How often do you see women talking while covering their mouths with their hands or trying to keep smiles closed-lipped and restrained? Maybe this was a social peculiarity of reserved femininity centuries ago, but today it continues among women who are embarrassed by crooked, pointy, too small or too large, or less-than-perfect white teeth. Others suffer from bad breath, or halitosis, and keep a distance or put up a hand to block the air flow.
All around the mouth are even more potential sources of embarrassment: acne, red skin or rosacea, freckles, wrinkles, discoloration and skin tone. Some women go through most of young adulthood and to their graves never venturing outside without makeup. Many have a standard set of products in the "I would never go out without my [fill in the blank here]." So many women just aren't comfortable in their own skin, literally.
One reminder about all of these areas of embarrassment -- from the follicles that formed in the womb to the toenails with their bi-weekly pedicure -- almost all women can look back at pictures from a year to decades earlier and acknowledge inside and even out loud that they looked good "then." Before they were married, before they "got fat," had babies or started a stressful job. How beautiful all of them are now as they wait to look at last year's picture next year. Self-image is usually not very reliable; rarely do we look as bad as we thought, and often, we are working it way better than we remember, unibrow or not.
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More Great Links
- Brown, Eryn. "Face-lifts: Men Get More Plastic Surgeries, but Women Still Get the Most." LATimes.com. Mar. 21, 2011. (Jan. 28, 2012) http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/21/news/la-heb-plastic-surgery-men-facelift-20110321
- Burton, Marti A. and Ludwig, Linda J. May. Fundamentals of Nursing Care: Concepts, Connections and Skills. F.A. Davis Company. 2011.
- Cleveland Clinic Foundation. "Emotional Well-Being: Fostering a Positive Self-Image." ClevelandClinic.org. 2009. (Jan. 27, 2012). http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/mental_health/hic_fostering_a_positive_self-image.aspx
- Dreisbach, Shaun. "Exclusive Body-Image Survey: 16,000 Women Tell Their Body Confidence Secrets." Glamour.com. Mar. 23, 2009. (Jan. 28, 2012) http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2009/03/women-tell-their-body-confidence-secrets
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Body Image." WomenHealth.gov. Sept. 22, 2009. (Jan. 26, 2012) http://womenshealth.gov/body-image/about-body-image/
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