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When Girls Aloud revealed their beauty secrets last year, home truths and dark beauty secrets also emerged. It seems all five members of the group are grossly unhappy with their looks and bodies. I must admit, this revelation astounded me.

Because, if these five high profile women are so unhappy with their bodies what hope is there for the rest of us?

Four of the five group members stand 5ft 6in tall and their average weight is just 8 stone, they average size 6-8. These are extremely slim women, skinny in fact, but all of them, except one were on a diet. All of them said they would consider having cosmetic surgery done which was highlighted by the fact that none of them thought much of their looks and most of them had only rated themselves at four out of ten.

Beauty Secrets of Girls Aloud

So what should we make of this?

Four out of these five women were so unhappy with their looks that they constantly dieted and were even considering cosmetic surgery, and most only rated themselves as four out of ten.

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They are already slim women yet they continue to diet and have anxieties about their size.

Should we assume, then, that the average woman of today is also caught in this never ending pursuit for perfection?

Do women really dislike their bodies so much that they will go to such extreme measures to improve themselves?

Apparently manufacturers of beauty products and cosmetics think we do or we ought to.

Every beauty magazine cover, every beauty product advert and beauty related television commercial shows happy, smiling faces of models with flawless skin, gorgeous hair and slim line, shiny bodies.

The pictures catch our eyes; the slogans seek to draw us in with promises of ‘you can look just like this too’ or ‘you will only be happy if you look like this’.

Advertisers of beauty products will have us believe that we cannot be beautiful unless we plaster ourselves in makeup everyday, buy their beauty products or use their anti aging creams.

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This isn’t the secret to natural beauty. Being happy in the skin you’re in means just that. BEING HAPPY IN THE SKIN YOU’RE IN. That’s a true beauty secret.

Beauty secrets shouldn’t entail covering your face with makeup and making your self look like someone else.

Beauty secrets shouldn’t mean being on a perpetual diet, as with Girls Aloud, and making your calorie starved body as skinny as possible. This isn’t real beauty.

This situation both horrifies me and saddens me to think that many other women also think this way and young girls are being exposed to a world of warped beauty and fashion to the point where there is grave danger of them damaging their bodies for life.

Being on a never ending diet will starve your body of vital nutrients, it will compensate for a while but eventually it will break down. There’s a fine line between losing fat and losing vital body mass, too much dieting will cause a loss of body mass and then your body will become unbalanced or even scrawny.

It’s a proven fact that most people who continually diet actually end up gaining weight because their metabolism becomes unbalanced.

The best beauty secrets of all are the ones that work long term – feed your skin well and it will glow with health and vitality. Your skin needs nourishing from the inside to appear beautiful on the outside. If you starve your body you will also starve your skin of nutrients.

The only way to lose weight safely is to eat a balanced diet designed for you with all the important nutrients to keep your body healthy and fit. There’s no secret in that beauty tip, so why do so many women starve themselves in an attempt to be beautiful?

Health and beauty go together; you can’t have one without the other.

But the health and beauty industry is huge and is worth millions in revenue to the advertisers who, helped by the media, brain wash us and inundate us with relentless adverts for cosmetics, beauty products, anti aging creams, botox injections, face lifts, liposuction and cosmetic surgery etc.

Apparently we will only be beautiful if we buy from them.

Well, I don’t use anti aging products, or cosmetics and I am told I look twenty years younger than my age. My husband thinks I’m gorgeous and I still get compliments from men half my age. I am perfectly happy with my body and I would never consider cosmetic surgery even if it was free.

But it seems I am in a minority group.

The beauty secrets of Girls Aloud are no longer secrets, but more worrying is their underlying feelings towards themselves:

They have low self esteem

They are not happy with their bodies or looks

They constantly diet

They would consider having cosmetic surgery

They only rate themselves four out of ten for their looks

And judging by the size of the health and beauty industry it looks like these dark beauty secrets are also shared by the vast majority of women today.

Dove’s Campaign for Beauty backs this up with their enlightening and saddening report.

Findings of the 2005 Dove Global Study:

“Beyond Stereotypes” is a comprehensive 10-country research commissioned by Dove to explore self-esteem and the impact of beauty ideals on both women’s and girls’ lives. The study surveyed 3,300 girls and women between the ages of 15 and 64 in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The findings speak for themselves…

• 90% of all women 15-64 worldwide want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance (with body weight ranking the highest)

• 67% of all women 15 to 64 withdraw from life-engaging activities due to feeling badly about their looks (among them things like giving an opinion, going to school, going to the doctor)

You can read the whole report here by downloading the PDF version by right clicking the link below and selecting 'Save target as...'

DoveBeyondStereotypesWhitePaper

You can help change this.

I encourage you to read the entire report and share its findings with other women and young girls in your life.

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Watch this video, again from Dove, which shows how the advertisers and media distort the face of beauty and how big advertising companies use advertising images that are not real women but manipulated images to sell us beauty products and cosmetics. See how easy it is to change ordinary women into the beautiful models we see every day on posters, beauty magazine covers and bill boards.

Dove Film Campaign for Beauty

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The video below shows how an image can be altered using photoshop to transform an ordinary girl into a fashion model. These beautiful young girls appear on the front covers of fashion and beauty magazines aimed at teenagers. No wonder most young girls feel they’re simply not good enough.

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Have you ever been taken in by before and after photos? The ones that promise you if you use this anti aging product then you will look 20 years younger just like the woman in the photo? Watch this video and you will see just how easy it is for someone with a bit of knowledge to digitally alter an image so that it looks real. Once you’ve seen this video you will never ever trust before and after photos again.  If the videos don't load properly, try refreshing the page.

20 Years Younger in Photoshop

Beauty Secrets or Lies? You decide.

I have found the only way to look younger than your biological age is to slow down or reverse the aging process and from experience I have learned the only way you can do that is with nutrition and exercise.

Nutrition that is so good and exercises that are so effective that you stabilize at your recommended weight with no effort and you feed your body all the nutrients it needs to regenerate superior skin cells and glow with natural good health and vitality.

Beauty secrets are only valuable if they have lasting, long term effects and produce real results.

Download these free reports (right click the link and save to your computer) and discover the real beauty secrets to looking younger for longer and for feeling happy in the skin you’re in.

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I said earlier, I don’t use anti aging products, or cosmetics and I am told I look twenty years younger than my age. My husband thinks I’m gorgeous and I still get compliments from men half my age. I am perfectly happy with my body and I would never consider cosmetic surgery even if it was free.

But I haven’t always felt like this.

Up until a few years ago I was also one of the 90% of women who are not happy with their looks. I understand what it feels like to dislike your body and wish you could change at least one thing about you.

But I also know there’s no magic pill you can take to make you beautiful and you won’t find eternal youth at the bottom of a face cream jar, no matter what the advertiser tells you.

Believe me, there is only one way to look and feel truly gorgeous.

You can be happy in the skin you’re already in, by finding out how to be gorgeous.

 

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