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Five Steps to Date-Ready Skin

by eHarmony Staff for our sponsor, Olay

It’s Monday. Date night is Friday. It’s time to power-up your beauty routine for that perfect complexion. Here are five steps to date-ready skin.

Date-Ready Skin Step #1: Hydrate and protect

This is an all-the-time step. Protect your skin from sun damage by slathering on the SPF daily. And drink up. Water flushes toxins out of your system, keeps your skin’s moisture levels balanced, and gives you a healthy glow. Increase your hydration in the days leading up to a date — decrease your alcohol and salty food intake — to optimize that inside-out beauty. Tip: Try Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Lotion with SPF 50!

Date-Ready Skin Step #2: Attack problem areas

In the days leading up to a date, treat pimples, zap unwanted rogue hairs, have your eyebrows shaped, and calm irritated skin. Still bugged by problem skin? Make an appointment with a dermatologist. Celebs frequent skin doctors pre-red-carpet strolls, receiving hydrocortisone injections directly into those unwelcome zits. In 24 hours, the distracting mark is gone.

Date-Ready Skin Step #3: Exfoliate and rejuvenate

Slough off those dead skin cells. Weekly exfoliation with a tiny-grained scrub will help keep your complexion bright and youthful. Similarly, retinoids can generate the collagen in aging skin while removing the top layer of skin cells. Vitamin-packed night creams and wrinkle-targeting serums can help replenish moisture levels and leave you with healthier looking skin. Hint: We recommend Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex.

Date-Ready Skin Step #4: Sleep well

Get your beauty sleep in the days leading up to date night. Healthy sleep habits can keep dark shadows, dullness and puffiness at bay. A perpetual lack of sleep can lead to increased inflammation-causing stress hormones, subsequently accelerating both wrinkles and acne. Start and end each day with a cleansing and moisturizing routine — steer clear of soap, especially if you suffer from dry skin — that lets your skin breathe and rehydrate. The famous “wash your makeup off before bed” advice is worth paying attention to if you want a fresh face in the a.m.

Date-Ready Skin Step #5: Cover strategically

It’s finally Friday. Have a go-to makeup look that you can apply with ease. (You don’t need the added stress of trying to perfect that liquid-liner cat eye for the first time on date night.) After moisturizing your clean skin, use a primer to prep your skin for a flawless complexion. Less is more when it comes to makeup, so opt for a sheer foundation and use concealer sparingly. Blend your makeup until it’s practically invisible, then add blush and bronzer for a sun-kissed healthy glow.

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