November 15, 2018 We are well into November at this point, so with the run up to Christmas so close by, most people have plenty of special occasions to plan for. Christmas parties, Christmas weddings and family get-togethers are a-plenty this festive season, or maybe you have a really important business meeting at work. Whatever the occasion, how you get ready can help shape your enjoyment of the event. So, if you’re looking for some top tips on how to get ready for a special occasion, Jasmine Silk have put together some great advice to help you have the best time. But, what does silk have to do with getting ready for a special occasion? Well, we’re here to tell you. Plan Ahead To feel as little stress as possible in the run-up to an event, it is essential to plan things ahead of time, so that you don’t have a mad panic on the day. Knowing that you have everything in order prior to the event, means you can relax and enjoy. Planning ahead can be as complex as you want. Whether you want to plan what you will wear, what gift you’re going to bring, or a salon appointment, taking the time to organise this in advance will help. What you plan exactly, depends on the event and what you believe is necessary for you. Alongside the little things like appointments and outfits, you should plan how you are going to get there and back from the occasion. Don’t leave this until the last minute because the last thing you want is for you to be stranded somewhere without any plans to get home. Sort this in advance, so you know what’s happening and you’re safer. Not to be forgotten is taking care of your body and mind. If you typically get stressed over special events for whatever reason, practising self-care in the run-up to the event can help. Take care of yourself as best you can, so that when the time comes, you’re ready. Get a Good Night’s Sleep This is quite an obvious one, but it deserves a place on the list because it is important to remember. Adult life is pretty hectic, especially during the festive season and getting a good night’s sleep is often on the bottom of people’s list of priorities. But, to get the most out of a special occasion, a good night’s sleep is essential. Take the time to prepare the night before and practice tips for a good sleep. Don’t drink caffeine after 6 pm and turn off your devices at least an hour before you go to bed. It can also be helpful to create a relaxing environment to sleep in. Fresh bedding and low lighting can go a long way. It is widely acknowledged that silk pillowcases are a great thing to sleep on before a special occasion. The fabric is super soft and temperature regulating, meaning that you won’t get too hot or too cold throughout the night, resulting in a restful sleep. You can always go the whole hog and invest in a full silk bedding set, for ultimate luxury. Grey Housewife Silk Pillowcase Take Care of Your Skin Whether you’re male or female, wear makeup or not, taking care of your skin can help you to feel fresh-faced and confident walking into an event or occasion. This isn’t something that you can do well overnight, so if you want to best results, you should start doing this at least a couple of weeks beforehand. Find a skin routine that works for you and stick to it. Once you know your skin type, you can choose cleansers that will work for you. Your skin is your biggest organ, so taking care of it is important. Cleanse, tone and moisturise is the usual technique, but for something a little special, you can try using silk beauty cocoons. They contain the protein sericin, which is a moisturising element found in anti-ageing creams and serums. Gently massaging and cleansing your face with these gently exfoliates the skin too. They leave your skin feeling nourished and radiant. A silk pillowcase can help you on your way to a good night’s sleep, but that’s not all. Sleeping on silk will also moisturise your skin overnight, so you feel great in the morning. The delicate fabric will not pull or tug at your skin, minimising creases and irritations. The hypoallergenic properties are great for those with sensitive skin so that when you wake up on the big day, it’s not a bad skin day. If that’s not enough, silk pillowcases have the same effect on the skin as they do on your hair so you can enjoy sleek, smooth and moisturised hair. There is a range of other silk beauty products that can help you moisturise other parts of the body before a special event. Silk Beauty Cocoons Relax While You Get Ready Once all the prepping and planning is complete, it is time to start getting ready. Whether you’re getting ready routine lasts all day or 30 minutes, make sure you relax. It is nearly impossible to get ready properly in a stressful environment. Leave enough time and create a relaxing environment so that you can be in peace, allowing yourself to do what needs to be done so that you feel ready walking in. How you like to get ready depends on your personal preference. You may want to get ready with your friends, partner or on your own. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable. Switch on some relaxing music or light a candle to create a serine stress-free environment. If you want to blast your party tunes with a glass of champagne to get you in the mood, that’s okay too. Just as long as you don’t feel rushed, stressed or hectic. You may want to relax in a luxury silk dressing gown, so you feel like luxury. Or, why not keep your hair back while you do your face, with a silk headband. If you have young children around, relaxing them can be just as important as relaxing yourself. To help you with this, you may want to get your babysitter in early, so that you can get ready in peace or take turns with your partner so that one can watch the kids while the other gets ready. Alternatively, invite your child to get ready with you. Let them copy you doing your makeup or ask them to help you choose your shoes. Keeping children involved in the process means you can keep an eye on them and keep them entertained as you get ready. Confidence is the Best Outfit This is perhaps the most important tip of all. All hair, skin and clothes aside, the best way you can be ready for a special occasion is to feel confident. When you let go of worrying about fancy shoes and clothes, you may find that confidence really is the best outfit. Taking care of yourself by making sure you have a good night’s sleep and looking after your skin, your body and your mind may help you to find the confidence to walk into every occasion with your head held high and a smile on your face. If you’re interested in learning more about silk, see the rest of the Jasmine Silk blog for tips, advice and information. To explore our range of products, visit our website.