The problem: The sensitive skin on lips can easily get dry and cracked, making your lipstick look cakey and rough.

The solution: Buy a scrub specifically designed for lips. Once or twice a week, dip a toothbrush (one that you don’t use to brush your teeth with) into the scrub and gently buff your lips with it. An alternative to this is to dip a toothbrush in petroleum jelly and buff your lips with that.

Also, use emollient lipsticks and/or tinted lip balms.


The problem: Your complexion just doesn’t glow as much as it used to.

The solution: The solution depends a lot on your skin type, as well as your specific concerns. Other than getting more rest, eating right and exercising (all considerable feats on their own), it may be worth your time to talk to a dermatologist to help come up with a skin routine that’s right for you.

In addition to this, always try to follow the basics of any great skin care regimen: wash, tone and moisturize your face morning and night, make sure you use SPF every day, and at night, wipe away all makeup before you wash your face (makeup wipes or even baby wipes are great for this), and consider using a night-specific moisturizer.

Also, be sure to exfoliate twice a week and use a mask that’s appropriate for your skin type. And remember: less is best when it comes to makeup, especially foundation.


The problem: Your skin feels dry and rough, instead of soft and smooth.

The solution: Like your face, the skin on your body is very dependent on quality sleep, food and exercise. If you have a specific skin concern, such as eczema or acne, you may need to talk to a dermatologist. Other than this, consider using a loofah or bath sponge and a skin-appropriate shower gel, particularly one that’s moisturizing and contain enzymes to help slough off dead skin cells and revitalize the skin.

As far as moisture, try using oils, such as cocoa butter oil, coconut oil, shea butter oil sweet almond oil, and/or jojoba oil – they tend to lock moisture in better than many lotions, and help make your skin feel soft, silky and vibrant.


The problem: Rough, cracked skin and out-of-control cuticles. Let’s not even talk about the toenails.

The solution: Ideally, regular pedicures at a trusted salon are the best way to help keep your feet pretty and smooth. It’s not only an investment in your skin, but it’s an hour that’s devoted totally to you, you and you. If you can’t make it to the salon, try giving yourself weekly pedicures: talk to an esthetician about the best and safest tools for home use.

Aside from regular pedicures, you should also be sure to moisturize your feet with a rich and emollient cream or oil every day.


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