How to Change Your Look Over the Summer

Friday, June 20, 2008

Now school's out and you decide to look different when you come back. This article is here to show you how you can look absolutely gorgeous when you come back from summer vacation.
Your body. Let's face it, in a sea of girls who are stick thin in their bikinis, we kinda compare ourselves to them. The thing they have, the only thing they have that you don't, is body acceptance. Now there is nothing wrong with wanting to lose a couple of pounds but don't become completely obsessed with it. What you want to do is join a sport, or just work out. If you want to join a sport, go to a few camps. It's an easy way to get in shape and meet new people. If you want to work out at home, buy a couple work out DVDs/tapes and actually do them. Also you can buy a dumbbell set and strength train. You will want to, mostly do cardeo to burn fat. So whether at a gym or at home, do 3-4 days of 30-45 minute cardeo and strength train 2 times a week. You might be sore, but it'll get better and you'll start to see results soon.
Go to sleep! Your body needs time to relax and recharge after a harsh day so you need at least 7 hours of sleep. Aim for 10 if you can, but 8 or 9 is fine.
Tanning. You can go lay out for 15-20 minutes a day, with sun protection on both your body and face. You can also go tanning, but that damages the skin and makes you have wrinkles. Also you can use a self tanner, which is a tan you apply. It lasts for about a week though, so you might just want to use a gradually tanning lotion. Jergens has an amazing one.
On to the face! You may have flawless skin, some people do.If you want good skin, go to a dermatologist. Also, every morning and night, wash your face with a cleanser such as Cetaphil. This brand is recommended by dermatologists, but you can also use Neutrogena. Then tone your skin with witch hazel, or just treat with Clean and Clear zit treatment. Then please moisturize. You can with any face moisturizer. You might also want to try a facial, which can also be done at home, its simply steaming your face, putting on a facial masque, and rinsing it off. You can always steam your face, it opens up pores but always try to use something to get the dirt and dead skin cells out of your pores. Do NOT pick if you have acne.
Nails! Do not get fake nails because it will wreck your natural nail, and we don't want that. Just make sure you take good care of the nails that you have. Keep them trimmed and filled, and always keep your cuticles pushed back. Moisturize your hands a lot. If you have ridges, buy a nail buffer and keep them buffed. If you want you can keep your nails polished.
Now for hair. Let your hair grow out during the summer. Right after school goes out, get your hair trimmed, then leave it as it is for the rest of the summer. During the summer, experiment with different shampoos till you find the perfect one. Go to your salon and ask what shampoo they would recommend for your hair. You can also use Pantine, John Frieda, or just about any brand, just stay away from Suave please. You might want to get it cut to your face shape and have it colored.
Clothes. You might want to spend some time working on your wardrobe. You want to get the basics, like a nice pair of dark wash jeans and a nice white t-shirt. Depending on your age, you might want to splurge on investment items, like a nice suit or a little black dress (Audrey Hepburn a la Breakfast at Tiffany's) and some nice pearls. If you're a teen just find jeans and a shirt and just shop around for what you like. Find out what looks amazing on you.
Eyebrows. You might want to get them done professionally, then just pluck the stray ones. If you don't want to spend a lot, then just find your brow bone and follow that. You can find You Tube videos on how to do your eyebrows.
Makeup. This depends on your skin type. If you have dry skin, you will want to stay away from mineralized makeup because it will dry you out. Normal skin (few breakouts usually once a month maybe not) then you are a lucky girl and I envy your skin, because you get to use any drugstore brand and have it not harm your gorgeous amazing skin. Combo to oily people want to find foundations and powders that are oil free. Noncomedogenic doesn't mean a thing anymore. Splurge on foundation, concealer, and powder because when you have amazing (looking) skin it'll make the rest of your makeup look flawless. Everything else just head to the drugstore unless you have a sensitivity to any product.
Summer's over and it's the day before school. Give yourself a really pampering day. Don't exercise if you don't want to that day, but do yoga instead. Plan what you'll bring to school, etc. the night before, and get a really good night sleep. Soft music and herbal tea always helps me get to sleep. Also, a warm bath.
It's the first day of school. Relax, and enjoy yourself, and keep up your routine, (maybe a little less) to maintain your beauty.

* Some find that they tan better moving around.
* Put Vaseline on your eyelashes every night. It can also replace mascara.
* Be confident! Yeah, yeah, people say it all the time. But it's true. It helps so much!
* Stand up straight. Posture is a must.
* Wear lip balm like a god. Put it on morning and night, and whenever else necessary. I recommend lip medex. Made by blistex. It's great.
* For under eye bags, cucumbers actually do work! Also, keep some spoons in freezer, and put them under your bags for a bit, that will help reduce.
* Smell good! Get some perfume. I recommend orange pop by calgone and American eagle No.77 so fresh and pretty!
* SMILE!!!!!!!!

[edit] Warnings

* Be careful in the sun. Wear hats and sunglasses all the time, along with a strong sunblock.
* Eat healthily. Bad foods do not help anything.
* Workouts can leave you really, really sore if done too fast, wrong, or just too hard! Work your way up, don't go bananas trying to lose 10 pounds in a week.


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