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For many, seeing extended family for the first time in a while can put pressure on the holiday season. We all begin to stress about the small things and want to look the best we can. To help ease some of this stress, follow these steps to make sure you make a lasting impression this year!
Start with hygiene habits
The first step in looking your best is easy, hit the shower and lather up. Getting yourself clean and washing your face will not only improve your look, but it will make you feel great too. Scrubbing your body and face will reduce breakouts and those not-so-friendly smells by limiting the bacteria on your skin. If you really want to glow, add an exfoliating soap once a week to reduce wrinkles and other skin imperfections. Exfoliation also removes dead skin cells which can aid in the hair removal process. Dead cells clog up your razor and reduce the quality of shave you will get.
Perfect your hair and grooming routine
Speaking of hair removal, the next step involves some general maintenance for your hair. Whether it’s the hair on your head or on your body, make sure it is up to your standards. For your head of hair, run a brush or comb through it to start, while adding other hair products like pomade or hair sprays, to reduce flyaways and other unruly strands. The longer your hair is, the more time you should spend on making it look the best it can.
If you choose to remove your body hair, make sure you do it correctly. Removing it can be tricky, so you’ll want to make sure your skin is wet and you have shaving cream applied to help lubricate your skin. Next, grab a reliable razor and get to work. The combination of shaving cream and a sharp razor will help reduce the risk of cuts and scarring. When you finish showering and shaving, don’t forget to add some lotion. Lotion helps seal in your pores and moisturizes your skin.
Curate your wardrobe
Now that you’ve completed all of the proper grooming steps to start, the next part is finding the perfect outfit. You should know the type of occasion and dress accordingly. For instance, if you are going to an office holiday party, dress up a little, ladies can wear a dress and guys, grab some slacks and a button-down. For a family party, business casual is the way to go, since you can easily dress this look up and still remain comfortable!
Having the proper outfit and the right grooming techniques can really improve your look, tenfold. Looking good doesn’t have to be a long process, sometimes it’s the simple things that can make the most difference.
Prioritize beauty sleep
There’s no doubt that the holiday season is stressful, and between shopping for presents, cooking for guests, and spending time with family, it can feel like there are not enough hours in the day. However, this doesn’t mean this should leave a negative impact on your sleep schedule.
Getting a sufficient amount of rest at night is your body’s way of rejuvenating itself for the next day. Not only will it help you look better by preventing bags under your eyes and even face wrinkling, but will also help out your mood and help you sport a smile during the holiday season. You should aim for 8-10 hours of sleep during the holidays and the best way to implement this is by mapping out your days and basing your daily activities around your schedule. For example, make it a mission to be in bed by 9 each night or dedicate your pre-sleep time to reading a good book. This will make it easier to look forward to getting some shut-eye at night.
Eat healthy food and exercise
It can be easy to fall into the trap of sugary holiday cookies and unhealthy treats, but sticking to healthy foods during this festive time will help your skin glow and keep your body healthy and functioning properly. For the best results, try out citrus fruits and pomegranates and vegetables like cabbage and carrots that can add nutrients to your body to help you flourish. Balancing this with the holiday sweet treats can help you treat yourself without over indulging.
If you can make the lifestyle change and incorporate exercise into your bustling routine, it can make all the difference, especially during the holiday season. Getting to the gym for a couple of hours during the week to burn off the stress of the holidays can make you look fit and lean for your family or friends visiting.
When it comes to looking your best this holiday season, it’s essential to remember to put yourself first. It can be tough to get entangled in activities and others around you, however, putting a little effort and determination into your daily routine can have you looking your best this year.