While you'll only have eyes for your bride on your wedding day, your guests will be looking at both of you â€“ so now's the time to spruce yourself up.
The first step towards looking your best on your wedding day is to start a simple skincare routine (if you don't already follow one). At-home skincare doesn't require much effort, and once you're in the habit your routine will soon become second nature. As there are plenty of specially formulated skincare products for men to choose from, you'll have no trouble finding the essentials: a cleanser, toner and moisturiser.
Your skincare routine
- Start your routine by cleansing your face every morning and evening to remove the excess natural oils and any impurities caused by pollution and other environmental aggressions.
- Next, apply the toner. Toning simply prepares your skin for the moisturising cream or lotion. It's best to use a toner in a spritzer bottle rather than cotton pads, which can catch on hairs â€“ just spray directly onto your face.
- Finally, moisturise in the morning using a product containing SPF15+ broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. Also moisturise in the evening, before going to bed, using a moisturiser without sunscreen. Light lotions are available for oily skin, and superb rich creams for dry skin.
These other basics will help get your skin into tip-top shape:
- If your skin is oily, exfoliate the skin on your face once or twice a week. Dead skin cells need to be buffed away to prevent pore blockages and reveal a healthier skin beneath. Exfoliated skin will absorb moisturising creams better, and exfoliating the entire body will help keep it glowing.
- Use an eye cream or gel on the skin around your eyes to help eliminate any redness, puffiness, dark circles and lines.
- Frequently reapply a sunscreen with at least SPF15 when you're out in the sun.
- Drink two litres of water a day to stop your skin becoming dehydrated (dehydrated skin feels tight and dry), and maintain a balanced diet.
With the home routine under way, it's time to treat yourself to a relaxing facial at a salon during the build-up to the big day. Imagine yourself cocooned in a layer of soft blankets; slowly drifting in and out of a dozy slumber while only the finest products are massaged into your skin. During a facial, you can expect cleansing, exfoliation with steam and a pressure point massage, plus application of a mask and finishing products. This can also be a good idea for your groomsman gift. Take a leaf out of the girls book and spend a 'man day' at the spa.
There are other professional treatments tailored for men that will not only leave you feeling pampered and revitalised, but also looking that much smarter. These include an eyebrow shape, waxing, manicure, pedicure and spray-on tan.
- Your face will be the centre of attention on your wedding day, and in the photos, so consider an eyebrow shape to help define your eyes and make them stand out. It's often just a case of removing the stray hairs between and beneath the brows.
- While you're getting rid of unwanted hair, why not think about getting a wax? The back, chest and legs are all standard areas for male waxing. Although you'll experience some pain, the outcome is well worth it. A smooth look will get a vote of support from your bride, and your clothing will feel a lot more comfortable to wear.
- More and more grooms are adding a nail tidy to their 'maintenance' list. A File and buff-up will reveal ship-shape hands ready to sign the wedding register and pose for shots of your rings. And don't forget your feet. A pedicure typically includes a satisfying soak, removal of dry skin, toenail shape and a massage that's bound to put the spring back into your step.
- For an instant, all-over golden glow on your wedding day, try a spray-on tan. This can be applied professionally or at home, but make sure you have it two to three days before the wedding to let the colour settle. To really top off your healthy look, consider having your teeth whitened.
If you're planning on changing your hairstyle, make the appointment a few months before the wedding. The organise a trim one week (not one day) before your wedding. That way, it will look as natural as possible. Ensure your anti-perspirant contains the active ingredient aluminium chlorgydrate/chloride to be effective. And, lastly, choose a cologne that complements your bride's perfume on the day.
If you're looking for something relaxing to do on the morning of your wedding, why not spend an hour or two in a 'grooming room', or arrange for a beauty therapist to come to your home and offer a back massage, facial, nail tidy, hot shave and hairstyling â€“ you'll be in perfect shape for the day ahead.