Five Things You Can Do to Look Better in 2012

Did you skip the classic New Year’s Resolutions and find yours staring back at you in the mirror? If your goal is simply to look better in 2012, then you have come to the right place. You might want to consider these tips for getting you started on your raise to the finish line.

Hit the Pharmacy Many people look for external products first to improve their outward appearance, but often the blemishes on the outside are closely related to deficiencies on the inside. A large portion of the American population is vitamin deficient. Whether it is vitamin C, D, B, or one that is less common, getting your insides back to an equilibrium can have a very profound impact on the outward you. The most commonly recommended vitamins for beauty are vitamin C and vitamin E, which both play important parts in skin health, including the reduction of excess sebum production, improved collagen growth, and bettered radiance.

Beat Bacteria Whether it is on your face in the form of blackheads or on your legs in the form of razor burn, bacteria can quickly turn a smooth and beautiful surface, into something marred and messed up. Bacteria grow in pores because that is where body oil, dead skin cells, and other organic matter builds up. When a hair is removed via shaving or waxing, bacteria can quickly clog the pore and cause infection and ingrown hair. Similarly, on the face, failure to follow a proper hygiene routine can allow bacteria to grow rapid, resulting in extreme breakouts. In order to defeat bacteria, regularly wash your skin with a gentle cleanser, moisturize, exfoliate, and shave in the direction of the hair growth. If you still have trouble with zits or ingrown hairs, then consider products containing Salicylic acid, which is a disinfectant for the skin. It might also be worthwhile to consider an Austin laser facial to improve your skin’s condition.

Raise Your Hand Next time you stand in front of the mirror inspecting your face and body, pay close attention to your hands. Aside from the face, the hands are one of the most frequently seen parts of you and they can give away your age immediately. Be sure to treat them as well as you do your face by washing them regularly and using moisturizers designed for use on the hands. Also, inspect your cuticles. This is an area often overlooked, but it can make a big difference when trying to grow beautiful nails. It might be worth the investment in a cuticle oil to keep them flexible and healthy.

Face the Inevitable Even if your New Year’s Resolution is not to get fit, but simply to look and feel better, you aren’t going to be able to turn your back on fitness forever. Losing a few pounds, for those who need to, can make a lot of difference in overall appearance, but the changes to diet, activity levels, and sleep habits are also great for the skin, hair, nails, and all other parts of your body. If weight loss is the goa,l then consider the hCG diet for help losing stubborn pounds. If you are happy with your weight, then you might focus on toning, which will help prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.

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