From dark circles under our eyes to premature aging, getting 7 or more hours of uninterrupted sleep is key to being naturally attractive.
A few tips to help you get more sleep:
-Eliminate caffeine after 4pm and reduce stimulating media like scary or suspenseful television after 8pm to help settle your mind and emotions.
-Set your phone to go into ‘night mode’, which reduces the amount of blue light you consume after sunset.
-Keep your devices far away from your bed so you won’t be tempted to look at them when you should be sleeping.
-Settle into bed with a book or magazine to help you calm down instead of a TV, tablet or computer screen.
-Try a bedtime meditation from an app like Calm or Mindspace, or even a free meditation track on YouTube.
19. Use a satin pillowcase and satin-lined sleep cap.
Sleeping on a satin or otherwise very smooth fabric pillowcase can help reduce irritation on your face. If you’re experiencing redness, splotchiness or rough skin, a satin pillowcase can really help.
For the hair, a satin pillowcase or a satin-lined sleep cap can reduce a lot of stress upon your hair and even help preserve your hairstyle so that you can do less washing, drying and heat styling, leading to more natural bounce and energy.
20. Start your day with a big glass of water and then sip all day.
Hydration not only helps every organ in your body work better, it also prevent headaches, can help reduce anxiety symptoms from dehydration, and can help your skin look plumped and fresh!
According to the Mayo Clinic, women need about 11.5 cups of fluids every day. While that number does include any fluids at all, highly caffeinated beverages and alcohol can exacerbate dehydration. That’s why it’s best to drink water for at least half of this minimum, which has no sugar, chemicals, additives or calories.
If you exercise and work up a big sweat, you will need to add in more fluids to this minimum, including electrolytes.
21. Exercise regularly.
There are so many benefits to getting regular exercise that we can’t even list them all here! The first thing to know is that — despite what the beauty and fitness industries may try to sell you — being beautiful has nothing to do with the size or shape of your body.
With that in mind, remember that exercise is proven to boost “happy hormones” in your brain — and there’s nothing more naturally pretty than your smile.
In addition, as Maddy Zollo Rusbosin writes for Women’s Health Magazine, exercise also improves circulation (which can give you a healthier glow and a better skin tone overall), sweating helps clear pores (just shower or wash your face afterward!), and lowers cortisol levels which reduce stress, which helps slow the physical signs of ageing.
That’s a win … times three!
You don’t need to go all jazzercize (unless you want to) in order to reap the benefits. Even a 20-30 minute walk is shown to help you be happier, healthier, and maybe even prettier.
22. Schedule regular haircuts or trims.
Hairstyling can take a lot of the life out of your hair, especially if you’re using heat like blowdryers, curling irons or flat irons. But healthy, bouncy hair is just one snip away. Schedule regular (every six to eight weeks) haircuts or simple trims to keep your ends free of breakage and keep the shape of your cut fresh.
If full haircuts are too pricy to indulge in that often, ask your stylist if there’s a “quick trim” deal you can strike that’s cheaper and just keeps your bangs or bob sharp.
You won’t believe how much prettier you’ll look with healthier hair.