I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails lately from teenage girls, who feel very insecure about their looks. They keep sending me pictures of themselves and asking if they should lose weight, telling me how the boy they like rejected them and now all they can think of is how they want to be skinny and finally be attractive.
I look at the pictures in my inbox and I see dry, shaggy hair, acne, metal braces, clothes that look like they’ve been washed at least a hundred times and had never seen an ironing board, chewed up nails with chipping nail polish. You girls must think that once you lose weight you’ll go from ugly duckling to a princess. I have to disappoint you, but there’s a lot more to be done in order to look and feel breathtaking. There are so many things you need to do before losing weight. There’s nothing less attractive, than a sloppy, messy girl.
1. Take care of your hair. Hair is a woman’s pride and a big part of feminineness.
-Buy a shampoo according to your hair type (dry, greasy, normal). Use a conditioner every time after shampooing.
-Get a deep moisturizing mask and leave it on for at least 10 minutes once a week after shampooing. If your hair is really dry, try to avoid flat irons, blow driers, curling irons and coloring.
-Go to the hairdresser and cut off all the split ends.
-Start using a leave-in conditioner.
-Never let your hair stay frizzy and messy. Rub some hair gel between your hands and put in on your hair for a sleeker look.
2. Get your nails done. Not everyone can afford a monthly manicure, but going to get your nails done once every 3 moths is enough.
-Get your own manicure set, watch some video tutorials on YouTube and take care of the nails yourself.
-When nail polish starts coming off, cover that spot with a new layer or clean the polish off completely. Don’t go out in public with chipping nails.
-Buy good quality nail polish, so it wouldn’t come off so quickly and look less messy. I use Orly and China Glaze nail polish. It’s not too expensive and lasts pretty long. -Always apply a topcoat to make the polish last longer.
-Use a glass or paper nail file instead of a metal one.
3. Get the perfect smile.
-If your teeth are yellow, go to a dentist and order a home bleaching kit. It’s cheaper than laser treatment at the dentist’s office and works a lot better too.
-If you’re thinking of getting your teeth straightened, then you should consider getting Invisalign. It’s barely noticeable and you get results much faster than wearing those nasty metal braces. You also have to take it out every time you eat and brush your teeth before putting it back in, which might help to discourage constant snacking.
4. Purify your face.
-Use a good quality face wash once a day to treat acne and any skin impurities.
-Get a facial mask and use it once a week for deep cleaning. I love The Body Shop products. I would recommend them for hair and face treatments. As I always say, you can either hide your skin problems under make up, or you can just get rid of them and feel naturally pretty.
-If you do use make up, be sure to clean your face thoroughly before going to bed.
5. Remove unwanted body hair (legs, armpits, bikini zone).
Use an epilator. It might be painful the first time you use it, but then hair grows back thinner and weaker, becoming less noticeable. It also grows back in 1-2 weeks, which is a lot less annoying than shaving every other day. Just don’t use it on your bikini lines.
6. Keep your clothes looking new.
-Try to wash clothes after wearing them at least 3 times (except underwear). The more you wash them, the more old, warn and color faded they look.
-Wear an undershirt and wash it as often as you want.
Instead of washing clothes too often, shower at least once a day.
-Iron almost everything you wear. Look neat and tidy at all times.
Instead of having a couple of outfits you wear all the time, buy more clothes and rotate them or mix things up, to avoid frequent washing. Even the cheapest ironed new clothes will look better than a warn, faded and wrinkly designer outfit.
-Even if you’re overweight, don’t wear clothes that are too loose and baggy or look too small on you. Try to be up to date with fashion.
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7. Be proud of radiant skin.
-If your skin is dry, use body lotion or baby oil every time after showering.
-Also use foot and hand lotion separately.
-Never go outside on a sunny day without sunscreen. Exposure to sun over time might lead to skin cancer, also the UV rays make your skin age faster. If you don’t have time to put it on or don’t want to get your clothes dirty, then at least put it on your face. The SPF has to be at least 30. I’m a big fan of Neutrogena Ultimate Sport SPF 70.