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5 steps to a more beautiful you

Your face is the very first thing people notice about you when you walk into a room. You want to enhance the beauty of your face to make the best possible first impression — and so you feel like your best self. In addition to following a good skincare routine, I have 5 helpful beauty tips for your face.

1. Say goodbye to dry, flaky skin

Your skincare routine is so important, but the most overlooked step is exfoliation. If you to not slough off your dead skin cells, your skincare products will not deliver the best possible results. Furthermore, your skin will eventually become dull and ashy. Start using an effective exfoliant. My go to product to tackle this and keep my skin fresh and healthy is from ZENMED. It is called the AHA/BHA Complex. What you do is spray it on to your hands or a cotton pad and then sweep over face. The combination of AHA and BHA is a dream.

The alpha hydroxy acids help the skin shed the dull flakes without drying. The beta hydroxy acids can penetrate into the pores and help prevent acne breakouts and clogged pores. I use this faithfully on a daily basis.

2. Pay attention to eyebrows

Picture a beautiful painting–a stunning piece of artwork needs to have a beautiful frame. Nothing less will do. Now think of your face as that piece of art. Your eyebrows are like picture frames. Having well groomed brows will showcase your entire face and play up your features. See a brow specialist to have your brows shaped professionally and then you can do the upkeep at home. Look for an eyebrow kit with wax-based products to define and groom your brows each morning when you do your makeup. My favorite brow product, Brow Cream, a bargain and it’s from a woman-owned business near Ithaca called Silk Naturals.

3. Get glowing skin

Having radiant skin makes you the picture of good health and it brightens your entire complexion. Instead of a matte face powder, which can accentuate lines and dry patches, choose a powder with a radiant finish. This will have your skin looking more youthful, while giving an airbrushed look. Search for powders with “radiant” or “luminous” in the name and they will set your makeup while leaving a soft focus glow. My top pick is Prescriptives *magic Liquid Powder.

4. Amp up the volume

Did you know that by simply taking a moment to curl your eyelashes that you can make your eyes look wider, brighter, and younger? This is an often-overlooked step in the morning beauty routine, but it can make a huge difference in the appearance of your eye area. Curl your lashes every morning and then sweep on two coats of a jet-black volumizing mascara. There are some really fabulous eye lash curlers. I use the Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler.

5. Get a beautiful white smile

A clean, white smile instantly takes yours off your face and can help brighten your eyes and complexion. Even though you brush and floss and take good care of your teeth, they naturally become more yellow by consuming drinks like coffee, tea, or red wine. There are many home kits to easily whiten your teeth in as little as two hours that work as well as expensive bleaching procedures at the dentist. Teeth whitening is an important step in your overall beauty routine. Going the natural route? Try oil pulling! What? This is what I do. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice, which involves swishing coconut oil around in the mouth without swallowing for ten to twenty minutes. Try it! It works to draw out toxins and plaque and -- over time -- does whiten teeth! My favorite coconut oil is from Trader Joe’s.

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