The biggest thing for women’s healthcare is getting back to basics, and that means not wasting time on cosmetic treatments, says Aisling O’Neill.
The Irish writer, health columnist and journalist believes the best way to help women get back to their normal lives is to make it a priority for them to take control of their health.
She’s calling for more time and resources to be put into reducing unnecessary and harmful cosmetic procedures, and for organisations to provide more opportunities for people to learn about and practice alternative therapies.
“I think the biggest thing is to get back in the kitchen and take charge of your own wellbeing,” she said.
Ms O’Connor said she was “really excited” to be a part of a campaign that is taking the #BeautyFirst campaign to its next level.
The campaign has been launched with the support of a number of health groups and individuals, including the World Health Organisation and the Royal College of Physicians.
“It is important for people that are really concerned about the health of their own families, to step up and support their own health and wellbeing, rather than simply go into a salon and get some cosmetic surgery done,” Ms O’Neslagh said.
“That’s the way to go and that’s what we are trying to do, with the campaign, which is to start a conversation about what you can do to really help your family in the future.”
The #BeautityFirst campaign is targeting young women who feel they are unable to get their healthcare or self-care right, including young women of colour, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with disabilities.
“What we want to do is to give them a little bit of guidance on what they can do if they feel like they are not able to do what they want to,” Ms Loo said.
“We are trying really hard to get a message across, that women of all ages and colours are just as capable of taking control of themselves and being able to make their own decisions, and we really want to give young women and young women with disabilities a little more encouragement to go through with it.”
“They’re going to get more support and help in the long term, so we’re trying to help them through that as well,” Ms Aird said.
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