4 Steps to Overcoming Photo Tag Phobia

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Don’t you hate it when someone tags you in a photograph on Facebook? Most of us roll our eyes with dread when that notification appears. We click on the link with trepidation and, more often than not, the results are as bad as we anticipate. We then spend far too long looking at a less than flattering photo and spiraling into self-doubt. It’s not healthy for anyone!

Why is it so awful to see photos like these? For the most part, it’s because they don’t match the idea we hold of ourselves. In comparison, the pictures we choose to upload are carefully timed and selected. They may be taken from our best angle, or in a very staged manner. As such, it’s easy to ensure we look the way we want to.

Those tagged photos, however, are out of our control. They’re often candid shots when we didn’t know the photo was being taken. Even if we were aware, we don’t get the chance to delete the pictures which show us in an unflattering light. As such, a myriad of horrendous photos often appear in our ‘tagged photos’ album. Worse, we can’t untag ourselves without offending.

Seeing as you can’t get rid of the pictures, it’s either time to accept yourself or determine what you hate most in these images. To help, let’s look at a few issues which may be causing your tagged photo phobia.

The winning smile

Everyone knows that a gorgeous smile is essential for looking good in photos. But, feeling self-conscious of your gnashers can ruin your smile in two essential ways. It may be that you avoid smiling altogether because you don’t want to show your teeth. Or, it may be that all you can see in those tagged photos is that chip in your front tooth. Both of these can do real damage to your confidence and your photo appearance. By not smiling, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb and come across as hostile. But, showing off your terrible teeth is no way to win the crowd, either. The chances are that, when you take pictures of yourself, you know just how to keep your teeth hidden. But, this isn’t the safe confines of your private selfie sessions. This is the tagging world, and the only choice you have is to tackle those teeth! Don’t hesitate to book an appointment and let your dentist know what bothers you most.

Smooth skin blemishes

Sometimes, those tagged photos show us in a light we never usually see ourselves in. As such, they may throw up skin blemishes that you didn’t even realize the world could see. Perhaps you thought that scar was hidden when you wore that top. Or, maybe you didn’t know your acne was that obvious. Seeing these things laid bare is never easy, but it does give you a chance to rectify the issues.

If your scar is more evident than you thought, embrace it, or find new solutions to lessen the appearance. Certain creams can work wonders on redness and swelling and are sure to make a huge difference. If an issue like acne is at play, it’s time to turn to your skincare routine. By developing an acne prevention skincare routine, you stand to smooth the issue once and for all. The same can be said for issues such as eczema, which often clear up with the right routine. Bear in mind that you’ll need to keep working at this to ensure flare-ups don’t happen again. But, if you see that tagged photo of your bad skin whenever you close your eyes, it’s an effort worth taking.

Reconsider your hair color

It may not seem as apparent as your smile and skin, but your hair also impacts how you see yourself in tagged photos. This is especially the case if you use a brightly colored dye. Red hair, for example, can reflect and change your skin tone. While this isn’t something you’ll see in the mirror, it’s all too obvious when someone tags you in an unsuspecting snap. It may be that your hair is all you see when you look at the picture. Or, it may be that you can’t quite put your finger on what the issue is. In this instance, consider whether a reflection is throwing your skin tone. If yes, does it come from your hair?

In this case, the best thing you can do is consider another color. While many of us don’t think about skin tone when coloring our hair, this is an area worth your attention. Consider which colors would match your tone best. Think about clothes you wear, or which lipsticks suit you best. Then, set about a hair color which flatters more than your current choice.

Revamp your wardrobe

We’re all guilty of neglecting our wardrobe from time to time. Life’s busy. When you’re working full-time, it’s easier to wear comfortable jumpers than think about how you look. Most of us have some smart outfits at the back of the wardrobe somewhere, but they rarely get a look in. And, all this happens without us even noticing.

Which is why it can come as a shock when someone tags you wearing your baggy jumper and scruffy jeans. You may wonder how things came to this, and how you didn’t realize just how large that jumper made you look. We’ve all been there.

Of course, the obvious answer to this issue would be to revamp your wardrobe. This is by far the best of all the problems because it means you can go shopping and buy to your heart’s content. There are worse things in the world. During your shopping trip, try to bring your attention back to flattering clothes. It may help to find out which body shape you have before you go. That way, you can be sure that your new purchases will show off your best assets. Next time you’re tagged, it may not be such a cringe-worthy experience.


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