Drink more water.
There are so many benefits to drinking water! Just think – over half of your body is composed of water, so it’s clearly vital not only to survival, but also to thriving. Drinking water is good for your skin and your health. Thirst frequently manifests as hunger, meaning that many times when people believe they are hungry, they are actually dehydrated. So, by drinking more water, you not only can help your skin, you can also help whittle your waistline and reduce your grocery bill – which is what most of us want anyway.
Take care of your skin.
This is my personal routine. I consistently receive compliments on my skin, the vast majority of the time when I’m not wearing makeup. Every night, I wash and moisturize my face. But, believe it or not, I never wash my face in the morning. I read somewhere a long time ago that, if your face was cleaned the night before, upon waking, the oils on your face are beneficial to that skin. So instead of ridding my face of those oils entirely every morning, I rinse my face with cold water and dry it gently. That way, I reduce the oils that have accumulated on my face overnight without stripping the skin of them entirely. This means that, overall, I use less product and products, which saves me money. I also make sure that every time I wash my face, I use moisturizer.
Take care of your hair.
Besides the obvious tip of using as little heat as possible, I have a few more. The first is to figure out the best hair-washing schedule for your mane. My hair is thick and slightly oily, so I wash it every other day, if it hasn’t gotten any substance or smell in it. I wash my hair at night and let it air dry while I sleep. If it needs a little something, I will add Garnier’s 10-in-1 Rescue Leave-In Spray when I brush it. If I do ever use a blow dryer, I run a generous amount of Garnier’s Marvelous Oil through my hair, to protect it and help it dry faster. This is important for me, as my long, thick hair takes absolutely forever to dry, whether naturally or with a blow dryer. I have also never highlighted or dyed my hair, which greatly helps with its health.
Figure out how much you need – start with seven or eight hours, and go from there. Try not to use any screens in bed, including TV (at least before bed). I am frequently guilty of scrolling through Tumblr or texting before going to sleep, but lately I have been trying to read instead. Make it quiet and dark, or put on a podcast or playlist that helps with sleep, and sleep well.
Take your vitamins.
Make sure to eat your vitamins! However, if you’re not a fan of fruits and/or vegetables, you could eat gummy vitamins or take vitamin pills. The best ones for the skin are vitamin A and vitamin C, though there are certainly benefits to taking others. Make sure to check with your doctor before adding a supplement to your diet.
Figure out your “signature look.”
The best thing about thirteen years of Catholic school was having to wear uniforms. They’re easy – no thought, no effort. A “signature look” is the adult version of a uniform. It could mean that you have a color scheme, or a set of silhouettes, or anything at all. You get to define it in a way that fits your style and lifestyle. Consistency is key. Having a signature look is a way of looking more attractive, because you will consistently look good. It will also ensure that people notice you, and not your clothing, first. We all want to be seen.
I don’t care what kind of exercise you do, or the amount of it. As long as you exercise in some way with some regularity, you will be more attractive. That could mean walking the dog more, or going to the gym, or taking a class, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Exercise improves heart health, which gives you a glow. It also means that you will have better quality sleep, which also helps with physical appearance and energy levels.
These are just some of the ways I make myself look presentable. Using these methods ensures that when I do have a lazy day, I still feel pretty.