Last Updated on August 15, 2023 by Angela Vaz

Beauty is definitely subjective – I won’t deny it.

Some women have excellent facial symmetry, clear skin, or a certain body type that people consider to be beautiful.

And they may have qualities like confidence, intelligence, or kindness and you’ll find that you can’t get enough of them.

I’m talking about beauty that is like an inner light.

It’s so radiant that you’re drawn to this person the minute she enters the room.

Yes, some really lucky people are born with good looks.

But believe it or not, there are ways to become beautiful.

In this article, we are going to explore some of the key habits beautiful women practice daily so that you can embrace your unique beauty and double down on it.

This article is meant to inspire you, motivate you and perhaps give you a few ideas on how you can become more attractive.

Let’s dive in!

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1. Move a lot

move more

I always thought that diet and food helped people stay fit.

But diet is just 1 part of the equation.

You need to move in order to be healthy.

Our bodies are not meant to be sitting all day and it’s harder nowadays because most of us work on our laptops.

The more you move, the more flexible you become.

You also build muscle.

When you build muscle, your metabolism increases.

That’s why certain women are able to stay skinny even though they eat a lot.

They have more muscle-to-fat ratio so they need more calories to stay fit.

Metabolism is something you can control.

I’m not a fitness expert but after reading a lot and looking through so many Youtube tutorials, I’ve begun to see the difference it made in my health.

Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, boost your energy levels and improve your mood.

On days that I work out in the morning, I find my energy really high throughout the day.

I’m able to think more clearly and I can write more content.

I’ve noticed my skin clearing and getting better.

I noticed my skin becoming tighter and even my complexion has improved due to exercising regularly.

I know that a lot of women have PCOS now and regular exercise really helps with hormone balance too.

All of this movement actually makes you more radiant – no skincare in the world can compare to exercise.

regular exercise improves your skin and tone

Now if you don’t like exercising (join the club), then here are some tips that have worked for me.

  • Start small: Focus on just exercising for 5-10 minutes a day. And when you build that habit, increase that duration to 20 minutes and then 30. I would do this when I wanted to start lifting weights.
  • Experiment with different exercises: You’ll have to experiment with multiple types of exercises till you find one that you love. I like doing the 12-3-30 on the treadmill (it’s given me great results) and I also like lifting weights and dancing. Sometimes, I’ll shake it up.
  • Make it social: If you have a friend or neighbor nearby that wants to get fit, join a group together like Yoga or Zumba. Make it fun!
  • Track your progress: I like recording my fitness in a journal and noting how many minutes I worked out and also what food I eat. This may sound extreme, but this year I’ve really wanted to focus on my health – so I’ve found it to be effective.
  • Be kind to yourself: You miss a day or a week or a month? That’s okay, start again tomorrow. Keep getting back on the horse. Your consistency will reward you.

2. Drink water

drink water

It may sound so simple but there is a very good chance that you are dehydrated as we speak.

Water (something I’ve ignored for years) is actually a liquid elixir that can keep you looking young:

  • Water helps your skin: Drinking water keeps your skin hydrated which will reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Water helps you digest food: It helps keep your digestive system working well and promotes healthy bowel movements.
  • Water improves your mood: Dehydration leads to tiredness and headaches. Drinking enough water will actually help you focus better and elevate your mood!
  • Water clears your skin and prevents kidney damage: Drinking water helps flush the toxins and waste from your body (improving acne) and also prevents kidney stones.
  • Water helps your heart stay healthy: Staying hydrated can also help you maintain good and healthy blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease.

When your body is dehydrated, your body will actually age faster. It loses moisture from the skin and this can cause dryness and wrinkles.

Your skin requires hydration to maintain its elasticity and function properly.

Dehydration also leads to a decrease in collagen production.

Collagen is a protein that helps maintain the structure of your skin and keeps it looking firm and youthful.

Dehydration can also cause sagging skin.

Additionally, it can contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress – these processes damage skin cells and accelerate the aging process.

I’m telling you all of this because I never thought that water was important.

When I increased my overall water intake and decreased my alcohol intake, I saw a huge improvement in my skin and activity.

My body is so active now as compared to before when I was dehydrated.

If you have to have 1 takeaway from this article, let it be water.

Stay hydrated and you’ll see a huge difference in your skin, your mood, and your overall stamina.

your skin will improve with hydration

Drink plenty of water – and cut out all the other stuff like soda, excessive coffee and alcohol, and sugary drinks.

Your body needs water in its purest form.

3. Eat whole foods

eat whole foods

I’ve grown up on a lot of junk foods and back in the 90s, healthy food wasn’t a norm among kids.

I feasted on chocolates and chips like there was no tomorrow.

But all that junk food took a toll on me when I hit 30.

I noticed that my metabolism had slowed down and I could no longer eat how much I wanted without it slowing me down the next day.

I’d feel strangely dehydrated and lethargic if I ate too many salty snacks and I was constantly hungry because my snacks were so unfulfilling.

Overall, improving your eating habits will have a huge positive impact on your health and your looks.

Here are some tips to help you improve your eating habits:

  • Plan your meals: I plan my meals because food is important to me. I like to prep or prepare my meals in advance -this helps me avoid takeout.
  • Eat a variety of whole foods: Try to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats in your diet.
  • Switch junk food for healthier alternatives: I switched cereal with healthier granola (it’s got chocolate chips and frozen banana slices along with oat clusters). I replaced bacon with an omelet with mushrooms and the works.
  • Eat high-volume foods: I put the veggies on my plate first and then add my rice and protein. This helps me eat more vegetables. And veggies are good for you!
  • Avoid distractions: Be mindful when eating – this way you can stop when you are full and you’ll appreciate every mouthful.
  • Cook at home: Switching from takeout to homemade food is what contributed to my losing weight the most. Outside food packs on a lot of calories because restaurants use a lot of oil, butter, and salt when cooking – this is really not good for you.

If you are used to eating take out every day like I was, and switch slowly.

Cook 2 meals at home a week. Slowly increase it to 5 and so on.

Nothing happens in a day.

We didn’t get unhealthy in a day, it happened over time.

So when you try to get healthy, expect it to be a lot slower.

The more vegetables and whole foods you eat, the more radiant and beautiful your skin will look.

the better you eat, the better you feel

You’ll also feel less bloated, more energetic and just overall so much better!

Even your hair will become healthier and more glossy.

4. Invest in good skincare

invest in good skincare

I started taking care of my skin when I hit 30. Until then, I didn’t really pay any attention to my skin.

I do feel that skin is very important when it comes to natural beauty. If you have good skin, you can avoid makeup altogether.

But here’s how you go about it:

  • Determine your skin type: Understanding your skin type (oily, dry, combination, sensitive) will help you understand more about what your skin needs and what you need to avoid.
  • Cleanse your skin: Always use a gentle cleanser (no matter what your skin type) and double cleanse with an oil cleanser first if you wear makeup and sunscreen.
  • Moisturize: It doesn’t matter if your skin is oily, moisturize. Moisturizing will help your skin remain hydrated and soft.
  • Always wear SPF: Even if you stay inside the house, please wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30+ even on cloudy days.
  • Drink water: As I’ve highlighted before, water is what will keep your skin hydrated and looking young.
  • Get professional help: If you have hyperpigmentation or acne, get professional help. For years, I neglected my acne and now I’ve finally started getting treatment for it. I wish I’d done it sooner.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol: If you really want to look younger, quit alcohol or smoking completely. It ruins your skin and contributes to premature aging.

When you take good care of your skin, you can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even improve your skin’s texture and tone – all of this is going to make your skin look more smooth and radiant.

good skin habits will make your skin flawless and radiant

This is one of the most important habits of beautiful women.

5. Be curious and open-minded

be more curious and open minded

I recently saw this study that intelligence actually changes your facial features and makes you more attractive.

That article shows you how a person’s features change when they become more intelligent, read a lot, and are constantly learning.

People who are more intelligent have a thinner chin and a larger prolonged nose. I’ve noticed that when you read a lot or constantly think, your facial features actually evolve.

I’ve noticed this among people I know and love.

Here are a few ways to become more intelligent and open-minded:

  • Change your mindset: By adopting a growth mindset, you can become more open to learning and exploring new ideas.
  • Ask questions: Be curious. When you don’t know the answer to something, ask. Look it up. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about things that interest you or things you don’t understand. This will help you learn more things and develop new ideas.
  • Read more: Reading is the best way to expose yourself to new ideas. Try reading all kinds of books till you find the ones you love. Read anything and everything. Join Goodreads so that you can see what other people are reading and be inspired to pick up more books! This year, I want to read 60 books. Setting challenges each year on Goodreads is a fun way to hit your reading goals!
  • Travel: This is something I learned very late in life. Traveling to new places will broaden your perspectives and expose you to new cultures, beliefs, and ways of life. If you can’t travel, just explore your town or city. Go to new restaurants or museums – take walks in your city. It will really help you become more open-minded
  • Practice kindness: When I started a meet-up group (I talk about this in my post on making friends at the age of 30), I started understanding that my way of living was just 1 way of living. Everyone comes from different backgrounds and has different cultures. It’s so important to be open to new perspectives and listen to others’ ideas and opinions.

If reading books or traveling is too far-fetched, start small. Listen to little podcasts, or read articles on Medium. Watch Youtube videos.

Take a class on Skillshare or Domestika.

6. Get enough sleep

get good sleep

I think as people who mostly follow the hustle culture, we believe less rest means more productivity.

But sleep deprivation in fact slows a person down.

All my life, I was perfectly okay with 4-6 hours of sleep – but as I grew up, I realized that it wasn’t enough – my body needed so much more.

Here are just some of the ways sleep can improve your life:

  • Boosts your immune system: Sleep actually helps support your immune system and your body repairs itself while you sleep – this will protect you from illness and disease.
  • Enhances memory and cognitive function: During sleep, your brain consolidates and processes your memories – this improves your cognitive function and decision-making. You basically become more intelligent and process things better.
  • Improves mood and stress: Every notice how on days you get less sleep, you’re moodier and more anxious or irritated? Sleep reduces your stress, so you must get your 8 hours every day.
  • Helps to maintain a healthy weight: This is the first thing I learned on my fitness journey. Sleep helps to regulate the hormones that control hunger and appetite – this actually prevents you from overeating and putting on weight.
  • Boosts physical performance: While you sleep, your body repairs and regenerates muscles and tissues – this helps improve your physical strength and performance!

Even your skin and hair improve while you sleep – so it’s vital for adults to aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every single night.

7. Practice good posture

practice good posture

Honestly, this is still something I’m working on.

This seems so simple, yet so many people ignore their poor posture.

Whether you are lying down, standing, or sitting, you need to practice good posture because having a good posture:

  • Reduces strain on muscles and joints: When you have a good posture, you evenly distribute your weight throughout your body.
  • Your breathing becomes better: Good posture allows for your lungs and diaphragm to function properly, promoting better circulation.
  • Enhances your physical appearance: This post is about beauty, so yes, good posture actually improves your overall appearance of the body, making you look taller, slimmer, and way more confident. There are many photos online of people slouching and sitting straight – the difference is enormous!
  • Improves digestion: Good posture can also help you better digest your food because it allows the organs to function correctly.
  • Reduces your risk of injury: This is the main reason I am trying to correct my posture – good posture will help you reduce the risk of injury because it ensures that your body is aligned correctly and not putting unnecessary stress on your muscles and joints.

But I found a great 10-minute exercise on Youtube that so many people have used to improve their posture – please save this video and try it daily if you’re like me and have a hunchback.


And that brings us to the end of this post.

I hope you enjoyed this article on the habits of women who are beautiful. Do you feel I missed something? Or does someone in your life inspire you and you’ve discovered they have a unique routine?

Let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking to update my knowledge.

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Angela is a 30 year old Illustrator and Blogger living with her 2 adorable labradors in Bangalore, India. She has a degree in Psychology and Human Relationships from the University of Toronto. When she's not writing her heart out or drawing, you'll find her sipping chai and reading non-fiction books.

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