This post was originally published in May 2021. Updated in September 2022.
Glow Up Challenge
Have you looked in the mirror lately and found yourself looking tired? Your hair looks super damaged and unhealthy and your skin is dull or breaking out! Obviously, this means that you don’t dedicate enough time to yourself.
What you need to do is to challenge yourself to glow up again. The glow-up challenge is all about Following a few simple steps for 30 days so you could feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Not sure what are the right steps to follow? Well. Don’t worry I already created the glow-up challenge list for you. Also, I asked experts to tell us the right and best glow up tips based on their experience so you would know how to take good care of yourself.
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How Much Does It Take To Glow Up?
It often takes some time to look and feel healthier and better again. But if you follow the steps I included below, you will see results in less than 30 days.
All you need is to make some lifestyle changes and add new steps to your hair and skincare routine. Then you will start to notice the difference and you’ll feel more satisfied. This 30-day glow-up challenge can really change you in a good way!
How To Complete The Glow Up Challenge If You’re Super Busy?
First of all, you aren’t going to take hours of your busy schedule to follow the steps. Also, you don’t have to do the list daily, some steps should be done every other day.
You will just have to cut some unhealthy habits of your life like eating junk food, not getting enough sleep, or wearing makeup all day long.
You’re going to replace these unhealthy habits with healthy ones and add a few more steps to your routine which will help you glow up naturally.
What Are The Benefits That You Will Gain From The Glow Up Challenge?
While doing the glow-up challenge, you will start to feel that your body, hair, and skin become much better. Then after completing the challenge, you will:
- Be in a better mood.
- Feel healthier.
- Lose some weight by following healthy lifestyle habits.
- Look more beautiful.
- Increase your energy levels.
- Have healthy hair.
- Have glowing skin.
- Push away your negative feelings.
- Boost your fitness levels.
After I show you the benefits of doing the glow-up challenge, I bet you are now curious and wanna know more about the challenge. So Let’s jump straight into the Glow-Up challenge steps:
The Right Glow Up Challenge Steps:
I split the glow-up challenge into three sections. You can consider every section as a guide that contains in-depth details so you can get all the information that you need. These details can help you understand what is good for your body, hair, and skin so you could develop healthy habits.
1- Stay Hydrated
Drinking enough water per day is not something you have to think twice about. Water is what makes your body digest, breathe, and perform other vital functions that sustain life.
We do lose water as we breathe, exercise, pee, and sweat. So to replenish this loss, you need to drink water and consume food that is rich in water every day.
Water is something that can help you glow up in just one day.
According to the Mayo Clinic, The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine revealed that men should consume about 3.7 liters of fluids per day. And women should drink about 2.7 liters of fluids per day.
If you’re not sure how to calculate your ideal daily water intake, Check out this link.
Also, drinking enough water keep your skin and nails healthy. So to stay hydrated during the day even if you have a busy schedule or don’t like to drink water, Follow Tara Coleman tips:
2- Add more Vegetables And Fruit To Your Diet
Vegetables and fruit are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals which help nourish your body, skin, and hair. Adding them to your diet is essential especially if you have skin disorders like rosacea.
They are low in calories so they can help you maintain healthy body weight. Also, some vegetables and fruit like broccoli, spinach, citrus fruit, and kiwi can help boost the immune system to fight off infections.
Plus, vegetables, leafy greens, and fruits have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation, boost skin and body health, and increase collagen production.
If you’re not eating enough vegetables and fruit daily and wanna know where to start, you can add them to your daily smoothie or try Tara Coleman’s advice:
3- Stop Eating Processed Food
If you wanna glow up in one month or even in a week, you need to cut out processed food. The worst thing you could do to your body is to eat processed food.
Processed food is high in calories which can make you gain weight. You will end up consuming high amounts of sugar, salt, or fat without even knowing it. So you should always avoid eating processed food as much as you can.
Here’s what you can do to stay away from processed food:
4- Cut Out Sugar
Consuming added sugar is another unhealthy habit that has a direct negative impact on your overall health.
It’s best to consider reducing your sugar intake to keep your body healthy.
I know it’s not easy to curb your sugar cravings but Vanessa Barthelmes tells us what she does:
5- Reduce salt intake
Eating food that contains too much salt is one of the most unhealthy habits that people usually have.
So you should consider reducing your salt intake to stay healthy.
Sally Wade shares with us some easy tips you can follow to reduce your salt intake:
6- Do Cardio Exercise
The American Heart Association recommends doing at least 150 minutes a week of cardio exercise to improve your overall health.
Doing cardio on a regular basis can improve heart health and help you sleep better.
You will also be able to burn more calories and improve your metabolism which helps you to stay in shape.
So What is the best cardio exercise that you should do?
I asked Hugh JN Bethell that question And He said:
7- Build Muscle
One of the top steps that you should consider adding to your summer glow up checklist is to build muscle.
When you gain muscle, you will also increase your metabolic rate and become stronger which makes everyday activities easier.
A study showed that combining cardio activities with strength workouts is the best way to stay in a good shape.
You should know also that there are some wrong practices that could make you lose muscle:
8- Get Rid Of Belly Fat
If you have excess belly fat, you should consider getting rid of it immediately.
What makes belly fat super harmful is it accumulates around your organs.
Belly fat makes your body weak and more vulnerable to health problems as it affects your metabolism.
The support team from diyactive.com tells us the best practices to lose belly fat And what to do to keep your abs shredded:
9- Go For A Walk
Going for a walk daily offers many health benefits and reduces the risk of some chronic diseases.
But More importantly, walking for 30 minutes for 5 days a week can play a role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease by 19%.
Also, it helps clear your head and boost creativity.
So I included walking as part of the glow-up challenge as it can help improve your physical and mental health.
If you’re not sure What is the best time of the day to go for a walk and how to make it a habit? Here’s what Richard King suggests:
10- Sleep well
Several studies showed that poor sleep can lead to many health issues.
So to guarantee better sleep, follow Alex Dimitriu tips:
11- Change Your Pillowcase Regularly
Another important step in the glow-up challenge is to change your pillowcase with a clean one every couple of days. Seriously, It’s one of the top glow-up challenge rules, guys!
This helps keep your skin healthy as you will get rid of sweat, dead skin cells, and dirt.
Barbie Ritzman tells us the difference between pillowcase materials and what she recommends:
12- Remove Facial Hair
Facial hair is one of the most annoying things that you have to deal with to keep your face looking smooth and soft. Of course, you must have tried many ways to remove it effectively and with less pain.
Have you succeeded? If not… Let’s see what Richa Bhimani romrecommends to remove facial hair without pain:
14- Don’t Pop Pimples
Squeezing a pimple can does a hell of a lot more harm than good to your skin.
When you pop a pimple, you spread bacteria and pus to the surrounding pores in the area which leads to more pimples.
You will also slow the natural healing process and it could cause scarring.
So the best way to deal with pimples is to apply over-the-counter acne treatment medication to clear up your skin and keep pores unclogged.
Facial masks may also help you get rid of acne and keep skin looking healthy and radiant.
Here are also some helpful ways that you can follow to reduce pimples from forming:
15- Use Retinoid Cream
Another easy step in the glow-up challenge is to use retinoid cream.
Dr. Hannah Sivak explains How retinoid cream helps in skin tightening and reducing wrinkles in the long term and How it makes your skin look better:
16- Add Vitamin C To Your Skincare Routine
The glow-up challenge can’t be complete without adding vitamin C to your am skincare routine.
The human body doesn’t produce vitamin C so you need to add food that contains vitamin C to your diet like bell peppers and citrus fruit.
And use skincare products that contain vitamin C to reduce signs of aging.
Dr. Beth Goldstein explains how adding vitamin C serum to a skincare routine is effective:
I asked also Alissa Caillet the same question, Here’s what she said:
18- Apply Eye Cream
If you wanna the area around your eyes to be firm and supple, consider adding an eye cream to your routine.
It helps reduce puffiness and dark circles. It also nourishes the under-eye area and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Good eye cream helps hydrate the thin area around your eyes and prevent irritation or inflammation.
To get the most of any eye cream, you should first know the key ingredients you should look for in a good eye cream:
19- Moisturize Your Face
Moisturizing regularly is the key to healthy-looking skin.
Studies showed that people who use moisturizers on a regular basis develop wrinkles less than people who don’t moisturize their skin.
Applying moisturizers can also keep your skin smooth and even out any existing blemishes.
I asked Christin Birckhead, Why is it important to moisturize your face before applying makeup? Here’s what she said:
Also, I asked Kimberly Tan, How can moisturizing your face help prevent acne? How often should you moisturize your face each day? She explained:
20- Massage Your face Every Day
Face massage aids in stimulating healthy skin and relaxing your face muscles.
Not sure where to start…? Theodora Ntovas shares with us the benefits of facial massage, types of facial massage, and the best techniques to do it right:
21- Shape Your Eyebrows
Shaping your eyebrows can change your appearance totally and enhance your unique facial features.
Also, it defines your eyes and brings out your overall beauty.
Another cool benefit of shaping your eyebrows is it can draw attention away from the center of your face.
So if you have a big nose, shaping your brows and filling the bold spots can divert attention away from your nose.
Tymia Yvette tells us the top tricks to shape and fill eyebrows like a pro:
22- Scrub Your Lips
Another easy step in the glow-up challenge is to keep your lips soft by scrubbing your lips regularly.
It helps reduce those annoying flakes of dry skin. And it also promotes the growth of new skin cells which leads to smooth lips.
A Lip scrub makes your lips look full and hydrated.
So if you’re not sure How often you should exfoliate your lips and what is the best natural DIY scrub to try, Here’s what Cassandra McClure recommends:
23- Apply Lip Balm To Your Lips
Adding lip balm to your skincare routine is something you shouldn’t think twice about.
Lip balm moisturizes your lips and protects them from dust, wind, and cold temperature. It also reduces the pain caused by dry and chapped lips.
It’s highly recommended to use a lip balm with SPF before going out in the sun to protect your sensitive lips and maintain their moisture.
Allison Cohen shares with us her routine to keep her lips smooth:
24- Don’t Skip Sunscreen
The most efficient tip that any dermatologist or esthetician recommends is to apply sunscreen to your skin before sun exposure. Sunscreen is the main key to healthy and young-looking skin, especially for those with so sensitive skin.
You should apply sunscreen to your whole face, neck, and the chest area too if it’s not covered as it’s super fragile and delicate. Also, don’t forget the area behind your ears!
Dr. Cynthia Bailey tells us why you should never skip sunscreen:
25- Experiment With Makeup To Find The Best Look
If you’re a complete newbie to the world of makeup, you will need to learn how to apply makeup products like bronzer, eyeshadow, primer, foundation, concealer, blush, or even lipstick right to your skin. You should also find out what fits you the most and use a setting spray after applying makeup to keep your makeup stay put all day.
experimenting with makeup is the key that will eventually help you find the best look, Here’s what Jame Jackson thinks:
26- Clean Your Makeup Brushes Regularly
Do you love to wear makeup daily? Are you a makeup lover? Then you know that cleaning your makeup brushes is a must.
Wearing makeup with unclean brushes can bring on dirt, makeup residue, dust, and dead skin cells directly to your face.
Also, using unclean brushes will make your makeup look smudgy while using clean brushes prevent the products from getting mixed.
If you’re not sure what to use to clean your makeup brushes and how often should you clean them, Shara Strand tells us what she does:
27- Don’t Go To Bed With Your Makeup On
Removing makeup before sleep is one of the crucial steps of the glow-up challenge.
It’s super unhealthy to go to bed with your makeup on as this can lead to premature aging.
Wearing makeup all day can clog pores, and trap dust and other pollutants inside your skin which will cause skin problems like acne, dull skin, and puffy eyes.
This can also increase free radicals production and collagen degradation which means new fine lines and wrinkles.
So wanna know how to cleanse your face right?
Niharika Verma shares with us her routine to remove every last bit of makeup:
28- Keep Your Phone Clean
Many people are not aware of the fact that germs and viruses live on phones.
When you put your phone up to your ear, it comes in contact with your skin so if your phone is unclean, it may cause skin problems like breakouts.
So you need to clean your phone to avoid skin problems.
Madeleine Spencer explains how she cleans her phone and why she cleans it all the time:
29- Consult A Dermatologist If You Have A Skin Condition
If you have a skin disorder, you should visit your dermatologist on a regular basis to keep your condition under control.
Also, if you suffer from a skin condition like Rosacea or recurring acne, you’ll need to check with your doctor repeatedly.
Your dermatologist will tell you how to deal with your condition and the best medications that can help.
Dr. Cynthia Bailey tells us how to deal with Rosacea and reduce acne:
30- Apply A good Hair Mask
Adding hair masks to your hair care routine is essential as it protects your hair from damage and keeps its moisture.
This helps to keep your hair healthy, repair the damage, and strengthen it.
The best part is you can make your own hair mask at home and it will cost you almost nothing.
You will add only natural ingredients that you know they suit your hair type the most. Homemade hair masks that actually work contain organic beneficial ingredients like aloe vera gel, coconut oil, rosewater, olive oil, ashwagandha oil, vitamin E oil, moringa oil, ghee, vitamin B7, almond oil, avocados..etc
But also there are some hair masks that can suit all hair types like rice water, Check out how to use it.
Shipra Taneja shares with us her experience with natural hair masks and the best DIY homemade hair mask she strongly recommends:
31- Maintain A healthy Scalp
This one is a major step in the glow-up challenge. Keeping the scalp healthy is the key to having shiny healthy-looking hair.
These conditions can weaken your hair and cause irritation and inflammation.
So you should always be aware of your scalp’s health especially if you’re a new mum. Also, you should learn to maintain its health to guarantee the best look.
Dr. Sanusi Umar explains How to keep the scalp healthy and how to reduce hair loss and scalp problems like dandruff:
32- How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
Dr. Ismail Ughratdar answers this question in detail:
33- Learn How To Wash Your Hair Properly
Another helpful tip is to learn how to wash your hair the right way to keep your scalp and hair clean.
Not sure how to cleanse hair well? And why you should wash it properly?
Courtney Foster answers those questions:
34- Pick Shampoo Suits Your Hair Type
I asked Dr. Jeff Donovan, What are the key ingredients that you should look for in shampoo to keep hair healthy and reduce hair loss?
Here’s what he said:
35- Avoid Using Dry Shampoo Regularly
Using dry shampoo when you don’t have enough time to wash your hair helps make it look better and smell good.
It removes oils and grease and adds volume to hair.
You can also make a DIY dry shampoo at home which will be chemical-free and affordable.
But is it healthy to apply dry shampoo to your hair a lot? Can it cause any scalp problems?
I asked Wendy Iles if she recommends it, she said:
36- Don’t Skip Conditioner
The key to keeping your hair moisturized and healthy is to apply conditioner after shampooing your hair.
Conditioner smooths the hair and maintains its health. You can make your own conditioner at home or find a good one at your local drug store.
It’s recommended to use a product that contains natural ingredients.
Also, it’s super important to know how to choose the right conditioner and how to use it.
Margarite will guide us through the process easily:
Also, Kenneth Byrd tells us the best DIY homemade conditioner recipe that he recommends:
37- Give Yourself A Scalp Massage
Giving yourself a scalp massage improves blood circulation which leads to a healthy scalp and hair.
Mike Van Den Abbeel shares with us how scalp massages can benefit your hair health and his recommendations to keep the scalp healthy:
38- Handle Your Hair Gently
When your hair gets wet, it’s at its weakest which makes hair easier to damage.
So treating your hair gently when it’s wet is super important.
This helps maintain its health and reduce breakage.
Not sure how to handle your hair right? Here’s what you should do:
Carmen Torres tells us about her routine to dry hair gently and the towel material that she uses:
Also, Pallavi Juneja shares with us how she handles her hair when it’s wet and the towel material she loves to use:
39- Comb Your Hair
Again your hair is super fragile when it’s wet so you should be super gentle when you’re styling it.
The question is what you should use to detangle and style your hair without pulling out or breaking it!
I asked Wendy Iles If she recommends brushing or combing hair when it’s wet.
Here’s what said:
To style wet hair without damaging or breaking it, start by detangling your hair from the ends of it to the roots. You can also run your fingers through your hair to work out knots.
40- Pick Hair Ties & Clips That Won’t Cause Hair Damage
Hair ties and clips are playing a major role in keeping your hair healthy and frizz-free.
There are many different hair tie materials and hair clips available in the market.
But the question is how to choose the best one that won’t pull out hair or put stress on it.
Kenneth Byrd tells us the best hair clip that suits curly hair:
42- Cut Split Ends
There are infinite factors that can cause split ends. Environmental factors, using hair dryers regularly, and brushing, straightening, or curling hair can lead to split ends.
To reduce split ends and keep your hair looking healthy, use natural hair care products, avoid using hair styling tools a lot, and get regular trims ( about every six weeks ).
Some women prefer to visit the hair salon to cut split ends while others trim their own hair at home.
But the question is, Are both ways right?
I asked Chinwe Juliet if she recommends trimming split ends at home or professionally at a hair salon:
43- Wearing Hair Extensions? Are They A Good Idea?
I’ve always believed wearing hair extensions is something I should never think about.
Hair extensions could damage hair, cause hair loss, and ruin any hair care routine, especially if you’re wearing them for a long time.
Is that true?
Can they really damage your hair?
Is Wearing Hair Extensions For Too Long Can Ruin Any Hair Care Routine?
Well. To answer those questions, you’ll need an expert opinion as he would know better.
Frankie Sanderson answers those questions in detail:
44- Relieve Stress And Anxiety
So managing stress and anxiety is a crucial step in the glow-up challenge as they have a direct impact on your physical appearance and mental health.
Poppy Cross tells us the best practices that she recommends to relieve anxiety and reduce stress:
Challenging yourself to do something different is super healthy and beneficial. The steps of the glow-up challenge can help you feel better again especially if you have a busy schedule. Try out the steps that I included for 30 days and you’ll notice the changes. Trust me you won’t waste your time or regret it as they are the key to healthy glowing skin, body, and hair.