Because I get a lot of questions regarding skin and hair care, I’ve compiled 10 easy tips that I totally live by. Thanks to instyle.com for the words. Enjoy!
Get an Early Start
Make a habit of washing your face a few hours before bed. If you wait until you’re tired, you’re more likely to blow it off—allowing “toxins and dirt to stay on there all night,” says dermatologist Laurie Polis of N.Y.C. Another consequence? You miss the best time to treat your skin. “At night there’s more blood flow to the skin’s surface, and there’s nothing else on your face to interfere with absorption,” Polis says.
Sleep On Your Back
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Note to Audrey Hepburn fans: Lying on your stomach is bad for “beauty sleep.” The average head weighs 7 to 8 pounds—a lot of pressure to be putting on your face every night. In fact, many dermatologists say they can tell what side of the face people sleep on by the number of wrinkles there.
Get a Lift
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Sleep with your head elevated on two pillows, or put the headrest area of your bed on 2- to 4-inch pieces of wood. Macys has coupons
for great pillows.Gravity helps lymph and blood flow so fluid won’t accumulate, Polis says.
Save Money, Not Wrinkles
At night you don’t need to worry about eye treatments smearing your makeup, so slather on the richest formula you can.
Avoid Carb Face
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To wake with defined cheekbones, eat a high-protein, low-sugar dinner (try salmon and asparagus, a natural diuretic). Skip the rice, pasta and potatoes. “When our diet’s high in glycemic carbohydrates, our features take on a soft, doughy appearance,” says Connecticut dermatologist Nicholas Perricone.
Brighten Up With Concealer
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Why stop at undereye circles? Dab it on the inner and outer corners of eyes, the outer sides of nostrils, and either end of the lips and—bam!—everything will suddenly lift up. Says New York makeup artist Mally Roncal, “People will start asking who your surgeon is.”
Lots of Layers
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There’s a reason wind machines are a photo-shoot staple: Hair that’s tousled is more provocative than stiff, straight planks. So fake the breezy effects of a blower with swinging layers. If you have medium to thick hair, ask your stylist for choppy layers all the way around your head (like Jennifer Aniston‘s). If you have fine strands, all it takes is a few chin-grazing pieces in front.
Knotty is Nice
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The most appealing looks aren’t perfect.Gisele Bundchen‘s mane man Harry Josh tells us how to re-create her signature rumpled style: “Flip your hair upside down and give it a good shake. Then flip it back over, scrunch the crown, and finger-comb the ends.”
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Experts agree that the surest way to fizzle your sizzle is by pushing hair behind your ears. “It’s juvenile and generally not flattering on anyone,” says N.Y.C. hair pro Garren. “Pull your hair back if you’re at work, but on dates you can let it fall in your face in that flirty, Kate Moss
kind of way,” says Harry Josh.
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“Sexy hair should have natural texture and volume,” says L.A. hairstylist Giannandrea, who has created sultry looks on stars like Eva Mendes and Drew Barrymore. He suggests spraying hair evenly with volumizer and combing through before drying. However, since movement is key to sexy hair, he warns against additional products because “heavy styling aids can cause the look to go limp.”