It's party season and you want to look the best you can. Rather than piling on make up or overdressing, dare to be natural. Spend time enhancing your individual beauty and garner good feelings about yourself. Find a fashion style that suits your body and personality, and make the most of what Mother Nature gave you.
THINK ON THIS
Fashion magazines and movies play tricks on us, leading us to believe it’s entirely viable to walk around looking like a beauty queen day in and day out. Supermodel Cindy Crawford has been recorded saying, “Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford!” In the media world beauty has come to rely on Photoshop.
A glowing complexion is a symbol of health and wellbeing. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and reflects much of what is going on inside – from physical to emotional ailments. Keep yours energised:
FACIAL YOGA – numerous celebs swear by this type of yoga, saying its better than botox by far. Created by New York-based yoga teacher, Annelise Hagen, it’s the latest tool in combating wrinkles. Try the following exercises, daily: puff out your cheeks and transfer air from cheek to cheek until you’re out of breath – repeat three times; widen your eyes without wrinkling your forehead and focus on the horizon for 10 seconds – repeat four times.
INVERSION – various modalities advocate inversion as a great way to increase blood flow to your head, allowing a flow of oxygenated blood to the brain, ears, eyes and face. This will improve the health and look of your skin and muscles by stimulating your lymphatic system.
STEAM CLEAN – using crushed basil leaves (antibacterial) and fresh lemon juice in a large bowl of boiled water, hold your face about 30cm above the bowl and cover your head with a towel to trap the steam. This will give your skin a moisture boost and plump out wrinkles.
EAT – include lots of fresh asparagus in your diet– it’s rich in rutin, a bioflavonoid that’s a powerful antioxidant. It will boost your skin condition and assist your body in using vitamin C more efficiently. Rutin also helps maintain collagen and is thought to boost circulation.
DRINK – the following juice mix is a great skin booster, keeping your skin smooth, glowing and boosting collagen production: Juice 1 beetroot, 2 apples, ½ a cucumber and a handful of spinach leaves.
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Long term use of cortisone creams can cause skin thinning, broken blood vessels and stretch marks – for sensitive skins or eczema, use botanical creams that contain liquorice or feverfew.
KEEP YOUR DIET RICH IN SULPHUR-CONTAINING FOOD, LIKE BROCCOLI, KALE, WATERCRESS, ROCKET, ONION, GARLIC AND EGGS. SULPHUR PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN KEEPING YOUR SKIN ELASTIC. HIGH LEVELS OF SUGAR TRIGGER HORMONES THAT ENCOURAGE THE RELEASE OF SEBUM, CREATING BLEMISHES, SO KEEP AWAY FROM SUGAR-LADEN FOOD AND DRINKS.
A slouch or bad posture will affect your whole disposition. Keeping your back straight, stomach in and shoulders squared is also an excellent way to keep core muscles in play – reducing the build up of unhealthy belly fat. One blogger insists that using duct tape to keep his back straight has made a huge difference to how people perceive him, and consequently his own levels of confidence. You may not want to take such drastic measures, but keep your posture in mind. Good posture is healthy both physically and psychologically. Those around you will perceive you as more confident and therefore more attractive.
CHECK YOUR SILHOUETTE
While inner beauty is a precursor to people seeing you as beautiful, fashion experts advise on paying attention to your silhouette. Begin with looking at your underwear. Avoid visible panty lines by wearing underwear that fits well and is not too tight – choose flat seam undies if you’re not keen on wearing a g-string.
MAKE YOUR BRA FIT
When it comes to bras, an astounding number of women are wearing the wrong size. A good bra lifts your chest, giving you a smoother stomach and assists with good posture. There are two sizes to take into account regarding your bra – the band size measured in inches, and the cup size, measured alphabetically. These days, brand’s differ in size, so it’s best to always try bras on before buying them - to get your basic band size, measure all around your torso just below your breasts – if you’re using a cm tape measure, remember that 1 inch = 2.54 cm.
IF YOUR BREASTS ARE SPILLING OVER THE TOP OF YOUR BRA, YOU NEED TO GO UP A CUP SIZE; IF THERE’S A GAP BETWEEN YOUR BREASTS AND THE CUP, GO DOWN A CUP SIZE.
The band of your bra should do most of the support work – you should be able to fit two fingers under the band, but not more. For underwire bras, ensure good side coverage – if the end of the wire is pointing toward the middle of your armpit, it’s correct.
Get the base right and build from there – take time to identify what you love about yourself and work on highlighting those elements, rather than hiding away the aspects you don’t like. By accentuating your eyes, for example, you’ll detract attention from features you may not like. Practices like these are great confidence boosters.