Natural Beauty Care Starts on the Inside

Most of us care about how we look and in order to look good we have to take care of our health, because eventually it shows up in our outward appearance.

If you want to maintain your natural beauty, you need to take care of your overall health. Not everyone is born with natural beauty, but we need to take the best care of what we are given and enhance the naturally beautiful features that we have. There are several steps you can take to make your overall appearance more healthy and attractive.

Women in general are always looking for the newest and best ways to stay young looking and beautiful, therefore, the beauty industry just keeps growing and making new discoveries to help us in our quest.

Millions and millions of dollars a year are spent in the health and beauty care field. The more you show an interest in these areas, the larger the industry grows.

One thing that we as consumers need to know is that we don’t have to have all of these things to look younger or more beautiful. The people that benefit from all of these health and beauty aids are the people who manufacture them and sell them. Don’t always believe what the products claim.

There are so many products such as lotions, creams and make-up that make false claims and we want to believe them, so we purchase those products.

We want to get rid of our wrinkles and fine lines but just be aware that we don’t have to spend a lot of money to be healthy and look good.

The first thing we need to do to feel more beautiful is to take a good look within ourselves and realize that inside of us is where beauty ultimately begins. We don’t have to be runway models or movie stars to be attractive and get the attention of others.

We can be all dressed up, using the most expensive make-up and hair products and even have on a very expensive outfit, but if we don’t have self confidence and know that we have inner beauty these things won’t help.

Most women who are confident, and believe in themselves, naturally draw others to them. They don’t have to have the expensive things to make them outwardly attractive. People will be drawn to them because people love being around confident people. It makes us secure in ourselves. It’s comfortable. If we see our own inner beauty, others will see it too.

Be assured, if you are more of a plain and simple person, and don’t dress up in a flashy manor, don’t be discouraged. You can be just as beautiful or more beautiful than those around you because you believe in yourself.

When you are happy with yourself and take care of not only your outside appearance, but your inner beauty, you will have a healthy self-esteem. That is what will get you everywhere in life. It will be a much happier and healthier life in the long run.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – Who Tells YOU What Beautiful Is?

Most of us grew up hearing the classic fairy tales: Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White. While most boys listened and then went off to play with their cars and action figures, the majority of us girls dreamed of being princesses and happily ever afters. Not once did it ever occur to us that Cinderella had eleven toes on her tiny feet; that Rapunzel got hair extensions to make her ladder of lovely locks; that Sleeping Beauty was actually snoozing at a private hospital in Switzerland getting cosmetic surgery to “preserve” her looks until her prince came along. And I never in a million years thought that Snow White, when coming across the Magic Mirror, would ask, “Do I look fat?”

These scenarios sound ridiculous, right? But these are the very things that we as individuals, and as a society, are searing into our children’s maleable, little psyches. Right about now you’re probably saying, “I would never tell my kids something like that”. But take a look at the shows and movies you’re watching while they play nearby. Skim through the magazines you leave laying around for tiny eyes to peruse. Listen to the criticism you heap on yourself when you don’t think they’re listening. And they’re always listening, especially when you think they aren’t. Now, maybe you can see what I mean.

I like to read fashion magazines. Now, I could lie to you and say that I “just read them for the articles”, but I won’t. Truthfully, I read them for the whole package: the clothes, the makeup, the shoes, the current events, advice, health articles; all of it. The one thing I DON’T read them for is to see the skeletal remains of women encased in haute couture that they call “models”. The very act of writing about them gives me shivers. What are they considered “models” of? The feminine form at it’s best? Are you kidding me? These girls look as if they were to stumble on the runway, that they would shatter into a million pieces! And it’s not just “models” in magazines. The celebrities on TV and in movies look like stick figures, too. The mature Oscar winner right down to the young ingĂ©nue. Not only that, but younger and younger women are getting cosmetic surgery. Botox, implants; a lift here, a tuck there. When did we decide that looking half starved and in a constant state of surprise was the epitome of beauty?

Up until the early part of the twentieth century, the ideal female form was considered to be shapely, curvacious, soft. Artists like Cezanne, Degas, Klimt, and Renoir are just some examples of those who took up their brushes to proclaim that very idea. Not in any of their paintings would you be able to count a woman’s ribs or think that she had her nose done. What they saw was so beautiful that they felt compelled to immortalize it on canvas.

Now, we immortalize things digitally and photoshop or airbrush away what is considered undesirable. We tell our little girls how pretty they are and then go out and buy them dolls with tons of makeup and minimal clothing and show them what pretty is “supposed” to look like, effectively negating any praise we’ve just given them. Where does it end? When will we decide that it’s better to pass down a healthy respect for ourselves and the way we look, instead of our neuroses about an unachievable, and ultimately damaging, standard set by a silent consensus.

Who is to blame?

I am.

You are.

Every time one of us looks in a mirror and sees what isn’t there, instead of the amazing things that are, we put another nail in our own glass coffin. Every time we look for approval between the pages of a glossy magazine; every time we envy that celebrity who is starving herself and working out manically just to keep her job; every time we search for self-worth through the eyes of a nation of surgically altered, over-beautified lemmings, we help to dig our own idealized graves. And we teach our girls to do the same.

So what do we do to stop this vicious cycle?

Well, for starters, we need to stop letting the media tell us who we are and what we should look like. Don’t let them tell you that a size 8 is plus size. Don’t let them make you think that since you’re preternaturally thin, you need to have a rack full of C-cups. Don’t let them tell you that your nose needs to look like a button, that your lips need to look like a swarm of bees attacked them, or that your eyebrows need to be up in your hairline. Stop allowing them to manipulate what our standards of beauty should be.

If you have a gap in your teeth, smile all the wider.

If you have a big nose, know that sculptors revered women like you.

If you have wrinkles, know that every one of them tells a story of joy or sorrow.

If you have a flat chest, throw your shoulders back and stand proud.

If you’ve got curves, show the world that they are dangerous and sexy.

It’s said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No one beholding you is perfect. Doesn’t it stand to reason, then, that beauty isn’t perfect?

Embrace your imperfection.

And the next time you walk past a mirror, magic or otherwise, tell it to go crack itself. You already know who’s the fairest one here.