We all want to be more beautiful, naturally, but it’s so hard to know what products to use, and when… and most of the things we need to do every day to be more beautiful aren’t cosmetic! Most of us already do most of them, but just in case, here’s a list of 9 things to do every day to make you beautiful… or rather, MORE beautiful… you’re already gorgeous!
1 Get Plenty of Sleep
While not everyone needs eight full hours of sleep each night, most of us need something close to that. And aside from being cranky and forgetful, being tired can also make you less gorgeous… it can make your eyes puffy and your skin dull! So it’s important for health and beauty reasons to get your beauty sleep!
2 Avoid Caffeine
Caffeine can make you jittery and can cause acne outbreaks and make you sweat. Ick! Who wants blemishes and damp clothes? If possible avoid food and drinks with lots of caffeine, like coffee, black tea, and chocolate.
3 Drink Plenty of Water
Keeping hydrated will help you avoid headaches, nausea, leg cramps, and bad breath, but it has been shown to improve some women’s complexions. While scientists disagree about how important water is, why risk it? Carry a reusable water bottle with you, and drink plenty of water each day.
4 Wash off Make-up
This may sound common-sense, but a lot of women don’t wash off their make-up at the end of the day, which means they sleep in it all night! This is awful for your skin, since even the best make-up can clog pores… so be sure to thoroughly wash your face and remove make-up before bed each night. Your skin will thank you!
5 Use Sunblock
While most Western cultures still value the “healthy” glow of a tan, exposure to sun is anything but. We ought to be wearing sunblock every day, even in the winter, to protect our delicate skin from the sun’s harsh rays… not only can sun exposure cause unattractive sun spots, it can also cause skin cancer, which is more common than all other forms of cancer combined.
Who doesn’t want soft, supple, silky skin? The best way to get it is to keep it moist and protected, so be sure to wear lotion and moisturizer every day, in addition to your sunscreen… in fact, some loti0ons and moisturizers have sunscreen built in… brilliant!
7 Eat Well
You are what you eat, so if all you eat is junk food, then you’re not going to look, or feel, your best. Be sure to eat your five servings of fresh fruits and veggies each day, as well as a good balance of protein and carbs. If you’re not sure what you need to eat, or how much, you can create a personalized plan at mypyramid.gov.
8 Mind Your Nails
Sometimes, it’s all in the small details. I know I notice when someone has nails that need attention, so chances are, others notice when mine need trimming or new polish. Of course you don’t need to change your polish every day, but it’s a good idea to keep your nails clean and trimmed each day, and then do more as needed.
9 Take Care of Your Teeth
Is there anything prettier than a healthy smile? Be sure to take care of your own pearly whites each day by brushing twice, and flossing and rinsing once, each day. Remember that not everyone can have perfectly white teeth, since healthy teeth can also be slightly off-white, but clean and healthy are even better than stark, unnatural white, aren’t they?
While these 9 things may seem like too much to do each day, honestly, you already do most of these every day anyway! Do you have anything else that you do every day to make you more beautiful? Please let me know, so I can add it to my list!
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