12.28.2017

Get gorgeous. Improve your physical appearance and feel fantastic


Are you a ‘new year, new me’ kind of person? If so, now is about the time that you’ll be putting plans into motion and preparing for the week ahead- let’s be honest there’s nothing quite like a new year to give you the kick you need to get things done. And after a long festive season of over indulgence, chances are your appearance isn’t exactly how you want it to be since too much food, alcohol and late nights can certainly take their toll. If you want to feel fresh and look gorgeous in the new year, here’s how you can go about it.

Hair
The winter weather can wreak havoc on our hair- and between central heating and windy weather most of our barnets are feeling less than glorious right now. Combine this with backcombing, teasing, hair spraying and heat styling to create glam Christmas and new years eve party looks and your hair has probably seen better days. If you’re in need of a full refresh, visit the hairdresser for a cut and colour- perhaps a change is the perfect way to bring in the new year? If not, invest in some nice hydrating and pampering products and give your hair plenty of TLC. Deep conditioning masks can be used once or twice a week to give your hair a dose of hydration. Another alternative is slathering on coconut oil, if you’re just at home during the day one weekend, slap it on in the morning and wash it off that evening. It will leave your hair feeling shiny, smooth and conditioned. Argan oil is a much lighter oil that’s great as a post- wash treatment. Work a little into the ends to protect them between washes and add shine. Come up with styles that use less heat, and generally give your hair a bit of a break for the next couple of months. By the spring it will back to its very best.

Skin
Again bad weather coupled with central heating can do a number on our skin. This is the time of year you’ll be experiencing cold sores, dryness and if you’ve come down with a cold or flu and have been blowing your nose, your nose will probably be feeling sore and looking flaky. The changes in temperature and harsh weather conditions can generally leave your skin feeling dry and dull. One option would be to go to a spa or salon and have a facial, treatments like microdermabrasion are useful as they gently buff off dead skin and polish your complexion leaving it looking much fresher and rejuvenated. Otherwise you could buy some products and have an at-home spa day or pamper session. This makes a great rainy day activities and something you can do with friends too. An exfoliator will buff away dead skin, and you can buy face masks that are targeted to different skin complaints. Stick to a good skincare routine, moisturise your face and lips morning and evening, and then use an eye cream and a facial oil or serum too before bed. You’ll prevent premature aging, protect the skin and keep it looking and feeling fantastic. If you suffer with skin issues such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea or other problems, make 2018 the year you seek help and put them right. There’s lots that doctors can do so don’t suffer in silence.

Nails
The way a person’s nails look can tell you a lot about them. Nails that are clean and well maintained show that you are a put together person and can give a good impression. When your nails look scruffy it can give the impression that you don’t look after yourself particularly well, people might also even make assumptions about your personal hygiene. Keeping them clean and filed with a coat of clear nail polish for protection and shine is useful for a low maintenance look. If you like to go glam, you could treat yourself to acrylics, gel nails or shellac once a month. These last for a long time and can make your hands look great. If you work in a job where people see your hands a lot this would be a worthy investment, plus just having that appointment once a month where you can get your nails done and treat yourself could be a new years resolution worth sticking with. For the toes, go with anything that looks natural- it might not be sandal weather for a while but you should still maintain your feet. Have issues like fungal nail infection treated immediately. Use a pumice stone or ped egg to file hard skin and keep feet feeling soft.

Teeth
Nice teeth are considered an attractive asset by both genders, and are something that will never go out of style. Despite the dental problems you have, cosmetic dentists can work wonders these days so there’s no need to put up with anything that makes you feel self conscious. You could have invisible braces like Invisalign. You could have them whitened (through trays or laser) or have veneers fitted. Whether it’s crookedness, gaps, discolouration or a gummy smile, there’s plenty that can be done and it’s something you will never regret investing in.

Physique
Finally, something that features heavily when it comes to new years resolution is weight loss. Even if you’re not overweight, chances are you’ve put a little on over the festive season and so being more careful of what you’re eating in January is something you could consider. If you’re over or underweight, work on getting to your ideal BMI since not only will you look your best but you’ll feel it too. You’ll slash your risk of getting all kinds of preventable illnesses. You could focus on cleaning up your diet consuming lots of fresh produce, lean protein, low fat dairy and whole grains. And hitting the gym where you can burn off excess calories, build muscle and sculpt your body.

What changes will you be making to improve your physical appearance in 2018?

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