20 Body Flaws That Really Aren’t
Think dimples are imperfections? Science says otherwise.
Have you ever met a perfect person? No? Well, that’s probably because they don’t exist. We live in a society where everything is filtered, airbrushed, and heavily edited, making everyone feel like that’s how they should look. And unfortunately that results in a whole lot of people trying to fix their so-called “flaws,” whether that’s cellulite, gap teeth, or even laugh lines.
In reality, these flaws aren’t flaws at all. They’re the things that make you you and nothing you should ever feel like you need to change. If these 20 body flaws are on the list of things you don’t like about yourself, it’s time to start thinking differently. For more inspiration, check out the 50 Inspirational Success Quotes That Will Energize Your Days.
If cellulite is a flaw, then, well, most women are flawed. Considering experts say 90 percent of ladies have cellulite, there’s really no reason to get down about it. According to the Cleveland Clinic, cellulite doesn’t discriminate whether you’re thick or thin; it can show up because of genetics, your age, or for no reason at all. For more self-esteem boosters, check out the 30 Ways to Feel Better About Your Body Instantly.
There are plenty of different reasons stretch marks make an appearance. According to the Mayo Clinic, they’re incredibly common and can show up on your stomach, breasts, butt, thighs — pretty much wherever your skin stretches, whether it’s due to pregnancy, weight fluctuation, or other reasons. There are ways you can help them fade, but they’re certainly nothing you should feel like you need to hide: They represent your changing body.
Whether your scar is on your face or somewhere else on your body, it might always feel like someone is staring at it. But what’s so wrong about them? They’re your battle scars and represent things you’ve been through during your life that have made you stronger, whether that’s a bad scrape on the knee as a kid or marks from a car crash. Don’t hide them; let them empower you. For more on confidence and embracing yourself, check out 70 Genius Tricks to Boost Your Confidence.
Dimples are actually caused by shortened facial muscles, technically making them a genetic flaw. But hello — that also makes them the cutest flaw of all time. People who have dimples always light up the room every time they smile. And for more ways to have a shinier smile, learn the single best way to naturally make your teeth white — with a household spice.
Symmetry is totally overrated when it comes to the human body. It might look like womens’ breasts are the same size, but guess what — according to University of Utah Health, a 15 to 20 percent difference in breast size is incredibly common, and 90 percent of women have at least that much, if not more. For more on breast health, check out these 40 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer After 40.
If you’ve noticed tiny red or blue visible veins peeking through your skin, you’re probably dealing with dilated blood vessels, better known as spider veins or varicose veins. According to the Cleveland Clinic, they affect 30 to 50 percent of adults, most commonly women, but the cause isn’t entirely known. Most likely, though, it’s due to factors like your genetics, hormonal influences, or other issues, so they’re nothing to feel bad about.
Moles — which are typically brown and black and appear all over the body — are basically clusters of pigmented cells, says the Skin Cancer Foundation. The majority of them are totally harmless, but that doesn’t mean people exactly love them — especially when they’re noticeable. Basically every adult at least has a few of them, so if one person is flawed, we all are.
Freckles — the totally harmless tiny brown spots on the skin — are super common, says the Cleveland Clinic. People used to try and hide them, covering them up whenever possible, but now they’re actually super trendy — so much so that there are actual makeup tutorials detailing how to replicate the so-called “flaw.”
Every day there’s another product to help you get rid of your body hair. What’s the point, though? According to Science Alert, hair actually plays a role in regulating body temperature — something that’s most noticeable when it’s cold and you get goosebumps to trap heat. Instead of trying to pretend like we’re all smooth, hairless creatures, don’t be ashamed of a hairy chest, back, or legs — it’s natural.
In the U.S., kids start getting braces when they’re still super young to fix crooked teeth or gap teeth. What’s funny, though, is there’s really no need to get rid of that gap; in fact, despite being a “flaw,” plenty of people are rocking them (yep, even models).
So many people hate the size of their noses and get plastic surgery to make them smaller. That “flaw” is something that makes you who you are, though. Instead of blending in with the crowd, it gives you some character and sets you apart. Stop figuring out ways to change it; learn to love it.
You might not like the fat that sits on your sides, but it actually serves a purpose.
“Women’s bodies are supposed to store extra body fat for fertility and survival. It’s a shame our culture has glorified lean bodies to such an extent,” says Michelle Cady, integrative nutrition health coach of FitVista.com. “I see so many women in my practice with less than 20 percent body fat, who are still trying to lose that ‘last five pounds’ but are also struggling with stress, missed periods, and restrictive eating.”
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Laugh lines — the creases that show up around the outer corners of a person’s mouth and eyes — are technically wrinkles. You know how you get them, though? You guessed it: From smiling and laughing. Over time, their appearance shows you’ve lived a happy, positive life, and you have no reason to be ashamed of them. And if you’re looking for some stuff to laugh at, learn the 75 Jokes That Are So Bad They’re Actually Funny.
When men gain weight, it’s not uncommon for it to show up in their abdominal area. In fact, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 54 percent of U.S. adults have bellies, making it incredibly common. Don’t get down about yourself if you’re one of them: Dad bods might be just as lovable as washboard abs these days. If you do want to trim a few inches, however, start out by mastering the 20 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight.
Plenty of people try to hide the fact that they’re getting older by covering up their grays the second they appear. Aging isn’t a secret though and it’s not something you need to pretend isn’t happening. Everyone is going to go gray sooner or later, so you might as well accept your newfound silver fox status instead of fighting it.
You can thank celebrities like model Cara Delevingne for making super-thick brows the chic new accessory. Instead of having to hide or contain those furry caterpillars growing above your eyes, flaunt them. Everyone wants to trade their pencil-thin eyebrows in for the big, bushy kind.
Most men think to be manly you have to have big, strong hands. Where did that even come from, though? Big or small hands, there’s no point in getting down about ’em. You’re probably the only one who notices their size, anyway.
If you don’t have 20/20 vision, you’re automatically flawed. What’s crazy, though, is only 35 percent of all adults have perfect eyesight, says the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Yeah, it stinks having to wear glasses or contacts, but it’s not the end of the world: As long as you can see and function, you’ll do just fine. Plus, glasses are pretty cute. Ask anyone.
Having under-eye circles usually means you’re tired, says the Mayo Clinic. Sure, you can cover them up, but there’s no reason to feel bad about the marks that come up simply from not getting enough sleep. Maybe you’ve been working on a big project during all hours of the night or you’re going through a life change. It’s not a flaw — it’s life.
Women tend to have a higher percentage of body weight than men do, and it typically shows up around the hips and thighs. Instead of wishing you were stick-straight, enjoy your curves: People are squatting it out every day in order to see their butts plump up, and you have the look naturally. Score. Next, learn how to boost your confidence by mastering the 20 Best Ways to Look Better In Photos.
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