I have a very strict rule that I follow to increase my own self-esteem:
Do NOT read beauty magazines.
It’s amazing how much better I feel about my own appearance when I block out the perfect images plastered on magazines at the check out aisle. (Avoiding mirrors in general, while running after 3 kids, has also helped.)
Then I saw the Newsweek article Unattainable Beauty: The Decades Worst Airbrushing Scandal. Take a look through the gallery, and you will certainly feel better about your own personal image, though much worse for the messages being sent to your own children. If you have a child who is old enough to understand, please share with them….being aware that what is “perfect” is too good to be true is the first step towards a healthier self esteem.
Picture is from the Newsweek online article.