I poo-pooed the media in my previous post, accussing them of brainwashing the majority to believe "we" will never achieve or look like "them". And by "them" I mean the nubile, tight, lean, ripped bodies clad in designer bikinis and mortgage inducing wardrobes, that grace every single tiny-weeny space of every magazine and cover.
There is little denying that 99% of the time they do look relatively good (as good as one can in a silver leaopard print bikini with purple jewelled nails and diamond encrusted sunglasses!) But... It is very deceptive to look at many hollywood stars and models and think they are quite literally perfect - in an unobtainable way.
As I look out across my desk and into my garden its so dank and dark I can't even see the end of the garden, and it feels like its still 6:15am.... Bbrrrrr. The last thing I want to see is tiny bottoms in tiny bikinis cavorting in St.Barts, however... those tiny bottoms and perfectly perched sunglasses on perfectly shaped noses, DIDN'T always look as perfect as you might think.
(She looks like the pretty girl who works in our local Co-Op to me!)
Here are a number of REALLY recognisable women... in some less than well circulated photos of them PRE-PhotoShop, pre-surgery and teams of beauticians to coiff and polish.
Megan Fox.... with some alarming results. I can't work out whats worse - blue eye-shadow, or no facial expression?!
Don't misunderstand me, I too have my lips injected, my forhead smoothed with botox, my eyebrows "reset" with more injections, my teeth whitened etc etc.... But - I don't pretend I wasn't a bag of spanners before! And... Neither am I hounded and followed by paparazzi, sacrificing me on the alter of women's ego's as a verifiable role model to the young and old.
And you thought those luciuous lips were real????? Don't be silly!
There is only so much most of us can do, on a laymans budget and what we are willing to endure, perhaps a superb facial once in a blue moon, a new lipstick every now and again, a trip to the hairdressers when we can afford it or find the time... But even if you DID have all the money and time in the world, would you neccessarily want to "look" like any of these after pictures? I really don't think I would. At all. Ever. They look outrageous, bizzare, unatural, scary and strange. But thats what happens if you start messing about with things too much. Its a fine balance.
Be careful what you wish for is the moral of the story. Skin, hair, nails, teeth and even the brightness of your eyes is actually all just down to diet, excercise, sleep and stress. Our skin is an organ. Did you know that? The largest organ of the body. And it needs nutrients. You wouldn't keep a tomatoe plant in a room without sunlight and water and expect it to grow nice, bright, plump tomoatoes would you? You wouldn't expect it grow any tomatoes at all if you gave it lemonade and starbucks lattes to drink- would you?!
In my opinion this girl could do with a bit of excercise and a detox, with cellulite appearing before you are 30 - its a clear sign your diet and fitness regime is failing your body.
I'm no better - I'd happily drink black coffee all day and red wine every evening if didn't care what my skin would look like. But- Water, and lots of it, has magic properties. Literally - Supernatural. 2 weeks of drinking NOTHING else other than quality water - will see you easily drop a dress size, lift your skin, depleat your flab, your sag and your dark circles, add into that 4 nights of 10+ hours of sleep... and you'll look a million dollars. And feel mega!You need to consume over 2 litres a day in order to make the chemical balance in your body shift.