According to the Better Health website by the Victorian Government, "Body image issues affect people of all ages, genders and across all cultures. Recent research suggests that 80% of Australian women are dissatisfied with their bodies to some degree." I had a poor body image as a teenager and ended up with an eating disorder in my early twenties. I was under the false impression that thin people are happy. When I eventually lost weight, I was far from happy. I wish I had learned to accept my body and been kind to it by eating well and exercising moderately. You are more than a body - you also have a beautiful heart and mind.
I went to the beach last week and I am ashamed to say that I got a bit sunburnt on my back. I didn't reapply after I had been swimming. The sun ages our skin prematurely and can also cause skin cancer. It is the first day of summer today so make sure you wear sunscreen every day - you older self will thank you.
Summer is on the way and we are constantly being reminded in the media to be 'beach body ready.' Girls and women across the country are restricting their calorie intake, and dashing to gyms and beauty salons to get their bodies ready for summer. Here is a newsflash - those girls in the swimsuit ads have been styled by a team of professionals and airbrushed to within an inch of their lives. What you see is not real. Real women have scars and birthmarks, stretch marks and cellulite, pimples and wrinkles. Don't wait to get the perfect beach body before you go to the beach - just go to the beach. Ashley Lytwyn, an eating disorder specialist said, "If you want to lose some fat, build muscle, and eat cleaner, that's great, but it's not a requirement for enjoying the warm weather and the waves."
Let's face it - Mother's Day is a bit of a struggle this year and your Mum probably needs pampering more than ever so why not make her these awesome spa products and give her a facial at home (if she's game). Most of the ingredients can be found in your fridge or pantry or you can find them at your local grocery store ( or chemist for the Vitamin E oil). According to www.allure.com a facial should include the following:
Here are some recipes for spa products:
Oil Cleanser for dry skin - https://helloglow.co
Honey and Brown Sugar Scrub - https://helloglow.co
Olive Oil Lips Scrub - https://www.thewonderforest.com
Honey and Oatmeal Face Mask - https://www.somewhatsimple.com
Simple Homemade Moisturiser - https://livesimply.me
I'm sure your Mum would be thrilled if you made just one of these products for her and put it in a nice jar for Mother's Day but if you want to go all out and make all of them - good for you!
Even though I am old enough to know better I got sunburnt this week. I thought I was being SunSmart. I applied sunscreen all over (I like to do this before I put my bathers on so that I don’t miss bits and get it all over my bathers). I was under a cabana for most of the day and wore a hat. What I failed to do was to reapply sunscreen. According to the Cancer Council you should reapply sunscreen every two hours, and even more often if you are swimming or exercising. You can read more at www.cancer.org.au.