New York fashion week inspired me to think and write about how to look our personal best. Read, comment, and enjoy!
1. Drink Water! -Â This is no rocket science. We all know we should. Water has the ability to keep your skin healthy and help you lose weight! Most experts suggest drinking about 2 to 2.5 liters of water a day. Yep, drink water instead of pop ya’all.
Â 2. Don’t wash your face too much! – Over washing your face dries out your skin, especially if you don’t lotion up enough afterwards. If your face is used to being too dry, it will try to produce too much oil for its own good; thus the oily face and acne. Be sure to use a gentle cleanser and a light lotion.
Â 3. Include fish in your diet! – According to Dr. Grieger of iVillage, “fish contains oils that will nourish your skin.” A diet that contains fish can add “luster and softness to your complexion.” Yes I know. Some of you don’t like fish, including the Taibros. But hey, good skin’s worth it eh?
Â 4. Make a good impression! – Did you know that you will be evaluated within 3 seconds of an encounter? Someone once told me that people spend the first few seconds determining whether or not they like you and spend the next 30 minutes validating their gut feeling. So whatever you do during the first encounter, make it good.
5. Eat breakfast! – For those of us that need a little help getting up in the morning, this step can be very challenging. According to Phillip Rhodes of Men’s health, research revealed that “men who skip breakfast are 4 1/2 times more likely to be obese than those who don’t.” Yowzers! Eating breakfast kick starts your metabolism for the day so your body won’t store as much fat. Remember, the snooze button is not your friend. Breakfast is.
6. Work with what you have! – Accentuate your best features. Try to layer and mix/match clothes that you already have. There are also a lot of things you can do to improve your appearance without spending a lot of money! Examples include having a good posture; brushing and flossing your teeth to keep them healthy and white; and keeping your nails clean and filed.
Â 7. Smile! Â - Did you know that smiling can improve your mood? I was reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and he wrote a chapter about facial expressions. Results of a scientific experiment showed that we don’t frown because we are upset; we’re upset because we frown. Thus, your frowning causes you to be upset. So smile because smiling will cause you to be happy!
With all this talk about looking your best, remember that it is your conduct that makes you most beautiful. And in light of Valentines day, I would like to leave you with the following quote:
â€œYou don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.â€