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Everyone has something they don’t like about themselves or would like to change. However, looking good isn’t at the top of everyone’s agenda, and some people couldn’t care less.But if your job means that you need to be around others all day, you might become more aware of specific issues that you want to rectify.
Changing something about yourself can be scary. You aren’t sure how it will turn out, you are afraid of reactions, or you may not be ready to make changes. But you aren’t alone, and many of the problems you have are shared among others as well. The good news is that most common issues are straightforward to remedy and don’t cost the earth.
Some common appearance problems include:
- Tired-Looking Eyes
- Unmanageable Hair
- Facial Skin Conditions
- Clothing Problems
Even if you aren’t, your eyes can make you look tired. Your hair is immediately noticeable, and changing it can be tricky. You might be very self-aware of skin issues on your face and finding the proper clothing is essential to looking good.
Clear Up the Peepers
Since they are a prominent feature of your face, your eyes are immediately noticed by anyone that looks at you. Judgments can be made based upon the look of your eyes, as even if you aren’t tired, your eyes can appear to be. There are many reasons for this. While some might be medical, others are cosmetic and very easy to rectify.
One of the most common reasons for tired or red eyes is not producing enough lubricant from the tear ducts when you sleep. This results in rough and dry eyes that make you look more tired than you actually are. Symptoms include puffy eyes, redness, and a dropped upper eyelid known as acquired blepharitis.
Over-the-counter eye drops can help with many common eye issues such as redness, but prescription ptosis eye drops might be required for low-lying eyelids. In addition, puffy eyes or dark “panda eyes” are common and can be treated with vitamin C roll-on products. Roll-ons will energize the area around your eyes and remove the appearance of black eyes.
Manage the Do
For many, their hairstyle can be a direct representation of their personality and, by definition, an extension of expression. Hair can be cultural and therefore extremely important to a person. Cultural appropriation is also a common issue that you should try to avoid. Wearing a sensitive, cultural hairstyle with significant meaning, such as dreads, can be taken the wrong way.
For the most part, you probably want to just manage your hair and keep it tamed. However, you may not know that most people have issues with their hair, and hair management is a common issue among women. Most guys can cut it short, comb it, and be done but common hair problems among all include frizz, dandruff, and hair loss.
- Frizzy hair: caused by dryness and is more prevalent with curly hair but does affect straight hair. Sulfate-free glycerin shampoo and conditioner can help. You could also deep-condition your hair once per week and avoid cotton pillows as they can dry hair and create static.
- Dandruff: caused by dry skin on the scalp and is extremely common, so don’t be embarrassed. Dandruff can be treated with products like Head & Shoulders, but stronger medicated shampoo can also be used.
- Hair loss: many causes, including genetics. Not as common as with men, hair loss can be treated with spray products such as Regaine. There are also other factors in play, though. For example, stress, hormonal imbalances, and vitamin deficiency can contribute. If you are concerned, then you should seek medical advice.
Let Yourself Shine
In addition to hair, the most important thing that people worry about the most is how their face looks. This isn’t surprising, given that it’s what we all look at when interacting with each other. Therefore the face can become an object of contention to a person, which will drive extreme self-consciousness.
Because of this, some people spend a lot of time on their face. The purchase of makeup, injections such as botox and collagen, and skin creams contribute to the $500 billion per year cosmetics industry. But looking after your face includes much more than slapping on some makeup to conceal genuine skin problems.
Rosacea, dry skin, and blemishes are all very common among most women and some men. And while makeup will help, it won’t address the issue.
- Rosacea: red patches flare up on the face. It is more common in white women and can be caused by stress, chemicals, and spicy food. Treatment of rosacea is relatively simple, and anti-redness creams are very effective at reducing visible patches.
- Dry skin: a pervasive issue. Dry skin is caused by many external factors, but the most common include hot showers and baths. Heat removes natural oils and dries the skin, even in water. Moisturizers like Aveeno and E45 are beneficial for dry skin issues.
- Blemishes: marks, spots, or discoloration of the skin. Blemishes can be stressful for a person because of their outward and obvious nature. Blemishes can also become painful and inflamed. For superficial blemishes, makeup is suitable for concealment. Still, more severe issues can be treated with proper skincare, hygiene, and acne treatments like ProActiv and other Rodan & Fields products. These can become expensive, though.
Some people are also self-aware of freckles and try to cover them up. Freckles are a natural part of your skin and identity, and as such, are beautiful. Let them show through rather than concealing them.
Dress to Impress
Clothing is more prevalent than ever, and fashion is seemingly everywhere. But it doesn’t have to cost the earth to look good in your clothes. Cheaper clothes can look just as good as designer labels. You just need to understand how to dress. This might sound simple, but it can be tricky. This is because everyone’s body is different. But dressing properly is almost guaranteed to boost confidence and banish anxiety.
Your shape is unique and therefore has specific requirements. For example, you may be thin and tall, thin and short, short and chubby, or chubby and tall. And that’s basic sizing. Other factors include bust size, butt size, waist shape, tummy, and thighs. All of these can be affected by lifestyle and life events. These include diet, exercise, and pregnancy.
- Short and chubby: a single color will conceal excess weight, and vertical stripes can make you taller. You can also try shaping undergarments to pull in your butt and waist. The trick is masking your problem areas as much as you can.
- Short and thin: aim for clothing that highlights your natural curves. Try to create shoulder volume with cropped tops and add definition to your waist with a large accent belt. The goal is to create a strong silhouette.
- Tall and chubby: aim to contract the body with tight clothing. Tight, well-tailored pants with long tops work well. Peplum tunics are also an excellent choice for tops. Here, you want to define your body shape with the clothing rather than the other way around.
- Tall and thin: help your body define your shape. Tight pants and skinny jeans are excellent with loose-fitting tops. Strangely, high heels will also compliment your figure well. You can further define your form with a fashion belt.
Appearance issues and concerns are prevalent but you are not alone. What you need to be aware of is how you can deal with many of these issues. The information here is a rough guide, and the nuances of personal appearance are vast and complex. But you can help yourself by loving the skin you are in and addressing anything you are self-conscious about.