Information for Preteens:
Body Science, About Appearance & Hygiene
Appearance is always a big issue for kids your age. Your body is changing, so things seem out of sorts at times and you feel less attractive.
Also, during this time, many youth begin to wear glasses or braces – which can make you feel "different" from the rest of your friends. Then, of course, there are television and magazine versions or "perfect people" that cloud our judgment of the way we think of ourselves.
Just remember, however, there is no one "perfect person model" because we are all different, and that difference makes us special. It can be hard to keep that in mind since so many people try to tell us what is attractive, but it's true.
One way to feel better about yourself at those times is through good grooming and hygiene skills. Clean hair; showering/bathing; and taking care of your skin, teeth, and nails can improve your outlook on life and actually help to keep you healthy.
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