If you’re looking for a sound investment, consider the beauty industry. According to Inkwood Research, the industry is expected to grow from $432.7 billion in 2016 to $750 billion by 2024, worldwide. The goal today is to “slay,” and many are willing to do so at any cost. Looking your best might mean multiple and expensive surgical procedures or allocating a huge chunk of your budget to cosmetic products. There are only a few who honestly and wholly accept the face and body they see in the mirror.
On the Face of It
The desire for youth and beauty is a common quest, globally. Apart from seeking to remain forever youthful, there is, of course, the need to produce the perfect image for social media. Putting your best foot forward no longer means doing your best. Today, it’s as much about looking your best.
How far does “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” go in a society that is increasingly superficial. Many cast judgment based on what they first see. Before everything, there’s the physical. Before you speak, before anyone knows your credentials, before they know what you believe, there’s the physical you that they see.
From an early age, our looks impact our social standing. If you’re pretty, everyone wants to be your friend. If you’re unattractive you feel shunned. As we grow older, the same holds true in social settings. The issue is that many feel those who are attractive are more likely to succeed or receive more opportunities to do so. The issue of confidence has many layers.
Here’s Looking At You
There are many attractive people who feel undesirable, which in turn affects their behavior. Their lack of confidence won’t give them any advantage over someone who is considered less attractive, all else being equal. Therefore, quite often, it’s not so much how people see us, but how we see ourselves.
So what factor(s) impact how we interpret what we see in the mirror? There was a time when delicate features and a fair complexion were the hallmarks of true beauty. However, today, exaggerated “assets” and skin color from a spray, tanning bed, or jar are supposed to be the new normal—no matter how unnatural or unappealing they appear.
Accepting the Skin You’re In
It’s not so unusual that many of us are critical of our appearance. It has nothing to do with standards, the Hollywood trends, or even the more serious mental condition, body dysmorphia. It’s perhaps as basic as looking at something and believing this is not quite right or I don’t care for this. That is, in the way someone would look at a painting, furniture, or an item of clothing and decided it’s not quite what they’d like.
Beyond societal standards and without comparing ourselves to others, perhaps it’s a normal aspect of self-analysis. However, we need to love what we see when we look in the mirror—no matter what. This doesn’t apply to making physical changes for health reasons. There is nothing more liberating than accepting the face, the mouth, the nose, and the bone structure we were given and as they morph over our lifetime. Our features are who we are, they are a part of our story.
Instead of fighting so hard to work on the outside, work on what’s inside. Otherwise, you might find an empty, fickle soul that isn’t strong enough to support it’s pretty new outer shell. Instead of spending money on all things cosmetic, invest in growing mentally and spiritually so you can feel free to look in the mirror and accept and love yourself—flaws and all.