When was the last time you had your makeup done and were shown how to play up your features in a way that feels right for you? Never? Well, it’s time you did, especially if you’re still doing your makeup the same way as you did five or more years ago.
RISE UP, WALK TALL
Try it right now, sit up or stand up straight, shoulders back. Holding yourself upright not only looks better, it’s a great way to fake it until you make it – confidence, that is. Good posture helps you appear more youthful, feel empowered and it’s super beneficial for your body.
HYDRATE INSIDE AND OUT
Drinking water is essential to keep your system regular in more ways than one. So drink big! Every cell in your body needs it. Your skin also needs hydration. Daily cleansing, sun protection, moisturising and a weekly exfoliation will do it wonders and slow the ageing process.
PAMPER YOUR HANDS
Unless you're already in the habit of looking after your hands and nails they could be showing your age more than your face. A weekly exfoliating scrub and a nail tidy, as well as a morning and evening application of hand cream will help them look and feel years younger.
WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE
What you wear can make or break the tone of your day. So, if you have any items of clothing that you don’t feel good in, toss them. By deciding never to leave home unless you’re happy with how you look and feel you’re honouring the fabulous woman you are.
REDUCE EXCESS WEIGHT
For this one, you need to be honest with yourself. Are you carrying too much weight and as a result feeling less than good about yourself? By starting to eat leaner meals and taking full responsibility for your health your prize is more confidence and greater self-esteem.
REST AND RECOUP
It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing, so make it happen. Aim for eight hours of quality sleep a night. Change your evening ritual if need be to help you unwind, for example avoiding all devices leading up to bed time will be a step in the right direction.
BUILD MUSCLE TONE
If you’re in need of an inspiring reason to move your bod this could be it. Not only do toned muscles look and feel fabulous, they’re pretty sexy too. Plus doing regular exercise releases mood-enhancing endorphins into the blood stream so your mental status gets a boost.
Spending time with people you love and enjoy lifts the spirits and enriches your life. Work and chores are serious enough, so make sure you factor in time out for nurturing your relationships, even if it’s just a phone call. After all, love makes the world go around.
Tune in to your thinking and note whether it’s loving and supportive of yours truly. Ask yourself whether you’d talk to a friend the same way? When you learn how to set boundaries and ask for what you want and need you’ll flourish.
REVIEW YOUR HAIR
When was the last time you changed your hair style? Unless you’re convinced your crowning glory is super flattering as it is, go talk to a stylist or two. Consultations are free as a general rule and visiting a few different salons will expose you to fresh ideas and possibilities.
OWN LOVELY LINGERIE
No one else need know you’re wearing gorgeous knickers but you will and you’re the one who counts. It will make you feel sensuous, feminine and sexy from the inside out. If you need to go shopping you don’t need to buy high end, but it should be pretty enough to reveal.