It’s important to feel good about how you look naked, regardless of whether or not anyone else currently has the pleasure of seeing you in your birthday suit. Naturally, self-confidence is essential if you want to feel comfortable when you’re naked, but there are a few other things to keep in mind that will get you looking your best, undressed self.

Skin

The skin is the body’s largest organ and it’s crucial to regularly take care of it. Fun fact: the average person has 22 square feet of skin! One of the secrets to amazing looking skin: exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! It really can’t be stressed enough. A thorough exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells, stimulate new ones, keep skin smooth and fresh, as well as feeling soft. You can use a loofah, dry body brush, body scrub, Clarisonic brush, etc. Choose something that’s easy to add to your shower routine and stick to it.

Water

Drinking plenty of water flushes toxins, keeps you hydrated, and your skin looking supple. As if you need another reason to grab that water bottle, keep in mind that dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled. Need we say more?

Exercise

It goes without saying that regular exercise keeps your weight down, which in turn makes you feel more confident about your body. A good workout will not only give you an all-over glow, but will release feel-good chemicals such as endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine. The chemical surge makes your brain feel good, helping you to like what you see in the mirror.

Of course everyone has their favorite assets, whether that be your arms, legs, butt, or abs. Putting some work into having a sexy, toned core will give you a great boost of self-confidence and encouragement to show it off.

Bloating and Water Retention

The last thing on the planet you feel like doing if you are bloated or retaining water is get naked. It’s important to know which foods or liquids trigger these undesirable problems.

Bloating – here are the most common culprits: processed food, large volumes of simple carbohydrates, carbonated drinks, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, collard greens, cabbage), sugar substitutes, legumes, and fiber supplements. To relieve or prevent bloating, try cooked vegetables, garlic, tea, yogurt, water, and citrus fruits.

Water retention – a small amount of fluid retention is normal in women; however, sometimes it can become an unsightly problem. Women most commonly retain water in their feet, hands, and ankles. Fluid-filled ankles? You read that right. Not sexy. An excess of sodium is usually to blame. The biggest sodium sources are salt (contains 40% sodium), dairy, processed meat, and processed food. Dehydrating liquids such as alcohol, as well as caffeinated tea, cola, and coffee can also contribute to excess retention.

Go Bronze

There is something undeniably sexy about a tan that just makes you feel good. Of course we all know it’s not safe to bake in the sun. So you have to go to the next best (safest) thing. Using a bronzer or getting a spray tan hides small imperfections, evens out skin tone, camouflages cellulite, and gives your skin a sun-kissed glow.

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