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Chin Up: What To Expect From An Ultherapy Session

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Chin Up: What To Expect From An Ultherapy Session

We smile, yawn, gasp, and make a lot of different facial expressions during our lives. It’s a good thing, though, and a part of being human – but life leads to wrinkles and saggy skin over time. An increasing number of people are finding new ways to make sure that their skin stays tight and young-looking for as long as possible, and it doesn’t have to put you under the knife, either.

If you’re new to the methods of ultherapy, it’s smart to prepare yourself a bit before the first session. The good news, is that after it’s done, you won’t have to prepare yourself at all for other people’s reactions as the results are gradual and allow you to age with grace, rather than looking like you’ve been frozen in time.

What would I use it for?

If you feel like areas of your face are starting to slope, you may want to do something drastic about it. Some people head off for a numbing session of botox; others go for more permanent solutions, such as plastic surgery. While you need to choose the alternative that would work best for you, it’s always smart to look into every option out there – also the non-invasive ones like ultherapy.

Ultherapy uses focused ultrasounds in order to stimulate more collagen growth deep beneath your skin. A lot of people use it to lift their eyebrows or eyelids when they reach a certain age as the saggy skin may bother them, in general, and keep them from seeing as well as they would have been able to if the skin was lifted.

The same goes for aesthetic purposes and nothing should keep you from straightening out those wrinkles around your cleavage or make the skin in your neck or jawline a bit firmer if it could boost your confidence.

How long is the downtime?

Unlike many other alternatives in terms of giving your face a quick lift, ultherapy requires no downtime. You can literally step right out of the clinic and meet up with your friends or co-workers without any of them ever knowing.

The disadvantage to this, is that you may not see the results that you’re longing for as soon as you’d like, and it can take up to six months before the full effect hits you. It makes it a bit easier to get up in the morning and have a look in the mirror during these months, though, as you’ll be keeping a rigid eye on your skin from now on!

You will only need one session to get the kind of results that last for up to 18 months, and each of them will take between half an hour to two and a half hours, depending on how much work you want done. Luckily, our society is advanced enough to let everyone go about with their beauty business as they please. Want to wear no makeup one day and a full face the following day? Or how about a small nip and tuck to boost your self esteem? No problem, it’s all up to you.

Of course, it’s important to choose the procedure that you feel is best for you, so think it over and enjoy the beauty of confidence.

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Are You Ready To Start Expressing Yourself?

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Are You Ready To Start Expressing Yourself?

One thing that a lot of people struggle with is that they don’t feel as though they’re able to project much about who they are to the world as a whole. You might be the most interesting, creative, and exciting person on the planet and yet you still feel as though you blend into the background when you’re around other people. Sure, not everyone wants to be the center of attention, but it can be tough when it feels like people aren’t getting to see the real you.

However, that doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with that kind of situation for the rest of your life! Being able to express yourself isn’t all that difficult, you just need to know how to go about it, and feel comfortable enough to let the real you shine through no matter what. Here are a few simple things that you can do to get started on really showing the world what you’re made of:

Change Up Your Look: Not everyone is going to be obsessed with fashion, and that’s okay! But the way that you present yourself can have a huge impact on the way the world sees you and can be a wonderful opportunity for you to express yourself. Different styles say different things, and it’s cool to be able to share something about yourself with everyone that you walk past. And of course, no one feels the same every day so why not change up your look constantly?!

Many people will look completely different on a day to day basis, whether that’s through clothes, makeup, or even wigs. That might sound a bit drastic but it can be a lot of fun, and it’s worth trying at least a couple of times. When it comes to wigs, try CelebWigs for a bunch of different styles to see how you can express yourself. Of course, if you’re not looking to make that much of an entrance wherever you go, sticking to a style that you love and reflects who you are is just as good!

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Who doesn’t love a good makeover?!

Be Proud Of The Things You Love: We all have things that we’re passionate about, but a lot of the time we don’t want to express those things to other people because we’re worried about how they will judge them. This is where the idea of a “guilty pleasure” comes from. The truth, is that you should never have a guilty pleasure. If you love something, then that doesn’t impact anyone else’s life, so why shouldn’t you be proud of it? Whether it’s a type of music, TV, book, or anything else, wearing your passions on your sleeve can be a great way to express yourself to the world. And hey, you might even find that someone else feels the same way and you can strike up a new friendship.

Be Confident In Who You Are: One of the hardest things in the world is being confident in who you are. The media and the world around us work very hard to tell us that we’re not good enough. That we’re too fat, thin, short, tall, old, or young. All of these things mean that many of us are walking around on a day to day basis feeling as though we can’t be confident in who we are. But the world’s not going to change unless we change. So, no matter who you are, it’s important to be proud of it and never let the world tell you that there’s something wrong with that.

Change Your Environment: Of course, sometimes those kinds of feelings don’t come from inside yourself but from a toxic environment. Having friends who don’t appreciate who you are or people around you who try to make you feel bad for the way that you express yourself can make life very difficult and lonely for a lot of people. If that’s the case, then there’s nothing wrong with ending those friendships and changing your environment to something more loving and supportive. You would be amazed what a change of scenery can do for your self love and confidence.

Now, none of this is trying to tell you that you should try and be some kind of bold, brash person if that’s not who you are deep down. You should never try to be anyone else. The point is simply to be able to embrace what makes you a unique individual and to avoid hiding that from the world, because everyone deserves to see the real you shine.

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Taking Steps To Improve Your Self Confidence

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Taking Steps To Improve Your Self Confidence

Self-confidence is such an important thing to have in life. It has a significant impact on your happiness and also determines how much you are able achieve. Having the mindset of ‘I can’t’ due to confidence issues means that you’ve failed before you’ve even tried. It can be a tricky thing to build but if you know that yours isn’t the best, it’s something that’s always worth addressing. Here are some of the steps you can take to build up your self-confidence.

Address Your Physical Issues: Learning to love and accept ourselves as we are is fantastic in theory but not as easily done in practice. So if there’s something you can do about whatever is bothering you, it could be worth taking steps to change it. For example, if your weight is something that makes you feel self-conscious, you could aim to lose a few pounds (if you’re overweight) and tone up. If your teeth have always bothered you, you could see a cosmetic dentist. It could be a whitening treatment to correct the color, Invisalign treatment to correct any crookedness, or veneers to make everything look nice and even. There’s nothing wrong with saying ‘actually, I’m not happy about this part of myself and I’d like to change it’. Providing you’re not striving for perfection (since this doesn’t exist) or are going about things in an unhealthy way. If these changes can boost your self-confidence and make you feel great, why wouldn’t you?

Take Up a Hobby: Have you got a talent or skill? Even if you’ve not had any hobbies for many years, think back to what you were good at when you were younger. Were you always top of the class in art lessons? Or did you have a knack for sports? Whatever it is, trying your hand at it again is a great way to go. When you’re good at something, it really helps to build your confidence. Plus having hobbies is great for your mental health and could lead to meeting new friends. Even if it’s just people who share the same interests on Twitter and Facebook, the social aspect is very positive too. Having a hobby means you’re investing time in yourself. You’re showing yourself that you do matter, and it’s enjoyable, too.

Push Yourself Out Of Your Comfort Zone: As they say, a comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there. It’s only when you push yourself beyond the limits of what you know and is ‘safe’ to you that you grow and develop as a person. Nervous about meeting new people? Sign up for an evening class! Scared of failing? Set yourself a new challenge! Even if you don’t succeed, you’ll have learned a valuable lesson – that there’s no shame in failure and you can always pick yourself up and try again.

Speak To Your Doctor: If your self-confidence is so low that it affects your daily life, it’s worth talking to your GP. It could be a sign that something else isn’t quite right and point to things like anxiety or depression. Getting to the root of this will allow you to access the right treatment and will put you on a path to feeling better.

What do you do to boost your self confidence? What is something that makes you feel confident? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Love The Skin You’re In With This Guide

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Love The Skin You’re In With This Guide

Loving the skin you’re in isn’t as difficult as you probably think. Nobody is perfect but that doesn’t mean you should focus on your flaws and insecurities. By loving the skin you’re in, you’ll feel so much better and improve your life to no end. These points will help you to start loving the skin you’re in right away:

Focus On The Things You Like: Don’t even pay any attention to the things that bother you right now. Whether it’s a bump on your nose or that extra weight you might be carrying, accept them and focus on the things you like instead. This can be anything. Make a long list! The more you focus on things you like, the more things you’ll find that outweigh seemingly “negative” aspects of yourself. You’ll develop far more self confidence this way.

Pay More Attention To Compliments: People tend to pay more attention to negative things than positive things. It’s usually why we remember nasty things people have said, rather than the nice ones. Try to remember nice compliments people have given you. Pay more attention when they do in the future. When people give compliments, they tend to really mean them!

Read Self Help Books: There are so many self help books out there full of valuable tips to help you love yourself. Get reading, underlining, and changing the way you think.

Don’t Compare Yourself To Others: ** Easier said than done, but comparing yourself to others is a recipe for disaster. Somebody else’s beauty does not take away from yours. We are all beautiful and unique in our own way. Be happy with your quirks and your uniqueness. There’s only one you. Chances are, somebody has compared themselves to you in the past!

Treat and Pamper Yourself: You’re totally worth treating yourself to some new clothes or a fun new hairstyle. Although you shouldn’t use shopping or beauty treatments in the hope that they’ll fix your body image issues, you should do it when you feel like you need a pick me up or a treat. You can go to an aesthetic clinic to cater to all your wellness needs, for instance.

Exercise And Eat Right: Exercising and eating right will change you from the inside out. Remember the goal is NOT to lose weight, get the ‘perfect’ body, or look like somebody else. It’s to feel good about yourself, increase your confidence, and give you more energy. Health should come first, looks second!

Develop Yourself Spiritually: Developing yourself spiritually will help you feel more connected to yourself and others. You’ll realize that there’s absolutely nothing to fret about. By doing yoga, meditating, living mindfully, and doing other spiritual practices, you will change your life and feel awesome.

Start using these tips straight away to love the skin you’re in. You can get into the habit of doing one at a time and take it really slow, if you need to. The key is to making long-term changes that you can be consistent with to get the best results. The more you love yourself, the better your life will be!

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The worst backhanded compliment of all time:

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The worst backhanded compliment of all time:

If there’s one “compliment” that I truly HATE getting it’s “you lost weight”. I’m an extremely petite girl, I’m barely over 5’1 and weigh about 112 pounds. However, there’s one problem that I’ve always struggled with. My breast size. I’ve always felt that they were extremely disproportionate to my small frame, and in the summer of 2013 I made the decision to get a breast reduction. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My plastic surgeon did an incredible job of making my breasts way more proportionate to my body and I was immensely pleased with the results. One of my major problems with my former boobs were how big they made me appear. People usually associate a heavy chested girl with her being heavy in general. But for me, that was so not the case. It feels amazing to be small and appear small all over, without the illusion of extra weight from a huge rack. After my surgery, I’ve had quite a few people who haven’t seen me for a while tell me “you lost so much weight!” and it honestly makes me feel really bad. What? Was I fat before? As a girl who struggles with her body image like CRAZY, hearing those dreaded words uttered is the absolute last thing I need. Just yesterday when I was at work I had someone who I went to high school with tell me “you lost a ton of weight”, and it really just made me feel like shit. I don’t think any one understands that if I could have just cut my boobs off myself years ago that I would have. It’s time to get real, and tell you guys that I struggled with bulimia for a very long time. I haven’t purged in a while, but the mental recovery from the eating disorder is just as hard. Hearing this guy yesterday comment on my weight was enough to put me in a major slump. It’s always hard not to purge when I start feeling extra bad about my body. However, I know that I’m a strong individual, and I’m not gonna ruin all the progress I’ve made over one asshole. This is also me urging all of you to think before you speak. You might think telling someone that it looks like they’ve lost weight might be an awesome compliment to give, but there are people, like myself who struggle with self image more than you know, and might take great offense to that statement. I’m very proud of the way I look now, and I’m not afraid to show that. Here’s my body: I feel beautiful and I’m not ashamed at all anymore. Have a great night guys. Be kind to one another. -Sarah

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