YOUR SEXIEST 24 HOURS
build up your sex drive hour by hour for that hot date tonight.
When clothes are coming off at lightning speed, it can be hard to get your libido firing at the same pace as your partner’s. for women, arousal is a sequential process that starts in your mind, and it takes time to bring your body on board. But know this: a single sexy thought can be enough to send “get ready!” signals to your brain and nether regions, prompting desire and increasing vaginal lubrication, says gynecologist elizabeth poynor, md. tap into this effect from the minute your alarm goes off and you’ll build up your sex drive hour by hour— to the point that your body will be screaming for a release. use these tricks to gift your brain a lady boner so major, you’ll be raring to go by tonight’s hookup.
7 A.M. Lather Up
In the shower, use a wash containing an essential oil that primes you for getting down. For instance, studies show that lavender oil can lower stress (a total O-blocker) and jasmine oil can stimulate your entire body. Rub it on your skin using your hands to activate feelgood oxytocin. (We like L’occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel, P1,150, for its desire-boosting extracts.)
7:30 A.M. spritz on perfume
Specifically, a powdery one. Yes, really—the scent of baby powder can increase female arousal by 13 percent, per the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.
9 A.M. Banter With the Barista
Just thinking that your new coffee guy is flirting with you—whether or not it’s true—can turn you on, says Anthony Bogaert, PHD, a psychology professor at Brock University. Walk around like everyone wants you and it will have a cumulative effect.
11 A.M. peek at some sexy couples
Permission to take a work break granted. Do some photo recon on your phone of various Hollywood hotties in steamy movie scenes. Research shows that, unlike straight-identifying men, straight-identifying women can get all hot and bothered by erotic visuals featuring men with women, women with women, men with men…your body’s sexual response doesn’t judge!
12:30 P.M. skip the sandwich
“Carbs elevate blood sugar, which leads to a suppression of the hormone DHEA—AND when DHEA falls, sex drive declines with it,” says functional nutritionist Alisa Vitti, creator of Myflo, a period-and-hormone tracking app. Too many carbs can also lead to libido-killing bloat (oh, burrito belly, you cruel mistress), so opt for a high-protein, low-carb lunch like chicken salad in a lettuce wrap.
3:45 P.M. rewind a Bit
Reminiscing about sexy encounters you’ve had in the past—like the time your partner surprised you with oral right after you walked in the door— can help you “think” yourself off. But if you need a more substantial reminder to spur hot memories, rereading old X-rated sexts works too.
5 P.M. put on a podcast
Preferably one that features a deep male voice. A study found that a low male voice suggests a bigger physical frame—an evolutionary turn-on for females. Not that you need science to tell you that Benedict Cumberbatch’s tone titillates you in all the right places.
6:30 P.M. get a slight Buzz
As you’re getting ready for your date, slip a remote-control vibrator into your undies. Even if you never turn it on, just knowing a little friend is along for the ride will put sex front and center in your mind. Hand over the remote to your plusone at the end of the night—that is, if you can hold out that long.