For years, so much has been said about beauty, and so much has been written, created, and manufactured to “create” or represent beauty. However, the most basic form of beauty is what our grandmothers told us all along. Beauty comes from within. Not only is it a reflection of one’s inner spirit, a spirit full of passion, joy, and confidence but it represents your true heart. All of this will create a most striking reflection when you look in the mirror.
Beauty of a Smile
Add to that reflection, a bright smile and beauty will be there. A smile is the most important accessory you can put on. I have been accused (many times) of having RBF. For those of you who don’t know what that is, Resting Bitch Face. When I am just sitting and thinking or out shopping, it has been brought to my attention that I tend to scowl. For no good reason may I add. I am usually in a good mood, so I have no clue why this is my go-to expression.
Smiling is not only good for you but it is contagious. This simple thing that you do can brighten someone else’s day without you even realizing what you have done for them. The same is true in reverse, if you see someone smiling at you it is your instinct to smile back. We can’t help but feel a little spark of joy at the same time. My mom always used to tell me “fake it until you make it”. She wasn’t talking about show business she was talking about my mood. Her thought was (and I believe this to be true) if you smile even while you are in a bad mood, you can change your mood.
Separate your Emotions
As women, it can be difficult to separate how we look from how we feel. We have all had our share of “bad hair days” or those mornings when nothing in the closet seems to fit the way it did yesterday. It can make you feel like you want to just tuck tail and crawl back into bed so you can try again another day. Sadly though, that probably isn’t an option. When we look good, we feel good and when we feel good our self-esteem soars. When we feel confident, we want to share that with the world, and we’re more likely to take better care of ourselves.
Like the rest of our body, your skin goes through changes as you age. You might start to see fine lines or wrinkles around your mouth or eyes. These are often called laugh lines and I have learned to wear mine proudly. They are stories of happy memories and badges of a life well lived. Then you may notice that your skin, in general, is not as smooth as it once was. Maybe, some uneven tones are showing up, dullness, enlarged pores, dry patches, blotches, or even age spots. Worst of all, some women get acne again. What the what?!
There is hope though. There is so much you can do to help your skin fight the clock (I am not talking about surgery or injections). These are simple things like drinking plenty of water to hydrate your skin or applying moisturizer at least twice a day. For those still in their younger years, making sure to use sunscreen is a must to prevent future damage. If you wear makeup, you can select a foundation that has an SPF already in the mix or apply it under your primer and foundation.
Food for Thought
I want you to look at the photo attached to this post. Whether you like orchids or not, you have to admit that it is full of beauty. This flower doesn’t wear makeup or have filters on its Instagram, it is just lovely all on its own. Why do you think that is? Because it was made to be beautiful and so were you. This flower will never be a lovely thing, however, if it doesn’t get what it needs from the inside. The right amount of water and natural food to eat.
Did you know that a cucumber is 90% water? Not only is this used in slices to hydrate and de-puff your delicate eye skin, but they make masks and lotions with it to help your skin. Imagine what it could do for you if you ate it. I know crazy talk. If you don’t like cucumbers, why not eat more watermelon? That has an even higher water content.
The point I am trying to make is that all those chemicals in the food we sometimes eat have to go somewhere. Our bodies were not designed to break down those things and although they are trying to learn how the easiest way to let it out is through our pores. Putting natural things in your body will, in turn, allow it to put those nutrients to work for your beauty and health.
- Drink more water
- Get plenty of rest
- Stop smoking (as it damages the skin as well as other issues)
- Be more active
- Eat more natural foods
- Establish a simple daily skin care routine
- Protect yourself from the sun
- Remember to smile
- Never forget, you are beautiful
I would love to hear about your beauty and skin care routines. I am always looking to improve mine. Let me know in the comments below.