OK, ladies. I’m going to word-vomit some inner vanity, but I’ll come around and make a worthwhile point, I promise.
I’m in pretty good shape. I eat healthy food and work out four times per week, most weeks. I do it mostly to look good and somewhat for mental stability, and I don’t lament it because it really does make me feel good internally. But I’ve always felt that I had to “earn” the right to feel good about myself, externally. How messed up is that?
While I do believe being health-conscious is important (choosing organic over conventional, and using cola only for its intended purpose – removing rust from bumpers), I don’t think we should feel the need to be a size 0 for societal validation. And believe me, I’m trying to take my own advice. Working in the beauty industry can often feel like a confidence Hulk-smash.
You know that friend who emits sexy gorgeous energy? The one who dresses impeccably, or who’s firecracker funny, or who’s always radiating happiness? The one who really recognizes who her spirit is, and that her body is just an exterior? The one who forces you to see her for what she is – a completely beautiful person? No matter what or “who” she is wearing, whether or not she’s had her hair or nails done this year, and oh yeah, whether she is or is not a size 0, it doesn’t actually matter. It’s beyond confidence and I’ll be the first to tell you – I hope someday, we can all be that girl.
I look forward to sharing my personal tips and hope they will help you feel your very best.
»SUN BLOCK— Treat your décolleté like your face. The skin is very similar on the chest area. Carry it at all times, reapply constantly, especially on face and chest. There are some great non-greasy brands like Coola, which is also eco-friendly and won’t cause tearing if it finds its way to your eyes.
»TEETH WHITENER— Whiten those babies, puh-lease. If you must smoke and drink coffee and red wine constantly like I do (the coffee and wine part), whiten more often. Daily whitening toothpaste and whitening mouthwash get in between teeth, too. A clean, healthy, bright, white smile is one of the easiest things we can to do to turn back time. It’s inexpensive and provides that instant gratification we all love.