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December 4, 2012

I Feel Bad About My Arms

Fact: More than half of U.S. Women will wear sleeveless attire this fall/winter. Are you one of them? I am. Or rather, was. In olden times (this summer) I wore sleeveless year round because a) my arms are one of the smaller parts of my body, relatively speaking; and b) the shift dress is my version of the power suit. Just add tights and pumps when the weather turns cool and voila—I’m channeling Rita Wilson on The Good Wife. Lately, however, I’ve been feeling bad about my arms. Somewhere between a new job, kitchen remodel and this beloved blog, exercise fell by the wayside—and with it my sinewy arms. For the first time in my life I don’t really have the confidence to go sleeveless. Turns out this is perfectly normal: 57% of women believe that you need to be confident in your body to pull of the sleeveless look. Turns out I don’t like feeling bad about my arms one bit.

Which makes it rather apropos that Dove’s latest feel-good campaign is all about encouraging women to go sleeveless. The girl power surrounding this brand is so contagious, I can’t help but get with the program. Life is series of priorities, and if we don’t put ourselves at the top of the list, who will? To get my arms in gear by the holidays, I’m determined to ramp up the 6 a.m. spin classes and throw in daily push-ups for good measure. I may even get into yoga if it means getting Gwyneth Paltrow arms. Of course all of this exertion leads to sweat, for which I’ll fittingly be relying on Dove Go Sleeveless Soothing Chamomile Deodorant. There’s something about a fresh, shiny new stick of deo that feels like a clean slate, don’t you think? That, and this one provides a miraculous 48-hours of protection and softer, smoother underarms in 5 days. Never underestimate the power of a good deodorant!

Are you going sleeveless this season? More importantly: How do you feel about your arms? Discuss!

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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