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Put Your Best Face Forward  

In a world where we are constantly being judged, compared, criticized and put down, it’s difficult to have the confidence that one needs to succeed. Our level of self-esteem affects all aspect of our lives, from health, to personal relationships, and even performance at work. The cosmetics and fashion industries are worth billions of dollars, and have gone from being that which expressed our personalities and creativity, to tools we use to cover up what we don’t like about ourselves. 

How many drawers of makeup does the average lady have? How much do we spend on slimming jeans, pore-fecting creams, and boxes of hair dye? 

Too much.

It’s time to embrace who we really are and let our faces shine bright and happy. The best way to do this is by tackling whatever we are insecure about instead of attempting to mask it with layers of foundation or eyeshadow. Whether that is acne, wrinkles, unevenness or even thin eyelashes, it’s time to fix the original you instead of just slapping some lipstick on.

When it comes to skin issues, there are a number of procedures and treatments which can eliminate our problems at the source, meaning we feel confident from the moment we open our eyes in the morning, to our lunch time swim, to evening meetings with friends. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is an effective treatment for brown spots, redness, age spots, etc. and is often recommended by dermatologists as an alternative to oral medication or topical creams. Microdermabrasion and other treatments can be personalised to your unique skin needs, so that you get the best version of your face, make-up and stress-free. In the end, your dermatologist will be able to recommend the best products and treatments for you and this will help you avoid unnecessary complications, unexpected negative reactions, or wasted time and money. 

Uneven or discoloured teeth can really keep us from openly smiling with our friends and having the confidence to truly laugh out loud when the situation warrants it. Thankfully dentistry and orthodontics have progressed so much in the last few decades, that proper dental care has become accessible to most of us. Those who have uneven and crooked teeth can invest in braces or invisalign to straighten them out, and some dentists have started offering professional laser whitening services. Even drugstore solutions like whitening gels or strips have become incredibly effective in getting our pearly whites, exactly that: white! 

If just the thought of hitting the beach stresses you out, it’s time that you took care of your body. Instead of hating it, start healing it. It’s time to stop researching how to create an optical allusion to make you look different than you are and to begin to work for having the body that you want. Because you can. Consult with a professional dietician to put together a healthy diet that fits your lifestyle and complement it with a rigorous and committed exercise routine. There are plenty of workouts that you can do at home with minimal equipment, but for quicker results, hit the gym and enlist the help of a personal trainer. After time, you will learn to be proud of your body and respect it for all that it can do, even if it doesn’t look exactly the way that you wish it did.

When we feel confident in how we look- without effort, makeup, or primping, our minds begin to work in different ways. We aim higher, work harder, and smile wider. Stop hiding your insecurities, and start tackling them head on. No one wants to live behind a mask.

 

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