Do you want to be the person who walks into a room and lights it up with your smile? Smiling seems to come more naturally to some people than others, but like any habit, it gets much easier with practice. Smiling raises your spirits and makes other people happy as well – it’s a very powerful expression.
Improving the Look of Your Smile
Practice smiling a lot.
Have you ever heard of an “easy smile”? People with easy smiles break into a grin effortlessly, and it usually makes those around them feel happy. When you practice a lot, smiling will become easier, and you’ll look less strained when you do it. Practice what you feel to be your most attractive smile. Soon your confidence in your smile will increase, and you’ll start flashing it without thinking.
Look at photos of yourself smiling in different ways. Do you like your smile best when your mouth is closed? Or do you like it open? Check it out from different angles. Which smiles and poses make your face light up the most? Which smile displays your other features to their best possible advantage? Which smile comes across as the most natural, the most “you”? Figure out which smile you like best, then practice in front of a mirror until you get it just right. Pay attention to how that great smile feels, so that you’ll be able to replicate it without looking in a mirror.
Practice smiling at random strangers. Simply make brief eye contact with a person and smile. As you do so, think happy thoughts. Not everyone will smile back, but note how you feel when they do!
Smile with your eyes.
A wholehearted smile will naturally draw in the eyes. This natural smile is called a Duchenne smile. It’s not something you can fake; when you’re forced to smile for photos, your eyes don’t smile. It’s only when you truly feel like smiling that you flash a Duchenne. The eyes are essential for a genuine, warm smile.
To get a feel for how to make your eyes smile, stand in front of a mirror and practice smiling, but concentrate only on your eyes. You may find it helpful to cover the lower part of your face with a piece of paper. Play around with it a bit, and you’ll find that you can make your mouth smile when your eyes aren’t smiling, and you can also smile only with your eyes.
When your eyes do smile, remember how it feels, which muscles are working and how. With practice, you may discover how to smile with your eyes at will by relying on your feelings and muscle memory.
Maintain good oral hygiene.
One thing that can cause you to fear smiling is the worry that there is something stuck between your teeth, or that you have bad breath. Eliminate these sources of worry by taking active steps to keep your mouth fresh and clean.
Brush your teeth and tongue regularly, carry floss with you wherever you go so that you can clean up after dining, and have breath freshener on you at all times (natural or commercial).
See your dentist regularly for teeth check-ups and cleaning, as well as discussing options for teeth straightening or other treatments if this is a concern for you. When you smile people will inevitably look at your mouth, so following these considerations will help you make a better impression, and, more importantly, a healthy mouth will make you feel more confident about smiling.
If your teeth are stained, consider your lifestyle habits that bring this about and try to minimize the impacts of such habits as smoking or drinking too much red wine, coffee, soft drinks, etc. You can also get them whitened if that will improve your confidence.
Keep your lips in great shape to prevent chapping.
Deal with bad breath. If it’s surface, cleaning and fresheners should be adequate. If these do not work, it may be a sign of an underlying health problem, so see your doctor for advice.
Tired of the sticky, tanned and greasy looking skin in summers? Along with sweat and dehydrated body, summers bring in a lot of skin problems along with it and wreck our skin! So here are a few easy-to-prepare homemade face packs that would help protect your skin in summers and also keep your skin hydrated!
1. Lemon face pack
Sick of greasy looking skin in summers? Then this lemon face pack is a must try for you! Just add one tablespoon lemon juice and one tablespoon honey in one egg white and mix well. Apply it on your face for 20 minutes and rinse with normal water. You’ll be happy seeing your skin glow more than it normally does!
2.Cucumber face pack
Looking for some beauty tips for face? Just add some sugar in mashed cucumber and refrigerate it for some time. Apply it on your face and rinse it offin 10 minutes using cold water. This cucumber face pack helps soothe your skin and keep it hydrated making it healthier than before!
3.Strawberry and lemon face pack
Fed up of your skin looking oily, tired and exhausted? Acing the list of face beauty tips is the ‘strawberry and lemon face pack’. It can do magic to your skin. Just mash some strawberries and add them to a mixture of yogurt, honey and lemon juice. Apply it to your face and wash off when it dries completely!
4.Curd and gram flour face pack
Tanning being a major concern for everybody needs some extra attention! Try out this curd and gram flour face pack that helps cooling and at the same time whitening of the summer damaged skin! Just mix these to magical ingredients and apply to all the affected parts of your body. Pat dry and wash off using lukewarm water! You would be surprised when you’ll see the change yourself!
One of the most effective face beauty tips, egg does wonders to your body. Whether your hair or your skin, it proves to be magical for both .Try out this egg mask to get smooth, tight and oil-free skin! Just add one egg white with one tbsp of lemon juice and apply to your face. Keep it for about 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Your skin would feel a lot more fresh and alive!
6.Banana face mask
You must have heard people complaining about oily skin during summers but what if your skin decides to break the monotony and gets dry? This banana face mask comes to your rescue! Just prepare a mixture of half banana (mashed), one tablespoon honey and two tablespoon sour cream. Apply it on your face and pat dry after 10 minutes followed by washing your face with lukewarm water. Your skin would get a lot smoother and would regain its lost moisture!
Looking truly sexy involves knowing what to bare-and what to keep under wraps. Otherwise, where’s the mystery? “Choose one-only one-body part and show it off,” advises Jen Rade, stylist to Jenna Fischer and Angelina Jolie. “If it’s cleavage, don’t show your legs. If it’s your legs, stay covered on top.”
2. ROUND UP WHITE BUTTON-DOWNS
Take a classic cue from Marilyn Monroe! They elevate jeans and keep ball skirts from drifting into fantasy-land. But all that mileage comes at a cost: a short shelf life. So buy three, don’t overbleach (which can cause yellowing), and refresh regularly.
3. ACCESSORIZE IN BRIGHTS
If you’ve got a closet full of neutrals-be they navy, black, camel, or gray-add energy with boldly hued shoes and bags. Not only is a hunter green satchel more lively than ho-hum black, but it’s also surprisingly versatile. Feeling really brave? Wear a neutral base with shoes and a bag in two different complementary colors.
4. KNOW YOUR STRETCH
The secret formula for a soft but formfitting T? 95% cotton, 5% Lycra spandex. For jeans to hold their shape, they need at least 2% Lycra
5. THROW ON A SCARF
It’s the ultimate accessory according to a host of the best-dressed women we interviewed. Stash one in your purse or carry-on to transform simple Ts in the time it takes to make a knot.
6. GO HANDS-FREE FOR EVENING
A dressy bag with a chain helps you hold crudités and a cocktail-plus, it lends a cool edge to evening wear, says stylist Cher Coulter. Wear the chain diagonally across your body for the best effect.
7. EMBRACE YOUR SHAPE
“Once you know which silhouettes flatter you, filter trends ruthlessly,” says designer Shoshanna Gruss. For instance, if you’re petite and shapely, it’s best to avoid tall columns and billowy maxis even if you love them. Go for a dress with a defined waist and just-above-the-knee hem.
8. MAKE A LIST BEFORE YOU SHOP
Not of what you want to buy, but of the 10 fave items in your closet. This will help you zero in on pieces that mesh with what you own (or remind you that you never actually wear big floral prints).
9. HIT THE DRESSING ROOM PREPARED
If you’re shopping for that ultra-important dress, get a true feel for the fit by bringing your hip or thigh slimmer with you. And while you’re at it, bring heels, lipstick, and a hairbrush. These will help you get a better sense of the final result.
10. ALWAYS CHECK OUT THE REAR VIEW
And don’t leave the house until you like what you see. Every angle matters. Trust us.
Let’s be honest: beautiful hair isn’t always low maintenance. Most of us have spent years experimenting with heated styling tools, products, chemical treatments and colors, all in search of hair that looks ‘naturally’ gorgeous. Damage, then, is the new normal. The good news is that hair can be styled, cared for and look beautiful at the same time. Here’s howto keep hair beautiful,
Beautiful hair can boost your confidence, brighten your mood and make the difference between a so-so day and a brilliant one. That’s why we say styling your hair is key. It’s your chance to decide who you want to be today, so be creative…
2.Protect from damage.
Knowing how to keep hair beautiful is one way to help you feel your best – so it’s worth looking for products that effectively address damage. The right conditioners and treatments can strengthen your hair.Try Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo and Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Conditioner so that you can style and experiment to your heart’s content
Sometimes your hair might just need a moisture boost. On those occasions, apply Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Detangler to wet or dry hair. It makes the hair softer and more manageable, so you’ll see an immediate benefit
The Top 5 Egg White Face Mask Recipes For Glowing Skin
Simple Egg White & Yogurt Mask
For glowing skin this mask is, made with just two ingredients, “moisturizing and soothing.” To make it, you’ll need:
2 egg whites, separated from the yolk and placed in a bowl
2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (Greek yogurt is preferable but not required.)
To get started, separate the egg whites from a couple of eggs and place them in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of yogurt (Do not use flavored yogurt!). Mix them up and apply to face.
Deep-Cleansing Clay Mask
This mask cleanses and hydrates skin. To make it you’ll need:
1 egg white
2 tbsp white bentonite clay
1 tbsp of corn flour
1 drop of your favorite essential oil
Blend the ingredients in a bowl and then apply to face.
Allow to dry and leave on as long as you like.
Wash off with a warm washcloth
Soothing Lemon & Honey Face Mask
This mask is great for oily and acne-prone skin but works on all skin types. To make it, you’ll need:
1 egg white
2 tbsp runny honey (warm it up or microwave for a few seconds so it mixes well)
4 tsp lemon juice
3 tsp Greek yogurt, not flavored
Mix ingredients together and apply to face.
Leave for 15 minutes and then wash off.
This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Exfoliating Face Mask
The sugar in this mask exfoliates, while the oils moisturize, making this a great mask for dry, dehydrated or aging skin.
1 egg white
1/2 tsp olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil (whatever you have on hand)
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp whole milk
Mix ingredients well and apply to face in a circular motion, scrubbing as you go.
Add more sugar if you want to exfoliate deeply.
Leave on face for 15 minutes before rinsing. Follow with a moisturizer to lock in the oils.
Skin-Toning Face Mask
Apply this face mask and your face will feel as if you had a mini face-lift. Really, your pores will feel smaller and your face super clean. Always follow with a facial oil or moisturizer. You’ll simply need:
1 egg white, but make sure the egg is very cold
1 tsp of cornstarch
Beat these ingredients with a fork until frothy and well-blended with no clumps.
Smooth over face and allow to dry. The consistency will feel gloppy and almost like a gel, so you might want to lie down with your head on a towel to apply.
Whether you’re heading off to spin class, boot camp, or any other exercise, it’s always important to hydrate so you can stay energized and have your best workout. Electrolyte-loaded athletic drinks, though, can be a source of unnecessary calories, so “drinking water is usually fine until you’re exercising for more than one hour,” says Newgent. At that point, feel free to go for regular Gatorade-type drinks (and their calories), which can give you a beneficial replenishment boost. But worry not if you like a little flavor during your fitness: There are now lower- cal sports drinks available, adds Newgent, so look out for ’em in your grocery aisles. This is a major FITNESS TIP
Find the best fitness friend
A workout buddy is hugely helpful for keeping motivated, but it’s important to find someone who will inspire—not discourage. So make a list of all your exercise-loving friends, then see who fits this criteria, says Andrew Kastor, an ASICS running coach: Can your pal meet to exercise on a regular basis? Is she supportive (not disparaging) of your goals? And last, will your bud be able to keep up with you or even push your limits in key workouts? If you’ve got someone that fits all three, make that phone call.
Eat this, run that
When you have a 5- or 10K (you get to eat more with a half or full marathon) on your calendar, it’s important to plan out what you’re going to eat the morning of the big day—something that will keep you fueled and also go down easy. While
everyone is different, “We always have good luck with a high-carbohydrate breakfast such as a small bowl of oatmeal with fruit or a couple of pieces of toast with peanut butter or cream cheese,” says Andrew Kastor, who also advises eating around 200 to 250 (primarily carb) calories about 90 minutes before you warm up for your run . And don’t worry about nixing your a.m. caffeine fix on race day. “Coffee is great for athletic performances,” Kastor adds, because it makes you sharper and may even give you extended energy. Talk about buzz-worth