Beauty starts on the inside. Remember your mom telling you that? Well, we may be taking that old adage a little more literally than she did: What you eat, drink and do weeks before your wedding day will have an impact on how you'll look when you're walking down the aisle. Here are some examples:
- Sodium -- Consuming too much salt will make you retain water, causing puffy eyes, swollen ankles and that bloated, uncomfortable feeling you hate.
- Alcohol -- Drinking a little too much celebratory alcohol can reduce your skin's elasticity, making it look dry and lined. It can also cause puffy eyes, lethargy and memory loss -- or at least a fuzzy head you won't appreciate.
- Sleep -- Not getting enough sleep will make your hair and eyes look dull, your skin look sallow and put some pretty impressive dark circles under your eyes, too. It will also ruin your sunny disposition and make small problems seem like big ones.
- Smoking -- Smoking will stain your teeth, dull your hair and complexion, make you smell bad and -- well, kill you one day. Smoking introduces up to 8,000 chemical substances into your body, some of which are absorbed into your tissues and later expelled through your skin. Think of smoking this way: Every puff eventually coats your skin with goo from the inside out. Imagine your new husband caressing that on your wedding night.
The takeaway here is that lifestyle factors have a huge impact on the way you look and feel. Eat right, exercise and get plenty of rest during the months leading up to your wedding. You'll look better, have more energy, and feel healthier -- because you'll be healthier. It's not a fast beauty fix, but it's the most important suggestion on this list.