As soon as January rolls around, everyone starts talking about shedding winter weight and finally getting fit. As a result, it can be hard to remain positive about your body, whether you want to make changes to it or not! And we think it’s easy to fall into a cycle of negative body image right up until summer – when, of course, you’ll want to enjoy the sunshine in summery clothes! We think it’s possible to break that cycle now, so you can feel good about yourself all year long. 

Exercise for exercise’s sake

For lots of people, they need a goal in mind when they exercise. It could be that they want to fit into a certain outfit again, or that they want to lose a specific amount of weight. But if you struggle with your body image, don’t make it about weight. Shedding the pounds can be an unpredictable journey and when you don’t see the effects you want to see, it can be crushing and demotivating. Instead, come up with a goal that’s based purely on a physical achievement – the ‘Couch to 5k’ programme is perfect for this, or you could try aiming to move on to more and more intense workout classes. 

No pressure just yet

The great thing about starting this journey to body confidence in January is that there’s no pressure – bikini season is months away! You have ages to overcome your body demons. If there’s something you want to change about your body, you don’t have to rush as you research what you can do to make those changes. 

Plenty of time to get into new habits

Perhaps you never struggle to start doing something, such as exercise regimes, regular face masks or making healthy lunches. But if at the first sign of stress, busyness or adversity you completely forget about your lifestyle changes, it might mean you struggle to get into new habits. The good news is, there are lots of things you can do to change habitual behaviour – from setting reminders on your phone to filling in a diary multiple times a day. 

Winter clothes are a lot easier to wear

Your journey to body confidence could begin by finally letting yourself enjoy fashion – seeing what clothes look good on you and experimenting with trends could do wonders for your self-image! You deserve to feel happy in your body whatever you wear, but we know it’s a lot easier if you can cover up. However, if you start enjoying clothes, and enjoying how your body looks in them now, by the time summer arrives, who knows how confident you’ll feel when faced with shorts and bikinis!

The ideal time for permanent hair reduction

No matter how much body confidence you have, there’s no escaping the fact that unwanted body hair in the summer is impractical, annoying, expensive and often painful to remove. After you’ve put all that work into feeling good about yourself, you shouldn’t have to deal with the hassle of hair removal or worry about shave rash or the necessary growing-out stage of waxing. Instead, book yourself in for a course of Intense Pulsed Light Permanent Hair Reduction. This treatment uses specially filtered light waves to permanently inhibit hair growth and can be used on areas such as the legs, underarms, bikini line, chin and upper lip.

The perfect solution

It’s the perfect solution to unwanted body hair, because unlike other hair removal techniques, once it’s done, it’s DONE! IPL takes several sessions to complete; because it has to be done in specific hair growth phases, so the sooner you start, the better. By the time summer comes around, you can strut your stuff across the beach in a swimsuit, or even just enjoy sipping a G&T outside your local pub in a sundress, safe in the knowledge that your skin is virtually hair-free. 

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