Thanks to the fairytale ideals of love we’ve all grown up to believe, most of us tend to think of love as pure feeling. It’s not. Falling in love is as much a chemical and physiological process that affects so much more than just our sentiments. In many ways, it even changes the way our bodies function, including our skin. Turns out, there’s actual truth (and science) behind the “blooming” look we associate with being in love.
Below, we break down exactly what getting smitten’ does to your complexion—and how to recreate the same effect using just skincare. (It’s surprisingly easy.) Scroll!
1. IT GIVES YOU A BRIGHTER “GLOW”
Known as the “attachment” hormone, oxytocin is the hormone that’s naturally released in your brain when you’re in love. Besides creating feelings of closeness between you and your partner, it’s also responsible for a multitude of physiological effects. It lowers cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and reduces inflammatory factors that block healing—which then results in healthier-looking skin. In other words: less stress, more glow!
2. IT MAKES YOUR SKIN LOOK ROSY
Falling in love comes with a multitude of other emotions, including a ton of internal excitement. With this comes a rush of adrenaline. This chemical boost manifests itself in physical ways, too; usually in the form of a rosy flush. Why? Because any time your body experiences a sudden burst of adrenaline—whether it be from love, exercise, or an unexpected surprise—it causes the tiny capillaries in your skin to dilate, which then gives your complexion a smooth, pinkish glow.
3. IT PLUMPS UP YOUR COMPLEXION
When your skin is at the pink of health, it naturally looks smoother, plumper, and less sallow. Being in love causes the same effect. By increasing blood flow, it boosts the amount of nutrients and oxygen that’s delivered to your skin. Ultimately, this results in a younger-looking complexion. It’s basically the opposite of what depression and extended periods of crying will do, such as dull and dehydrate the skin and make wrinkles appear more pronounced.
HOW TO RECREATE THE EFFECT
STEP 1: EXFOLIATE TO MAINTAIN A ROSY GLOW
There’s no such thing as healthy-looking skin without the help of regular exfoliation. It clears your pores, speeds up cell renewal, and—with consistent practice—gives your skin a sustained healthy, rosy glow.
At least once a week, make sure to exfoliate your skin immediately after double-cleansing. You can opt to use a chemical or physical exfoliant. In this case, we chose a peeling pad. Simply slip your fingers into the back flap and gently run the pad over your skin upward, circular motions.
WHAT WE USED: Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, P1,100. Shop it here.
YOU CAN ALSO TRY: Dear Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish, P1,150, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (454g), P525
STEP 2: USE A BRIGHTENING SERUM TO COMBAT SALLOWNESS
For long-term glow, a brightening treatment is one of the quickest ways to achieve and maintain it. It evens out the skin tone, fades hyperpigmentation, and overall lends the skin a visible luminosity.
Take your treatment of choice and apply 2-3 drops onto your palm. Evenly spread the solution on your skin, focusing on dull, spotty areas. (For most people, would be the nose, cheeks, and around the mouth.) Gently pat until fully absorbed.
WHAT WE USED: Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum, P1,200. Shop it here.
YOU CAN ALSO TRY: Wildleaf Vitamin C Serum (Best Seller), P1,190, By Wishtrend C 21.5 Advanced Serum, P1,300
STEP 3: MOISTURIZE TO KEEP THE SKIN PLUMP
Last but not least, moisturize! Proper hydration is key to keeping your skin looking its best—from balancing your protective barrier, maintaining elasticity, to name a few.
Besides your regular moisturizer, amp up your hydration by investing in an essence that contains concentrated moisturizing ingredients. To use, simple dispense 2-3 pumps and gently spread between your palms. Then, pat the essence onto your skin to encourage absorption and increase blood flow.
WHAT WE USED: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, P950. Shop it here.
YOU CAN ALSO TRY: Dewytree Snail Essence Water, P1,299, COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Essence, P1,000
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