Christie always says that her best beauty trick is a smile! A smile is an instant “face-lift” that tightens your skin, brightens your eyes, and makes you look more radiant and beautiful. But what happens to your smile as it ages? Your teeth can lose their whiteness and luster, laugh lines begin to form, and lips begin to thin as a natural part of the aging process. Is there anything you can do to keep your smile as bright as it was in your youth?
As we age, teeth can become stained and dull and lose their whiteness. Coffee, juices, wine and cigarettes all exacerbate this problem and contribute to yellowing and staining. In recent years, whitening toothpastes, whitening strips and gel trays have become available for home whitening and can really improve the whiteness and brightness of your teeth. Your dentist can also provide tooth whitening procedures that provide even more dramatic lightening in less time, but these procedures can come at a significant cost. If you have staining that seems resistant to over-the-counter fixes, you might be want to invest in professional whitening and then opt to continue upkeep with at-home products.
The by-product of a bright smile can sometimes be functional lines – like laugh lines and vertical lip lines. But don’t stop laughing or smiling! Regular use of Christie’s Bio-Clock Activation System can really help to prevent and soften these lines. Vertical lip lines are created from regular lip motions and pursing your lips, and are also called smoker’s lines. Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare can also help with these, but these lines are just another good reason to quit smoking!
As we age and collagen production slows down, lips begin to lose volume. Daily exfoliation can improve circulation, remove dead skin and add plumpness, preparing them for your favorite gloss or lipstick. Make a habit to brush your lips lightly with a soft toothbrush after brushing your teeth to help slough off dead, dry skin; use a product that is specifically designed to exfoliate your lips; or make a sugar scrub to use (there are many recipes available online).
Remember that smile is a face-lift that lights up a room! Smiling energizes you from the inside out, so keep smiling!