Yes, water. The cheapest, easiest beauty product comes directly from your tap. Most people spend their days mildly dehydrated, a state that can leave your skin looking dull and loose, especially around your eyes and lips. Drink a glass or two of water when you first wake up to help plump your skin from the inside out. Extra bonus: drinking water will improve your circulation and energy, too.
You'll get a two-for-one energy boost with Neutrogena's Sugar Scrub Body Exfoliator in Energizing Citrus. Not only does exfoliation slough off dead skin, enhancing the brightness and smoothness of your body, but the citrus smell will help wake you up as the scrub does its work. You can expect to feel clean, smooth and fresh -- ready to tackle the problems of the day.
If your eyes have a tendency to look a little worse for wear in the mornings, invest your money in Origins GinZing eye cream. Voted by Natural Health as one of the best beauty items of 2010, the proprietary blend of caffeine, ginseng and magnolia extract in this product are clinically proven to de-puff and brighten tired-looking eyes. Simply pop it in the fridge for an extra cool application, and dab it around your eyes after your morning shower.
Give your pasty, "morning" complexion a boost with a lightweight, tinted moisturizer with SPF. Not only will you feel good about protecting your skin, you'll brighten up your complexion before applying make-up. Try Jane Iredale's Dream Tint -- the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the product, plus it comes in five different shades, perfect for every skin tone.
To keep dry lips at bay while enlivening your lips, slather on one of Chapstick's new Fresh Effects lip balms in "invigorating green tea mint" or "refreshing mandarin." Citrus and mint are both scents that help awaken the senses, and the 13 moisturizers in this product will make your lips soft and supple.
Pick up an eyelash curler from your local drug store to give your eyes the wide-open, fresh-faced look you need in the morning. The curling process will only take 5-10 seconds per eye, making it one of the quickest, most effective morning beauty tricks around.
Putting all other beauty items aside, black mascara is the one cosmetic winner that will make you look awake, even when you're not. The shellacking of dark color will make it apparent you "put yourself together," and it will force others to focus attention on your eyes -- exactly where you want their attention to be focused.
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