Feeling confident about your appearance is difficult. It’s not something you can achieve through sheer willpower. Even when others compliment your looks, you might not feel comfortable in your own skin. It’s easy to be self-critical. You probably see flaws that don’t even exist when you look in the mirror. We all find ourselves doing this. So, what’s the solution? Well, here are a few pieces of advice to help you improve your self-esteem by changing your appearance.
Take care of your skin
Firstly, you should focus on your health if you want to change your appearance in a positive way. You shouldn’t simply aspire to look good; you should aspire to feel good. It might be tempting to try to make yourself look like Instagram models, but you have to remember that those beauty standards are often realistic. Many photos from models on social media and beauty magazines are Photoshopped, so it’s impossible to make your body look like the bodies you see in those images.
With that in mind, your goal should be to simply look after yourself. In turn, you’ll be happier with your appearance. This really applies to skincare; your skin tells you a lot about your physical and mental wellbeing. Acne and other skin blemishes can be caused by stress, a poor diet, or even a lack of sleep. So, make sure you keep focusing on your emotional health, as will be discussed later in this article. Staying hydrated will keep your skin from becoming dry and cracked, too. Even resting your head at the bottom of your pillow can improve the appearance of your skin – it can stop wrinkles from forming because you won’t be squashing your face whilst you sleep.
Work on your wardrobe
You should also think about your fashion sense if you want to improve your self-esteem. The way we dress has a big effect on our confidence. It’s not as if celebrities and models wear stylish clothes 24/7; they wear nice things when they want to feel good about themselves. Chilling in a tracksuit or baggy clothes whilst you’re at home is fine, but you should push yourself to dress confidently when you go out. We each have different natural appearances, but everyone can change their appearance in a positive way by work on their wardrobe. You should have shapely outfits that complement the natural shape of your body. You don’t need to wear tightly-fitted clothes to look good; you just need to wear well-fitted clothes. This will give your outfits a tailor-made aesthetic, and this will make it clear that you put effort into the attire you wear. Remember, accessories are important, too. Every outfit needs a focal point. This can be a practical statement piece, of course. Perhaps you could get some Converse shoes. A flashy focal point can really tie your look together. You don’t have to go overboard with statement pieces, but they could really help to spruce up your wardrobe.
Focus on your mental state
Most importantly, you need to focus on your mental state if you want to improve your self-esteem. You should only ever change your appearance in a physically and mentally healthy way. In other words, you should make changes for the right reasons. You should make sure your diet is nutritious and filling, for instance, rather than opting for one of the many unhealthy fad diets that are supposed to help people lose weight incredibly quickly. If you stay true to yourself and make changes that feel authentic to who you are, you’ll feel much better.