Complexion Perfection: How to Get Glowing by Your Wedding Day

ESSENCE.COM Jan, 11, 2010

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To clear up dark spots and hyperpigmentation by your wedding day, start washing your face every morning with Ambi Even & Clear Foaming Cleanser ($6.99). This gentle cleanser helps fade dark areas with soy extract and vitamins C and E.

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Although African Americans have a higher built-in SPF than other ethnicities, we can still suffer sun damage. Apply a daily moisturizer with at least SPF 30, like Clarins UV Day Screen High Protection ($42).

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Now that you’re engaged, it’s time to implement a top-notch eye cream into your beauty regimen. We love Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex ($42)—a small, twice-daily dab around the eyes hydrates and alleviates puffiness, dark circles and crow’s feet.

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Kiss My Face Pore Shrink Deep Cleansing Mask ($15.99) contains an organic blend of cloves, tea tree and lemongrass to clear blocked pores and brighten dull skin.

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Before your head hits the pillow, apply a couple drops of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Sychronized Recovery Complex ($47.50). Inspired by groundbreaking DNA research, this high powered serum works overnight to hydrate, repair past damage and prevent aging.

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Skip complexion-dulling cocktails and go for a beauty beverage like Borba Drinkable Skin Balance Water Sampler ($20). Each drink contains a good-for-you mix of antioxidants, fruits and essential vitamins and minerals.

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Before your honeymoon, the skin on your body should be as gorgeous as your complexion! Get glowing with Carol’s Daughter SweetHoneyDipChocolateBrownSugah Scrub ($34)—it leaves skin impossibly soft and sweet-smelling.

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Retinol is every bride-to-be’s best friend! A pure derivative of Vitamin A, it helps the skin look younger and healthier, while also diminishing the signs of aging. Get your dose with the Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask (4 masks for $62), which contain healthy doses of retinol and vitamins C and E. Apply nightly after washing your face, leave on for about 15 minutes, and then peel off to reveal radiant, younger-looking skin!

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Exercise is a great way to achieve a gorgeous glow—but if you’re too busy, take a shortcut to instant radiance with Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer ($39.50). The serum helps aid in cell renewal, leaves you with a brighter-looking complexion.

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If fillers and injections make you squeamish, plump up the fine lines around your eyes with L’Oreal Wrinkle De-Crease Collagen Filler Eye Illuminator ($15.99). This hugely popular cream diffuses wrinkles and expression lines with a generous helping of collagen. A good night’s sleep in a tube!

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Clarisonic Skincare Brush ($195) uses groundbreaking sonic frequency technology to thoroughly clean pores and the skin’s surface. To use, add your favorite cleanser to the brush and gently scrub for vibrant, healthy skin.