Kym Douglas Shares How to Get a Head Start on Looking Great

#1: Teeth Whitening One of the perks of being a celebrity is being able to afford quick-fix treatments for problems like dingy teeth. An example, "Pola Office Plus," a whitening system that uses 35% hydrogen peroxide solution to remove stains from teeth in 30 minutes but costs around $1200 dollars. If you don’t want to spend a crazy fortune, you CAN opt for Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid. What makes it less expensive is that it only contains 10% hydrogen peroxide (compared to 35%) so it means it takes longer to really work. But at the end of the day, they’re using the same whitening ingredient! They will lighten your teeth 3 shades, but you have to do it for 2 weeks so plan ahead!

#2: Cellulite Buster Fact: Even "perfect" celebrities have cellulite. The way they combat unwanted lumps before a major event? Coffee. Put yesterday’s used coffee grinds and mix them together with just a little bit of olive oil and put the mixture in an old nylon stocking. About 10 minutes before getting into the shower, vigorously rub the coffee grind mixture over your "trouble areas" like hips, butts or thighs. Let the mixture sit for 1- minutes and then rinse it off in the shower. The caffeine helps increase blood flow to skin and can break up the toxins and fat deposits that cause cellulite. Also, the gritty texture of the coffee grinds works like a mild sugar scrub, exfoliating the skin and promoting better circulation, while the oil actually "plumps up" skin cells for smoother looking skin. Do this everyday for 1 week before a big event.

#3: Activated Charcoal The hottest new skin discovery is charcoal. For a long time, charcoal was used as a purifier in air filters and fish tanks but is now cropping up in beauty products too! The skin-saving ingredient naturally draws impurities and excess oil out of the skin and works as a detoxifier. Using charcoal will make you look like you drank 10 glasses of water and got the perfect amount of beauty sleep! I love Activating Charcoal Cleanser by Shamanuti.

#4: Pepto Bismol Body Glow After a long winter, it can be nerve racking wearing a sleeveless dress for the first time because skin can look dull and dry. But an amazingly effective weapon is Pepto Bismol. Yup, believe it or not, this classic diarrhea treatment can give your skin a radiant glow. It contains salicylic acid and if you put a coat on your skin, let it set for a few minutes, then wash it off, your skin will have a mega glow. Another plus, it works as a great face peel, washing away dead skin cells and keeping your complexion from looking cloudy and old. It works just as well as products containing salicylic acid because the ingredient that coats your tummy makes it milder and gentler to the skin than most skin care products.

#5: Crisco Socks When celebrities walk the red carpet they have to pay attention to every tiny detail, including the backs of their feet! A crazy secret to getting their feet looking soft and supple: Crisco! For 2 weeks before any event slather Crisco all over your feet, put on some socks and hop into bed for some beauty sleep!

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