Ten Exotic Beauty Secrets

by Elysian Magazine

Exotic, statuesque, with cascading dark hair that glistens like a tropical waterfall and wide, almond-shaped eyes that speak a silent language all their own. If you fit that description, then you are an exotic beauty. If you do not, you can still become one. Follow these beauty secrets and you, too, can become an exotic beauty.

    1. Your diet is the foundation of being an exotic beauty. Eat all-natural foods, heavy on the vegetables and if you have meat, your portion should be no larger than the size of your hand. No processed foods and keep sweets to a minimum.


    1. Weekly scalp treatments. Luxuriantly beautiful hair is essential to exotic beauty and the secret is to pamper your scalp. The hair shaft is important, but hair grows from the scalp. A healthy scalp is the first step toward a really healthy head of hair. Use Keratase Specifique Bain Vital Dermo-Calm Shampoo, Vanicream Free & Clear Hair Shampoo, and Thera Neem Scalp Therapy Shampoo—but first, consult your stylist. There is such a thing as the wrong shampoo for you and you need the right one, and a regular plan, to achieve the best results. (A great hair conditioner to apply to the strands, not the scalp, is power-packed avocado oil, by the way.)


    1. Don’t overbrush your hair. Brush your hair before you shampoo and let it dry naturally. Use a wide-tooth comb until your next washing—not a hairbrush—to keep your hair from getting too oily or breaking. Massage your scalp, fluff up your hair with your fingers, and stay away from heavy product and hair spray if you want to achieve that exotic natural look.


    1. Embrace your natural hair texture. There is nothing worse than curling irons, straightening wands, curl relaxing products, and hairdryers to ruin your hair. Be brave and instead of trying to be something you aren’t, be something you are. Embrace your natural hair, whether it is curly or straight. There are products to help you achieve fullness or calm down the frizzies and your stylist will be able to recommend what to use. Just remember, gals, after 40 everything changes—not the least of which is our hair. So go with the flow and work with what you’ve got. You’ll be amazed.


    1. Get into a good, multi-step skincare routine—and start with water. That’s right. Plain water. Washing your face with fresh water is the natural way to healthy skin. Apply a toner, even plain witch hazel, with a cotton ball afterwards followed by a light UV moisturizer. One of the best face masks you can use is natural honey. Honey has amazing healing powers, is terrifically hydrating, full of antioxidants, and is an excellent way to protect your skin from environmental damage.


    1. Say goodbye to foundations and concealers. If you want radiant skin, stay away from foundation makeup, powder, blush, and even eye concealer (the French think dark circles under your eyes are sultry and seductive.) After that, don’t touch your face until the next time you wash your face and wash. “Don’t touch your face, and wash your hands every time you can,” advises French beauty blogger Typhaine Augusto.


    1. Use Vaseline where you spray your perfume to make it last longer. Choose an exotic fragrance, such as Obsess, by Calvin Klein or Judith Leiber Exotic Coral Eau de Parfum. Have several perfumes on your vanity—one for daytime, one for nighttime, and one special fragrance for when you want to be romantic…and yes, exotic…for the love in your life.


    1. Focus on one feature. Are your lips your best feature? Bring attention to your mouth with a luscious red lipstick, like Dior Rouge in 999 Matte. Are your eyes your best feature? Don’t overemphasize with globs of eyeshadow. The “right” line of eyeliner to offset your upper lid and several coats of mascara, such as Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening & Lengthening Mascara in Black Ice will give your eyes that exotic beauty that you’re after.


    1. Drink lots and lots of water. Water not only cleanses the skin but cleanses your body from impurities and food additives. So, what if it means frequent trips to the bathroom. You want to be an exotic beauty? Then drink lots of water. Brazilian women, who are among the most exotic in the world, swear by it.


  1. Avoid these things: Sunlight. More than two glasses of wine a day (red is by far the best.) And limit alcohol to one glass a week, tops. Embrace these things: Sleep. Exercise. And laughter. You can only be beautiful if you are happy.

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