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M.I.S.S. Michelle’s Beauty Tips and Pick of the Week – Getting Skin Deep: 6 Steps to Great Looking Skin

People always ask me what the secret is to great looking skin, and the answer is quite simple: Good genes, a healthy lifestyle and eating habits, and the basic knowledge of what cosmetics agree with your body chemistry and look best on your skin. And I realize it’s not always easy wrapping your head around the how tos and what ifs, which is why this week, I’m going skin deep…and showing you the 6 steps to great looking skin.

1. Genetics
– Take a good look at your blood relatives noticing the texture of their skin. Comparatively speaking, this will give you an estimation of how you skin will change over the years, and what precautions you can take against the aging characteristics such as; sun damage, broken capillaries, suspicious moles and Melanoma, crows feet, etc.

2. H20 – Our bodies are comprised of about 60% of water. Through our daily activities, we naturally lose a lot of it, so we need to drink at least 8-10 glasses per day and an additional 2 cups of water per 1 caffeinated or alcoholic beverage consumed. Water helps our vitals organs function properly, flushes out impurities and toxins out of our system, and helps keep you feeling energized.

3. Lifestyle – What we put in our bodies, and what we put our bodies through, affects our skin just as much as what we put on it. So try to get at least 8 hours sleep a night. Tired skin looks sallow and lackluster. Smoking does the former but also causes wrinkles, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can make your face swollen and puffy. To maintain good circulation, exercise at least 2-3 times per week to keep your blood flowing. If you have problems with acne, think about the foods you eat, since foods cooked in oil, and rich in fat causes breakouts for many.

4. Nourish – I recommend taking a multivitamin as part of anybody’s daily health routine. You also may find adding certain dietary supplements, antioxidants like Alpha Lipoic Acid and Green Tea, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids (for benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements see post from 01.7.08) will help improve the texture and appearance of your skin.

4. Care – Cleanse and moisturize your skin according to your skin type (Dry, Oily, Combination). Combination skin is a little tricky – and sometimes requires two sets of products. I for instance use normal and dry skin formulas in different areas to care for the differences in texture.

5. Protect – UV rays are your worst environmental enemy as 90% of skin cancer cases are caused by sun exposure. So protect your skin by wearing an SPF of at least 25 daily. My favorite is Clinique’s UV-Response Face SPF 50 (see post from 08.12.07 for description and review).

6. Make-Up – Everyone’s skin is different, so products that work for your best friend or sister may not yield quite the same results for you. Generally speaking, I find the following works best: Use a concealer like Laura Gellar’s Vanishing Act Concealer, followed by foundation; either a powder type (see review on L’Oreal’s Mineral Makeup from 01.28.08) or liquid or combination of the two depending on your skin’s need for coverage. Bronzer, blush, and a highlighter will create depth, color, glow and a natural flush, and a bit of mascara makes the eyes just “pop? enough. Finish with a little gloss, and there you have your basic face.

Price: $19.50
Value: Moderate
Accessibility: Moderate
Where to buy: Sephora Stores/Sephora.com

Enjoy and stay posted for more beauty tips and picks to come next week!

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