Swimsuit season is right around the corner and ya girl is terrified. I mean, yes I love myself and my body but I cannot help feeling insecure during the summer. I don’t know what it is but I always find myself with my arms crossed over my belly and shoulders hunched.
But not this year folks. This year I am going out there and swimming with confidence. And I want to encourage all of you to do the same. So for this Beauty post I wanted to spend a little time telling all of you that your winter body is just as beautiful as your summer body. I also wanted to address some things I go through during the summer that cause me to be insecure when I really have no reason to be.
- Stretch marks: we all have them. And for some reason stretch marks are like an optical illusion. They always look invisible on others but completely visible on yourself. I have stretch marks on my thighs, hips, my arms, and even my knees. Usually, these little things cause me to feel so gross but they really aren’t gross at all. Stretch marks are normal occurrences that take place when your body goes through changes. In my case, I lost weight and got taller. This year I plan on embracing my tiger strips instead of hiding them.
- Body hair: this is aimed more towards women instead of men, just because girls usually shave (or wax) more. I don’t know about the rest of you girls but when the winter comes, I basically forget about shaving all together. You can ask pretty much anyone who knows me, I really just don’t pay much attention to it, especially my leg hair. When the summer arrives, it is hard for me to get back into the routine of shaving or waxing. This used to leave me feeling really embarrassed. But now, I’ve started to embrace this little thing about me. I do like to have smooth legs and armpits, but it is okay if I forget every now and then or even often. Real friends won’t notice, and if they do, they won’t mind. Time to grow up here people. I’m adulting all the time; cut me some slack on forgetting to shave.
- Cheeky bottoms: recently it’s seems to be harder and harder for me to find bikini bottoms or one pieces I like because they tend to be so cheeky. I think every girl should wear what she’s comfortable in, and for me personally, I am not comfy in cheeky bottoms. Luckily for me though, they have cute swimming shorts I can wear. They usually come in black and tend to be kind of boring, but it’s what makes me comfortable. I’m picturing getting a super cute one piece this year and wearing it like you would a body suit with my swimming shorts. I think that would be so chic this year.
- Tanning/ sunburn: during the summer I feel like a lot of girls and guys feel pressure to be tan. I like to get tan too, especially naturally, but I know some people really take it to extreme levels. I normally use a light SPF tanning lotion on my body to help the sun give my skin a natural glow without me getting sunburnt. A safer way, and a way my mom perfers me to do it, is by using a self tanner, like Jergens Natural Glow, that gradually darkens the skin. This helps you tan easier without laying in the sun or tanning bed and absorbing dangerous sunrays. You can also use this stuff to darken your skin during the winter months. I know a lot of girls during my high school years would want to go get a spray tan, but we’re worried about the outcome. This option lets you decide how tan you want to be with no risk.
- Belly plumps and pudges: I cannot be the only one who stands in front of the mirror before going out in a bikini poking my belly and frowning. Everyone has been there (I hope). But not this year. This year I will stop torturing my organs with endless pokes and accept that my is body perfect.
I know there are a lot of ads out right now with titles like “Get your bikini body” and “Detox this” or “Slim down fast!” and a lot of pictures of girls I begin to wish I look like sometimes. But your body is perfect if it makes you happy. I am a little girl and I love myself. But sometimes when I think too much I forget how beautiful I am. I don’t want that to happen to y’all this summer. Spread the love and compliments. Share your sunscreen. Have fun and be safe out there. As always, thanks for reading!