We’ve all experienced moments where we’re not sure if things are quite right. Whether it is excess body odour or downy hair on your face, rest assured you are not alone!
Read on to find out the common nags that bug us all and what you should do about them.
Too big or too small breasts
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, from small and pert to big and bouncy. One thing is for sure – you probably want what you haven’t got!
The average breast size for women in the UK is 34D (an increase from 34C in 2011), but a quick scan of boobs in the high street will tell you that there really isn’t such a thing as average.
You may be worried about tenderness in your breasts. Remember that your breasts will feel tender before your period, and may also swell in size too. You may want to consider investing in a different sized bra to cater for this time of the month.
It’s really important to get a proper bra fitting. A shocking eighty per cent of women in the UK wear the wrong size bra. This can have a damaging effect on your back, and may also cause headaches as well. Remember to always wear a bra whist exercising too, even if you’ve got smaller breasts!
Periods normally start when you’re around thirteen. Irregular periods during your teens are fairly normal, as your body settles into new hormonal changes. If you find your periods are irregular during your twenties and thirties though, this may be a cause for concern.
Your body will react to physical, mental and emotional stress through the same hormonal changes. Overindulging in alcohol, unhealthy eating or overexerting yourself at the gym, will have an affect on your periods. Often changing your lifestyle by eating healthier and remaining at a safe weight, where your BMI is between 18.5 – 24.9, will help improve period regularity.
Other hormonal imbalances that could cause irregular periods include polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid problems. Chat to your GP or family health advisor if you’ve been experiencing irregular periods for more than four months.
We all remember what teenage skin was like, but if you’re still suffering from spots and acne into your twenties and thirties, you’re not alone. The anti-acne skincare business was worth nearly £2 billion in 2009, a sure sign that we are still at battle with our skin.
Your skin becomes oilier or drier, depending on the time of the month and when your period is due. Simple skincare maintenance such as cleansing, toning and moisturising will help, but you need to look after yourself on the inside too.
You are eighty per cent responsible for your skin. Your lifestyle reflects on your skin and late nights and alcohol will be evidenced through dull, tired looking skin and blemishes.
Although you’ve heard it all before, you really do need to drink lots of water. Wear a face cream with SPF every day, even when it’s not sunny, as the UVA rays will still be present and will induce wrinkles.
Have you noticed downy hair on your cheeks? Rest assured that for us ladies, this is all (unfortunately) perfectly normal.
As you get older, your hormones change and you may experience hair growth in places that haven’t grown hair before. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to eradicate this unwanted growth.
Waxing is a quick and cheap way to eliminate body hair. Although it can be slightly painful, it is very precise and the pain only lasts a second or two. Alternatively, you could try threading. This is the process of hair removal using two thin strands of thread. Although it takes a little longer than waxing, it’s not as painful and just as precise.
You might also want to consider laser treatment. This works on the hair follicle beneath your skin. You will need more than one treatment, but you will start seeing results straight away.
Are you worried about not smelling as fresh as you should?
There are four million sweat glands on the human body. Each of these falls into two categories, eccrine glands and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands release sweat all over your body, whereas apocrine glands produce sweat in the hairy parts of your body.
The apocrine glands develop in puberty, where your hormones change and start to produce body odour. This odour can become worse if you eat strong scented foods such as chilli or garlic, or excessive alcohol. Some medications will also affect the scent of your body odour.
Make sure you use an antiperspirant as well as a deodorant. Deodorants only mask the smell of body odour, whereas antiperspirants will reduce the amount of sweat you produce as well. Roll-on antiperspirants are more effective at tackling body odour than spray ons. If you feel that your antiperspirant isn’t working, try switching to another brand.
If you’re still having difficulty, you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis (excess sweating). This is a common problem that affects between one and three per cent of the UK. Speak to your GP who will be able to advise you and prescribe the best treatment to suit your needs.
If you’ve got real concerns about an area of your body or you’ve been feeling down and can’t seem to shift your mood, speak to your doctor. They may be able to signpost you to an organisation that can help, or provide you with literature for further advice.
Hayley H is a Blogger for an online fitness workout website which stars Lucy Mecklenburgh from TOWIE- Results With Lucy. Being a women herself, Hayley can understand and empathise with all of self-conscious issues that all women have and wants to try and stamp out these worries!