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Beauty Countdown 1

"Diary, last night he popped the question!"

Congratulations on your engagement! It`s a thrilling time, but it can also be a little daunting. Especially if, like most brides, you`re already envisioning the perfect wedding, with you - the ravishing star of the show. For most of us, reality demands a lot more work than simply closing our eyes and clicking our heels.

So it`s time to prime the canvas for that special day with a beauty and fitness regimen designed especially for you. We consulted with Lynne Scott, owner of Image Creations, who has 15 years of experience in the health and beauty arena, and is also a personal fitness trainer who specialises in body conditioning.


6 months to go
"After sweet dreams of flowing trains and clouds of tulle, I awoke elated - until I looked in the mirror and the Bride of Frankenstein stared back. Tired skin, lifeless hair and saddle thighs that would make any jockey proud."

Diet and fitness: If self-control is not your forte, join a slimming club and invest in a personal trainer. Aim for a balanced menu that is high in fresh fruits and fibre, ensuring that your diet is rich in the essential vitamins and minerals that you`ll need to keep stress at bay.

Eat less of the high carbo fruits, such as bananas, and go instead for pawpaws, melons and strawberries, which are diuretic fruits that cleanse the body of toxins and energise. Choose low fat dairy products, avoid slathering butter on everything in sight and above all, drink as much water as you can handle (never less than a litre a day).

By exercising regularly and eating sensibly, you will ensure that the body draws its fuel from the stores of fat, rather than draining the muscles and depleting the body of energy.

To kick-start your fitness routine, walk briskly for 20 minutes twice a week for the first two months. Says Lynne: "The point is to acquire a body that is sculpted and well shaped, not to subject yourself to extreme torture. Walking lifts and tones the muscles, increases blood flow, improves circulation and burns kilo`s." Remember to spend a few minutes stretching before and after each session to strengthen and lengthen muscle fibres.

4 months to go
"Oh, mirror, mirror on the wall, how on earth do I fix this all? My hair has decided to declare its independence. Chemical warfare may be my only hope..."

Skin: As usual, you should be cleansing, moisturising and toning your face every morning and evening. Ask your beautician to recommend a set of products that are effective for your skin type.

Continue drinking water frequently, as this hydrates your skin from within. To protect your skin from the harmful effects of the environment, wear sunblock and eye cream every day. Each time you take a bath, exfoliate your body with a loofah glove and moisturise afterwards. This stimulates the circulation and gets rid of dead skin cells, ensuring a smooth, healthy, all-over glow.

Hair condition: Hair in peak condition has bounce and shine. If yours doesn`t fit the bill, speak to your hairstylist about treatments that restore volume and improve general condition. Go for a trim at least once a month, and if you`re considering a colour or perm for your wedding, discuss when the best time would be to do this (better sooner than later). Don`t forget that, like your skin, your hair needs protection from the ravages of the sun. Try Goldwell`s LC2 Gel Wax with UV-filter (R60), available from professional salons.

Diet and exercise: Join a gym and do body conditioning twice a week, or invest in a personal trainer to show you the ropes. Lynne swears by body conditioning, as it tones, lifts and trims the buttocks, inner thighs, hips, stomach and arms. It also strengthens weaker areas, such as the back muscles, making the body more supple. Continue with walking at least once a week, for 30 minutes.

Continued in "Beauty Countdown 2"...


Article source: LifeWorld



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