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Grooms Health Tips

groom healthI hope I’m not generalising too much when I say men fall into one of two categories. There are those who read Men’s Fitness, go to the gym and workout and spend a lot of time on their appearance, and there are those who would to be content with a spray of the classic ‘Old Spice’, throw on a clean shirt and go to the pub.

Tell us your health tips...

If you feel I’ve unfairly represented you, perhaps you have characteristic from both categories, then reading both sets of health tips to help find your own happy medium. Whichever category you fit into we have health tips that will suit you.

  • Click here for health tips if you like to spend time on your appearance.
  • Click here for health tips if you don’t normally spend a long of time on your appearance.

You Spend Time on Health and Appearance

If you are the sort of bloke how spends time getting into shape and personal grooming then you will already be on the path to looking great on your wedding day. You probably do all of the items in the list, but if not you may pick up an item or two that can help you be your best on your big day.

12 months to go

  • Give up the junk food and replace it with fresh fruit, salads and vegetables, as this will help boost your immune system
  • Start drinking the recommended daily 1.5 to 2 litres of water if you don’t do already, as it's important to keep your skin hydrated.
  • If you are a couch potato now is the time to start doing some exercise. It doesn't have to be loads but if you do some you will not only look great on the wedding day but feel great too.

6 months to go

  • Make sure your getting plenty of sleep, perhaps eight hours each night, otherwise you will look tired in your wedding photographs.
  • If you don’t do already, start to exfoliate once or twice a week. Those of you who have sensitive skin don’t worry as there is a whole range of products available out there, and if you don’t like what’s there you can always make your own
  • Cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day
  • Have a wet shave rather than use an electric razor as this will give you a closer shave and is less irritating for the skin. When you shave rinse your skin with hot water to open your pores. Use either a cream, gel or oil in preference to shaving foam, as this only dries out your skin. Shave with a sharp razor. Shave in the same direction as your hair growth. Once finished rinse off any cream using cold water and this will close your pores. Apply the toner to remove any residue. Apply the after-shave balm to any irritated areas of your face. Moisturise all remaining areas of your face.
  • Use whitening toothpaste and get into the habit of flossing to remove any unsightly stains and hard to reach foods. Nothing better than smiling with confidence :)
  • Protect your skin from the sun by using a moisturiser with UV-protection.
  • If you want a tan on your wedding day then why not use a self-tan. You will have enough time to experiment with shades and find one you are happy with.

3 months to go

  • Go and have your nails manicured.
  • Moisturise your hands regularly so that they don’t dry out. Important as all eyes will be on the bride and grooms hands when you exchange the rings.

1 month to go

  • Decide upon a hairstyle you want for your big day. If you want to go for something completely different and your not happy with the end result at least you will have enough time for your hair to grow back. Although many grooms will opt for their regular hairstyle, tidy up at the back and sides.

The day before

  • If you intend to be clean shaven on the wedding day, go and have a shave in a barbers shop the day before
  • Have a soak in the tub with some aromatherapy oils, as they will help you sleep, and if that fails you can always try Horlicks.

Wedding Day

  • If you weren’t able to go to the barbers continue your normal shaving routine that you have adopted for the last six months.


You Don't Spend Time on Health and Appearance

If you don’t like the gym and don’t spend time pampering yourself then there is no point in trying to be something your not. But if you make small changes earlier on enough and for long enough you too will look every bit the part alongside your bride.

12 months to go

  • Try and cut down on the amount of junk food you eat.
  • Try and drink less beer when you go out

6 months to go

  • Try and eat less takeaways (look on the bright side you save more money towards the wedding)
  • Wash your face twice a day (I don’t mean to sound patronising but not everyone does including women).
  • Try and have a wet shave rather than use an electric razor, as this will give you a closer shave. Remember lads most ladies prefer their man clean shaven.

The week of the wedding

  • Get your hair cut
  • Get yourself plenty of sleep

The night before

  • If you can get away with it, shave the night before so if you do accidentally cut yourself it will have healed before your big day.
  • Try and relax and get some sleep

Your Grooms Health Tips

Let us know health tips you have, so that we can place details here and maybe give inspiration to others!

"If your a little stubbly most of the time have a wet shave at a barber a few weeks before and then have another the day before ensuring a clean face look " Kiwi

"If you only do one thing I would say drink more water - it's easy and free and makes a big difference. "Brian, Knutsford

"I don't like exercise and certainly won't go to the gym. I found by eating a little more fruit and veg,a little less junk food and take-away's and drinking lots of water my skin improved loads, I even lost a little weight! "Andrew, Kent