10 Things That Make Me Happy Everyday

I’m not going to lie, some days are better than others. I’m trying to be more mindful as I go about my day, doing so I’ve picked up on things that make me happy. I can enjoy these thing that make me happy almost everyday if not everyday. 

It makes me happy to be in nature too, I don’t do it nearly enough though. A trip to the beach a few weeks ago reminded me of that. Since summer is drawing to a close maybe a few hikes will be in the books for the fall/winter, I do love going to the beach during the winter too though. It has such a different feel, I just love it.

Anything i can do to put a smile on my face or have a moment of calm in the anxiety driven mind I have; I’ll take it. 

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  1. Watching my kitty sleep – and boy does he sleep a lot, he is pretty much level expert. 
  2. Seeing all the beautiful colors in the sky from dawn to dusk.
  3. Gazing at the moon and stars – if I didn’t know any better I’d think I was an alien.
  4. Reese’s Pieces – need I say more?
  5. The love I have in my heart – it’s full and I try to be kind and spread it around all day. It takes 2 seconds to say “thank you” or give a compliment.
  6. Practicing mindfulness everyday – it really helps to keep you grounded.
  7. Having a sense of fulfillment in my life – it’s been awhile if ever I’ve felt this. I started a new job September 10th, I have a loving family and friends.
  8. Fluffy blankets – I love getting lost in all of its puffiness.
  9. Crystals – I have my favorites that I carry around with me daily but I love them all. I’m currently carrying around a tumbled Rose Quartz.
  10. Sleeping in – I absolutely love to sleep so on the weekends I do take advantage.

What makes you happy everyday?

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How Travel Feeds the Soul

After taking a long trip, you can come back a different person. There’s something about the experience that changes you. But what exactly is it? I’ve long claimed that travel is good for the soul. (It’s a good fallback when people ask you why you’re spending your savings on trips overseas instead of investing in property.) But researching it more has shown me some solid evidence on how travel can actually feed the best parts of ourselves, make us better people, and strengthen those aspects of our lives that give us lasting happiness.

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New Settings Force Us to Think Differently

A study recently published in the Academy of Management Journal posited that professionals who lived and worked abroad were more creative than their counterpoints at home. Why? Adapting to another culture than our own forces us to develop cognitive creativity. And that creativity carries over into parts of our life. We’re able to creatively problem-solve, as in the case of one study that found that students living abroad were 20% more likely to be able to solve a particular computer problem.

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Think about how many ramifications that could have in our daily life. Not only does it make us better at work. It also makes us better in our relationships, because we’re able to understand multiple points of view. We’re able to express ourselves better creatively, a practice that literally helps you physically and mentally heal.

Most of all, it gives us a welcome new perspective on our own lives, which is the foundation of most experiential rehab programs. New environments, new experiences, and new perspectives can all help us problem-solve trials and challenges in our day-to-day lives. We learn and practice new skills that greatly serve us in our future.

 

Travelers Are More Trusting

The world can be a scary place, right? Sometimes, the more we listen to sensational headlines, the more it seems like just about everyone is out to get us. However, when you actually take a step outside of your comfort zone, instead of reading about it in the newspaper, you’ll usually find two amazing truths:

  1. Most people are good
  2. You can handle this

Traveling automatically puts you in a vulnerable situation. Clueless about your environment, about the shortcuts and social cues that locals take for granted, about the resources, cultural norms, and environmental dangers, it’s easy to fall prey to scams, over-inflated prices, and petty theft. And if you like movies like “Hostel” or “Taken” you might start believing that a ticket to Europe is equivalent to a casting call for a horror movie.

But once you stay in a couple hostels, you realize this: the people who will actually steal your stuff are the exception, not the rule. And once you’ve been helped by a few friendly locals, you realize that most people will not hesitate to go out of their way to help someone in need. In fact, a couple weeks abroad will probably make you feel ashamed about how you treat foreigners in your own hometown. This doesn’t mean that you stop taking smart precautions, like keeping your phone secure, or keeping your hotel’s phone number handy. However, it means that you trust those precautions, as well as the people around you.

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And then there’s that second truth: You can handle this. It’s all about making a practice of overcoming fears. Traveling encourages you to step out of your comfort zone over and over again. When you do so, you usually find that you can handle those things that come your way. I’m not about to promise you that you won’t run into any challenges as you travel. However, once you get lost a couple times and then manage to get yourself out of a jam or two, you’ll start to gain confidence in yourself. And as you do, you become free from fear.

 

You Learn to Love the Small Things

Something that never ceases to amaze me about travel is how it helps us to appreciate even the most commonplace things. With a traveler’s eyes, I’m transfixed by everyday things, fiercely snapping photos of the town square locals walk past every day, awed by churches that they attend each week, stunned by a meal that is just a regular dinner to anyone else.

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Because of this, it makes me start to think about those things that are unique to the place that I call home. I love watching how enchanted travelers are by the fat squirrels in London’s Hyde Park, creatures that to me are little more than a nuisance. I love talking to people about where I’m from as I travel, because it often sends them into a flurry of excitement, talking about their trip to one of the West’s National Parks. And when I come home, my time away has just made everything familiar that much more special. Travel makes me grateful for those things that I’m otherwise inclined to take for granted. And as you know, gratitude is one of the most direct routes to happiness and fulfillment.

Little Steps Have Big Impacts – Involving The Kids In Going Green

The statistics surrounding waste in our homes can be daunting; incandescent bulbs, for example, can use up to 80% more electricity than energy saving varieties. With a little investment any home can save huge amounts of money every year by being more ecologically aware; but is there a way to have a big impact at a smaller scale? What lessons can we teach our children that will help save our purses and the planet?

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The Magical Shower

Showering uses around 20 gallons less water than a bath does, but it is estimated that around 20% of the water in a shower is actually just thrown away. By deciding not to have a bath you have made a big impact, but by letting the water run while it heats up you are contributing to over 200 billion gallons of water wasted, every year in this way. You can help by installing a low flow shower head to save water; but there is a difference the children can help with too. A simple bucket to capture the water that would be wasted while the shower is running is a nifty little trick. This water can be used on the garden or to flush the toilet when urinating. While you are teaching the children this trick, it is worth placing a brick in the toilet cistern to reduce its volume and to demonstrate the difference between a half and full flush.

Recycle Those Bags

It is a common problem. You plan to bring your bags for life with you when you go grocery shopping but every time you just plain forget. This isn’t your fault, you have so much to focus on, after all. The trick is to make someone else responsible. Children love to be in charge of something, no matter how small. A plastic bag is used for 12 minute on average and lasts in the environment for thousands of years. It is estimated that up to a trillion plastic bags are used every year globally. Make one of your children the bag monitor, make it their job to ensure you always have your recycled bags with you when ever you go shopping. Even if they forget themselves, the act of making them responsible will help remind you to prompt them.

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Learn To Turn Off

Light bulbs left on are incredibly wasteful but this is just the tip of the energy iceberg. Making a game out of turning lights off is easy, but remembering to turn gaming systems off… Modern appliances being left on standby are responsible for $19 billion being wasted on energy bills every year. It is vital that children learn the difference between standby and something being truly off. This wasted electricity could be the difference between a fantastic visit from Santa Claus or finding a piece of coal in the stocking instead.

It is easy to focus on the costly ways to be ecologically friendly as a household but small changes can be just as important. Teaching your children about their carbon footprint at an early age can help to instill habits and behaviors that will set them up well for life.

 

Does Your Family Need Implants?

Nothing expresses confidence more than a big, beautiful smile but for the 178 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, this may be a difficult feat. The American College of Prosthodontics (ACP) notes that the problem gets worse as we age, with 30% of adults aged 65 to 74 having no natural teeth. Children can also lose teeth, due to causes such as accidents or injuries, or hypodontia – an inherited condition characterized by developmentally missing teeth. If you or your children have gaps you would like to fix, you may have thought about getting implants. In this post, we highlight important considerations that will determine whether or not this procedure can be the solution you are looking for.

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Why implants are important

 

Families often consider implants because missing teeth can make individuals reticent to smile or embarrassed in work or social settings. However, there are important functional reasons why implants can be helpful. As stated by the ACP, “Losing even a single back tooth can cause surrounding teeth to shift and drift toward the open space, affecting the way you chew food making it more difficult to clean the area and it can all lead to bone loss.”

What happens when you leave an implant for too long

Placing an implant soon after losing a tooth will ensure that surrounding bone isn’t lost. Implants are not a cheap treatment, but they can help you save on health costs in the long run, since if you wait too long, you can lose bone, thus making a bone graft necessary. This procedure is considerably more costly, and there is no guarantee of success. Moreover, the five-year survival rate for implants fitted into your own, natural bone is 92% compared to 90% of implants placed into a bone graft.

Are implants always indicated?

‘Get a new set of teeth in a day’ is fast becoming a popular motto in some dental clinics, but you might be surprised if your dentist tells you that prior work is required before you or your child can have an implant placed. For instance, gum disease needs to be addressed to increase the likelihood of implantation success. Additionally, your dentist might recommend orthodontics to treat a misaligned bite, or other treatments before you are ready to have an implant placed. Sometimes, if the gap is small, the dentist might recommend doing nothing at all.

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What is the minimum age for implants?

Children should be at least 15 (in the case of girls) or 17 (boys) to have implants since bone growth should be fully complete when implants are placed. If your child is younger or your dentist otherwise thinks it is a good idea to wait awhile, you may be recommended one or several options, including removable partial dentures, bridges, braces containing an artificial tooth, or space maintainers (to keep alignment just right until a more permanent solution can be provided).

Implants can help you or your older kids smile with confidence, but if for any reason the timing is not right or other dental work needs to be completed, then the wait will definitely be worth it. Your dentist will find other solutions that can help fill a missing gap. Eventually, implants can help you enjoy food and even sleep well, ensuring you do not lose vital bone or change your natural bite.

Tips for a Minimalist Home Office

Tips for a Minimalist Home Office

More and more American workers are working from home at least once a week, and it seems that the trend will continue. Whether you’re telecommuting to the office, or you’re working for yourself and you want to save on rental money, a home office is an important space, distinct from the rest of your home.

You want to be able to focus and be productive here. You want to have a space set apart from your other daily activities and from the distractions of other family members. You especially want all the tools that you need in order to get your job done available within arm’s reach. I believe that the best decor scheme for a home office is a minimal one. Minimal design can support all the things that you need the space to do, eliminating distractions and keeping you motivated and focused. Here are some tips for a minimalist home office.

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Why Go Minimal?
Before we dive in, let’s take a moment and talk about what minimalist design really is. As this article explains, minimalism is removing unnecessary elements and winnowing a space down to its essential function. This doesn’t have to mean that minimalist design is devoid of any decoration or beauty, though. The real philosophy underlying the idea is that when we boil things down to their essential elements, we actually end up with something even more beautiful, since we’re able to see the bare lines that make up those things that we need.

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Minimalism works so well for a home office because it eliminates frippery and distractions. One of the biggest challenges of working from home is getting distracted by other things. We tend to start thinking about some project or another than needs to get taken care of in the house, or we might find it harder and harder to resist the call of that video game when we’ve hit a stalling point at work. Minimalism strips the room of those distractions and gives us a space apart, where we can simply concentrate on work. So here are some tips for making it work for you:

Remove All Clutter
Your first step is to get rid of any and all clutter. If you have a room dedicated to being a home office, odds are pretty good that that space gets used for a lot more. It might also be a TV room, a storage space for old photo albums, the dog’s favorite napping place, etc. However, if you want to really make it a viable office, it needs to be that and only that. Take all the extra junk that you don’t need to work, and put it in the garage, a storage closet, wherever else. Removing all clutter can also mean getting rid of unnecessary furniture, decor on the walls, and even books in the shelves. In fact, you might not even need a bookshelf, unless you like having certain books for reference. You’ll know which items are actually fueling your productivity, but be honest with yourself and stick to the important things. This link has some more tips for creating a good study space.

Visualization Space
I think that no office space is complete without a visualization space. Sometimes we need an area where we can sketch out our ideas as they’re formulating. It can also be a great way to keep track of tasks, projects in progress, and to-dos for the day. Your visualization space might be a large whiteboard, a chalkboard, or a corkboard. In any case, it’s the place where when your eyes drift away from your workspace, you can refocus on your overarching goals instead of getting lost in a daydream.

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Minimal but High Quality Furniture
One of the major benefits of minimalism is that when you cut down your decor to its essential elements, you’re usually more able to invest in quality for those essential elements. If you have a room free of fussy extra items, you can instead identify those things you really do need, and go ahead and buy high quality. So, get yourself an office chair and a desk. Invest in a computer, and any extra tools you need, like a supplemental table, seating for visitors, etc. Get high quality that will last a long time and serve you well.

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Take Breaks Outside the Office
We all need breaks during the work day. However, many people make the mistake of thinking that this justifies a putting TV in their home office, or distracting projects that have nothing to do with work. If it’s something that you can do while brainstorming for work, then go ahead and include it. However, if it’s something that completely pulls you out of the working mindset, save it for outside the office. You know what? It’s better for you to stretch your legs and take a walk around during work anyway. Just make sure that you set a specific time for your break and get back to work when the break is up.

My Guide to a Bedtime Routine

My Guide to a Bedtime Routine

We all know how important sleep is, but too few of us actually get the high-quality sleep we need. Working at a doctor’s office, I need as much sleep as I can get, so I make sure to set aside some time to relax before bed every night to ensure that I get the best sleep I can. To help inspire you to do the same, I’m sharing my own nighttime routine.

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1. Shower/bath
I start my routine every night with a shower about an hour and a half before bedtime. It helps me relax and feel clean when crawling into my sheets. Typically about once a week, I’ll treat myself to a 30-45 minute bath with a scented bath bomb. In the winter, I’ll go out for a 30 minute walk or jog then come in to take a warm shower before crawling into bed. It makes me warm and cozy which creates the perfect sleep environment for me.

2. Skin care routine
After my shower, I wash my face to clear it of the makeup and dirt that might have accumulated on my skin during the day. Washing with warm water helps open my pores to make sure the soap can do its job most effectively. Then, I apply my facial toner and moisturizer, liquid spray tan to my legs, and moisturizer to the rest of me. I prefer to use lightweight products that smell good so I don’t feel sticky after my regimen.

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3. Practice some self-care
To unwind, I make sure to set aside some time after I’m washed to just relax. After a day spent on my feet, I like to give myself a five minute foot massage. Next, I turn off all blue light devices, including my cell phone, laptop, tablet and the TV to make sure that my sleep doesn’t get disturbed. I’ll then sit at my desk and do some writing. I like to jot down my to-do list for the next day and spend 30 minutes journaling my thoughts. I try to write everything down I’m thinking, from random thoughts to things I’ve been pondering all day, usually with a little perspective splashed in there to help reflect on the day.

4. Prepare for the morning
Even though I only wear scrubs to work, I like to pick out my clothes for the next morning the night before. It helps save me those extra few minutes to move slowly or sip my coffee and leaves me pretty carefree once I climb into bed for the night.

5. Meditation/Yoga
To round out the evening, I usually take 15 minutes to do a little meditation and my bedtime yoga routine. It helps me rest my mind and clear it of all the stress of the previous day. I always feel rejuvenated and at ease after dedicating just a few minutes to this.

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6. Say goodnight
When I finally crawl into bed, I tell my cat goodnight, turn on my ceiling fan, and I’m out like a light. I’ve been getting some of my best sleep in recent years, and I’m sure that these few extra steps that I take for myself are an investment in my sleep, and therefore, overall wellness.


I hope some of my routine has encouraged you to carve out some extra time before bed just for yourself. Whether it’s stretching before getting into bed, investing in a cozier mattress, or listening to a sleep playlist, I’d love to hear what tricks you use before bed to get better sleep!

The Long-Life Diet

The Long-Life Diet

Alright, so you’ve tried the ice cream diet, the Atkins diet, South Beach, and of course, anything that promises to get you ready for bikini season.

Are you sick of it yet? Checking waist measurements and daily checks on the bathroom scale? The truth is that extreme diet techniques are really just fostering an unhealthy relationship with our bodies. It’s time to try something new: the long-life diet.

Okay, I’m no nutritionist, and I’m certainly not going to patent a book and turn my lifestyle into a brand. However, I do know this: beautiful=healthy! We always look our best when we’re treating our body right. And sometimes, this means cutting back a lot, especially on empty calories. Other times, it means adding essential things into our diet. Best of all, this is the kind of diet that’s going to give you results that you can straight-up measure in dollars and cents. It means a better quality of life, and longer to enjoy it in. Don’t wait until your body starts to rebel to treat it right. Read through these tips for the long-life diet and start making them a part of your life.

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Drink Water, Not Sugar
A recent Gallup poll revealed that half of Americans drink soda every single day. And among people who drink soda, they average about two and a half glasses a day. And here’s the kicker: one single can of soda already exceeds the recommended limit of sugar per day. One can of soda has about 39 grams of sugar, while the recommended amount per day for a full-grown man is 37 grams. (It’s even less for children and women.)

More and more, scientific evidence is showing that there’s a strong link between sugar and the leading causes of death in the U.S.: heart disease and diabetes. So, start opting for water more often. It doesn’t have to be fancy; tap water is perfectly safe to drink in America. If you’re someone who doesn’t like the taste of plain water, get a good filter for your tap, and/or look into flavor drops that you can gradually wean yourself off of. You might even try out infused water, which can give you a refreshing taste of herbs or fruit without any added sugar.

Get a Variety of Produce
What’s the best thing you can eat in order to lower your risk of cancer? Once you’ve cut out cigarettes, and reduced the amount of alcohol you consume, the best thing you can do to resist cancer is eating more antioxidants. You don’t need to be going to town on goji berries to get antioxidants working for you. Antioxidants are in just about every fruit and vegetable, and different antioxidants have different roles in the body. So, in order to keep your body actively fighting disease effectively, you need to have a wide variety of nutrition. Don’t just fall back on one thing when you feel the need to be more healthy. Get a variety of fruits and vegetables. Try new things at the grocery store, and find creative ways to make smoothies, salads, and snacks made of fruits or veggies a part of your daily diet.

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Extra bonus: getting lots of antioxidants is great for your hair and skin. In fact, probably the fastest change you’ll see in your appearance from the long-life diet is from antioxidants. Here’s a guide for more specifics.

Cook from Scratch
Alright, you’ve probably heard a lot about the raw food and/or paleo diets. It’s not necessary to make a complete lifestyle change and go completely raw in order to have great health. However, those paleo nuts are on to something: we’re healthier when we reduce the amount of processing that our food gets. Admittedly, some things are important, like grinding down wheat for our flour, or cooking potatoes so that they’re easier to digest. However, if your diet currently depends on pre-packaged meals, box mixes, or all those other shortcuts that grocery stores offer, then you should look for ways to move towards “fresh” and “homemade” more often. Pre-packaged foods are more processed. They’re full of preservatives, and extra salt, sugar, and fat in order to make them taste good for longer.

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When you go fresh, you just don’t need those crutches… and you’re better off without them.

Don’t Eat More than You Need
It’s hard to keep track of what’s actually healthy, right? As soon as leading authorities decide that eggs are great for you, someone else starts bashing that egg, saying that it will definitely give you heart disease and ashy skin. Well, doing some research and trusting only peer-reviewed studies and vetted recommendations can give you more clarity. But in the meantime, there’s one thing that all studies of life expectancy agree on: higher calorie intake (beyond what it takes to sustain an individual) is correlated with lower life expectancy. Now, this might sound like I’m just saying “don’t be fat” but it’s not just that. People who consume a lot of calories and work them off by being really active can still carry a higher risk. In fact, it’s the leading theory for why women have a longer life expectancy than men: women tend to eat less calories!

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In the Standard American Diet, most of us have access to more calories than we need, and we learn to depend on overeating just to feel normal. When you cut back to smaller portions daily, you learn that your body doesn’t actually need all that, unless you’re running a 10k every day. So, if you’re exceeding the recommended calories for your body type, start cutting back. Of course, you should be exercising for your health, and eating to support that exercise. So don’t cut calories at the expense of your energy in a workout.
But most of all, what we need to do is make the calories count. Yes, your body needs the calories and energy. Starving yourself isn’t going to do your health any favors at all. However, not all calories are created equal. You have 600 calories of a chocolate malt, or 600 calories of a good square meal.
Exercise Daily
Modern life doesn’t require us to move around very much. But if you want to be healthy and happy, you should do it anyway! Make a habit out of recreational walks, dancing, or physical projects at home. If nothing else, set a schedule for you to put your home treadmill to use more often.

How to Rejuvenate Your Beauty Regimen

How to Rejuvenate Your Beauty Regimen

Aging can be a beautiful thing. It often comes with a sense of renewed confidence, new-found wisdom, and unique experiences. The physical signs of aging, however, aren’t always as welcome. Here are some quick tips on how to adapt your beauty routine to meet your changing needs.

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Your Skin

Boost your diet
Subbing in a few healthy choices every day can have a surprising impact on your overall appearance. Healthy fats like nuts and avocados strengthen cell membranes and can nourish your skin. Similarly, foods rich in vitamin-C, like green veggies, can boost collagen levels and skin elasticity.

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Create a night routine
If you begin incorporating some quick skin care into your nightly routine, you will be enjoying the benefits of brighter, clearer skin in just a few days without feeling overwhelmed. First step is always removing makeup, then introducing a serum to hydrate and regenerate your skin. Try exfoliating just once a week to physically rid your face of dead skin and dirt. Just be careful to use a gentle product and not overdo it with the scrubbing to protect your skin from damage.

Your Hair

Get the right color
As we age, our scalp loses some of its natural oil which can make our hair lose color and become weak. Guessing the right shade for your changing hair can be risky when you’re bombarded by all the choices at the grocery store. Bring new life to your hair by switching up its appearance with a dye that’s custom made for you.

Skip the shampoo
Surprisingly, most people don’t need to wash their hair more than twice a week. In fact, overwashing can strip your hair of the natural oils that give it shine, and leave your scalp dry and itchy. Try cutting out a shampoo cycle every now and then and see if it helps your hair look more youthful and thick. As with most beauty advice, however, it all depends on your lifestyle: if you’re running marathons everyday, you might want to follow your own shampoo routine!

Your Makeup

Use warm colors
Lighter tones can brighten your whole face, while dark hues with silver undertones can accentuate dark circles. Peach, rose and gold eyeshadows can make your eyes appear bigger, and rosy blush or lipstick can perk up your skin and overall look.

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Find the right foundation
With age comes diminished skin elasticity and unfortunately, wrinkles. Investing in the right foundation to meet your needs can be a huge help in your own confidence. Let your skin type guide your choice: those with dry skin should use a hydrating liquid foundation while those with oily skin should look for oil-free liquid, or powder foundation. Check out this helpful guide for more specific information about your skin type to make sure you find the right foundation for you.

Whether you celebrate your age or want to hide it, make sure you’re taking small steps like these to ensure that your regimen accentuates your changing beauty. After all, your beauty on the outside should match that of the confident woman on the inside.