When it comes to your appearance, there’s an almost infinite amount of things you can do that’ll tweak, alter and improve how you look. From fashion through to cosmetics, many style and beauty tips center around the pay-for market, encouraging you to buy some new outfits, jewelry, makeup or hair dye. But there’s a whole area of the world of beauty that this approach misses, and that’s, of course, the lifestyle domain: how we can change how we look throughout habits and routines. This article outlines a few of the ways in which beauty can be maximized through lifestyle changes.
Find Your Exercise
Exercise provides a myriad of health benefits that go far beyond the conventional wisdom of losing weight. If your beauty goal is to shift a few pounds, then getting out for regular exercise – burning calories and eating away at your fat reserves for energy – is a sure-fire way to help you do that. It should be done in conjunction with reduced calorie intake. If you’re instead looking for a little tone in certain muscles – maybe you’re about to head to a prom, and you’d like your arms to look like an athlete’s – then head to a gym armed with some research on the exercises you know will target the muscles you’re interested in toning. Exercise will slim and tone, and amplify seductive curves.
Exercise should not be treated in isolation as a body-changing activity, however. It’s too often seen through this guise, as a means to lose weight or a way in which to improve one’s physique. In actual fact, research supports the claim that exercise as a lifestyle choice does a good deal for other parts of the ‘health and beauty’ package, like your skin tone and health and your hair and nail growth. With so many benefits for wellbeing and positive self-image, too, it’s always a great idea to find your optimal exercise and hit the ground running with it. Once it becomes a part of your lifestyle, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
The second tip always goes hand-in-hand with exercise as the two most pivotal beauty-enhancing factors in people’s lives and the easiest to control without spending a lot of money or making too huge a change. The food we decide to buy in the store – or at restaurants – is what you’re deciding to put into your body as fuel and building blocks that quite literally make you look the way you do. When you begin to see things in this light, you may already feel a little like cutting down on the burgers and fries, the ice cream, or other foods you’re mildly aware are not so healthy. Happily, there’s so much tasty food that benefits a beauty regime, so there’s no doom and gloom in this tip.
The best advice is for you to take some time to school yourself on the healthiest foods out there, and how to make tasty and wholesome meals that include such foods. Once you’re aware of the basics, why not go for some research on individual beauty foods – ‘superfoods’ or foods that have been linked in studies to improving everything from wrinkles to hair color. You’ll be amazed at how much out there in the natural world will serve to amplify your beauty: you just need to do the necessary research so that you know what to buy and what to stop buying at all costs.
Food, drink and exercise aside, remedies in the form of herbal concoctions, homeopathy, and pharmaceuticals can all have a positive effect on your beauty, depending on what exactly you’re hoping to change in your lifestyle. This is all fairly interlinked with health issues – something you’ll be lucky to be totally free from – and you should proceed accordingly, with the advice of your doctor or a health specialist.
In this way, choosing to alter your remedies can be something that’s not one-size-fits-all. Some may value certain remedies over others, while some may be ardently against taking pharmaceutical drugs at all. One thing to be aware of is the multitude of products out there, all of which offering some semblance of a benefit for your appearance. Yes, anti-aging creams or anti-spot rubs will achieve their purpose with most people, but certain other pills and treatments may prove more dubious. Trust in the advice of professionals and don’t simply go with the latest fad on the internet: some are dangerous, expensive or downright destructive to your beauty.
Drop Bad Habits
Bad lifestyle habits can range from the innocent and innocuous to the serious and life-changing. On the smaller scale, we in our daily lives fall into so many little habits that, added up, become something of a lifestyle that we may actually see as harmful to our beauty goals. Some examples: drinking too much coffee; washing irregularly (or too regularly); biting nails; over-straightening or curling hair; picking spots and scabs; using inadequate shaving equipment – the list simply goes on and on. The small lifestyle choices do all add up, so take a good look at your daily and weekly routine, and think what needs adding and subtracting from your life.
On the more serious side of the spectrum are those habits that have a deeper effect on your health and beauty. These fundamentally surround the drugs that you put into your body, and you should be honest with yourself about the probable damage that alcohol, cigarettes or other narcotic substances are doing to your insides and your outsides. Smoking is a good enough example: it alters a number of elements of your appearance, form nail opacity to teeth color and plenty more. For those with an alcohol or drug problem, it’s likely your consumption change isn’t likely to be a finger-click lifestyle alteration, so find some more info here on rehabilitation and support.
Do you believe that your mental health has a direct link to your physical appearance? In a way, this seems absurd, but then there’s a wealth of data behind this belief, as well as the common-sense notion that an unhappy person is less attractive than someone full of energy, positivity, and love. Working on your mental health can be a lot tougher than working on your physical health, but through the struggle and progress can arise a real sense of fulfillment and success that will fill you with the kind of positivity that’ll enhance your beauty. Bearing in mind that physical looks aren’t everything – that it’s what’s inside that really matters – is a brilliant attitude to maintain, despite it seeming a little cliché.
In this sense, of course, the above tips will help with finding a place of positivity that’ll generate health and physical benefits. Incorporating other lifestyle changes, though, like watching less television and spending less time on your phone, swapping these for time spent creating art, relaxing with friends and loved ones, or exploring the world in whatever way you can, will quickly bring you to a less sedate and unfulfilled place. Much has been made of the guilt and body or beauty image distortion that’s in large part been introduced by social media outlets like Instagram, and the advice here is to move away from these platforms and to stop following or liking those pages that make you feel bad about your own appearance.
Another tip that is too often boiled down to senseless cliché is to be yourself, which is certainly where the beauty lies. In practical terms, this means buying the clothes that you think looks nice, that you think suit you, or that you’re most comfortable in. It means accepting whatever flaws you may perceive in yourself, while also recognizing your uniquely attractive attributes, accentuating them through make-up techniques or your hairstyle. It also means doing the things that you want to do – given they’re not harmful to your health, like the bad habits mentioned above – regardless of whether they have any effect on the way you look.
The beauty industry is a gigantic and ever-changing money-maker that would prefer for you to feel bad about yourself so that you purchase more and more materials to change your appearance with. Actually, by rising above this cynical form of marketing, you can achieve a lifestyle disconnected from the needless consumption of products, instead focusing on the way you lead your life as your principal beauty regime. Humans are healthiest, inside and out, when they feel themselves, free of any pressure to conform or to look a certain way, and so it’s crucial through all of these tips to do things your way – to maintain your individuality, which is the deeply-hidden source of all things beautiful.
Reflect upon these lifestyle tips so that you can make those adjustments – large or small – that’ll invest you with a deeper sense of wholesome beauty than products, and fashion items will ever be able to achieve in you.
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