Lizzo’s “Good As Hell” will be your soundtrack, when you begin using these habits to improve yourself. They are a mix of health and self-care practices that will build confidence and change how other perceive you. Don’t be afraid to work up to them, or take them on all at once. Either way these habits can lead to an new and improved you!
1. Drink LOTS Of Water
This might sound like a no brainer, but drinking water is the easiest way to improve your look. Your body is 60% water, so it only makes sense that you need to keep it filled. By drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day you can cleanse toxins from your body. Water also helps to keep your blood sugar low and skin hydrated! Say hello to hydration and goodbye to dry skin.
2. Moisturize Everything
While it make sense to moisturize your face after you wash it, you should also be moisturizing the rest of your body as well. One of the first things you should do after a shower is apply lotion to your skin. Remember to pat your skin dry, not rub before you apply the lotion. By keeping your skin hydrated, you are allowing it to repair itself and get its healthy shine back.
3. Change Your Bedding
Window and fan sleepers can agree on how important it is to change your sheets regularly. Not only do they eventually gain an odor, they can also be filled with bacteria. If the bacteria gets on your skin, it can cause acne (pillowcases, we’re looking at you), rashes or dry skin. To prevent this from happening, try to change your sheet weekly. While this might sound like a lot, this one habit you’ll want to keep. For added freshness use a scented fabric softener!
4. Eat Fruits…Seriously
Not everyone is a fruit lover, but it really is one of the easier habits to get behind. It’s recommended to get two to three servings of fruit daily. If that sounds like too much to start with, gradually work up to it. Start with having some fruit with lunch or make a smoothie in the morning! You can incorporate fruit into your diet in so many ways. In addition to being healthy, eating fruit will also help to clear up your complexion and improve how you feel about yourself.
5. Working On Your Fitness
The gym life isn’t for everyone, but fitness should be. One of the hardest but most rewarding habits to get into is exercising every day. You can go for a walk, take a bike ride, kayak or even weight lift. No matter what your preference is, the most important thing is to start. Starting is the hardest part, so put one foot in front of the other and you’ll be on your way to improving your looks.
6. Check Your Posture
Bad posture can come from a lot of things. It can come from sitting hunched over, keeping your head down while you’re on a cell phone and a slew of other things. The good news is, it is possible to improve your posture! You can get into the habit of correcting your posture with back braces and balancing exercises. Not only will it improve how you stand and look, it can help prevent lifelong aches and pains.
7. Your Hair Talks
Your hair can tell a lot about you. It tells others how long it’s been since you showered (unless you use dry shampoo) and what your natural hair color really is! So if you want your hair to be nice to you, you need to be nice to your hair. Get a haircut regularly, protect it from heat when styling and deep condition when necessary. Your hair can be hard to repair when it’s broken or damaged. So you’ll want to get in the habit of taking care of it sooner rather than later.
8. Skin Care, Do Care
No matter who you are, you need to be taking extra care of your skin. There is no better time to start, than right now! Apply moisturizer daily (oil free recommended), exfoliate weekly and use a mask when needed. In addition to the basics, you should be using some sort of serums as well. Now you don’t have to have a 10 step routine, but a few steps will keep your skin happy, healthy and glowing.
9. Nail Care Is Self Care
While this might be more of a whim then a necessity for some of you, nail care can be super important. The state of your nails can actually be linked to your health. It’s important to keep them strong and healthy. At night, rub a little Vaseline into the cuticles, to help them grow stronger and longer. Make sure you are trimming and cleaning your nails on a regular basis (yes, guys you too). Add polish to keep them looking nice and to help you resist the urge to bite them!
10. Get In, We’re Going Shopping
For those of you who have seen “What Not To Wear”, you know what you wear is super important. When you dress up, you tend accomplish more and who knows where it can lead from there. Now this doesn’t mean you have to become a fashionista and buy something new for every occasion. Simply put, it’s about finding clothing styles that fit your body shape. Have the basics on hand and then go from there!
11. Don’t Forget To Floss!
Your teeth are super important to not only your health, but your appearance as well. You should already be brushing and flossing teeth daily to maintain good hygiene. If you have ever considered whitening your teeth or not, you should go for it. There are a ton of ways to do this. Try whitening strips, mouthwash/toothpaste or even Zoom whitening. Not only will it give you a brighter smile, it will boost your confidence too!
12. 1, 2, 3 Smile
It might sound cheesy, but smiling can instantly change your outlook on life. We all know someone who looks mean, but is really a sweetie. For the most part, many of us want to come off as friendly. So go ahead and smile! It’s one of the most feel good habits you could have. They say a smile is also contagious, so share it with others. Not only will you improve your look, it can improve your attitude as well!
What is one of your favorite habits to improve your look? Which one is the easiest or hardiest? Comment and share with us below!
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Hi my name is Kristen and I am 26 years old. I went to Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!). I majored in Integrative Public Relations with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. After graduation, I worked for Macy's in a variety of positions. I love shopping until I drop and consider it my cardio! I've been lucky enough to travel quite a bit and hope to do more so in the future. I am an energetic, sassy and fun loving person who loves her family (dog), friends and donuts!