A plain brown or black leather belt with a simple buckle can help maintain a great fit with pants and can help cinch the waist of a dress or long top, too.
Classic white and black tee shirts with a crew or modest v-neck are always in style. Keep the white ones bright by squirting some OxyClean stain spray into the armpits before every wash (antiperspirant turns white fabrics yellow!) and adding some whitening enzyme powder to your washes. Wash black or navy tees on cold to help keep them from fading.
Buy a few cute cardigan or pullover sweaters to the mix and you’ve got an everyday wardrobe that looks great for years and helps you feel naturally pretty and confident.
4. Take good care of your skin.
The skincare products you use need to be suited to your skin and your particular needs. There are cleansers and moisturizers out there for your all skin types, including skin prone to redness, dryness, oily skin, acne, T-zone troubles, blackheads and more.
While there are plenty of affordable drug store brands that will do a great job, most beauty stores (like Sephora or Beauty Collection) will make you little sample packets so you can try a few before you invest in them. You may also consider subscibing to a beauty sample box like Ipsy or Birchbox.
Either way, try a wide variety and give each a couple of days so you can really see if it’s helping. Remember that even if your gorgeous friend uses a particular cleanser with great results doesn’t mean it’ll do the same for you. Our skin needs are as unique as we are!
In addition, remember to use warm — not hot — water when you wash your face, neck and chest. This delicate skin can easily be damaged and stripped of healthy oils by very hot water.
Most importantly, if your skin feels dry or tight, your cleansing and moisturizing combo isn’t working. Not only does the tight feeling indicate that your skin isn’t getting enough moisture (which can lead to premature aging or flaking), but you will be uncomfortable, which does not help us feel very pretty!
Try a deeper moisturizer and carry some with you so that you can reapply should the sun, wind or heating system dry your skin out. Remember to gently cleanse your skin at night and apply a night cream. If you’re prone to breakouts, choose one that’s non-comedogenic, which means it’s designed to not clog pores. When you apply moisturizer, use the soft pads of your fingertips to gently pat into your skin rather than roughly pulling at your face to massage it in, which can damage skin’s elasticity.
Finally, adding moisture to the air in your home or office with a humidifier can help your skin maintain a healthier glow and keep you feeling more comfortable.
5. Exfoliate the right way.
Another thing to consider is how you exfoliate. While it is recommended to do it regularly to get rid of dead cells and make the skin more vibrant, you should make sure to be gentle.
As much as we all love our rough loofahs and classic apricot scrubs, it’s usually best to leave those for your feet, elbows or other parts of your body where skin gets very rough and isn’t prone to redness.
If you are too aggressive during exfoliating or doing it too often, it may cause dryness, oil breakout, redness, or other problems and actually exacerbate the problem.
Instead of using a rough scrub, try something with very fine exfoliating particles and then apply gently. You can also try a chemical exfoliant.
Even a vitamin C serum applied before moisturizing (or a moisturizer with vitamin C included) is a wonderful gentle exfoliant that can make your skin look dewy and fresh.
6. Find a makeup routine that works for you.
Society puts a lot of pressure on women to be beautiful, with an emphasis on so-called “natural beauty”.