In the last year, I’ve noticed that my skin and body has had a glow-up. If you’re like what’s a glow-up? It’s that thing where you’re looking you’re best and for me, it’s also feeling your best and living your best.
I have made physical and mental changes to better my health. I don’t know if it’s one of those things where I’m about to be thirty and I’m like let me get it together, but I’m getting it together. Honestly, I did a few different things that I feel helped me out a lot.
If we’re talking mentally, I started talking to a therapist about my anxiety and overthinking (ADHD, hello) and I left two jobs that I was not happy with. Yes, I was working two jobs. One part-time that required me in-person twice a week, and another full-time that was hybrid and required me in-person twice a week on the opposing days. I wasn’t happy at either position and honestly, I had settled due to COVID and being laid-off.
Nonetheless, February rolled around and I entered the month with a new position, a team to balance the work, and a healthy work culture that takes care of their people. If someone tells you that your career, job, etc. doesn’t impact your wellbeing, that’s not true. Great positions and jobs will help you flourish and glow, whereas other positions can affect your mental and physical.
Enter a new job and turning twenty-nine, I started doing things that benefit my health and wellness. Things that I had slacked off on because I had a kid and invested all my energy into motherhood and working. No regrets, just learning balance and taking care of me.
Here are some ways that I’ve given my routine a glow-up:
Upgrade your skincare
As someone that has dealt with hormonal acne since the beginning of college (ages 18-29), I never really invested in a skincare routine. I know, don’t judge. Truthfully, I would buy a drugstore cleanser and moisturizer that I didn’t research and use it with hope that it would do my face some good. That’s not ideal. At least, for me. There are people that can wash their face with soap and call it a day. Not me.
It took some research and really knowing what chemicals and serums to put on my face before I started seeing results. And let me preface that I didn’t splurge on any of my skincare. Especially as someone that was learning what she should and shouldn’t use on her face. Plus, I have a dermatologist that is in-network to talk about my skin issues. While my face has cleared up and looks great, my back still deals with bacne — only in the winter which is annoying, but I can’t really complain.
The best way that I updated my skincare products was buying them when I could or utilizing Target’s promo or another retailer’s promos. The Bliss products have been affordable for me and what I’ve been using, along with Target’s Versed line. All products are budget-friendly and easy to find.
Invest in an electric toothbrush
You know, I always thought this was a gimmick and that my dentist wanted to splurge on an electric toothbrush in her office just because. But, this is actually something one should do. Now, I have nothing against manual toothbrushes and still use one when I travel or if it’s late and I don’t want to make a lot of noise.
The one thing that I love about my electric toothbrush is the movements. This is something that I feel gets the job better than my manual as it does the job for me in a way. On the research side, there are the positives like reduction in plaque and gingivitis. There is a built-in timer so you know when to change sides and how long you should be brushing your teeth. Trust me, you’ll thank me later!
Take your morning & evening vitamins
What is on the inside matters — figuratively and physically. There should be no surprise out there that what goes in your body is important. Now, I won’t say that I’m going to stop drinking Dr. Pepper or cut back on sugar because I’m not there yet.
But, I do take my vitamins. I find that I feel better when I take my vitamins. Especially Vitamin D and Vitamin B. And, a good probiotic! My body thrives on me taking my vitamins and taking care of it. I find that a pill case helps me stay on track, too.
The one hting about vitamins is the size of pills. I hate big pills and I will gag so I try to mix it up and throw in a gummy where I can. That might seem a bit childish, but it works for me. I’ve been using the Rae Multi-Vitamins in my daily routine and I have no complaints. But, I am open to recommendations especially when it makes things easier for me. Glow up your body, people.
Add in sleep spray and a scented diffuser
You can’t tell me that a good night’s sleep and a relaxing atmosphere won’t do that body some good. It will and you will glow. When I get the right amount of sleep, I feel 100%. It was a struggle for some time because my toddler didn’t sleep through the night and then he slept in the bed with me which meant he was kicking and climbing all over me in his sleep.
So, sleep is good over here. Getting all the hours and being able to sleep all the way through the night is a blessing that I need.
The first time I heard about sleep spray was when I received it in my ipsy bag before I even had my son. It was random and I never used it until I was pregnant and pregnancy sleep is all over the place. There were days where I would pass out, but for the most part, I would struggle with staying asleep. I got lavender-scented sleep spray and slept like a baby my entire pregnancy after that.
Clean all of your brushes
Makeup brushes, hair brushes, face brushes, etc. If you use it on your body, you need to be disinfecting and washing these items. I think the makeup brushes is a known fact, but some people don’t know that you need to shampoo or replace the other items. It’s similar to how you need to toss makeup and skincare products after a certain amount of time. Apply an expiration date to everything even if it doesn’t have one.
Trust me on this, you should be replacing items and cleaning them where you can. It makes all the difference. I’ve seen girls share pictures of brushes that look gross and you should truly get a new brush if your’s isn’t looking too hot, replace it.
I think the best thing that I can say about my glow-up routine is that these are changes that can easily be made and swapped into your routine.
Maybe dirty thirty is going to be the best time of my life? Who knows? I have three more months until I can start reviewing it, but I’m excited. And, I’m going to keep making improvements here and there that benefit my health and wellness.
Check out my blog post, 6 Health and Wellness Things We Need To Do in 2021, for some wellness tips and/or some Breast Health Tips.
What is something that you added to your routine that has changed your life for the better? What have you removed recently to feel better?
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