As superficial as it may sound, our appearance has a way of either making us feel confident or otherwise. And as much as your looks may determine how you feel and think, most people disregard the simplest things that can have the greatest positive impact. Here are 7 smart ways to boost your confidence and improve your appearance.
While the rich and famous may have access to sophisticated beauty solutions at very high costs, there are other more straightforward and cheaper options to give you the same results and send your confidence levels soaring.
So, do you feel insecure about your looks? Is it affecting your confidence?
Try the following tips.
- Work On Your Inner Self
As mentioned, your outward appearance directly boosts your confidence levels, but that is only a temporary solution. For a more long-lasting effect, start working on your inner self.
Heavy and expensive makeup can only do so much when your soul is crushing under the weight of stress, depression, and ill health. And with time, the signs begin to manifest on the outside, no matter how best you try to cover them with makeup.
So, work on your inner self first. Eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, drinking loads of water, and staying positive are effective ways of boosting your inner being and looking better on the outside.
Depression, for example, has a way of draining you of self-confidence and making you look insecure.
- Smile Often. It Works!
A smile a day takes the gloom away. A simple smile is one of the simplest and yet effective ways of transforming your facial looks in a matter of seconds - plus, it costs nothing.
Scientifically, smiling increases your happy hormones and makes you look a lot more attractive to others while making you feel less stressed.
As many people say, it takes a lot more muscles to frown than to smile. When you smile or laugh, your muscles contract and send a signal to the brain to stimulate a reward system.
That, in effect, increases your endorphins or happy hormones, reduces your anxiety and stress, makes you feel better, and boosts your confidence. Plus, it makes you look and feel good.
- Do Something About Your Hair
You will be amazed at how much a simple change in your hairdo can boost your appearance and confidence. Your hair is a significant part of who you are, and most people can judge how your day is going by merely looking at your hair.
So, get into the habit of taking good care of your hair. Invest in good hair products to make your hair healthier, renew its shine and its beauty.
Take the time to visit the hair salon as often as you can - or can afford to.
If you do not have the time or money for regular hair salon visits, washing or cleaning your hair often should be more than enough.
There are few things more confidence-boosting than a crown of beautiful hair gracing your head.
- Improve Your Posture and Body Language
Your body language says a lot about you than you may think. Using the best makeup and wearing the most elegant clothes can also do so much if your posture and body language fail to get the memo.
From simple habits like twirling your hair to more obvious signs like hanging your head, your body language and posture can boost your confidence or drain it.
Although our posture and body language are mostly an indication of how we feel inside, there is a lot we can do to change the message our body is giving off.
In other words, you can use your outward appearance to fight your inner emotions. A good posture has a way of making you look much taller, a lot healthier, more attractive, and much more confident.
However, this may not come naturally to a lot of people. Thankfully, these are habits you can learn and practice daily.
Start by looking yourself in the mirror and reminding yourself how strong and beautiful you are - no matter what you’re going through.
It may take a while to develop that habit, but it will be more than worth the effort once you have it. So, straighten up, chin up, and hold your head up high.
- Take Care of Your Skin
Your skin is seen by everyone, and you do not necessarily need to spend a lot of money buying expensive beauty products to bring out the best in your skin.
Taking good care of your inner self can affect your outward appearance, and there is also a lot you can do to improve the appearance of your skin.
From something as basic as a facial massage to longer lasting options such as a mini facelift, the choice is yours. Additionally, consider investing in moisturising lotions and increase your body’s hydration by drinking lots of water to keep your skin more supple.
Furthermore, be sure to eat healthily and take on a reasonable amount of exercise on a regular basis.
- Showcase Your Best Features
One of the smart ways to boost your confidence is to showcase your best features.
Very few people are fortunate enough to have a fair amount of everything, as far as their physical appearance is concerned. But everyone has certain features about themselves that make them stand out.
So, take time to find out what your best qualities are and showcase them without apology.
Do you have a beautiful smile? Brighten up the world with it.
Is your body figure something to die for? Exhibit it!
Do you have a slender neck or thick hair? Showcase them.
As vain as this may sound, it will surely make you feel better about yourself, look better, and boost your confidence.
- Flaws? What Flaws?
Gone are the days when society will pressure you to hide what they consider as your flaws.
The internet today is filled with so many people breaking the stereotype of what beauty is. For example, there are so many plus-size models feeling good in their bodies and showing it.
Don’t let society dictate what is beautiful about you and what you should consider as flaws. Embrace yourself and who you are, then make others embrace you.
Always remember that everybody is imperfect in a way - but that’s what makes perfection.
There you have it. 7 smart ways to boost your confidence and improve your appearance. What are your thoughts about these ideas? Let's chat in comment section, queens!