It's the little things that make you feel beautiful. I have a few that are essential to my everyday routine, things that really make a difference in the way I look and feel. Things I share with my favorite people.

I know you all know how much I love Instagram stories. Well lately I've gotten a lot of messages asking what my beauty secrets are, so I thought I'd share a few with you. These aren't “secrets” so much as simple reminders that we all sometimes need.

  1.  Drink Water. Okay this one is pretty basic but it really makes a huge difference! I used to be terrible about not drinking enough water and it showed. My skin was full, my hair was dry, and that was just the outside. I felt tired and sluggish all-day. Focusing on my water intake and making sure my body was hydrated was a huge game changer. Be sure you are getting enough water!
  2. Moisturize Like Crazy. Your face and your body. Dry skin looks dull and wrinkly, feels itchy and rough. I use a moisturizing soap in the shower and then I lotion up while my skin is still damp and let it all soak it in. I take extra care to moisturize my face. It makes my skin glow and it gives my foundation a better base to avoid lines and creases. So slather on the lotion ladies!
  3. Skip the hair dryer and the flat iron. I try to let my hair air dry as much as possible and honestly I only wash with shampoo every other day. Give your hair a break from the heat damage and it will be so much softer and shinier.
  4. Deodorant. Find a great deodorant you like and trust and you'll feel so much more confident. Because no one wants to worry about body odor. And sweating is seriously uncomfortable. Feeling stinky and sweaty is the opposite of feeling beautiful. I love Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. It offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection plus added skincare benefits with Dove ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms. And it's the only deodorant I've found that I  can put on and not worry about it wearing off all day.

Of course the true test of a deodorant is one that can keep me feeling fresh and dry even after a 90-minute power yoga class. My friend Sarah commented on how she always feels like hers wears off half way through the class so I picked up a Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant for her to try. She loved it!

Her actual response…. “It's so soft and smooth, and it smells great! It keeps me dry without drying out my skin like other deodorants. It's a game changer!” 

For me, beauty starts with having a self-care routine that nourishes and protects your body and soul. Taking care of yourself, inside and out, will make you feel more beautiful every day. Get plenty of sleep, drink water, get outside, make time for yourself. These are all things that keep you feeling younger, healthier and happier.  After all, happy girls are the prettiest right!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.