Beauty

How To Enhance Your Natural Beauty on a Budget

By DeAndrea Douglas
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One of my long-term life goals is to stay as beautiful and attractive as possible as long as I can. It might be vain, but I love getting dressed up for my husband to show me off. I enjoy turning heads when I walk into a room. I know I’m not alone in enjoying this. I don’t think there’s a woman alive who doesn’t like to feel beautiful.

Every day I’m thinking of ways I can maintain or enhance my appearance. There was a time when I used to want certain surgeries that I thought would make me look better, but I’m glad I never got them. Over time I learned how to fall in love with what I naturally have and how to enhance it by making subtle adjustments to my beauty and wellness routine.

While I wouldn’t mind a limitless beauty budget, I have some pretty big financial goals that won’t be reached if I spend recklessly on frivolous things. Though having lots of money to spend on beauty helps, looking your best doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. These are a few ways I make sure I look my best without breaking the bank.

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1. Prioritize Skincare

Having clear, even skin skin is universally accepted as a desirable trait. Some people are blessed with genes that give them perfectly smooth, poreless skin and others have to work for it. I’m in the latter group.

I used to have horrible acne as a teenager and young adult and then my skin had the audacity to also be oily. I spent the last few years of my life trying to have great skin and though it isn’t perfect, it is far better than I’d imagined it would ever be.

I used to think that the latest (and often expensive) serum would be the thing that finally made my dreams of having perfect skin come true, but good skincare doesn’t have to be expensive. I started using serums from The Ordinary to target my skincare concerns because they aren’t expensive. One of the serums I use is about $11 for a 2 oz bottle! There are also plenty of expensive beauty product dupes available so you can get similar results while spending less money.

Don’t neglect body care! Having smooth soft skin on your body is an attractive trait too. Be sure to put on lotion or body butter after you shower and reapply as needed throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. If you have dark spots, breakouts, or uneven texture on your body you can use a body wash with ingredients that target those skincare concerns. (I’ve used most of these body washes. I keep a bottle of The Perfector on hand at all times.)

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2. Eat a Balanced Diet

You are what you eat. Your diet directly affects your skin, hair, and overall appearance. Try to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to give your body the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to look and function at its best.

Getting your body the nutrients it needs solely by what you eat can be a bit of a steep hill to climb if you’re just getting started. Consider taking a multivitamin or other supplements to help make up for any nutritional gaps you might have or make smaller changes to your diet as you’re learning to eat better.

I’ve noticed that my skin has been clearer when I consistently mix some liquid chlorophyll into my morning multivitamin shake. I got a large bottle of it at the grocery store for less than $15 and it has lasted me almost eight months and it still hasn’t run out.

3. Dress for Your Body Type

I know you’ve seen an outfit someone else is wearing and it just looks off. You might not be able to put your finger on what exactly it might be, but you know something could be better. Surprise! It could be that someone else is thinking the same thing about you.

Choosing clothes that align with your personal style and enhance your body’s features can instantly make you look more attractive. Dressing well not only makes you feel good but also leaves a memorable impression.

beautiful woman smiling to show her white teeth

4. Whiten Your Teeth

There’s a reason why a Hollywood smile is a thing. Straight white teeth easily make you ten times prettier. Braces and aligners, however, aren’t cheap. Neither is professional teeth whitening.

There are many cost-effective solutions to improving your smile. If paying for orthodontia isn’t an option for you at the moment you can still work toward having whiter teeth. Use a whitening toothpaste in the morning and at night, especially if you drink coffee or tea as those can stain your teeth. You could also use at-home whitening strips to help your teeth be whiter.

woman with excellent posture

5. Practice Good Posture

Having good posture is a completely free way to enhance your natural beauty. Your posture speaks volumes about how confident and healthy you are. Standing and sitting up straight with your shoulders down and back makes you take up more space and signals that you are comfortable taking up space. This not only makes you look more confident, but it also positively impacts your physical health. Bad posture can cause back pain, digestive issues, and a host of other health problems so by taking care to sit and stand up straight you can do yourself a major favor.

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6. Have Good Grooming & Hygiene Habits

Looking clean and well-kept makes anyone look more attractive. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours at the nail salon every other week or sit for hours in a chair at the hair salon. You can maintain good grooming and hygiene habits at home. What you’re going for is neatness and attention to detail to show that you care about your appearance.

You don’t have to adhere to traditionally elegant hairstyles to be more attractive. Your hair just needs to be healthy and well-cared for. Make sure that you’re taking care of your hair, paying attention to what it requires, so it can look its best.

You also don’t always have to have a fresh manicure. If you want to experiment with press-on nails do that or if you don’t mind painting your own you can do that too. Just make sure you don’t have any obvious chips in your polish or missing press-ons and you’re well on your way.

Lastly, make sure you always smell good. It’s a very effective way to be more attractive. A well-fragranced woman will always turn heads.

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7. Take Care of Your Body

Taking care of your body and physical fitness makes you more attractive in several ways. It improves physical appearance by maintaining a healthy weight, toning muscles, and promoting good posture through regular exercise and proper nutrition. Consistent exercise can also give you clearer and more radiant skin.

Additionally, prioritizing your health and fitness boosts your energy levels and overall vitality, making you appear more vibrant. It signals a commitment to long-term well-being, which can be attractive on a deeper level beyond physical appearance alone. Ultimately, taking care of your body not only enhances immediate attractiveness but also supports a positive self-image and long-term health, making you more appealing.

My journey towards enhancing my appearance has been a process of self-discovery and self-acceptance. I’ve moved away from the allure of cosmetic surgeries towards embracing and enhancing my natural features through thoughtful adjustments to my beauty and wellness routines. While a limitless beauty budget might be appealing, I’ve chosen to prioritize my financial goals over frivolous spending. By finding affordable ways to look my best, I’ve learned that true beauty isn’t about how much you spend, but rather the care and appreciation you show for yourself. It’s a journey that’s taught me the importance of balance and self-confidence, proving that enhancing your natural beauty can be both fulfilling and financially responsible.

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