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Look Better Naked: Seven tips

Seven Ways to Look Better Naked

Since it's almost Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share some tips for looking seductive in your skivvies. After all, you never know when Cupid's arrow will inspire you to disrobe. (Hopefully, it will be while you're on a date, and not during, say, jury duty.) So without further ado, I present seven ways to look better naked. Cue the Barry White...

1. Tell your inner critic to zip it. If you want to feel good in your own skin, you've got to silence any critical thoughts. So instead of worrying about a little thigh jiggle, focus instead on what you do like. Of course, feeling good about our bodies is usually an ongoing process, but every little bit of positivity helps. These suggestions can help you stop picking apart your appearance and start enjoying what you've got.

2. Wax smart. Since waxing often leaves skin red and irritated, the best time to have a bikini wax is three or more days before you plan to frolic in the nude. And this isn't just about aesthetics, either; allowing your skin a few days to recover will be more comfortable for you.

3. ... Or don't. Some women wax their nether regions, and others don't. Either way is fine. You'll look better if you feel confident, and one way to do that is to be happy with what you have (er, or what you don't have).

For four other ways to look cute in your birthday suit,

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4. Exfoliate before the date. Whether you just give skin a good scrubbing with a washcloth, or you go for a granular scrub, get rid of dead skin. Be sure to do this before you shave; otherwise, you could be in for some stinging or irritation. For years, I've been a fan of Lush's Buffy bar, which exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time.

5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. After taking a shower, gently pat your skin dry with a towel. Then, apply a body lotion. If you really want to get fancy, add a few drops of liquid bronzer to the lotion before application; this will give a subtle glow to your skin.

6. Soften the focus. A little bit of translucent powder can minimize imperfections on your face by reflecting light off of it. The same goes for your decolletage.

7. Shimmer, don't sparkle. Glitter is a bit too flashy for Valentine's Day. Instead, use shimmer to highlight your cheekbones, collarbone, and decolletage. You can use the lotion trick mentioned above, or use a powder option. (Jane makes an inexpensive option that comes with a cute powder puff.)

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subhuman-error subhuman-error 8 years
i love being naked! I hope it always stays thst way for me, but i know it's something i have to work for.
Bee333 Bee333 8 years
Especially post-baby. Maybe focus some of the energy on finding a man with a good heart! Image is a tough master. If you think it's rough now, you're in for a surprise if you ever have children. (Now someone with the perfect springform post-baby body will comment, lol) Add a critical man, and there'll be even more issues. Anyway, I'm not THAT old, really, just have some experience.
Bee333 Bee333 8 years
I'll let you in on a little secret. When you get married and as you get older, the makeup, the lingerie, yes, even shaving, weight, don't matter as much as the connection you make with each other. Granted there are superficial people out there, but the one who loves 'you' will tell you that you are beautiful without the flourishes and will love your body and its imperfections.
Bee333 Bee333 8 years
You forgot a step: Turn off the lights! :)
minnie minnie 8 years
i'm getting better at hushing my inner critic. today's the day so what point is there in worrying now..and i also like your tip about exercising..it releases endorphins which make you happy and you will automatically feel better about yourself! i'm going to get in a short 30 minute jog before i get ready for my v-day date tonight and i know it will boost my confidence!
nicachica nicachica 8 years
omg, i thought those were the model's legs, not her backside!!!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
Haha desodaro!
desodaro desodaro 8 years
The person in that pic has noooooo booty at all, I bet her inner critic is contemplating the J-Lo implants.
rumpel2 rumpel2 8 years
i dont really have an inner critic...i pretty much always feel confident...yahoo! Skin Diva - i agree with u one hundred per cent!
SugarCat SugarCat 8 years
Great stuff, bella! :)
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 8 years
Funny post...great tips!
katie_c katie_c 8 years
good stuff. and i second bella's suggestion about not looking in fashion magazine. that's one of the best ways to shut your inner critic up: don't give her anything to work with, just you. :-) happy naked!
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Great tips!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I hear you on the inner critic bit. Shutting her up is a lot easier said than done, and I don't think it's something that just goes away. But here are a few things I do when I start getting down on myself: - Exercise. I hate exercising (FitSugar would be horrified) but if I go play some soccer or just take a walk, I'm reminded of the great things my body does for me. - Do not look at fashion magazines. Seriously, they will make you feel bad about yourself. I love fashion, but when my inner critic comes out, I know better than to look through a magazine with images of "perfect" women. (They don't even look like that.) - Imagine yourself as a 12-year-old girl. Would you ever tell a 12-year-old that she's too fat, too skinny, or anything else so critical? Probably not. So why do it to yourself? Think of yourself as a 12-year-old who happens to have a few extra years on her. ;) I could go on and on, but these are some things that help me out. Maybe they'll help you too.
omilawd omilawd 8 years
It's comforting to know that everyone has an inner critic and wants them to shut up. I'm the same way!
pink-elephant pink-elephant 8 years
These are great! Sometimes I really wish my inner critic would shut up, I need my sanity back!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Fab tips.
Skin-Diva Skin-Diva 8 years
I always feel confident when I am freshly waxed.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
:rotfl: @ could you kidnap my inner critic!!! :rotfl: Great tips!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Awww! Thanks for the tips! I will be using them. ;)
sofi sofi 8 years
Yeah, can I get my inner critic drunk and just be quiet for a while? Thank goodness my hubby doesn't care much and is just happy to get some alone time with me (kids fast asleep!!!) Well, that's what he says, but I should make more of an effort for him. Maybe tomorrow-lol!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Awww I love being naked! Ask my boyfriend...whenever we are home alone I am naked! As soon as our guests leave, I whip off the clothes :P
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Could you kidnap my inner critic for me? :rotfl:
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