If you’re struggling with body confidence, rest in the knowledge that it gets better.
You might think you’re in your prime now when your skin’s at its tightest and your bum’s at its perkiest but you’d be wrong.
Because according to new research carried out by fashion company M&Co, most of us don’t feel out most body confident until we reach out mid-60s.
They surveyed 1,300 women about their attitudes towards swimwear.
One of the questions asked was how good women felt in swimwear at different ages.
The company reported that the average score for body confidence was a mediocre five out of 10 – but women who were aged between 65 and 74 rated their confidence as as average of six out of 10.
The study went on to suggest that the older women got, the less they cared about having a ‘dream bikini body’ because there are ‘more important things in life’.
And that makes sense because in our 20s and 30s – if we’re still footloose and fancy free – we only have ourselves to worry about. Oh, and worry we do.
By the time you start having kids, grandkids even, having to look after aged parents, having to accept the realities of ageing with all that entails, you have less time and energy to be consumed with comparatively trivial stuff.
Like what anyone else things about your body on a beach.
(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)
And M&Co isn’t alone in concluding that we become more comfortable in our skins as we age.
A 2014 report by Gallup found that 75% of Americans over 65 ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ with the statement that they always felt good about their appearance – a way higher percentage than the younger groups surveyed.
So if you haven’t achieved full body positivity or self-love yet, don’t panic. It’ll come and when it does, you’ll feel all the better for having seen it out.