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How to glow up:
Tips and tricks to transform your look this summer
Summer is around the corner, and for many of you that might mean that you’re home from school or college, or on your annual leave from work. I always love going into the fall with a slight change in appearance, whether it be keeping up with my skincare over summer, or shedding a few pounds.
In today’s post, I am sharing simple ways to glow up this summer and start fall feeling and looking your best!
If you have been a reader of mine for a while, you probably know that I’m all about personal development and self-love.
Which is why today I am sharing some helpful tips on how you can show love to your appearance from the inside out because we all know that a glow up truly starts from within.
So if you’ve been looking for ways to make this summer all about you and working on feeling amazing in your own skin, keep on reading.
Before we start, be sure to get your copy of my free self-care workbook below!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts are my own.
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Remember to hydrate your body
You probably know that drinking water is crucial to good health. Not only that, but when we consume healthy amounts of water every day, we are essentially healing our bodies from the inside out.
Water helps keep your skin nice and hydrated which gives a healthy, glowy look. It also works on strengthening your nails and hair. Yes, please.
This is the easiest way to start your glow up summer, and it can be done by anyone. If you’re someone who has trouble drinking water because you don’t like how it tastes, try infused water. Here are some delicious recipes.
On the other hand, if you simply forget to drink enough during the day, make sure to keep a water bottle around you at all times, preferably one with time stamps that will keep you reminded to drink.
Eat nutritious food
Another obvious one, but I couldn’t not include it in this post.
Just as drinking plenty of water is important for our body to glow up from the inside, nourishing your body with nutritious food is also going to work on brightening your skin, help you keep a healthy weight, and provide all the nutrients you need to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
If you’re not sure where to start with eating healthy food, here are some easy ways to add more greens, fruit and wholegrains into your diet:
- Opt for a of vegetables with every meal. Think fresh chopped veggies, stews, grilled vegetables, and soups.
- Snack on fruit more than you snack on candy and chips.
- Have a meatless day once a week.
- Replace a few meals a week with smoothies packed with greens, protein and some healthy fats, and a tasty fruit of your choice.
Find a workout you enjoy
Find something that will get your body moving and do it 3-4 times a week.
Working out isn’t something that many people enjoy at first, but it quickly becomes part of your routine if you stay consistent with it.
Going for a brisk walk, swimming, dancing around in your room, or even following a workout video can have a massive impact on your energy levels, sleeping pattern, and waistline.
I’ve been a lover of workout videos on YouTube for years and recently I have been loving Chloe Ting’s videos and her challenges. They’re tough, but I’ve already seen improvements in my stamina after only doing them a few times!
Get enough sleep
You know how people say they’re going to go “get their beauty sleep”?
Turns out, sleep really is a beauty treatment.
Getting enough sleep is one of the best ways to glow up from the inside out. While we sleep, our cells regenerate and our skin is able to make new collagen, which prevents wrinkles and saggy skin. That leads to youthful skin and a rested appearance.
According to Healthline, good sleepers are also known to gain less weight, snack less, and have better athletic performance than those who don’t get enough shut-eye.
If you have trouble falling asleep at night, try these relaxing rituals before bedtime.
Try at-home laser hair removal
I’ve been doing this for the past 2 months and absolutely love the results I’ve had already. Crystal Skin Co specializes in hair removal handsets that remove body hair the same way laser sessions at a laser clinic would.
I love that I am getting the same results at home as if I were regularly going to a laser clinic. Not to mention, the price of their handset is cheaper than the price of one laser session in my area.
To save you even more money on hair removal, Crystal Skin Co have hooked my readers up with a cool 10% off discount! All you need to do to claim it is enter the code MARIAM10 at checkout.
Learn a few new hairstyles
If you’ve been rocking the same hairstyle for a while now, why not learn a few new hairstyles to have under your belt?
There are so many hairstyle ideas you can try without even doing anything drastic to your hair like cutting it or getting it dyed.
If you normally wear your hair straight, you could try out curling it for a change. Like your natural curls? Play around with a few updos and find one or two you really like.
Trying something new with your hair can make you feel like a brand new person, and it is the easiest way to change your look.
Try out an at-home tan
Tanning these days is a lot different than what it was in the early 2000s when everyone would lay out in the sun for hours and get nearly burned to a crisp.
Besides it being incredibly aging, it’s also ridiculously dangerous. Don’t do it. Instead, why not learn how to perfect a self-tan at home?
I’m a self-tan fanatic, and over the years I’ve tried a whole bunch of self-tanners that are on the market. My favorite has to be the St. Tropez Purity Mousse. You don’t need to wash it off, it doesn’t smell gross, and it leaves my skin looking like I’d been at a beach soaking up the sun.
I highly recommend trying it and prepping your skin properly before applying with a mitt. That means shower, exfoliate, shave, dry, then apply the self-tan. It’s the best way I found to avoid looking blotchy, which never happens to me with the Purity range of St. Tropez.
Experiment with makeup
Switching up your usual look can do wonders for your self-confidence. Why not practice a few new makeup looks this summer?
Makeup is such an easy way to change up your look, and if you don’t like it, you can just wash it off!
Take some time this summer to practice winged eyeliner, try out a color of eyeshadow you have not played with before, and maybe even try to master the art of contouring.
Your experimenting might lead you to a new look you’ll be obsessed with!
Try a treatment you haven’t tried before
Why not treat yourself this summer to something you have never done before?
Trying something out of your comfort zone like a facial or a massage can do wonders for your confidence. As I mentioned before, a glow up starts with the inside, and pampering yourself can give you that boost of self-care that will make you feel like a million bucks.
Experimenting with different serums and bath products can also feel luxurious and fancy, and you can do them in the comfort of your own home. This is also more budget-friendly, but it will have similar results to your confidence as pricier treatments.
After all, self-care is self-care no matter what it costs.
Whether you decide to try any of these things out this summer for your glow up, remember that the most important thing is that you stay true to yourself. If you’re not a fan of fake tan, don’t do it just because I say so!
Doing whatever makes you happy will be the best glow up for you, because it will be something that makes you comfortable in your own skin.
Do you have plans to glow up this summer? What have you got planned? Let me know in the comments!
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