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Great makeup starts with healthy skin

Makeup is meant to enhance your best features, not cover them. The first thing people should notice when they look at you is how radiant and stunning you look, NOT your makeup.

More often than not, less is more when it comes to makeup, but for most of us, wearing less makeup is easier done when you have great skin. Few people have naturally perfect skin. The condition of the skin changes from day to day and season to season, but YOU can always improve it by taking good care of yourself. Beautiful skin begins with a healthy lifestyle. Skincare basics include:

*NUTRITION -Your diet has a direct impact on not only your overall health and how you feel, but also on how you look. The health of your skin begins with good nutrition. New, living cells continually replace the dead cells on the surface of the skin. The growth of new cells is dependent on vitamins, minerals and hydration.
-Eat at least 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day
-Also include whole-grain foods, nuts, fish, and beans in your diet. -They are all foods rich in zinc, which promotes healing and reduces inflamation in the body.

*HYDRATION -Our bodies are 80% water. Without sufficient hydration the cells become dry and flaky. To keep the body and skin hydrated, eat foods with high water content such as: fruits, vegetables, and clear soups, and drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Limit your intake of coffee and other drinks containing caffeine, as well as alcohol, as they are diuretics that remove water from the body and block the absorbtion of vitamins and minerals.

*EXERCISE -Raising the heart rate through vigorous exercise increases blood flow, brings more oxygen to the skin, and cleanses impurities from the body through sweat. Just 20-30 minutes of exercise per day is enough to help boost your immune system, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, strengthen your heart, build stronger bones, increase your energy level, and improve your mood. With regular exercise, you build lean muscle mass and raise your metabolism. Since the metabolism slows with age, exercise is fundamental to weight management.

*SLEEP -Sleep is the time when your body heals itself. This is when your cells have a chance to repair and regenerate. Sleep deprivation stresses all of the body’s systems, including the skin. Without enough sleep the skin becomes less elastic and prone to outbreaks of acne or rashes.
-Try applying plenty of eye-cream around your eyes before going to bed, to wake up with less puffyness around the eyes in the morning.
-Washing your face with cold water in the morning acts as a natural toner for your face, not to mention it helps to wake up! 
-Be sure not to overload on face washes either, as too much of a good thing can actually irritate your skin more than help it!

*SUN -Excess sun exposure is skin’s #1 enemy. It causes premature aging, including wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and hyperpigmentation. -Always remember to wear SPF under your every-day makeup!
-Try an every-day mosituriser with SPF under your makeup, OR simply replace your every-day morning moisturiser with an oil-free sunblock. There are some great unscented, brands out there. I use Coppertone’s oil-free Faces -SPF 30. It’s fragrance-free and leaves skin with a matted look that’s perfect before applying makeup. *Wearing moisturiser AND sunblock might be too heavy and may leave you looking greasy as well as making it difficult for the makeup to hold, so i recommend choosing one or the other.

*SMOKE AND ALCOHOL -Smoke and alcohol robs your skin of oxygen and dehydrates it which causes you to age prematurely, and also causes the skin to look dull and gray over time. With low levels of oxygen, they skin loses elasticity, which leads to sagging and wrinkling. -You will notice as you get older that it is much easier to spot people who have drank and smoked their entire lives. They definitely look much much older than they really are!!

*EXFOLIATE!!! -Exfoliating your face is like dusting your house. It’s not going to look clean and shiny unless you clean the layer of dust (dead skin) over it from time to time, so always remember to exfoliate your face 2-3 times a week for a radiant and fresh appearance!

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Posted: April 14, 2014

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