I recently wrote THIS post about body confidence – the feedback really was lovely. So thank you for all the comments, tweets, emails and direct messages – it’s so lovely to know I am definitely not alone in feeling pretty crappy about myself. However, going at this with a positive frame of mind I thought it might be a good time to share a few little tips/tricks I have for making myself feel better about myself in as minimal time as possible (i.e. the amount of time it takes to have a long pampering shower). Now of course these aren’t the sort of products that will leave you with a Kendall Jenner body – the idea is more about a few little bits of pampering that make you feel a bit happier about the fab body you already have.
Easy ways to a happier body
1. Get a little exercise – I’m not saying run a marathon or anything dramatic. But just getting some fresh air and a brisk walk or a little jog always perks me up (as much as I deny it beforehand) and makes me feel better about myself. If you’re new to running something like the couch to 5k app can be a great way to start. Or even just have a good stretch – whatever it is, no matter how small is always better than nothing at all. I’m aiming to do one small jog every day for the next two weeks – feels like less pressure than trying to do fewer longer runs. just a little jog to wake me up in the mornings.
2. Scrub up – One of the best things I do when I want to feel a smidge better about my body is have a really thorough scrub. Now when I say thorough I mean it – I apply the scrub direct to dry skin and really work in. The one here is a gorgeous scrub made of Cardamom & Coffee (sadly looks like Fig and Yarrow are closed down now) – basically pure salt and coffee granules that smells delicious but leaves a royal mess in the bathroom. Not one to use if you/someone has just cleaned the bathroom, unless you want to be on the end of their wrath… But it does an ace job. It’s oil based so leaves skin feeling silky smooth. It’s a shame Fig + Yarrow isn’t available any more but will hunt down an alternative. When I’m going really thorough I’ll use a couple of different scrubs (going from harshest to softest) then washing off with a creamy shower wash. I’ve really been loving all things Ameliorate * (Available from Space NK from the shower cream to the lotion for tackling persistent Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms and generally getting a bit smoother all over.
3. De-fuzz – The next best thing to make me feel better about my body is de-fuzz. Yep, that’s a Gilette men’s razor * in the picture – I’ve been using this lately (I had one that was in a goody bag once and decided to give it a whirl and found it does a great job on legs, so stuck with it). Go whole hog with shaving foam and making sure you do a thorough job. There’s nothing like having silky smooth legs to make me feel a bit better about myself. One of these days I’ll manage to be one of those women who is soft and smooth at all times so the idea of getting my legs out is never a horror story…
4.Oil me up, baby – Ok, not in a creepy stripper way… but I love a body oil to really enhance that smooth feeling of being totally scrubbed/de-fuzzed all over. It’s also the quickest and easiest way to deal with dry skin AND leaves it with a nice glow. This Clarin’s Tonic Body Treatment Oil * (available from John Lewis) also smells dreamy so is a great one to reach for as it has a nice energising, fresh scent.
5. Smell good/feel good – Lastly, as if the scrubbing/de-fuzzing and oil wasn’t enough… I’lll also pop some body lotion on too. It’s like a double whammy of moisture. My new favourite lotion being this Almond Body Lotion from Weleda*, it’s not out until September but when it is – you need to get it. If you like that marzipan/almond scent then you will love this. I can’t get enough of it. Plus it’s light enough that my skin just drinks it up and it feels amazingly smooth all over.
Another thing I would do is apply a layer of self tan – but I’d do this the following day as all the oils in this routine would block the colour and make it patchy. So the following day when skin is still feeling soft I’d apply after a shower with an oil-free product (applying moisturiser to any espcially dry buts)
As I said, these are just a few little steps in the routine that I add when I want to feel a bit better about my body without need for instant weightloss or anything more dramatic. More about feeling good in your own skin than wanting to loose a few lbs… all about feeling good!
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