Fashionably Unhealthy: is the Way You Dress Harming Your Health?

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People have their own sense of fashion. Some love wearing soft and comfortable clothes, running shoes, and minimal makeup. Others prefer to go high fashion because they look and feel the best in such clothes. How you choose to dress can impact your body-image, mood, and confidence. But sometimes, we can be fashionably unhealthy without even knowing it.

There are times when getting dressed can seem more like a chore. The fact that you match your clothes with the occasion can be enough to make your late and stress you out. How you dress and feel about how you’re wearing can affect your performance throughout the day.

Aside from your mental health, there can be other ways your fashion sense is ruining your health. Here are a few examples that show how fashion can put your health at risk.

Hair Dye

A new hair color can instantly update your look. But even bad quality hair dye can affect more than just your mood and appearance. You can end up with a poor quality hair dye, an allergic reaction, and extreme stress and anxiety.

The hair color problem is that you don’t even need to be the one getting your hair dyed. It can enter your bloodstream through your skin or hair follicles. Some studies claim hair dyes have a possible link to bladder and blood cancer.

If your sensitive skin gets in contact with hair dye, it can lead to redness, itching pain, and a burning sensation or trigger asthma attacks. Coloring the hair is also not advisable for pregnant women. Be careful when dying your hair, or better yet, stick to your natural hair color.

Constricting Shapewear

Many ladies would love to have a waist so tiny and a flat stomach that they are spending money on fancy shapewear these days. Think of Spanx, corsets, and bodysuits that promise a flatter abdomen and smaller waists. These may help you achieve your desired body, but for a price and compromised breathing.

Sure, you may boost your confidence, fit into old clothes, and even enjoy posture support with the right shapewear. But these slimming bases can leave you feeling uncomfortable, bloated, and out of breath. The fact that a tight corset compresses your internal organs and your diaphragm tells us it does your health no good.

There is nothing wrong with wearing shapewear now and then since the stretch material cannot damage your internal organs. But if you use a too tight one over a long period of time, you can end up squeezing your organs too much, leading to acid reflux, anxiety attacks, and numbness in your extremities. This can also result in blood clots and varicose veins.

If you are to use shapewear, be sure to choose the right fit. Choose one that is comfortable, doesn’t cause pain or numbness, and allows you to breathe with ease. You can check if the shapewear is comfortable enough if you can sit, walk and keep it on for hours without a noticeable sign or symptom of discomfort.

Wrong Kinds and Sizes of Shoes

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The habitual wearing of ill-fitted shoes and high heels can do more than cause foot pain, ingrown toenails, and deformed feet. It can also cause neuropathy, which is characterized by feelings of pins and needles in the feet. You will need more than just a corn removal if you develop neuropathy due to your choice of shoes.

Aside from pain and issues in your feet, you can also end up with a lower quality of life if you choose to wear high heels or the wrong kinds or sizes of shoes over time. You can end up with back pain, sprains, strains, and even permanent damage to your hips, knees, back, and tendons. Thankfully, there are ways to address issues caused by your poor choice of footwear.

For one, choose supportive shoes when walking and standing for an extended period of time. Give your feet a break as needed by stretching, massaging, or putting them up as often as needed. Consult a pro if you encounter foot problems or even a chiropractor if you require chiropractic adjustments to relieve the pain.

Sexy Lingerie

Many ladies are fond of sexy lingerie because this helps accentuate their body parts, making them look and feel good. But then, your sultry underwear can make you feel uncomfortable and more susceptible to vaginal infections. Of course, this will still depend on many things, like the materials used in your underwear, your personal, and your sexual behavior.

Too tight lingerie can cause unnecessary friction in your private parts, causing pain, discomfort, and even discoloration. For best results, wear underwear that is a looser-fit and is made from cotton materials. Don’t forget to practice proper hygiene and only wear clean and dry undergarments at all times.

Fashion can have positive effects as well as its fair share of negative health effects. It is best not to be a slave to fashion, especially if it will only cause you pain, discomfort, and other health issues. You are better off wearing comfortable shoes, clothes, and underwear that will negatively impact your health.

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