5 simple and effective self-care tips

(BPT) - When we have a self-care routine that actually works, we feel better, and it shows. Longtime actress and model Brooke Shields reveals her simple yet effective tricks to effortless beauty and wellness that will have anyone feeling model ready. See below for Brooke’s tips, from how she protects her smile, to skincare tricks, to her go-to superfoods, that will automatically up your beauty routine without breaking the bank.

1) Take proactive steps to keep a healthy smile

“Over the years, I've learned to embrace getting older — and part of that is using products that help keep me healthy into the future. No one ever talks about the importance of gum care, but the reality is that gum damage occurs gradually over time and we often don’t notice it’s happening until it’s too late. Gums are the foundation to a healthy smile, so I want to be proactive now to help prevent any issues in the future. To better protect my smile, I updated my daily oral care routine to include new Colgate Gum Renewal toothpaste, which helps repair and reverse early gum issues.

2) Personalize your skincare routine

“There are so many options out there when it comes to skincare, but I really saw a difference in my skin when I simplified my approach and made informed choices based on my personal needs. It’s important to know what’s in your skincare products and make the right decision for you. Our skin is different and unique, which means we all need different things. For me, I love retinol and vitamin C serums. They’re brightening and smoothing, and an absolute staple in my routine.”

3) Maintain a healthy lifestyle

“In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I try and eat as clean as possible. It really helps me feel better mentally and physically! Some of my favorites are berries (especially blackberries), spinach salads and salmon. You’re getting so many nutrients through these foods. It’s a win-win. I also always make sure to take my vitamins — specifically vitamin C and vitamin D, which gives your immune system an automatic boost.”

4) Take care of your hair

“Taking care of your hair doesn’t have to be complex, and you don’t always need expensive salon trips to get the results you want. Some of my proactive tips are to avoid over-washing, which can lead to brittle ends, and to use sulfate-free shampoos. I absolutely love sulfate-free products because they’re color protectant and don’t include any harsh chemicals. Finally, I encourage everyone to embrace their natural look! My hair is naturally wavy so I like to use a little sea salt spray, but for those with straight hair, bonding oils can give you a sleeker, chic look.”

5) Wear sunscreen

“My number one skincare rule is wearing sunscreen every day. I always use lightweight moisturizers with SPF 50 (or higher) which won’t interfere with my make-up when on set. The trick is to lather up in sunscreen and reapply every few hours to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and sun damage, which can lead to dark spots, wrinkles, aging, and more. SPF is absolutely crucial for keeping your skin healthy and young, so I never leave home without it.”

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