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Be a Glowing Bride From the Inside Out

May 5 2014 - 1:53am

When it comes to the perfect wedding [1] day, it's all about the details, from the perfect dress to the too-pretty-to-eat wedding cake. And that includes putting your best face forward for your big trip down the aisle. Since good skin often comes down to what you're putting in your body, here are five ways to get a glowing complexion from the inside out.

Eat Your Vitamins

Your skin looks its best when you are eating fresh, whole foods, because fruits and vegetables are packed with the essential vitamins you need for glowing skin. The vitamin A in leafy greens, squash, and watermelon, for example, helps repair your skin, while the vitamin E in nuts, avocado, and bell peppers helps protect your skin from sun damage. Check out this extensive list [2] for more vitamins and minerals that help your skin glow, and which foods they are found in.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Don't forget to drink water in the midst of all your hectic wedding [3] planning. Getting enough water is one of the most important ways you can get that glowing look, since water promotes cell turnover in your skin. It's not all about guzzling water, however. Eating lots of hydrating fruits — like melons, cucumbers, and celery — also helps you meet your daily H2O quota.

Limit Alcohol and Caffeine

Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your skin, so you may want to limit coffee and alcohol leading up to your wedding [4] so your skin doesn't feel dull and dry on the big day. If you can manage, try not to have a big blowout bachelorette party right before your wedding, don't try to calm your wedding-day nerves with too much Champagne, and don't go overboard on the caffeinated beverages to keep you awake as you plan your wedding.

Make Omega-3-Rich Meals

Omega-3 fatty acids aren't just good for your heart — they also keep your skin glowing and hair healthy. Add more seafood in your weekly dinners, throw some chia seeds into your next smoothie, or add flaxseed oil to your next salad to increase your omega-3 intake. Find more omega-3 sources here [5].

Cut Sugar and Salt

Nixing those processed, sugary, and salty foods isn't just good for your waistline — it also helps reveal that fresh-faced glow. Too much salt can lead to water retention, which can make you feel bloated all over, making your face look puffy and tired. And refined sugars can cause a spike in your blood sugar, leading to inflammation, which irritates your skin. Eat clean with fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains instead to keep your blood sugar regular and to stay debloated.

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