The Faux Workout Glow

Recreate all the beauty benefits of a heart-pumping session with a few easy tricks (and not a drop of sweat).

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Picture yourself after killing a good-but-not-grueling workout: Your cheeks are slightly flushed, your skin looks clear and dewy, and even though your lip gloss is long gone, damn, you look good. The same reasons that a regular fitness routine does your body right extend to your post-workout aesthetic as well. “When you’re exercising, the increase in your breathing rate causes an increase of oxygen in your blood; your heart begins to beat faster to move the newly oxygenated blood to your muscles, and your small blood vessels widen,” says David E. Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. "It leads to an increase of blood flow to the surface of your skin."

Whether it’s because you’re not hitting the gym until later or you've given yourself the day off, here’s how to get that fresh-faced effect. No workout required.