Wearing absolutely nothing (but a smile) is always in fashion! Let's face it: the naked body will never go out of style. We see nakedness, either complete or partial, in magazines, TV shows, commercials, and even for products that have nothing to do with the skin you're in. Sexual appeal is a big part of it, but there is also something deeper. People, in general, enjoy being naked.
In most Western cultures, basic societal rules have long forbidden the idea of nakedness by making it shameful or secretive. It is now something that is only okay when you're a baby or when you're bathing.
But we disagree! We think that this idea is a crying shame because there are tons of benefits to being naked, and we’re here to dish out the scoop on why you should feel free to let it all hang out!
Who’s up for burning a few extra calories? When your body is cold, it uses calories to keep you warm. This isn't to say that you should turn on the air conditioner in the wintertime or anything drastic, but by removing some extra layers, your body has to burn a few extra calories to get through the day comfortably. This isn't as obvious in the heat of the summer, but in the springtime or autumn, you will definitely notice yourself feeling a little bit lighter if you spend enough time enjoying the air on your bare skin.
Hey, we get it. It can be hard to love the skin you're in when we are constantly surrounded by unimaginably gorgeous, mostly naked people in the entertainment industry. Even people on Instagram seem to be out-of-this-world beautiful at all times. How can you live up to that? Well, it’s simple: you can't. And here's a not-so trade secret... they can't either!
Most celebrities don't post pictures of themselves when they just woke up in the morning with the worst case of bedhead ever or right after they just ate a huge meal for the holidays for a reason. When your entire career depends on you looking a certain way, you will do a lot more than the average person does.
Most people don't have time to spend hours working out every day or the money to get plastic surgery and Botox every few months. Even stars use filters on their supposedly candid pictures and major Photoshopping afterward to keep up with societal pressures and increased public scrutiny.
Hanging out in your birthday suit is a great way to remind yourself that you are a real human being. Whatever it is that you do for a living, you are yourself, and that's amazing! No one else can do what you do like you do! You wake up every day, looking exactly how you do, and sometimes it’s important to take a moment to appreciate that. Spending more time naked will give you the opportunity to develop a better relationship with your body and to really see it for what it does: being you!
Helps with Breastfeeding
This is for all the mamas out there! This one might seem a little obvious, but not in the way that you think. If you are currently nursing your little one, you likely have the bras that let you quickly unhook one side or the other for easy access to the nipples, but what if you just didn't have to deal with that scoop neck shirt? Letting it all hang out isn't such a bad thing when your breasts are doing the job they were made for. You might have also noticed that your nipples are taking a real beating from your baby. In addition to letting things air-dry, there are other ways to promote smooth and healthy nipples.
Use a nipple balm to keep your skin silky smooth and avoid that dry, cracked skin. Always make sure that the nipple balm is made of all-natural ingredients, so your baby doesn't end up sucking on something artificial or with synthetic fragrances. We understand that you only want the best for your little nugget!
Boosts Your Immune System
Wait, really? Okay, now, you’ll need to be careful with this benefit for a couple of reasons, but let's break it down first. Direct exposure to the sun on your skin tells your body to produce more vitamin D, something you also get from dairy products. This is essential for your immune system, which is why most doctors recommend trying to spend at least 20 minutes outside every day, getting some fresh air and feeling the sun on your face.
That being said, there is too much of a good thing. For one thing, if you have especially fair skin and live in a place near the equator, you should always wear sunscreen. Well, everyone should wear sunscreen, but you plan to spend more than 45 minutes outside in the daylight, you really ought to. If you are sunbathing in the nude, even with darker skin, certain sensitive parts of your body likely aren't used to the sun's rays—so sunscreen is never a bad idea. No one wants to burn their biscuits!
Sunning yourself in your backyard is a great way to celebrate your nakedness and enjoy some fun in the sun, right up until your neighbor gets an eyeful. If you live far away from anyone else or have a high fence, this shouldn't be a problem, but in many neighborhoods, fences are about 5 feet tall, and your backyard is next to everyone else's. Maybe you have tolerant neighbors, but unless you’re friends with them or totally fine with them seeing you, it might be better to buy an indoor UV light for your vitamin D boosts and close your curtains.
Keeps Your Booty Tight
Let’s show that booty some love! When you spend more time naked, you have more chances to appreciate your body, so why not pamper it? If you're going to be spending time in the nude anyway, it’s the perfect time to apply some lotion and use skin masks to soften the skin and moisturize for healthier skin. You'll be the first to notice the results if you keep spending time in your birthday suit too. You can also use a cleansing body wash that doesn't try and trick you with artificial ingredients, keeping you squeaky clean while promoting great skin health. All-natural ingredients are better for your skin and can soothe you in ways you have never imagined.
Masks aren't just for faces anymore, either. You can put on special gloves to soften your palms, booties for your calloused feet, or even tighten the skin around your booty with a butt mask that helps you tone it. Wahoo! Everybody’s booty loves a little TLC!
Our mamas always told us to sit up straight! If you spend a lot of time hunched over a computer all day or stooped over washing dishes, you're a lot more likely to notice your posture when you don't have clothes hiding everything. You become more aware of the places you sit or how you stand when your body is completely uncovered for you to see. Improving your posture comes with a lot of benefits in and of itself too. You won't wake up in the morning with back pain, and you'll improve your flexibility to boot. It’s a win-win!
Helps You Sleep
There are tons of benefits to sleeping in the buff. Sleeping naked lowers your skin temperature, which has been found to improve the quality of your sleep. The better you sleep, the less stress you’ll have throughout your day. Deep sleep also releases anti-aging growth hormones and melatonin, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “beauty sleep.” Sure, you could just lower the thermostat and sleep in your jammies, but there are plenty of other reasons to sleep au natural. Sleeping naked can also improve your blood circulation, promoting a healthy heart and muscles, and it has been shown to have the same confidence-boosting properties as spending time naked during the day.
In Conclusion – Embrace the Beauty of Your Birthday Suit
Your naked body is beautiful, and the benefits of enjoying more time with it out in the open air are plentiful. So, take some time each week (or each day) to just allow your body to be out and free! You can choose to sip your morning coffee in the nude or watch Netflix naked once the kiddos have gone to bed. The choice is yours! As long as you’re loving the skin you’re in, you’re doing something right!