The next few days are going to be crazy for me. Today I had a presentation, this weekend is the Whole Life Expo (in which I am speaking at), and Monday is the RBC Women of Influence Awards Night. Translation: I’m going to be in front of crowds, so I better look good. Luckily, I find grooming and self-care myself very grounding which helps me fight anxiety. Translation: License to unleash the fullness of my own vanity.
So, my lovely readers, if you are wondering if I have tips from prepping before a big event – I’ve outlined ’em below. This is what I recommend my clients who have a wedding coming up or any occasion in which they will be in the public eye.
1. Don’t let nervousness be the only thing to make you sweat…Steam: A week before, it is excellent to steam your skin. I would do this a minimum of three times. Not only will you skin be more clear, sweating out impurities, but it will also minimize the appearance of your pores. Do not do this the week of your event – just in case it draws out a blemish underneath your skin. You will want to ensure you have ample time to take care of this. But at least if the steam prompts you to have a small blemish the week prior – it could help you from breaking out actually on the important day.
2. Polish the trophy you are: Exfoliation is so important – especially in the wintertime. Two to three days before your big day you will want to scrub or peel your complexions to make sure that your make up is sans flakes and camera-ready. Hell, I scrub down my entire body. It makes you feel refreshed and renewed and also gets our circulation revved up. This helps prevent water-retention and heavy limbs. Remember, we want to feel light, vibrant and bright, and exfoliation supports all three.
3. Oil up to gleam like a star: Oiling our skin is essential everyday leading up to any important event. Not only should it be done after the above exfoliation to restore moisture after shedding our dead skin, but also it helps your skin retain its natural glow. Dry skin is my personal beauty faux-pas, but its hard to escape being from good ol’ Canadia. So, for extra caution, I like to oil my body, face, lips and scalp. I skip the scalp oiling at least three days before so I avoid any issue styling my hair – but I always perform oleation on all other parts up to that very morning. I like to dab a bit of extra lip oil on under or over lip lipstick/ lip stain for uber glossy lips which give you a polished, gleaming finish.
4. Eat light, eat clean: Be careful what you eat before a big event. You don’t want to feel bloated, heavy or any kind of digestive discomfort. I suggest eating light, avoiding fried foods, heavy proteins, and (my biggest challenge) over-eating. Opting for steamed veggies with only a drizzle of raw, natural oils along with moist grains and lean proteins are best. Avoiding dairy is also often a good idea a few days beforehand because milk products are mucous-forming. This is especially important if doing public speaking as constant sniffling or clearing your throat can rock you off focus.
5. Finishing touches: Everyone has their own little rituals which make them feel beautiful. Mine is to get my eye lashes done, and my eye brows groomed. Some clients of mine need to get a mani pedi or brush their teeth with baking soda. Whatever it is, small details make all the difference. If not to anyone else, to ourselves. I’ll admit that I have to make sure my legs are waxed even if I’m wearing pants or opaque stockings (and yes, this is also a confession that I don’t always have bare, de-haired legs…and no, admitting this does not make any of us less of a put-together woman). It just makes me feel prepared, primped and primed – and somehow it more confident….which is really what makes us look our best.