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12 Beauty Tips Your Future Self Will Thank You For Starting Today

Tips to make you look and feel amazing.

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Everything beauty is very in right now, especially when it comes to makeup, hair, and skin care routines. It sounds silly because when is not in? But it seems like more people are paying attention and wanting to know the best tips and tricks. We have to do what's best for ourselves. What we put on our skin is so important since our body does absorb it. We need to protect our hair from harsh chemicals. As for makeup, we want to look our best and use the right products.

Here are 12 beauty tips that your future self will thank you for:

1. Use a face toner twice a day

I recommend Lancòme or SheaMoisture. Put it on a cotton ball or cotton pad and move in an upwards motion on your neck and face. It really gets all the extra makeup and dirt off your face that you may have missed when taking your makeup off and washing your face.

2. Purchase a great cleansing oil to take off your makeup

Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating cleansing oil is the best. It's $28 a bottle and lasts me months. You rub it into your face, even on to your eyes, to take off your makeup. Take a tissue, and wipe off all the makeup and then wash your face like normal.

3. Brush your hair with a wide toothed comb

You'll avoid breakage than with a regular brush.

4. Use organic products

Whether it be for your hair or skin, it's best to go organic. Why? Because it's free of parabens and other harsh chemicals and it's better for the environment. We want to keep our water supply and ecosystems intact.

5. Clean your makeup brushes

This seems self-explanatory but some people just don't clean their brushes. That harbors bacteria and then you're using it all over your face and eyes and that can cause a lot of problems. I clean my makeup brushes once a week using baby soap.

6. Wear sunblock

After you wash your face in the morning and moisturize, put on sunblock to protect your skin. This is extremely important and your dermatologist will be proud of you.

7. Don't wash your hair every day

Your skin needs those natural oils and when you wash your hair every day, you're stripping away those oils. Use a dry shampoo instead!

8. Don't dry your hair with a towel

When you get out of the shower, dry your hair with a t-shirt. They're a lot easier on the hair and the harsh fibers from the towel can cause the hair to be more prone to breakage.

9. Moisturize, duh

Purchase a good moisturizer for your face. You apply this twice a day and it keeps your face hydrated and smooth.

10.Trim your hair every few months

You will be keeping your hair healthy and will have less split ends and breakage.

11. Exfoliate your face 

Do this twice a week, but not more as to avoid skin irritation. You'll be getting the dead skin cells off and you'll leave your face glowing.

12. Use pore strips

Do you ever use a pore strip and then stare at everything that it ripped from your nose? Isn't it so satisfying? Clear pores, for the win!

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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How To Avoid Getting Sick Your  Freshman Year

It's going to take a little more than an apple a day.

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College is the prime time and place to catch a cold... or worse. Although, somehow I managed to crack the code to health and not get sick my whole first year of college. This is surprising considering I was living in the close (and very unsanitary) quarters of a dorm room.

1. Keep your diet somewhat healthy

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I know how hard it is to eat healthy in college, especially on a low budget. But with the dining hall foods, you can at least include some vegetables and fruits into your everyday consumption. The vitamins in these foods will help keep your immune system up and it will be worth the effort.

2. Try to exercise a few times per week

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Even if you're just getting out of the dorm for a thirty minute walk, it will benefit your body. If you decide to up your routine from that, even better! The more endorphins, the more you will feel better inside and out.

3. Cut back on the drinking if you feel a cold coming on

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Surprisingly, many college students don't seem to know that alcohol lowers your immune system. Of course, for some people theres no way of avoiding drinking. But if you can at least give your body rest days, it will be extremely beneficial.

4. Invest in a dehumidifier for your dorm room

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I believe this was a very big player in helping me not get sick. The dehumidifier helps reduce dust and other particles in the air. This will help not agitate your allergies and you will feel more clear headed.

5. Try not to share personal products

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Sharing things like towels, makeup, unwashed cups, etc. can all be causes of a sickness being passed around you and your friends. Of course sharing is caring, just make sure it's sanitary.

6. Be conscientious of who you kiss!

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Make sure that your girlfriend, boyfriend, or "its complicated" person is not sick before you're getting cozy with them.

7. Drink lots of green tea!

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Personally, I credit green tea and its anti-oxidants for keeping the flu away and even getting rid of bugs that might be forming in your system. So if you feel like you might be developing a cold, chug that tea!

I know how annoying these tips may be. But I promise, if you implement at least a few it could reduce your chances of feeling horrible during midterms in the winter, and sneezing all over your finals in the fall.

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