It’s March, and that means spring is on its way!
I am currently at home sick right now, and I am just dying for some warmer weather. As spring approaches, I think everyone needs a little pick-me up to drag them out of winter hibernation. I have come up with 10 ways to set you on the right track to a more beautiful, healthy lifestyle. Though it’s hard to achieve Sharpay Evans status, all of these tips are habits I try to incorporate in my everyday routine, and I believe that all of them can make such a difference in how I look and feel. Enjoy!
10 Ways to Look and Feel Fabulous
1. Drink water!
I cannot stress how incredibly important this is. Of course, you need water to live, but it is so much more than that. You need water to be hydrated, energized, and healthy. You need water to rejuvenate your skin and your hair and you body. It’s just an essential that everyone should get in the habit off. I have a CamelBak water bottle that I bring to school with me, and I try to refill it at least once or twice throughout the day. I also tend to drink water while I do homework because I will mindlessly sip it while I concentrate on something, which is a great way to drink more without even thinking about it. If it helps, take a look as these cute tumblers I have linked below. You might as well stay hydrated in style!
Left: Lilly Pulitzer
Middle: Kate Spade
2. Always, always take your makeup off.
When it comes skincare, one of the worst things you can do is not take your makeup off before you go to sleep. Sleeping with makeup on leads to so many unsightly problems that you just don’t want to deal with. Do your skin a favor and wash your face every night to get rid of any leftover makeup and dirt that could clog your pores. Personally, I am a huge fan of the Cetaphil facial cleanser and SPF 15 facial moisturizer! They are gentle on skin but still very effective. I also tend to take off my makeup with makeup removing wipes before I even wash my face so that I have clean skin to work with. Just remember, healthy skin with makeup on starts with healthy skin naturally.
3. Grab some green.
I eat vegetables every day, no joke. Baby spinach, cucumber, broccoli, peas, kale – I want it all. I’ve especially been into kale lately! A lot of times I will sauté it with some olive oil, sea salt, and onion, and it it SO GOOD (picture below). Green vegetables are essential for a healthy diet for so many reasons. They contains vitamins and antioxidants, they are so good for your skin, and they honestly just make you feel so much better in the long run. Try swapping processed, pre-wrapped foods for some vegetables, and I promise you will instantly feel healthier!
4. Turn off the screen.
I’m not that great at this one, but it’s important. You need to get away from the screen. Although iPhones and laptops and tablets are great (especially Netflix), it’s essential to be able to take time away from technology. Go on a walk or run, have coffee with a friend, read a book – the point is, get away from the screen. Your phone will still be there when you get back, but the natural life around may not be – take advantage of it.
5. Take Biotin.
Essentially, Biotin is a Vitamin H supplement intended for everyday use. A lot of young women take Biotin because it promotes healthy hair, skin and nails, but it can also improve the health of your metabolism and digestive tract. My hairstylist told me that taking Biotin really does make your hair grow faster, which is the main reason why I started taking it, but I’ve found that since it is beneficial for so many other reasons, it really is worth taking! The bottle instructs you to take two pills with food a day. Sometimes I forget, but I am trying my best to make it part of my daily routine. You can pick up Biotin from any grocery or drug store.
6. Drink tea!
I can’t express to you guys how much I love green tea. It is a gift from God. I often drink it with honey and sometimes lemon. Green tea has a massive amount of antioxidants, and it has been linked to healthy skin, weight loss, lower cancer risks – the list honestly goes on and on. I try and drink it every single day, and it’s been especially lovely recently, as I have been fighting a cold. Don’t get me wrong, I love my coffee, but green tea is such a nice change of pace from the usual, as well as a healthy option to incorporate into everyday life. Oh, and it also tastes great!
7. Give your face a break.
Even with the constant fast-pace of everyday life, it’s good to give your face a little break. Typically, I try to pick certain days where I wear little-to-no makeup to allow my skin some time to breath. I also am a HUGE fan of facemasks, and so I usually do one once or twice a week. I love the Feeling Beautiful masks sold at Ulta (pictured below) – you can get them for as little as $5 a tube and they are absolutely fabulous. Also, I’m kind of addicted to the Montagne Jeunesse single face masks. I usually pick up four or five of them on my trips to Ulta – they’re so cheap and wonderful, and my skin always feels so clean and refreshed after I use them. So take a break from work and worries, give a face mask a try!
8. Dress for success!
Have you ever heard of the belief that, if you dress well on the day of a test, you will do better? I don’t know if it works for everyone, but I can tell y’all that I sure do believe in it! When I dress well and feel good about myself outwardly, I tend to feel more confident inwardly and do better on tasks I am faced with throughout the day. Whether it is taking a test at school, talking to customers at work, or simply being in a good mood, I’ve found that all these things are improved when I put a little extra effort into my appearance for the day. Honestly, even the tiniest of details can make a huge difference if they make you feel more confident. If you dress for success, success won’t seem as difficult to reach. A great shade of lipstick, cute shoes, a killer outfit? It doesn’t matter, if it gives you a little extra boost you need to get through the day, own it.
9. Take time to read.
This tip kind of goes along with #4, turn off the screen – find some time to enrich yourself literaturely (yes, that’s a word, I looked it up). I feel like it’s so hard in this day and age to simply read a book. I used to read all the time when I was little, but now I have to read so much for school that the only thing I feel like doing in my free time in mindlessly watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. Seriously? I find myself wanting to read on my own time, and I must say that it’s a daily struggle. Pictured below are a couple of my favorite books that I have laying around my room, just begging to be opened up and explored again. If you have any free time at all throughout the day, I highly recommend that you find a book that excites you, and just sit down and get to it!
10. Most importantly, remember that tomorrow is a new day.
At the end of the day, we are all human. No matter how many things may have gone wrong, it is essential to a healthy lifestyle and mindset to release yourself from your burdens and worries that the day may have brought on. Maybe you ate that cupcake even though you’ve been trying your hardest to eat healthy? It’s okay, you’ll still fit into your bikini. Maybe you failed your math quiz? First of all, I feel that with you, but second of all, it’s fine. Maybe you just had a really, really terrible day? It happens. But that doesn’t mean it needs to follow you around for the rest of the night. Relax, kick off your heels, and don’t keep worrying about things that you cannot change. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Tomorrow is a new day, and you are going to be great.