Summertime is a tricky time for many because as the weather gets warmer the clothes get smaller. Summer is not my favourite season, mainly for hayfever reasons however I have also always struggled with body confidence during the summer months. In my 26 years I’ve been many different clothes sizes and body shapes and even when I was my most toned I never felt my most confident during summer. I think body confidence is a huge issue that effects all shapes and sizes however we shouldn’t let it ruin our summer. Here are a few of my personal tips on how to feel more confident during the summer months.
I don’t know about you but I always feel a million times better about myself after I’ve worked out. Exercise sends those happy hormones around your body meaning you’ll feel naturally more confident. Plus working out will eventually makes your body healthier and happier!
Prep Your Body
Unfortunately as women there seems to be a lot of prep for the summer months – endless waxing and shaving of legs can become tiring! However I always feel a lot more confident once I have prepped my body, so personally it’s worth it! I also swap creamy body butters for lighter firming creams during the summer months to keep my skin in top condition.
Rodial Super Fit* have a whole range of firming creams specifically designed for different problem areas. I love their Super Fit Tummy Tuck and Super Fit Boob Job. There’s some very clever science in both of these products which is why they have such a cult following. Their Tummy Tuck Gel can help reduce the abdomen area by up to an inch in eight week thanks to Gemmoslim which decreases fat sorting cells and creates a smoother and firmer looking stomach. Their Boob Job Cream improves the look of the bust and décolleté area thanks to a combination of ingredients that boost fat cells in the bust area (increasing boob size by upto half a cup), and ingredients that smooth, plump out and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Summer is a wonderful time for food lovers as we have a huge array of colourful and tasty produce to choose from. I love making big bowls of colourful salads, plates piled high with juicy fruits and fun bbqs! By filling your body with tasty and healthy fruit and vegetables you’ll feel less bloated compared to munching on icecreams and cakes. Try making “healthy” alternative to your favourite summer treats – banana icecream and homemade ice lollies are a great place to start! Plus by filling yourself with juicy and tasty fruit and vegetable your skin and hair will be ever so thankful!
Forget Clothing Sizes and Trends
Please forget about clothing sizes, we all know that we can walk into New Look and be a size 8, be a size 12 in Topshop and a size 16 in H&M… all in one day! So forget the label and size and wear what feels and looks good. If you’ve picked up a 12 and it’s a little tight on the back or boobs swap it for a 14. You’ll feel much more comfortable and therefore confident when wearing it! Summer is a time to forget about trends as well. Obviously every year fashion trends involve showing lots of skin, but if you don’t feel confident showing off your stomach then don’t feel pressured to wear a crop top. If you aren’t so keen on your arms grab a cute kimono. If you aren’t confident about your legs op for a maxi dress instead of those tiny denim shorts. Wear what makes you feel good. If you think your legs are rocking then grab those booty shorts, if you’re proud of your bust then rock that deep-V cut dress!
Summer is the perfect time to make plans and get out there and explore. When your diary is filled with dates with your favourite people you’ll be too busy to worry about what you look like. Get out there and make the most of your summer. Have a BBQ, take a picnic to the park, head to a theme park, treat yourself to a spa day, grab a Frisbee and go play in the park, or just chill in the beer garden. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good – they are the people who will ensure you have a smile on your face and a summer full of memories.
Smiling is something that some of us don’t do enough. But I’m a big believer in putting on a smile even when you aren’t feeling great. Some of the most confident people you know will be faking their confidence – They put on a smile and “fake it until they make it”. I’ve often faked a smile when I haven’t felt my most confident but by looking confident, people are more likely to head your way and strike up a conversation and these conversations can take your mind off your worries.