Who doesn’t love a good glow up? I know that whenever I see someone’s glow up pictures, I’m filled with inspiration to better myself, which is why I decided to make this challenge.
In this 30 day glow up challenge there will be one new goal everyday that will help you improve your physical appearance, physical health, or mental health.
And don’t worry, I understand that not all these goals are attainable for everyone, be it because of illness, disability, dietary requirements, or just life getting in the way (hey, it happens), so you will receive no judgement from me for deciding to skip some of the goals.
With that said, let’s jump straight into the challenge!
The first week of this challenge will be about developing healthy habits, with a couple of special treats at the end!
Day 1: Replace all soft drinks (pop/soda) with water
Soft drinks, energy drinks, pop, soda, whatever you want to call it, tend to be really bad contributors to acne. Water, on the other hand, tends to improve the appearance of the skin and the health of the body, so replacing any soft drinks you have with water, will help you develop a healthier habit.
Day 2: Exercise for 30 minutes for at least 5 days each week
Yes, walking does count as exercise, so if other things don’t appeal to you, try walking around for 30 minutes.
Day 3: Begin to write in a journal everyday
Writing in a journal everyday will help you keep track of things you need to do, what you’ve accomplished, how you’re feeling, etc. It’s also really relaxing! And if writing out lengthy paragraphs about your day doesn’t interest you, then consider going with something simpler, like some bullet journal trackers.
Day 4: Massage your scalp daily
Massaging your scalp increases blood flow, which will help your hair grow longer and healthier, and it helps relieve stress and tension.
Day 5: Massage your face daily
You can massage your face by lightly tapping your skin with the tips of your fingers. Doing so helps relieve stress, and also makes the skin look healthier and more evenly pigmented. Just make sure that your hands are clean before touching your face.
Day 6: Find a new hairstyle to try out
If you’re like me, you tend to wear your hair in only one or two styles. Well, now it’s time to branch out and try something new! Even if you end up disliking your new hairstyle, at least you gave it a fair try.
Day 7: Take a relaxing bath
Taking a hot, relaxing bath is a good way to ease your stress, and cleanse your body. To make things super relaxing, try Epsom salts, an essential oil of your choice (I love rosemary oil), scented candles, and relaxing music.
The second week of this challenge, is mostly about improving the health and appearance of the face, however there are a couple of other goals in here to help mix things up.
Day 8: Don’t touch your face
I have a habit of touching my face throughout the day, and I always notice that when I’ve been touching my face a lot, I soon get breakouts. So, I’ve been trying my best to break this habit, and only touching my face when my hands are clean and for a specific purpose (such as a face massage).
Day 9: Exfoliate once per week
Exfoliating helps remove dead skin, old makeup, and unclogs pores, and it will leave your face feeling so much cleaner and softer. Just don’t exfoliate too often, instead keep it to around once a week.
Day 10: Replace coffee with green tea
Maybe it’s just me, but coffee makes me feel anxious and jumpy just as often as not, which is why I’ve switched over to green tea whenever I need a pick me up. It’s much more calming, and tastier too.
Day 11: Moisturize your face after each wash
Washing your face strips it of its oils, so then your body wants to send a bunch more oil to your face to prevent the skin from drying out. When this happens to me, it tends to worsen any breakouts I’m having.
I’ve started moisturizing right after I’ve washed my face, and I’ve noticed that I get fewer breakouts now.
Day 12: Spend at least 10 minutes outside everyday
Fresh air is very important to both our physical and mental health, so try to spend at least 10 minutes outside everyday.
Day 13: Put on lip balm before going to bed
Don’t you just hate the feeling of waking up with dry, chapped lips? Putting on lip balm right before you go to bed will help keep your lips smooth and soft.
Day 14: Do a face mask
Now that you’ve reached the end of the second week, it’s time to do something special: a face mask! There are tons of different face masks out there, many of which are DIYs, so go with either a tried and true favorite, or try something new.
This week is mostly about getting different parts of your life together, so that you look and feel like you’re in control and organized.
Day 15: Drink at least 8 cups of water each day
As I mentioned before, staying hydrated helps prevent acne, so make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Day 16: Clean your room
Cleaning your room will help lower your stress levels, and will give your room a bit of a glow up!
Day 17: Organize your closet
Having an organized closet will make it ten times easier for you to choose a cute outfit. You’ll also be able to get rid of the pieces that don’t fit or flatter you, and you might even discover a piece of clothing that you forgot about.
Day 18: Find things to be grateful for each day
Finding things to be grateful for each day will really help boost your mood and mental well-being over time.
Day 19: Find a signature scent
I don’t know if anything’s quite as nice as finding a signature scent that suits you and your personality.
Day 20: Plan out a few go-to outfits
We all have those days where we’d like nothing more than to just wear sweats all day, but that’s pretty much admitting defeat. To avoid this, plan out some comfortable and simple outfits that you can wear whenever you want.
Day 21: Find your signature makeup look
Finding a signature makeup look really makes you look put together, and it also makes putting on makeup a lot faster.
Week 4 is about replacing bad habits with good ones, but they will be challenging. Don’t feel bad if you mess up, and just keep trying.
Day 22: Replace junk food with fruits and veggies
Replacing junk food with a healthier alternative, such as fruits or vegetables, will help you feel more energized, satisfied, and healthier. If you’re craving something sweet go for a fruit, and if you’re craving something salty or savory, try some cooked veggies instead reaching for the chips.
Day 23: Change negative thoughts into positive ones
Changing negative thoughts into positive ones will be difficult, and it will take a lot of time and effort. But every time you catch yourself thinking something bad, like making a judgement about another person or complaining about a situation, try to find a positive thing to think about that person/place/situation/thing.
Day 24: Stop procrastinating
This will probably be the most difficult habit for me to break, but I hate procrastinating. It always makes me feel stressed out and bad about myself at the end of the day, so I think that it’s a habit to get rid of.
Day 25: Change self-deprecating thoughts into ones of self-love
Whenever you catch yourself thinking a negative thought about yourself, either change that thought into something positive, or find something to compliment yourself on. It’ll help make you feel happier in the long run!
Day 26: Use Vaseline to condition your eyelashes and eyebrows
Since this week has been filled with some difficult goals, here’s an easier one:
Try using Vaseline (or coconut oil, castor oil, or a moisturizer of choice) to condition your eyelashes and eyebrows. It’ll make them grow longer and healthier, and give them some reprieve from any makeup you’ve been wearing.
Day 27: Learn how to make healthy meals + snacks
Learning how to make healthy meals and snacks will make it so much easier to avoid junk food. It’s also a great life skill to have!
Day 28: Spend some time with friends or family
It’s important to spend time with those that you love, so try to find some time with your friends or family on a regular basis. It’ll make you feel happier and loved.
We’re almost at the end of this challenge, so here are a couple of things to elevate your look.
Day 29: Take care of any split ends in your hair
You don’t have to take off a ton of hair to remove split ends. If a trim doesn’t interest you, instead try asking your hairdresser for a ‘dusting’. Or you can do it yourself by taking some hair scissors and snipping off the split ends just above where they’ve split.
Day 30: Manicure + pedicure
Even if you don’t wear nail polish, you can still give yourself a manicure + pedicure, and take care of any dead or cracked skin, chipped or broken nails, etc.
And that’s the end of the 30 day glow up challenge! To help you remember each goal, here’s a chart that you can download and print out:
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