Monday, June 29, 2009

Extreme Self-Care: When You Look Good ...

This is the sixth in a ten part series called, Extreme Self-Care: It’s Not Selfish!

It’s called The Lipstick Effect. Basically, in tough economic times, when they can’t afford life’s more expensive luxuries, women turn to lipstick to feel good. This phenomenon can be traced as far back as The Great Depression. And, after 9/11, lipstick sales shot up. The Lipstick Effect is also felt with women recovering from catastrophic illnesses. As they begin to feel better, one of the first things they reach for is that trusty tube of lipstick.

Incredibly, almost instinctively, we recognize that feeling better is linked to looking better. Even if you prefer a natural look at slather your lips with Chapstick instead of lipstick, no one can deny the pick-me-up that comes with a favorite outfit, a good haircut or a whiff of a favorite scent.

Whether its jeans and a pair of sneakers, a sexy pair of heels and a pencil skirt or a favorite floral dress for summer, slipping into something that makes you feel good is an essential part of caring for yourself.

Looking your best is a boost for your confidence and can give you a better outlook on life.
You don’t have to be a shopaholic or break the bank to look good. Go through your closet and find your favorite outfits and accessories. Make periodic visits to your hairstylist. Invest in a good conditioner, shampoos and products you can use between visits. You don’t have to get manicures and pedicures on a weekly basis. Learn to buff and paint your own nails and get a Ped-Egg to make your feet stay in shape between visits.

And smile. It’s your best accessory! The act of smiling is an automatic mood enhancer.

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