There's nothing quite like that 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, author of Skin Rules.
But wedding stress, in-law drama, or budget complications can take their toll on your newfound, brightened look. Never fear: We've got your action plan to keep your newly engaged glow long after your soon-to-be spouse has popped 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 proper exfoliation for all skin types," says Jaliman. Simply add a little of your favorite cleanser to the Clarisonic Mia Prima Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush and let the pulsating, rotating bristles exfoliate and smooth your skin.
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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." Adding a supplement to your daily routine could also help up your glow factor. The fruit-infused Collagen Beauty Glow contains marine collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, probiotics, biotin, and vitamin C to give you radiant skin, starting from the inside out.
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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 complexion 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 undereye circles and puffy eyes, she says. If pre-wedding stress already has you tossing and turning, spritz a soothing lavender-infused sleep spray on your pillow to encourage a restful slumber.
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Add in Retinol
Retinol won't just fight fine lines. "If you use retinol nightly, it helps cell turnover and will stimulate collagen," Jaliman says. Also, consider using products with vitamin C, suggests Jaliman. "It is a great antioxidant and brightens the skin." We recommend A-Passioni Retinol Cream and C-Firma Day Serum, both from Drunk Elephant.
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