New Year, New You: How to Feel Better About Your Looks

New Year, New You: How to Feel Better About Your Looks

New Year, New You: How to Feel Better About Your Looks

Now that I’ve covered the health side of the “new you”, and the mental health side of “new you” you probably want to work on feeling better about your appearance.

Some of these tips may be superficial and not exactly pertain to you, and that’s okay. Not everyone has to follow everything. I’m compiling the most common issues people have and find somewhat simple solutions to them.

 

Hygiene

Hygiene is incredibly important. I’ve heard stories about people who don’t shower at least every other day, and it’s concerning. If you don’t shower daily, you should aim for at least every other day, while washing your face and brushing your teeth on a twice daily basis.

You’d think it’s common sense,  but apparently not. Especially if you’ve fallen into a depressive funk and don’t want to get out of bed. It’s incredibly easy to fall into the trap of just sleeping for a week and barely doing anything else.

I’m going to get real for a moment. When you’re in the shower you can’t just stand there and let the water run on you. You need soap of body wash and it needs to get into all the crevices of your body. That includes genitals and your butt. I know your butt isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite place, but it still needs to be clean. 

Related: My Daily Daytime Skin Care Routine

 

Skin Care

If you don’t know where to start with skin care, there are plenty of places you can go if you need help. And some of them don’t even require you to leave your house!

If you think you have a serious issue like eczema or you’ve tried a lot of things and nothing seems to be working, I would hit up a dermatologist. They specialize in skin care and can let you know if you have a certain issue with your skin and which products you should be using.

You could also go to a beauty store that sells skin care products. Sephora and Ulta come to mind. Both carry skin care products and would be able to suggest products for you to use.

There are also online communities like r/skincareaddiction on Reddit. While these people aren’t professionals, they are going to be regular people who have been in your shoes and can suggest things based on their experiences.

At the bare minimum you should have at least a cleanser and moisturize. If you use makeup, a makeup wipe would be helpful. You also don’t have to spend a ridiculous amount on skin care if you don’t want to. Sure, there are luxury brands like Clinique, but there are drug store brand, as well as store brands of most of those to get the most out of your dollar.

Cleanser 

For a starting point, you can go with things that are simple and known to be dermotologist tested or hypoallergenic. The best brands I’ve found for this are Cera Ve, Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Cetaphil. 

My go to for cleanser right now is the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser, but I also keep a gentle exfoliant on hand in a store brand version of the Biore Charcoal Acne Scrub.

Moisturizer 

Keeping moisturized is super important. It keeps your skin not just healthy looking, but healthy in general! I have super dry skin so I happen to use multiple moisturizers for both day and night routines.  

My current moisturizer is the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer along with some oils and serums. If there’s any interest in wanting to know what my routine is, I can do an updated version of my Daily Day Routine.

Extras

There are always some extras that can work like oils, serums, face masks, toners, and oil cleansers. 

Oil cleansers are what you use before your regular cleanser. I’m not 100% sure what their point is, but I did notice a difference when I was using one when not.

Oils and Serums are extras to keep hydrated, add various vitamins and minerals to your skin. I use a serum from Trader Joe’s that adds vitamin C, and I recently started using a rose gold oil/serum as well.

Face Masks can be both for added cleansing as well as adding extra serums to your face. They come in sheet mask and paint on form.

Toners are pretty important too, but if you’re just starting out a cleanser and moisturizer are a good start. Toners are meant to repair and I’d recommend one with witch hazel for just that.

 

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Makeup

If you’re one who likes makeup or even likes the idea of makeup but hasn’t given it a shot, figuring out what makeup works with you, what colors look best on you, and some simple techniques to make everything come out not half bad.

If you don’t know where to start, the YouTube Beauty community is a great place to start. 

The Youtuber I found to help me out when I was looking into things was Nikki Tutorials. I found her Power of Makeup video and it showed me to magic that makeup can do. She also has some less glam, more every day makeup videos as well. 

There are tons of beauty gurus on Youtube and I guarantee no matter what your skin color is, there will be someone out there doing make up tutorials to help you out. Finding someone with a similar skin tone can also help with finding products that would work best for you too! Since I’m paler than pale, Nikki Tutorials is a good match for me.

You could also go to stores like Sephora or Ulta, or even a makeup counter at a department store and see if they could help you out.

Related: Skin Guide for Colder Weather

 

Hair

Something I sometimes finding myself either neglecting or over washing, is my hair. I have very thin, fine, blonde hair. The slightest amount of natural oils makes my scalp feel like an oil spill. I also like to go swimming, so I need to wash my hair whenever I get out of the pool to prevent the chlorine from causing damage.

If you’re not like me and don’t have stupidly thin hair, washing can be something you do once a week, even. I’m not that knowledgeable on that. I can go a few days at most, and I usually have to have it up in a pony tail. 

The most important part is to make sure your hair is healthy. If it’s dry, has tons of split ends, and generally feels like it’s been through a dryer on the high setting, you might need to do a little extra. Things like hair masks, leave in conditioners, and other super moisturizers can help.

If you don’t know what to do or where to start, you can ask a hair dresser at your next hair cut what they think you should be doing.

Related: 2018 Black Friday Haul

 

Cut & Color

One of the biggest ways to change the way you look if you’re unhappy with it is to get a new hair cut, a new color, or both!

I’ve done both of these things. I went from really long hair to chopping most of it off, and from almost platinum blonde to a deep, mahogany red. 

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Sometimes you just need a change. I would consult an actual hair dresser if you want to make a huge change, they should know what would look good and what wouldn’t. You don’t want to go in with an idea that looks great on the model you found it on, but wouldn’t work for you.

 

Clothes

Making sure you have clothes that fit your body, your style, and what ever dress code you need to follow can be a bit tricky. While not 100% fool-proof, figuring out what body shape you are or closely resemble can help dramatically. 

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I tend to fall in the “inverted triangle/ upper hourglass” body shape. 

I usually go to pinterest for inspiration on what clothes would look good on an inverted triangle. That gives me a starting point for where to go. I know I need bottoms that balance out my upper body, which means no skinny jeans for me. I also know that halter tops look great, and a more narrow neck line looks better.

If you want to figure out your body type, you can go to shopyourshape.com/body-shapes and enter your measurements. 

If you don’t know what looks good on you, you can always go to a department store that has a stylist and see if they can help you out. You can also consult online communities that focus on constructive criticism and helping you figure out what flatters you the most.

 

Bras

Along those lines, if you wear bras, I would highly suggest you check out A Bra That Fits to see if you’re wearing the right size. 

Some of you may be surprised at the size you get (don’t worry! At least give it a shot!), you may be given a smaller band size and a cup size you’ve never heard of before. That’s OKAY. Honestly, it’s completely normal. 

Most stores try to fit you into the 32A-38DD sizing range, so more often than not, you’re squeezing your poor things into bras that don’t fit and are made to believe they do.

A Bra That Fits is a community on Reddit, you should check out their beginner’s guide if you have any questions. 

When I first found them I was wearing a 32DD. Turns out I was actually a 30E (in UK sizing)! While that’s not a big difference, only 1 band size and 2 cup sizes, there are people who have crazy before and after sizes. They even have a section for that!

 

What do you think of these tips? Is there something you’ve done on this list? Have a story you want to tell?

 

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