How to Improve an Overall Appearance

by Valencia Higuera

People who are satisfied with their physical appearance tend to have more confidence. In turn, they feel better about themselves. It’s easier to be outgoing if you are happy with how you appear to the outside world. If you aren’t satisfied with your appearance, there are ways to improve. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot of money or effort. Minor changes such as altering your diet or choosing the right type of skin care product can make a huge difference. Before you know it, you'll have improved your overall appearance and self-esteem.

Step 1

Improve your skin. Many people deal with unsightly blemishes or dull skin. There are simple ways to improve the complexion and texture of your skin. It’s best to have a skin care routine. The routine should include deep cleansing, exfoliation and daily moisturizing. In addition, stay away from foods and drinks that cause breakouts such as chocolate, tomatoes and sodas. Be sure to drink plenty of water for radiate, youthful skin.

Step 2

Exercise three times per week. Being overweight can cause a person to dislike one's overall physical appearance. Whether you want to drop a few pounds or tone your body, exercise can help. Resolve to workout three to four times a week. Each workout session should last at least thirty minutes. Ideal exercises include aerobics, weight training and pilates.

Step 3

Eat a healthy diet. In addition to workouts, you'll need to alter your eating habits. Stay away from fatty or high-sodium foods. Both can result in weight gain. Rather, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. You'll maintain a healthy weight and improve your skin's complexion.

Step 4

Wear clothes that flatter your body. Sometimes, the clothes you choose can appear frumpy or sloppy. Buy clothes designed for your body type. If you’re thin and you want to give the illusion of curves, choose a boot cut jean. Furthermore, if you want to hide your stomach, pick stylish, loose-fitting tops.

Step 5

Experiment with different hairstyles. Improving your overall appearance can be as simple as choosing a new and sophisticated hairstyle. Look through hair magazines for ideas, or talk with a professional hairstylist. The right hair design, cut or color can give your face an entirely new look.

Step 6

Pay attention to small details. If you’re trying to improve your appearance, don’t forget to make little improvements. For example, make sure your nails stay clean and manicured. Make shaving a regular habit (legs, armpit and face), and wear clean clothes.

Step 7

Visit a doctor. Sometimes, appearance flaws aren’t easy fixes. A person with a skin condition may need to visit a dermatologist, whereas another person may need dental work to improve a smile. In addition, you may consider contact lenses or surgery to correct vision problems.

Tips

  • Be sure to smile when you meet people. You'll appear friendly, and others will feel comfortable around you.

About the Author

Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.