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What Is True Beauty?

Am I beautiful?

"Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder." 

Often said after asking if someone is beautiful. The real question is, what is true beauty? Every day we are surrounded by the world's perspective of beauty: blond hair, blue eyes, slim, tall, hourglass figure, just to name a few. Beautiful women come in all different shapes and sizes. I have a friend and she's GORGEOUS. She's from the Caribbean and she's always well put together. Men love her and women wish to look like her. The only problem is that she doesn't see herself the way others see her. But isn't that the problem? How we view our ourselves positively? We never see ourselves the way people see us. There’s nothing worse than looking in the mirror and not being happy with who you are. Wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and say: You, my friend, are wonderful!

Let's not forget the gentlemen. They have pressure too.  It's not just wake up and go anymore. The trend is manscaping. There is so much to say and know about manscaping, so I linked a site for you to do some research, and next time I'll go into it some more. In the same way women have to deal with the pressures of media and beauty, it's the same for men too. As an esthetician, I work with all kinds of people. Men are amazing clients at first. It's hard for them to get into the idea of "beauty," but once something is for them, they stick to it—especially if it's very beneficial, simple, works, and nothing too fancy.

What makes you beautiful? 

Is it your hair? Your luscious skin? Glowing smile? Bright eyes that pop? Your outstanding personality? Or your confidence?

First, let's define beauty. According to the Collins Canadian English dictionary, beauty is a combination of all the qualities of a person or thing that delight the senses and mind. Three something outstanding of its kind...let's ask this question again: "what makes you beautiful?" 

In understanding the meaning of beauty, are we not all beautiful then? If you ask me, we are all unique. No one looks the same (unless identical twins), but even then, each one of us has different personalities and qualities that are so unique, whether physically or mentally. If you have never been called beautiful, it doesn’t mean you’re not, because you are. Beauty is something outstanding of its kind, therefore we are all beautiful because we are all outstanding.

The Beauty Industry:

Esthetics is the concept concerned with the nature and the value of beauty. It's okay for one to feel as though they need some adjustment on their body. I haven't met a single person who is 100 percent satisfied with themselves physically. I know I'm not. Esthetics helps people to feel good about themselves in ways as little as a polish change to as large as body contouring. For those who don’t know what body contouring is, it's a process of sculpting the body by helping to remove extra fat from parts of the body and improving shape. Mostly, advanced body contouring is done through surgery. 

However there are other ways that this can be accomplished successfully and without it being too costly as surgery—treatments like: body wraps, IPL, radio frequency, types of creams and oils. Medical aesthetics are a wonderful alternative to surgery. These aestheticians are beauty professionals who extended their education of the body and were trained in advanced treatments such as these. In proceeding articles, we’ll get into more detail regarding these treatments. 

I would be a hypocrite and not a very good professional if I was to tell you that "You don't need these treatments. You're beautiful the way you are, don't change a thing." Because my line of work revolves around making you comfortable in your body. However, the reality is that you need to be comfortable in your own skin. I can't tell you how you should feel, or how you should see yourself; All I can tell you is that whatever you decide to do, do it not for anybody else, but only you. Whether you want permanent hair removal, thicker brows, longer eyelashes, to lose 50 lbs, gain 100 lbs, it's your decision. Just be happy with who you are. Be confident and comfortable in your body. Nobody looks the same and no one is perfect. We are all beautiful in our own way. As one of my girls says: 

"True beauty is not how you look, but the confidence, comfort, and security you have with yourself."

You are beautiful.