While I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder, living in Miami has made me very aware of how I look. When I was younger, I had to do less to look good. Now, at 41 years old, I put much more work into my beauty routine. It’s important to recognize your unique beauty and celebrate it; part of this celebration is to take good care of yourself so you can be the best version of yourself possible.

As part of a series on the secrets to looking beautiful at any age, I’ll discuss the truth about what goes into beauty routines. Though it may seem like a lot of work—frankly, it can seem exhausting!—the efforts do pay off. It can take a village to help keep you looking and feeling your best. Start building your beauty tribe so you can look and feel like your very best you!

Secret 10: Take Care of Your Teeth.

Another beauty secret that works for any age? A great set of white teeth. I had braces when I was younger and unfortunately, I wasn’t diligent with my retainer. As a result, my teeth shifted as I got older. For the past two years, I have used Invisalign at night. This has worked great to not only straighten out my teeth, but to protect my teeth from grinding at night.

Taking care of your smile is imperative to looking and feeling your best. A couple of years ago, I did the Zoom whitening in-office procedure at my dentist’s office. This process was not hard and left my teeth unbelievably white. I will definitely go back again for another round of Zoom! In the interim, I use an electrical toothbrush and gentle whitening toothpaste everyday. When your teeth look great, your smile looks flawless…and that helps you exude confidence.