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Although physical beauty is a big part of the term glow up, it can also involve mental, spiritual and emotional growth or change. With this in mind, there are so many ways you can glow up and truly change your life and your confidence! If you’re wondering how to glow up, then you’re in the right place.
I’m not gonna lie, I used to cringe at the word “glow up” when the phrase first become popular. But now that I realize that glowing up doesn’t just mean your physical appearance. I’m all about personal growth, so anything that involves bettering yourself I am completely game for!
What Is A Glow Up Exactly?
If you’re not sure exactly what a glow up is or have never even heard of glowing up, here’s a quick run down of a glow up:
A glow up is a mental, physical, emotional or spiritual change that changes you for the better.
A glow up can happen naturally, like during puberty, or can happen because of you doing something to better yourself, like eating healthier and being more active to live a healthier lifestyle.
Glowing up can happen because of an event in your life or you can glow up naturally. For example, many people want to learn how to glow up after a breakup or how to glow up for school.
Why Is It Called A Glow Up?
Although you’ve probably seen the term glow up or glo up all over social media in recent years, the origin of the term is unclear. Like anything with social media, it just started somewhere and became a huge trend!
How Long Does It Take To Glow Up?
How long a glow up takes completely depends on your goals. For example, if you’re more focused on a physical glow up, there are many ways you can glo up physically to look and feel prettier.
However, if you’re on an emotional glow up journey, that might take a little while.
So your glow up timeline will completely depend on your goals. Whatever they may be, I’m going to show you ways you can instantly glow up and also ways you can glow up gradually!
How To Glow Up Physically
Now’s the fun part, let’s glow up together! With these glow up ideas, you’ll be able to glow up mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
How Can I Instantly Glow Up?
Here are some ways you can glow up quickly with a simple quick task or change. If you’re wanting to learn how to glow up as a teenager, these are some simple ways to instantly glo up!
Fix Your Posture
One of the easiest ways on how to glow up instantly! Sit up straight, don’t slouch, straighten your back, lower your shoulders and lift your head tall. Good posture will instantly make you look and feel more confident (plus it’s better for your back!)
Tweeze Your Eyebrows
Such a simple thing can make a huge difference! Having well-shaped that fit your face will instantly make you look more put together.
Do A Facial
Book yourself a trip to the spa or do an at home facial to make your skin glow. Glowing skin will help you look healthier and more attractive.
Add Some Blush
Blush will instantly make you look more alive and accentuate your cheeks. It’s amazing what a little blush can do for your look.
Try some body bronzer to help give your skin a just-back-from-vacation glow. Not only will it help even out skin tone, but it will give your skin the prettiest color and glow.
How To Glow Up Physically
When you have a little more time on your hands to glow up, there’s so much you can do that will change your appearance. So if you’re wanting to learn how to look prettier, then look no further.
Whiten Your Teeth
Having a white smile is attractive because it’s a sign of good health, plus you will look better in pictures with white teeth. And you’ll feel much more confident showing off your beautiful pearly white smile!
Be Consistent With Your Skincare
One of the most important parts of glowing up physically is your skin! Skin that glows will instantly make you more attractive. And if you’re new to skincare, you’re in the right place! I can teach you all you need to know about creating a good skincare routine that WORKS!
If you struggle with your skin, you know how detrimental it can be to your confidence and self-esteem. Fixing your skin can truly make you feel prettier.
Drink More Water
I know everyone says this, but it’s so true! Water is not only essential to your body’s functioning, it also helps keep your skin hydrated, your hair shiny and helps to keep your skin clear.
Be More Active
This one is definitely tough, but you don’t have to commit to a 7-day a week exercise routine. Being more active can be as simple as taking a short walk around your neighborhood a few times a week.
Or, if there’s a specific concern of yours, like you want to tone up your arms, find some good arm workouts and do those a couple times a week to help build muscle.
Eat Healthier Food
I’m always game for pizza and cocktails, but it’s just not healthy! You will look and feel so much better by eating more nutrient rich foods on a regular basis. You don’t have to but out the junk, but eat it only in moderation.
Being tan will make your skin look healthier and who doesn’t want to look like they just got back from vacation? I’m a religious self-tanner. Not only because I’m naturally pale as a ghost and don’t tan, but because I work in oncology and see the affects that sun-tanning and tanning beds have on patients every single day!
Skip the extremely harmful tans and opt for a self-tan instead, please!
Create A Sleep Schedule
Sleep has such a huge impact on our health. Whether you realize it or not, our body needs sleep to function properly. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can be detrimental to your health.
Your body needs sleep to rest and recharge. So make sure you are getting plenty of beauty sleep each night!
How To Glow Up Your Hair
Everyone wants long, luscious locks, right? Here’s how you can glow up your hair easily. Having pretty hair will instantly make you feel beautiful.
Get Regular Trims
I used to be so bad at getting my hair trimmed and no wonder my hair was in terrible shape! When you don’t get regular trims, you are letting the split ends get out of control. Eventually the will start to split further and further up the hair shaft and will eventually lead to breakage.
Keeping your hair trimmed and getting rid of split ends regularly will help your hair grow faster and it will feel and look healthier.
Do A Weekly Hair Mask
Hair masks are like really strong conditioners. They usually try to target a specific issue like breakage, dryness, frizz, etc. Doing a hair mask will add back nutrients to your hair that may have been stripped by shampooing or coloring.
Hair masks can also help prevent breakage, split ends and other damage. I like to do a hair mask each week to keep my hair as healthy as possible. Not only is my hair healthier, but it’s shinier, softer and more manageable.
I will forever preach about how bad sulfates are for your hair. Once I stopped using sulfates, my hair completely changed. Sulfates are essentially cleansers that are responsible for the lathering of shampoos. But they are also very harsh and strip your hair of it’s natural oils that help protect it.
Sulfates can actually make your hair more oily because your hair will overproduce oils to compensate for the lost oils. Sulfates can strip your hair of color, dry your hair out and lead to damage.
Learn To Style
Styling your hair is the biggest way to glow up your hair quickly! No one’s hair looks good after air drying without any sort of styling. Depending on what style you prefer, you can do a sleek or bouncy blow out, straightening or curling your hair.
No matter what you use, always make sure to use a heat protectant to keep your hair healthy and prevent damage.
Change Up Your Part
Switching your part can make a huge difference in how you look! Certain face shapes look best with certain parts, so check and see what parts are recommended for your face shape.
For example, I have an oval face so I can do a middle or side part to flatter and accentuate my features.
Get A Color Refresh
Keeping up with regular visits to the salon will help keep your color more vibrant and shiny. You don’t have to change up your color if you don’t want, but just keep going regularly to keep your color always looking fresh.
How To Glow Up Overnight
If you have a big event or first date and want to glow up overnight, then here are some beauty treatments you can do to wake up prettier and glow up in a day’s time.
Use A Sleeping Mask
Think of a sleeping mask as like an overnight facial for your skin. Sleeping masks are designed to be extra hydrating and nourishing and usually target a specific concern like hyperpigmentation or irritation.
Just use it as the last step in your nighttime routine and wake up with glowing skin!
Don’t Forget The Lips
Chapped lips? Try an overnight lip treatment or mask to help hydrate, smooth and moisturize your lips. Or just plain ol’ Vaseline or Aquaphor will help and you’ll wake up with smooth and soft lips!
Silk is not only better for your skin, but also your hair. With silk pillowcases, there won’t be any friction between your hair and the pillowcase, so your hair will be silky smooth when you wake up. Silk = less frizz and less breakage.
Silk is also less absorbent, so you know your skincare products will stay on your face rather than be absorbed into your pillowcase.
Hands & Feet
Many people neglect their hands and feet (I’m super guilty!). Especially now that it’s getting warmer, you want your feet to be sandal ready, right? Soak your feet in warm water and go to town with a pumice stone. Then slather your feet in a nourishing foot cream, put on some socks and go to bed. You’ll wake up with the softest feet ever!
As for hands, try a nice hand cream or even some moisturizing gloves while you sleep.
How To Glow Up In A Month
It’s easier to make some big changes with a little more time. Here are some ways you can glow up in 30 days or less.
Update Your Wardrobe
Make sure you’re wearing clothes that fit and flatter your body. Having a go-to outfit you feel confident in is key! How you dress can drastically impact your mood and how you feel. Make some changes to your wardrobe by buying versatile pieces that you can mix and match.
How To Glow Up Mentally
If you’re wanting to glow up from the inside, here’s your mental glow up checklist to better yourself mentally. Make it more fun by turning it into a mental glow up challenge! Whether it’s 30 days, 6 months or a year, these ideas will help you improve yourself drastically.
During the mental glow up challenge, make sure you’re putting yourself first. And no it’s not selfish! Say “no” more, listen to what you want and do that! Give yourself more time to yourself to rest and recharge and to take care of yourself.
Learn To Love Yourself
Go on a self-love journey and learn how to accept who you are, your insecurities and flaws. Learning to love yourself is being comfortable with who you are and once you have that, you can truly do anything.
It’s hard to make changes when your whole life is a mess! Clutter can disrupt your work flow and waste your time. Like when you have to search through your whole house to find your car keys….
Find a dedicated place for important things like your keys, bill, etc. And take time to plan out your day or week that way you have an idea of how many things you need to get done so you don’t get surprised or overwhelmed.
Grow Your Confidence
Being confident in yourself is truly one of the best things you can learn how to do. If you want to glow up, then this is the best thing you can do! Being confident doesn’t come easy to most, but I’ve got a really handy post on confidence building tips for women, so if you need help in that department to glow up then be sure to check it out.
Never Stop Learning
Learning doesn’t have to stop when you graduate! In fact, you should never stop learning throughout life. You never know when a new skill or information could help you. Whether it’s taking a class for your job or learning the stock market to invest in your financial future, learning is a great way to continue to glow up throughout your life.
How To Improve Yourself Physically & Mentally
A glow up is the best way to better yourself both physically and mentally. During a glow up challenge, you will grow more than you ever thought! A glow up isn’t just about being pretty, it’s about becoming more confident with yourself and that’s what matters!
I hope this has helped you learn how to glow up, whether it’s physically or mentally. This list of glow up ideas will help no matter your goal.