Make 2011 Your Sexiest Year Yet!
Day 1: Six Ways to Feel INSTANTLY Sexier
Excerpted from ‘Look Better Naked’ by Michele Promaulayko, Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief.
-The Betty Editors
Welcome to DAY 1 of your SEXIEST year ever! We’re thrilled to kick off the new year with this series of fab tips from Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko. Enjoy! And Happy New Year!
In order to feel more self-assured, attractive, and sexy in your own (bare) skin, you’re going to need to spend time doing things unclothed—besides just showering and having sex. I’m not suggesting anything extreme, just an assortment of activities to do, designed to gently nudge you out of your covered-up comfort zone.
1. Take a Bath
If you’re like most people, you don’t spend much more than 8 to 10 minutes in the shower. Bathing in the tub will help you to slow down your ablutions and will give you the perfect opportunity to become better acquainted with your body all over again.
2. Share Dinner in the Nude
Next to sex, eating is the most sensual thing we do. It engages every sense—even hearing, as we crunch into a crisp apple, say, or sip a spoonful of soup. A romantic dinner is often the prelude to lovemaking. It sustains us and is vital to our very well-being. And yet, we almost always do it clothed—for obvious reasons, of course. But, for the purposes of becoming more comfortable in the nude, there’s much to be said for pairing nakedness with a delicious meal.
3. Snooze in the Nude
Leaving your pj’s in the drawer for a night is a worthy experience. But to get the most out of your naked 8 hours, don’t just climb into bed, strip under the covers, and go straight to sleep. Spend some time experiencing the sensation of being sans nightie before you doze off. If you like the way your sheets make you feel, splurge on a new set that has a higher thread count than you’re used to and make it a regular thing.
4. Get a Massage
This step is a way to “practice” being nude by spending time in an environment where it’s okay. The most important thing to remember if you’re squeamish is this: The therapist will not be judging you in any way. “I’ve had people apologize for not shaving their legs,” says MK Brennan, past president of the American Massage Therapy Association. “Believe me, the massage therapist will be focused only on what’s going on underneath your skin: the musculature and any tense areas that might need extra attention.”
5. Get Fitted for Sexy Lingerie
Like a massage therapist, a professional lingerie fitter will take an objective view of your body. Unlike a massage therapist, she’ll go over with you what she sees as she measures you and evaluates the items you try on. Pay attention to what she says: She sees dozens of nearly nude bodies every day, and her reactions to yours will underscore just how normal it is—and, more important, what your best assets are.
6. Take That Nude Photo
Besides giving you an opportunity to be naked in a situation where you would normally be clothed, being photographed naked will yield a souvenir that you can use as inspiration. Even so, it should be as flattering as possible: The idea is to provide a sense of pride and possibility. Stick to black and white–it’s less distracting than color, and you’ll see fewer irregularities in skin tone–and use soft, diffused light to soften any lumps, bumps, or other imperfections on your skin.
Tune in tomorrow for our next great tip!
Excerpt adapted from Look Better Naked, by Michele Promaulayko. Get the six-week plan to your leanest, hottest body ever — buy the book at lookbetternakedbook.com.