading your vows, giving toasts, and singing all night at your reception. Once developed, however, popular sore throat remedies include a simple gargle and rinse with salt water.
If you’re wedding is coming up during these winter months, the time to start preparing your body is today. Following these quick and easy tips can make a world of difference every single day, but especially on one of the happiest days of your life.
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