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20 Ways To Save Your Skin (In Your 20s)

1. Hands OFF. Stop picking, poking and prodding. Leave your skin in peace and avoid redness, scars and spreading bacteria altogether.

2. Drink up. Water is your best friend. Trust me, when you don’t drink enough water, your skin suffers. Don’t believe me? Just try it and you’ll hate yourself immediately. Caution: Avoid mirrors.

3.  Eat some fish. Salmon is a goodie, full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which make skin glow (in a sexy way, not a greasy way).

4. Change your washcloth. This is personal preference. I normally use my hands to cleanse my face. However, I’ve been using white warm cloths and I change my facial cloth between every night or 2nd night. Laundry? Yes. Worth it? Yes.

5. Keep those paws clean. If you must touch your face, then at least keep those hands clean. Soap and water never fails. If you take public transportation like us New York ladies, try stylish gloves to keep hands protected and clean.

6.  The cleaner, the better. When did you ever benefit from having a dirty face? Wash your face, girl. Every. Single. Night. Do not go to bed with that makeup on.

7. SPF 30 or higher. Need I say more?

8. Invest in a good eye cream. It’ll reduce how much under-eye concealer you need. Need a budget buy? I double duty and use Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser as my under the eye cream, works well and its inexpensive at 8 bucks for 9 ounces.

9. Be gentle. Don’t rub so hard or abuse your exfoliators, whether it be a Konjac sponge, washcloth, scrubs or even your hands. Be easy. if you have to rub so hard that you nearly rub skin raw, then you need a new strategy.

10. Get your beauty sleep. At least 7-8 hours. Anything less shows.

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11. Wash your bedding. I think a lot of people overlook this part. You have to wash and alternate your bedding. Otherwise, you’re just collecting all types of grossness.

12. Take A Closer Look At Your Hair Products. I learned this recently, being a newbie natural. Some of the products women use in their hair can irritate the skin or clog the pores. This wreaks havoc on our faces. No bueno.

13. Exercise. You already know.

14. Stop Worrying. Just relax, stop frowning and stop stressing so much. Stress isn’t great for the skin, causing breakouts, irritation and flare-ups.

15. Toss Old Makeup. Makeup has a shelf-life, stop trying to hold on, let it go, buy another one. Google: Makeup shelf-life. Surprise yourself & gross yourself out all at the same time.

16. Easy on the alcohol, cigarettes…weed, too. I don’t need to elaborate on this. While these things may make us feel great in the meantime, they don’t produce the same results for our skin.

17. Try a hot cloth. Not scalding, but a comfortable warmth. After applying cleanser, remove your cleanser with the warm cloth and feel the difference in your skin. It’s delicious. After a week, I was hooked.

18. Go Natural. If you can, try skincare product lines that use less chemicals and opt for natural, soothing ingredients.

19. Seasonal skincare. I change my skincare routine with the seasons. Most of the time, you’ll realize that your skin has different needs from time to time.

20. Smile. A smile makes for a happier woman, with happier skin. A smile looks good on you, girl.

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Makeup Made in Heaven: Miley Cyrus x Viva Glam

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Lately, we’ve all known Miss Miley to be the tongue-licking, hot-dog humping, and self-proclaimed twerker and though she may have rubbed some the wrong way with her new raunchy ways, we’ve gotta admit that she has our attention. It seems that Miss Miley has found time away from her Bangerz tour and those teeny-tiny, high cut bodysuits and has been busy on the beauty front. I refuse to complain. I love Miley and her craziness, she’s fun and I will not fault her for that. I’m definitely excited to see her collaboration with MAC VIVA GLAM, an effort in which all the selling proceeds help men, women & children living with HIV/AIDS through the MAC AIDS Fund

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She looks fabulous in the ad and the pink theme is gorgeous, if I may say so myself. The two products consist of a bright matte pink lipstick and a matching shiny, lively lipglass. I’m more of red lip girl but I’d take a peek. The Miley x VIVA GLAM collection hits stores January 2015, so be on the lookout and jot it down if you must.

Do your thing, Miley.

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When Life Gives You Lemons..Add Them To Your Beauty Routine

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I love lemons and everything about them; the color, the scent, the purity..they’re wonderful and I like to have them in the house all the time for anything. I love them, especially as a frequent tea-drinker. But years ago, I started using them for other things and the heavens started to sing. Not only are lemons essential for green tea, but they’re great to add to your essential beauty regimens. Lemons have many beauty uses but these few uses are my personal favorites.

lemons1. Teeth Whitener

Many people have heard of using lemon juice and a tad bit of baking soda to help you get pearly whites and its definitely true. Just don’t overdo it though, you don’t want the acidity of the lemon juice to start eating away at your tooth enamel. Not cute.  For a good example, check out LizLizLive’s tutorial here.

2. Skin Brightener

When I was a teenager, I used to take half of lemon and rub the cut end all over my face, it just provided this special kind of glow. Not only does it smell wonderful and fresh, but it helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots and areas.

3. Nail Whitener

Has anyone ever applied nail polish time after time without applying a base coat then before you know it, your nails have a yellowish-tint to them? Guilty. Fill a medium-sized bowl with the juice and dip your fingers in for a couple of minutes. Follow up with a moisturizing hand cream like L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream or if you’re a budget babe, try Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair Hand Cream.

4. Chlorine Clarifying Treatment

When I was younger we lived in Florida and we had a pool (I love to swim), my mom would always grab a lemon and squeeze the juice into my hair right before I hopped into the shower after I had a blast in the pool. The juice from the lemon helped prevent damage and discoloration from the chlorine.

5. Lip Exfoliant

Of course there are tons of ready-made lip scrubs that are pretty awesome like Fresh Sugar Lip Polish but why not DIY…I personally like to use a little fresh lemon juice, brown sugar and just a smidgen of olive oil.

6. Detox Water (Hot & Cold)

This may seem more appropriate as a health/diet tip but doesn’t beauty come from within? Yes! Start your day off with some warm water & lemon to get your body going. Or toss a few slices of lemons (don’t forget the limes!) into your water bottle to rid your body of unnecessary toxins.

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What about you guys, how do you add those yellow suckers to your beauty regimen? Share in the comments! ❤