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How to Get Your Sexy Back

Sexiness isn't something you just turn on and off. You have to cultivate it, get in touch with your body. Once you tap in to your sensuality, a great sex life -- and a positive new outlook -- are just around the corner.

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18. Hit the spa. Get a manicure, pedicure, or bikini wax (or all three if you've got the time and money). "If I go for too long without these minor beauty treatments, I can literally feel my sexiness waning," says Kimberly Elloie, from Atlanta. Taking care of yourself boosts your confidence — plus, having someone pamper you and make you feel pretty can remind you that, heck yeah, you're worth it, hot mama.

19. Illuminate your nights. Light a scented candle in your den or break out those candlesticks for dinner. Candlelight casts a warm, cozy glow over everything and everyone in the room and is so much more flattering than harsh lightbulbs. You will literally and figuratively see yourself in a new light.

20. Strike a pose. A recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who regularly practiced yoga felt sexier. Researchers say it could be because yoga forges a stronger mind-body connection through meditation and creates self-confidence, which can lead to feeling more romantic.

21. Create a bathing ritual. Once a week (or more, if you're lucky), light candles, run a bath, add a foaming bath gel, and submerge yourself in a warm tub. "Sure, it's a cliché," says Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., the author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. "But it works." There's nothing like warm suds on your naked body to pump up the sensuality factor and remind yourself how important it is to take time to reconnect with you. So what are you waiting for? Go fill up the tub....

 

Originally published on February 16, 2010

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