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The Fashion No-No: Short Shorts, Tone it Up Before You Show Them Off

April 29, 2010

Our mom use to always tell us, “there are just some things people shouldn’t wear.”  

First of all, let me say that wearing short shorts is a privilege, not right because there are those individuals who just don’t have the right to wear them.  Let me also begin by saying, this post is in no way to bash or put anyone down, but to simply point out a simple fact that any woman, young or old, with half a brain should know that if your thighs are jiggling like a jello and in all the wrong directions, that’s a sign to not wear those short shorts, or better known as the famed Daisy Dukes that many of our young girls and older women enjoy wearing.  Hence the Daisy’s are made for the sexy, fine toned legs and thighs that are pretty much free and clear of the stretch marks, cellulite, and flubber.  I wont lie, my thighs jiggle in all the wrong places and I am very self-conscious of this, so in the act of continuing to want to look my best in what I wear, I wear what I know is going to cover them up, the shorts that go almost down to the knees.  I wear more lined slacks and jeans, and capri pants more than I do skirts and dresses — to keep my thighs from rubbing together so they don’t spark a fire.  No one needs to see my thighs shake and roll.  Exercise helps, too.

Fortunately, there are products on the market designed to tighten the skin, firm and tone up our precious thighs, but let me emphasize the fact that there are thigh exercises that fall right in line of health-difying our thighs, reshaping and molding them into beautiful body parts.  Our legs are supposed to be he signature essence of who we are.  They are considered to be one of men’s favorite parts of the body.

These creams obtain specialized ingredients for fighting cellulite issues and can actually work to shape and tone up your thighs by getting down into the areas that needs the most work.  Nivea has a good cream called Nivea Body Good-Bye Cellulite Gel-Cream. 

Product Info:  It’s a smoothing Cellulite Gel-Cream.  Skin’s own L-Carnitine. Visibly reduces the appearance of Cellulite. The latest innovation from scientists of Nivea laboratories: Nivea Body Good-Bye Cellulite Gel-Cream visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. What is L-Carnitine? L-Carnitine is found naturally in the skin and supports the conversion of fat into energy. Nivea research has now made L-Carnitine available in a gel-cream. Nivea body Good-bye Cellulite, formulated with skin’s own L-Carnitine, helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. What does it mean for your skin? Noticeably firmer skin within 2 weeks. Visible reduction in the appearance of cellulite within 4 weeks. What is Cellulite? Cellulite results from an excess storage of fat in the deeper skin layers beneath the connective tissue. As a result the skin gets uneven, loses elasticity and dimples occur. It is well known that Anti-Cellulite massages on the affected body areas – especially on thighs, buttocks, stomach – help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. With Nivea Body Good-bye Cellulite – regular application on thighs, buttocks and stomach reduces the appearance of cellulite.  Made in France.  The ingredients includes Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Dimethiconol, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Sulfate, FD&C Blue No. 1.

Another product is Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil.   

Production information:  Improves skin tone and appearance.  Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil promotes the healthy balance of the skin.  Regular use tones and firms the surface skin, helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite.  An extract of young organic Birch leaves, organic Rosemary and Ruskus promotes healthy, radiant looking skin.  Revitalizing Apricot Kernel Oil, moisturizing organic Jojoba Oil and vitamin-rich Wheat Germ Oil help to enliven the skins appearance.  Natural essential oils combine with the other plant extracts to tone the skin, leaving the skin feeling and looking firm and supple.  Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil is free from synthetic additives including fragrance, colour or preservatives, and it is made without raw materials derived from mineral oils.  Not tested on animals. Dermatologically tested.  Weleda in harmony with nature and the human being.  Made in Germany.

Ingredients for this product includes Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Fragrance (Parfum) (From Natural Essential Oils), Betula Alba (Birch) Leaf Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Limonene (From Natural Essential Oils), Linalool (From Natural Essential Oils), Geraniol (From Natural Essential Oils), Citral (From Natural Essential Oils).

Nivea and Weleda can be found at your local CVS/Pharmacy, Walgreens and Rite-Aid and wherever else available.

When your legs look good, so should everything else.  It’s about paying attention to your appearance knowing what is apropos to wear and what should just stay in the back of your closet.  Take a look in the mirror.  I always say, “if you have to second guess an outfit, you probably shouldn’t wear it.” And why is it that many of these young girls have this mentality thinking of, “well, if she can wear it, so can I?”  It just seems that looking the mirror is no longer good enough it’s going by mental thinking that is seeming to the basis for inappropriate attire.

Having a good diet and getting in a good amount of exercise can contribute to healthy looking legs.

Truth is all curvy girls cannot wear the same thing as skinnier girls.  Case in point, my daughter is a size 3 and can wear a pair of short shorts with ease, although I’m strongly against it.  Me, I’m a size 10-12, have a bit of a belly and no so pretty thighs.  I have tried on a pair of short shorts and look like a bloated whale – at 157 pounds.  I’ve tried on every occasion to wear what skinnier women wear from the short shorts to micro mini skirts and at each time I had to face the gripping reality that it just wasn’t possible — not at this weight and definitely not at my age.  Why waste money on something that’s just going to sit in the back of my closet?

To date I’ve been able to tone up my thighs by incorporating a regular exercise routine that includes forty-five minutes of walking, 30 minutes of cardio exercises, strength building exercises and I do this 3 – 4 days a week.  I’ve changed my eating habits to cut out fast food eating, eat in moderations, cut down on my salt in-take, cut out drinking sodas, barely eat sweets, and just focus on toning up those problematic areas and dropping a few pounds and inches. 

The thigh cream of choice that I have used is Avon’s Solution Body Shape.  It tends to tighten the skin and creates a tingling sensation.  But based on the ingredients, it’s really not that much different than other products I mentioned.

Just remember, wearing short shorts is a privilege, not a right.  If you’re going to wear them, tone it up before you show them off.

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