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There's nothing quite like a newly engaged glow: Endorphins and blood flow through your face, giving you bright, dewy skin and rosy cheeks. "Happiness enhances the beautiful glow of the skin," says New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D., author of Skin Rules.
But wedding stress, in-law drama, or budget complications can take their toll on your newfound, bright look. Never fear: We've got your action plan to keep your newly engaged glow long after he pops the question.
It's not enough to simply wash your face. Add exfoliation to your weekly routine, sloughing off dead skin two or three times each week. "I'm a big fan of the Clarisonic because you can get exfoliation for all skin types and sonic cleansing on your skin," says Jaliman.
Up your fruit and vegetable intake.
"Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, which will increase your glow," explains Jaliman. Look for dark-colored varieties. "For example, a red grapefruit has more antioxidants than a white grapefruit."
Work it out.
You may not think your muscles have much to do with your skin, but they do! "Do some exercise — whether a run or a long walk — that will increase the blood flow to your skin and give your skin a great glow," says Jaliman.
Get enough shut eye.
"Don't forget your beauty sleep," warns Jaliman. "No one looks good if they don't sleep at least seven or eight hours a night. That is when the body rejuvenates itself." Don't log enough time between the sheets, and you risk dark under-eye circles and puffy eyes, she says.
Add in retinol.
Retinol won't just fight wrinkles. "If you use retinol nightly, it helps cell turnover and will stimulate collagen," Jaliman says. Or consider using products with "Vitamin C, which is a great antioxidant and brightens the skin."