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14 Beauty Secters
If you are in a fix on how to enhance your beauty, here are tips for you to follow to have that extra glow…

It's an old wives' tale, but it works
Placing a cool object on the eyes reduces puffiness and under-eye circles. Black tea bags really do
the trick.

Yes, dark circles do respond to topical treatments
For shadows under the eyes, use lightening agents like kojic acid, arbutin and retinol – they don't just 14 Beauty Secterswork on wrinkles!

There's something to the adage that you can tell a person's age by their hands
Most people treat their faces and totally forget about their hands. The same anti-aging ingredients that you use for your face – broad-spectrum sunscreen for day and retinoids at night – fight brown spots on your hands too.

Don't underestimate the power of eye cream
Skin around the eyes is really thin and dry, which makes the fat pads and capillaries beneath visible. Keeping it moisturized and supple with a cream hides them, making you look younger immediately.

Fat is your friend
Omega-fatty-acid-rich foods, like wild salmon and walnuts, are great for delaying the signs of aging – they keep skin looking younger.

Take a two-pronged approach to healing scars and uneven skin tone
Wearing sunscreen and staying shaded is essential in preventing dark marks from getting darker. To treat existing dark marks, look for products with a combination of licorice, antioxidants and retinol.

Antioxidants are "essential ingredients" in your skincare routine – but also in your diet.
Eat a diet high in antioxidants like blueberries and pomegranates. They soothe inflammation and fight free radicals.

Sunscreen is a friend of the breakout-prone
Wear a sunscreen with a pigment-controlling agent like soy to prevent those dark marks from lingering after a pimple goes away.

Don't over-exfoliate
Many women over-scrub their skin with harsh exfoliants that burn, hurt, or sting, causing irritation and breakouts.

Even acne-prone skin needs moisture
Dryness only exacerbates breakouts – there are great oil-free options out there that really help.

A positive mental state affects the skin
It can help heal pimples, fade new wrinkles and calm irritation more quick.
Conversely, a negative mental state feeds back to the skin, causing inflammation.
Pimples and wrinkles form more easily and the skin is drier and more sensitive.

Too little sleep can make you break out.
Getting eight hours a night helps your skin heal, as cortisol – which causes inflammation – is lowest during sleep. At the same time, endorphins and growth hormones – which help to heal – are at their highest.

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