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What’s the first thing you do when you get home ladies? Take off your bra right? I noticed over the past few years how painful wearing a bra really has become; mainly in the rib cage area. I read that I probably have rib cage flares, which many women have. Ok fine but it hasn’t always been this way. It’s becoming more painful as I age. So that got me thinking. why do we need to wear bras? Do we really need to? Why do I have to be in pain?

I remember in the summer before 7th grade, my stepmother dragged me over to the hallway mirror in the entry way of my dad’s house, stood behind me, grabbed me by my shoulders and said “see those, do you see those little things?!” You need to start wearing a bra.  As I looked at myself in the mirror, wearing my pink top with a little apple decal; my face began to look like the apple on my top because I was so embarrassed. I was already a shy kid so this was a bit much for me.  Going to the store to pick out the new bra was even worse. Trying to put it on alone in the bathroom was even worse than that. I remember being so pissed off and frustrated; even at a young age. Why do I have to go through this I asked? Because you need to “train” your breast. Train them for what? Are they going to be in the Olympics in a breast bouncing competition? At that age I didn’t even have anything to hold up. So the question is; why start wearing a bra as a child? What could that possibly do for you? Obviously one reason is so little boys won’t make fun of you but I’m talking about medically. Does a bra do your body good?

I understand that because we as a society, have been wearing them for so long now, that we believe we HAVE to. Where did that information come from? My doctor has never said anything about the health benefits or wearing a bra. In fact, it’s never been discussed. Well since national no bra day is coming up on October 13th , I thought I would talk about this and see what people had to say. I wish it was no bra every day.

Of course I’m not an expert on anything but I read many studies that have been done about how NOT wearing a bra can be beneficial and it seems to make a lot of sense to me. The main finding which I’m sure everyone would agree with is wearing a bra does absolutely nothing for “sagging breasts.” The very reason we are told to wear them in the first place. Remember? For “training.” If that were true, most older women would have firm, non sagging breasts right? Then you wouldn’t have to wear a bra when you got older. If the whole point of starting to wear then at a young age to train them for not sagging but it’s not true, why we do we torture ourselves! Research actually shows the opposite effect. Not wearing a bra can increase more muscle tone and supporting breast tissue.  Wearing a bra most of your life can actually make them sag more. Think about it. It makes sense. You would build muscle since your breasts will be able to move.

For me personally, finding a bra that fits me correctly and is comfortable at the same time, is very rare if not impossible. I’ve tried. I would love if we didn’t have to wear them at all and be free! Yeah yeah I know…what about the nipple?! I wish it wasn’t such a big deal either since every human has them. I mean I don’t think we as women need to walk around topless or anything but on the other hand what’s wrong with a little nip? Can people not control themselves? They didn’t wear bra’s on Three’s company! Why are we going backwards? There is a good comprise though if you’re not comfortable going bra-less just yet and it’s called the bra-lette. It’s a good in-between bra. No they won’t push your boobs high up into round ball shapes but they’ll give a little lift and a little coverage for your nips so you don’t feel too naked and you won’t have to the of under-wires and feel so restricted. Technically, yes I know you breast look “better” in a certain shape but I feel that’s just because that’s what we are used to seeing. Or try a camisole or nipple covers if that’s what concerns you.

I’m not going to say everyone should stop wearing a bra. Do what’s right for you. Maybe you could try not to wear one as much as possible and see how you feel. It may feel weird at first but the more you don’t wear one; the better it will feel once you get used to it. Oh and if you feel like being even more adventures, visit one of these cities in the US and feel free to walk around topless! That’s right there are 12 cities where being completely topless is legal and you can literally walk around with no top. Just saying. These free boobing cities are Asheville, NC, Austin, TX, Boulder, CO, Columbus, OH, Eugene, OR, Honolulu, HI, Kenne, NH, Madison, WI, New York, NY, Portland, OR, Santa Fe, NM, and Washington, DC. I have read 33 states actually allow this but in reality they really don’t you will still get hassled. Anyway, just thought I would put that out there.

Thoughts?

 

 

I heard if you…well you heard wrong! -Top 10 beauty myths everyone knows about but still doesn’t seem to believe.

There are so many beauty myth’s that are passed down from generation to generation that we hear, and are not exactly true; but for some reason we keep doing or believing these things. I guess it’s because so many of us hear it time and time again, it would seem that it must be true right? Well wrong! Here are the top ten.

1. Shaving does not make you grow more hair, nor thicker or darker hair.-Okay so think about it. How would that even be possible? You are cutting hair on your skin’s surface, not penetrating your skin and damaging the follicle. The hair appears thicker and darker because you are cutting the hair bluntly. Because it appears thicker and darker, that makes it also seem like there’s more hair growing as well. 

2. You cannot shrink your pores-I know, I know, there’s a ton of ads promoting products that claim to do so. Well it’s not true. There’s no way to change the size of your pores. You can make them appear smaller to the eye for a temporary effect, but that about it. Pores do not actually shrink and products basically just fill them in like putty temporarily. 

3. Dark circles are not caused by lack of sleep-That’s right! You know what you can do to prevent dark circles? NOTHING. It’s genetic. You’re either prone to them or you’re not. It’s that simple. Lack of sleep may cause a little puffiness, but again not the circles.

4. Tweezing a Grey hair does not cause more to grow-It doesn’t I promise! It’s probably not a good idea to do it and it kinda hurts but it will not cause more growth. If you’re still worried then just trim it. 

5. Chocolate and greasy foods to not cause breakouts-Nope, they don’t. You shouldn’t be eating those things anyway right? If you do though; instead of worrying about two things you’ll only have to worry about one. Your health.

6. Split ends cannot be mended with products-Yes ladies it’s just marketing. The only way to mend those ends is to cut them off!

7. Crossing your legs does not cause varicose or spider veins-Another problem that’s mostly hereditary too. Sorry ladies. Being on your feet all day can slightly cause them as well but it’s pretty much your genetics.

8. Stress does not cause Grey hair-What?! Yes it’s true! Like most of our “problems,” Grey hair is cause by genetics and again of course. 

9. You cannot remove your cellulite-That’s what I said. You can use all the lotions and potions and laser treatments you want, but cellulite is here to stay. Fat or skinny most have  women it and like everything else, it’s hereditary .So thank the one’s who you were before you. 

10. DRINKING WATER DOES NOTHING FOR YOUR SKIN-This is the number one beauty myth of all. Even though it’s been said time and time again; people still believe this to be true. It’s not. Hey of course you should drink a lot of water, but getting good skin out of it will not happen. It fact your skin needs oil and that makes it healthy. Using sunscreen won’t hurt either. 

Comment? Questions? I’m a licensed esthetician so just ask!

 

 

 

What’s the Skinny?

You’re so skinny do you eat? Have you lost weight? You’re so thin. These are things that some of my friends and I hear on a pretty consistent basis; and no, we don’t take it as a compliment. Here’s why…

I don’t come up to you and say; you’re so fat. Do you ever stop eating? It’s the same thing. You may not look at it that way but it is. I would never say anything like that to anyone anyway as I’m just trying to make a point. If I’m asked a question by a close friend of course I would be honest but I’m not going to verbally attack you.  First of all I didn’t ask. I’m sure my friends and acquaintances don’t mean any harm, but the tones in people’s voice’s when they say it, sounds like they are in disgust like I’m a super super skinny twig who’s about to keel over. I’m not. I have a small frame and yes I do eat. I have been the same size since high school. Am I supposed to gain weight because I’m older now? I’m not doing anything different and have never been on a diet. It’s just the way my body is. 

This has bothered me for a while now and I get offended every time I hear it, but I just smile and blow it off like I don’t care because I don’t want to make a big thing about it. Recently though I have had a couple of my friends on Facebook talk about this and saw something else written about this very subject so I just felt like I had to comment on it.

It’s also a little bit more than saying you’re so skinny. That’s just the beginning. When it starts getting is really offensive is when people start saying negative and mean comments about being thin. The best comment is “real women have curves.” Okay so I’m not a REAL women because I have a small frame and I’m thin? Well fuck you! Well I am a real women and I do have curves. Even if a women doesn’t, and she has a small chest and flat butt; well she was born that way. Sorry she didn’t get plastic surgery. I guess she’s not a real women. Look I want women to be proud of who they are and comfortable in their bodies. All women. Everyone is built differently and whatever is healthy for your body is the way to go.  I just feel like we are celebrating being overweight in a way sometimes. Like I should feel bad because I’m not, if that makes sense.  Just because the average population in the US is overweight and that’s the norm, then that means it’s okay. Well it’s not. That’s a whole other subject though. Again what I really wanted to convey here is, to please just understand that because you may not think these are negative comments, and you are not purposely trying to hurt us, it still does. We are ALL real women and should always support each other. 

 

Winter Skin Woes

Winter just began a couple a weeks ago can you believe it! It’s so chilly it seems like it’s been Winter for months! With the cold months ahead, one thing you can be sure of is dry, itchy and sometimes flaky skin. NOT a good time. Basically your skin dries out due to a lack of humidity. The air is dry; your skin is dry. It’s as simple as that.

So what can you do? Here are some basic tips that will help.

1. Moisturize- A lot! You are hopefully applying moisturizer to your face at least once a day but now maybe apply a few times if you can. At least 2. Usually you want to stay away from an oil based moisturizer, depending on your skin type of course, but for the winter, it really can help your skin. It adds a protective layer and shields your skin from the harsh dry air. The best time to moisturize your face and body is right when you get out of the shower. The warm water opens up your pores and allows the product to absorb deeper into the layers of your skin.

2. Sunscreen No, sunscreen is not just for  summer! You should be wearing sunscreen on your face every single day no matter what the weather is like, and on any other exposed areas as well. You should be wearing at least an SPF 15 but SPF 30 should really be the way to go. Anything higher than that doesn’t do much more at all, contrary to popular belief. It’s mostly marketing. Many people don’t understand that SPF (sun protection factor), means the amount of time you can spend in the direct sunlight before you have to re-apply. For example; SPF 30 means you can spend about 30-45 minutes before you need to re-apply your sunscreen. If you are just in and out of the sun throughout the day for short periods of time, applying once in the morning is efficient. So an SPF 75 etc. is not stronger. It only means it lasts a little more time protecting you before you need to re-apply.

3. Fish-Oil- This vitamin supplement contains Omega-3 fatty-acids which aids in moisturizing your skin from the inside out.

4. Exfoliate- Be sure to exfoliate your face and body at least once a week to shed a layer off your epidermis to allow moisturizers to penetrate deep into your skin.

Also remember your skin my also be dry if you’re using your heater a lot in your home. Using a humidifier is a good way to help balance the air. Try to take showers or baths using luke-warm water. I know it’s not easy trust me, I like a super hot shower but your skin doesn’t. Hot water is definitely a huge culprit in drying out your skin.

Any questions? I’m a licensed skin care therapist and I will try to answer anything I can for you. Thanks for reading!

It’s the End of the World! -NOT

Yes we are still alive! Did anyone really question it? You know there was a little part of you that thought something may happen. Well since our lives were spared, let’s make the best of the year to come.
I have gone through many changes this past year and have been through some tough times for sure but overall life is good. I’m healthy, happy and looking forward to the future. Sometimes we stress over the smallest things in life but you’re only making it worse for yourself. Life isn’t perfect. You’re going to have bad times. If we didn’t; we couldn’t truly appreciate the good times. It’s how you deal with it that makes a difference for your own well-being. I’m sort of writing this as a reminder to you all and myself that life is short and we really should make the best of it. I know this all may sound cliché’ but it’s true.
With so much tragedy in the world, we should be thankful that we are here. Our problems are so minor compared to others who don’t have it so great. We have to stop and think about that sometimes. I turned 37 this year and I was pretty bummed out at first but I soon realized that I’m here, I’m healthy and I should be grateful for that. I am more secure and confident than I have ever been. Most people think I’m younger which is awesome for me of course. Most of it is hereditary I’m sure, but I also take care of myself. I eat pretty heathy for the most part being a vegetarian, take care of my skin and stay out of the sun as much as possible. Especially my face. Do not tan your face! Tanned wrinkly skin is not attractive people. Remember the tanning mom form earlier this year? Well, enough said.
Speaking of taking care of yourself, just remember; you are what you eat. As most of you know I am a vegetarian and I have been for almost 4 years now. It’s one of the best choices I have made in my life. I don’t push it on people but I also don’t understand why people give me such a difficult time about eating healthy and caring about myself and animals. It’s very odd. Eating healthy is a lifestyle we should all be living.
I know it may be very tempting to stuff your faces over the holiday season with all the pot luck’s, parties, cookies, etc., but being healthy should be a year-long event. A lifestyle. We all indulge once in a while but just remember, it’s not easy to get that weight off. It’s seems like beginning in October people start eating like crazy and then say they are going to work it off in January; but they don’t. Your should care about your health and body year round. Have self-control. We all know we have a huge problem is this country with weight and it’s not okay. It’s not something anyone should be proud of. People always tell me I’m too thin and I need to eat. Well I’m not too thin and I do eat. I’m just where I should be with my height and frame. I just don’t overload on processed foods and meat. Obviously every one is different and has different body shapes, metabolism, health problems, injuries, etc but that just means you may have to work a little harder than others. It shouldn’t be an excuse. We have a mentality in the U.S. that you should be proud if you are overweight and you shouldn’t be judged. It’s not okay. People need to start taking responsibility for themselves. I don’t mean any of this in a mean way as I’m just trying to get a point across.
I know it’s not easy when it seems like there’s food and treats at the office almost every day but just eat in moderation. Maybe one cookie not 10. Take the stairs not the elevator. Take a walk on your break. Park far away from the mall and walk. You’re going to walk around the mall anyway right? Why do people always need to be right up front. Use your legs!
So let’s have an amazing 2013! It’s never too late to make positive changes in your life. Take care of yourself. Live life. Be positive. Be happy. Care about others. Tell your family and friends you love them because you never know what may happen. They could be here today and gone tomorrow.