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Flaws. Scars. Blemishes. We all have them. We all hate them. But we don't have to simply accept them. With the right beauty products and some simple remedies, you can disguise and overcome practically any imperfection.
We wish that we could leave breakouts in the past with our prom dresses and high school yearbooks, but unfortunately many women still experience breakouts as adults. Look for a product that has benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria, and avoid cleansers with beads or granules, which will only irritate the blemishes. For those with oily or combination skin, try Paula's Choice 2 percent Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid, which minimizes pores, smoothes skin and promotes fewer blemishes.
Scars form when the skin is damaged and the body forms new collagen fibers to mend the damaged area. Unfortunately, this new scar tissue has a different appearance than the surrounding skin. While scars cannot be removed, they can be minimized through different topical treatments like Scarguard MD. The over-the-counter product is available without a prescription and is the number one choice of plastic surgeons. It works by forming a protective shield over new scars while they are healing to help reduce their final appearance, and encourages the body to produce the enzyme collagenase… the body's natural scar inhibitor.
Blemishes, dark under-eye circles and tattoos
To cover blemishes, dark under-eye circles, a major scar, hyper pigmentation or even a tattoo, try a full coverage concealer that is silica-rich. Full coverage concealers generally last all day, though some touch-ups may be needed. Make Up For Ever Professional Paris' Extreme Camouflage Cream is a waterproof, full coverage concealer that offers long-lasting coverage with a matte finish.
Nothing portrays your inner beauty like a sparkling smile. But if your pearly whites are a little dull these days, consider brightening them up. Try an at-home whitening kit such as Crest Whitestrips Premium, which promises whiter teeth after just three days and full results in seven by using the strips two times a day for 30 minutes each. Reduce your tea and coffee intake or try this home remedy: crush one strawberry and mix it with one and a half tablespoons of baking soda, then apply it to the teeth for five minutes. Brush and rinse teeth, then floss.
Say buh-bye to fine lines and age-telling brown spots with RoC Multi-Correxion Night Treatment, which includes ingredients like retinol and vitamin C to improve skin's radiance while smoothing and firming as well as lightening any discoloration. To help reduce the onset of more wrinkles, stay out of the sun, always wear sunscreen that includes Helioplex such as Neutrogena's Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 70, and get plenty of sleep. But be sure to sleep on your back! The American Academy of Dermatology reports that sleeping in certain positions on a consistent basis can result in "sleep lines – wrinkles that become etched into the surface of the skin and don't disappear once you're up."
Dry, cracked lips are not only unsightly they are uncomfortable. Exfoliate your lips with a bit of Vaseline and a toothbrush (not the same one you brush your teeth with!), then apply a smear of Vaseline before bed. Repeat this process for a few nights. Then maintain your newly supple smackers with Nivea's A Kiss of Flavor Passion Fruit Tinted Lip Care, which hydrates with almond oil and vitamin E. Bonus: It provides a hint of color while it hydrates. Chapped lips are a result of dehydration, so drink up. (Water, that is!)
Red puffy eyes are caused by stress, fluid retention, allergies, and hormone changes, not to mention the all-nighter you pulled at the club. But you don't want your eyes to give away your whereabouts, so reduce puffy eyes by washing your face with cold water, reducing your sodium intake, and cleansing your system with lots of water. Try some homemade cold-compress remedies such as placing a slice of cool cucumber or a chilled moistened tea bag on each eye for a few minutes. Or look for an over-the-counter cooling gel with natural products like yeast and sugar beet extracts that have been proven to de-puff the eye area. Biore's Enliven Cooling Eye Gel also includes cucumber extract to energize and recharge the eye area.