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Fitness

Pretty Confident: Flaunt Your Unique Beauty Features

Worried about your crooked smile? The bump on your nose? Whether your hips look too big in running tights? Fuhgeddaboudit! These FITNESS readers learned to embrace -- and celebrate -- their one-of-a-kind beauty features. You can too!
scars Flaunt Your Scar

"My scar stands for my ability to heal emotionally and physically."
-- Katy McLaughlin, 28

"When I was 18, I was in a car accident with my boyfriend. Our car slid off the road and hit a tree, and my right cheek hit the windshield. When I went back to school after recovering, everyone was staring at my injury. Eventually, as the wound healed and the scar lightened, I grew fond of it because it proves I'm a survivor. I even had the option of getting laser surgery to remove it, but I chose not to. The scar is part of me, and it opens the door for my story to be shared."

Celebrate It! Massaging a healed scar a few minutes each day has been shown to flatten its fibers, so the scar looks and feels smoother, says Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles.

Style Secret: A big piece of jewelry makes a statement. If the scar is on your cheek, big, fun earrings frame it, saying, "Look at how tough I am!"

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