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Glowing Skin How-To: Gorgeous Skin Guaranteed

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Glowing Skin How-To: Gorgeous Skin Guaranteed

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Glowing Skin How-To: Gorgeous Skin Guaranteed
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Guy? Check. Gown? Check. Glow? If your skin lacks luster, you can whip it into shape fast. It won't happen overnight, but with a little effort, you can be luminous in time for your trip down the aisle. "It takes 30 days for your skin cells to completely turn over," says Howard Murad, M.D., associate clinical professor of medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad Inc. "So if you nourish your body properly and take good care of your skin as new cells are being formed, you'll look bridal beautiful in just four weeks."

Feed your face

For your skin to be healthy, dermatologists agree you should aim to include the following in your diet daily.

Whole grains (four to eight servings; one serving equals one slice of bread or half a cup of cereal or grains): Unlike processed, refined carbs (like white flour), whole grains (such as brown rice, millet, quinoa, and whole wheat) have the shell of the grain intact. And in that shell are nutrients that help the body produce glycosaminoglycans, substances necessary for the skin to build firming collagen and elastin fibers.

Protein (four to six servings; one serving equals one egg, 3 ounces of fish or meat, or half a cup of tofu or beans): Eating protein-rich foods is also critical to collagen production.

Fruits (three or more servings; one serving equals a whole, medium fruit, 1 cup of berries, or half a cup of cut fruit) and vegetables (five or more servings; one serving equals half a cup of chopped veggies or 1 cup of greens): They're loaded with skin-protective antioxidants and help keep your skin's outer layer hydrated.

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