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Beauty Sickness – Do You Have It?

Renee Engeln speaks on "Beauty Sickness" for TEDx.
Renee Engeln speaks on “Beauty Sickness” for TEDx.

A colleague recently sent me a YouTube video called “An Epidemic of Beauty Sickness.”

To be honest, my first thought was, “Ugh. Another useless rant about our cultural addiction to thinness.”

But, given that this is the year I decided to embark on a full-scale about-face in how I accept (or don’t) my own body shape and size, I kept her email to watch….later.

“Later” came today.

For the record, I am so glad I saved the link – so glad my colleague thought to send it my way – so grateful to the researcher (Renee Engeln) who braved the disdain of her own colleagues to pursue her research in this area.

I have discovered in Renee a kindred spirit – a no talk, all action, balls-to-the-wall, let’s call it like we see it kinda gal.

In 15 minutes (courtesy of TEDx), Renee outlines the issue, how it harms us, the choices we have, practical steps to make those choices, and the potential (positive) outcome if we do.

Speaking of beauty, here are some tips for night date!

Date night beauty is all about the preparation and making yourself accessible to being hugged, kissed and touched. Below are some valuable tips to get you ready for a romantic night with your special someone.

The prep

Prep in the shower or bath: Step into the shower and apply a moisture mask or vitamin E oil to your face. The heat of the shower will allow the extra moisturization to penetrate your skin and create a dewy, touchable face. While you are at it, apply some whitening strips to your teeth for sparkling, beautiful teeth.

De-fuzz

After exfoliating, it is a perfect time to de-fuzz your body since the dead skin cells are removed from your skin, allowing for a closer shave. Apply a moisturizing shave cream to your legs and work your way from ankle to thigh.

Fragrance yourself

Follow with a scented, moisturizing body wash. Now is the time to start layering your favorite fragrance that makes you feel sexy and beautiful. Using a body wash with the same fragrance as your body crème and perfume helps create a lasting, unforgettable scent.

Add Layers

After your shower, apply a rich, fragranced body crème.

Soak and de-bloat

Take an Epsom Salt bath if you feel bloated: If it’s a day that you don’t feel fit, or need to reduce some bloating, try an Epsom salt bath. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath and sit for 10 minutes. The Magnesium in the salt helps draw toxins and excess fluid from your body.

Exfoliate

Create a silky smooth body: Exfoliate your skin using exfoliating gloves and a gentle scrub. The gloves will make it easy to get every nook of your body! Plus the texture of the gloves will rev up your circulation and energy. Remember to exfoliate hands and feet to get them holding-hands smooth (and mani/pedi ready).

 

Beauty Sickness – Do You Have It?


Shannon Cutts

Parrot, tortoise & box turtle mama. Writer. Author. Mentor. Champion of all people (and things) recovered and recovering. http://www.loveandfeathersandshells.com http://www.shannoncutts.com


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APA Reference
Cutts, S. (2020). Beauty Sickness – Do You Have It?. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 27, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mentoring-recovery/2014/11/beauty-sickness-do-you-have-it/

 

Last updated: 17 Feb 2020
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