If you’re already looking forward to 2021, then there’s a good chance that you want to look and feel your very best. The good news is that it’s never been easier to start looking better, and it doesn’t have to mean expensive shopping trips either. While having the right clothes is, of course, important, there are additional steps you can take that will ensure that throughout 2021 you will look and feel better than you ever did in 2020. If you want to look better in the years to come, here are the steps that you can take right now.
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There’s nothing quite as good for us as a good night’s sleep. Everyone knows just how important a full night of rest is, but so few of us make it a priority. It’s all too easy to stay up late to enjoy the peace and quiet of an evening without pressure, and it’s always tempting to hit snooze on your alarm in the morning. Developing a healthier sleep routine is surprisingly easy, and it can be great for your looks too. When you’re sleep-deprived, you get dark circles around your eyes, your skin becomes cloudier, and everything you try to do is lessened through lethargy. A good night’s sleep will mean you wake up refreshed, and can also:
Start your route to looking better in 2021 by having a good night’s sleep tonight.
There are lots of reasons to drink more water, but if you’re trying to look better in 2021, then that water should be a priority. When you’re giving your body the water it needs, your skin stays more naturally hydrated, which is great news for your looks. You can literally fight off the signs of aging by drinking more water, and it’s even more far-reaching than that. Drinking filtered water can improve your mood and your memory, cause you to crave sugar less, and can help to fight off headaches and migraines. It will also help to reduce your chances of getting a kidney infection. Let’s face it; if there’s one look you want to avoid in 2021, it’s the hospital gown look. Drink more water and your body will respond in only positive ways.
Men and women alike are very prone to a good slouch. There’s a good chance that you’re slouching right now as you read this! If you are, adjust your posture and realize just how much more comfortable it is. When you stand or sit up straight, you make yourself look slimmer, but that’s not all. It also means that you’re reducing the amount of stress that you’re putting your body through. A good posture is vital for a more aligned spine, and it decreases the level of wear and tear that you put on your joints. You can work on your posture by doing some basic exercises, and the more that you do them, the better you’ll look in 2021.
Life can be very stressful, and we don’t always have time to look after ourselves the way that we’d like. Seemingly simple tasks like having a shower are often postponed, but this is a mistake. Whether you’re a busy parent or an overworked employee, taking the time to have a shower, brush your teeth, and get dressed is vital. It sounds like an obvious way to start looking better, but it’s surprisingly common to skip personal grooming when the pressure is on. However, if you can allocate set times of day to improve your grooming routine, not only will your looks improve, but so too will your mood and your productivity.
If there’s one way to make yourself look better, it’s to smile more. While the practical benefits of smiling have been well researched, it can still take some time to get used to the idea of smiling more. In many cases, people are too self-conscious to smile. If that sounds like you, then it’s time to tackle those issues that you have with your teeth. Start looking at local dentists, and do your research until you have found a dentist to die for. No matter how scared you are of the dentist, there are coping mechanisms that many will now offer you if you’re scared enough to avoid dental visits. Work on fixing your issues, start smiling more, and you’ll start to look and feel better just in time for 2021.
When it comes to clothes, most of us know what we like. Unfortunately, what we like may be fundamentally flawed at the most basic level. The psychology of color has been well documented, but far too many people fail to apply that research to their wardrobe. Your skin tone will be very important when it comes to choosing the clothes that suit you the best. Don’t forget that no matter how well that new suit or summer dress fits you, if the color is wrong then that outfit is going to be working against you. The goal is to ensure that your clothing is working with you. Some colors are universal, though, so even if you don’t have the time to research the best colors for your skin tone, stick to options like purple, teal, and white.
If you want to look your best at all times, then regular trips to the barbers or the salon are critical. The problem is that too many people head to their favorite hairdresser already knowing exactly what they want. It’s an easy mistake to make. The better alternative is to talk to your hairdresser. They have had training, as well as the experience of cutting the hair of hundreds (if not thousands) of customers. They will know what kinds of cuts will work best for your hair type, and they will make sure that your hairstyle compliments your face, framing it so that it looks better. It can be expensive to go to a hairdresser every month, but very often, that expense is well worth it when it comes to looking your best.
Our bodies need vitamin D, and the best source for that is right outside your front door. Getting a regular burst of sunlight can be enormously beneficial and is a great way to give yourself a mental health boost. The combination of fresh air, green spaces, and being away from all of your devices (stop staring at your phone!) is only going to be good for you, and you’ll be getting some exercise too. Taking the chance to get outside more can help to fight off depression and seasonal disorders, and it’s great for your mood too. It can even help you sleep more easily!
Some people love it, others hate it, but if you have dreams of looking better in 2021, then you should start thinking more about exercising. You don’t have to want to look like a muscle-bound monster. Just a lighter, more toned body is going to help you look and feel better in 2021. If you’re someone for whom exercise does not come naturally, don’t panic. You don’t have to start pumping iron at the gym or signing up for marathons. Start small. Look at gentle exercise routines on YouTube, or read some articles about the best exercise you can do at home. The more that you work on your body, the more confident you will feel, and that can only be a good thing for your looks.
Downtime is essential if you want to look and feel better. It can be very hard to find the time to take a break, but it’s always worth making the effort. That’s because when you’re more rested, you will find it easier to smile more, to get to sleep more easily, and to work hard when you need to. Taking a break is vital for your mental health, but it’s good for your mood, your confidence, and your looks too. The more relaxed you are, the quicker you’ll be to appreciate the things around you, and that’s one of the fastest ways to look better and feel happier. Don’t give yourself a hard time every time that you enjoy some quality down-time. It’s a treat that we all deserve. Not only will a good rest make you look better, but it will also boost your productivity and can make it much easier to get down to work harder and more efficiently.
What we wear is important when it comes to looking good, but it’s just as important to consider how certain clothes make us feel. Putting on a business suit can change the way that you move and the way that you feel, and you often act very differently when you’re wearing a suit compared to wearing jeans and a hoodie. You want to wear the clothes that you know make you look great, but you should also wear clothes that make you feel great. Think about your wardrobe favorites, and start picking new clothes based on the ones that you know make you feel better about yourself. Don’t just stick to the same old clothing styles. Try out new types of clothing, and see how they make you feel. If you get a boost of confidence while wearing a jet-black jumper, or you feel better going for a more business-casual look, tailor your wardrobe to reflect those choices.
The final step to your best-looking 2021 is to have a look at the catwalk trends that are expected to make an impact. You don’t have to start spending money on those trends, but it’s a good way to find out what to expect to see in the fashion outlets in spring. If you see that large hoop earrings are making a comeback and you’ve always loved them, then you no longer need an excuse to treat yourself to more. If pastels are coming back in a big way and your research has shown that light pastels are the perfect color for your skin tone, then you know that next year will mean a lot more options when it comes to finding your favorite types of clothing in the colors that you need.
Don’t obsess too much about the actual contents of your wardrobe. If you want to look better in 2021, then it’s’ just as important that you do some self-improvement. Living a healthier life is better for your looks and your mental health, and tackling long-term issues is easier than ever. Start with any of the suggestions on this list, and you’ll be one step closer to looking your best in 2023.