Posted on July 26th, 2008
Creating a good first impression will make people want to learn more about you, get to know your personality, and actually hear what you have to say. To make the best first impression possible, there are 5 key areas that can dramatically improve your appearance when given the right care. They are your Body, Skin, Hair, Clothing Style, and Polishing. Here, we’ll discuss how caring for these 5 essential areas can lead to a dramatic transformation in your appearance, ensuring that you’ll shine, from the inside, out!
Mind your Body
And don’t forget to stay active! To keep your body healthy and functioning at its peak, regular exercise is a must. Exercise doesn’t have to mean a strict schedule at a gym every day (although this can produce great results). Any activity from walking to swimming, to dancing qualifies as being active. And while government recommendations suggest 30 to 90 minutes of activity a day, it’s OK (and better) to start with less if you’re not used to being active. Make small changes in your daily routine like taking the stairs where you can or getting off the bus/train one stop early and walking the rest of the way home. You can also break up your exercise time into 10, 15, or 20 minute increments to help squeeze exercise into a busy schedule. For more on eating healthy and getting in shape, the “Dummies” series has great books on nutrition and fitness. And not only are they very useful and informative but actually very funny, as well.
If you’re not sure how to reach your weight goal, check with your doctor. They can give the best advice that will help you achieve a healthy weight. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.
Care for your Skin
The first step to caring for your skin is to find out what your skin type is. Once you know your skin type, follow these steps to make sure your skin is nourished and well protected.
- Find a skin cleanser that works well on your skin and stick with it. Stay away from washing your face with bar soaps since they tend to dry the skin.
- Exfoliating your skin at least once a week to clear away dead skin cells is important to keeping your skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
- Moisturize your skin – head to toe. Even if you have oily skin, you need to moisturize to lock moisture into your skin. Using a separate lotion for face and body and being careful not to over-moisturize will help prevent clogging pores. For the face, make sure to choose a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and has SPF in it. I swear by Olay Complete, which is light, doesn’t clog pores, and has SPF 15.
- Use sunscreen – no matter what your skin tone. Sun damage is the leading cause of wrinkles, so it’s important to use sunscreen even in winter and on cloudy days. As someone with very light skin, I’ve tried just about everything out there that protects well and doesn’t have that “sunblock smell”. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreens go on light and are great for daily use.
To find out your skin type and learn more about caring for your skin, check out the Clinique 3 Step Skin Analysis.