Chasing Beauty: Tips for Loving What Mother Nature Gave You

by Caterina Marra-Vazquez | Posted in Answers & Advice, Self Care, Skin Care

Enjoyment - free happy woman enjoying sunsetAll artificially imposed notions of beauty naturally make women feel less attractive. Women begin to feel as if they are miles away from the impossible standards given to them by the media. Should we enhance our natural beauty? Absolutely! However, we seem to be destroying, not enhancing, it.

We will experience different kinds of beauty from the time we are born through our teens, our 20s, 40s and so on. A 60-year-old woman will never look like she’s 25, and that’s okay. If she learns to harness her inner goddess, she will exude beauty’s glow. Can’t we just accept that beauty changes?

Many women are constantly ‘chasing beauty’ instead of nurturing the beauty they were born with.

We can see the reaction to this everywhere we look. Most notably in the rising number of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. Hollywood is becoming increasingly self-conscious to the point that even young celebrities like Megan Fox and Kim Kardashian have that “injected” look; their true beauty now partly damaged. We have drifted so far from the idea of enhancing our natural beauty to having an almost comical version where people look like caricatures of themselves.

Fake tans, fake eye color, illnesses born out of hating one’s body, swollen lips and faces to match. Not only are there dangers associated with plastic and cosmetic procedures, but the results look phony and unpleasant — making me wonder why we do this to ourselves?

Psychology plays a big role in the why. For a book I’m currently writing, I examine why society is straying from natural forms of beauty toward manipulated and manufactured “characters.”

True beauty is natural beauty. We really should be doing more to nourish and protect our natural resources instead of trying to take imaginary shortcuts. Beauty is organically within all of us. 

Ways to support sustainable & healthy self-beauty

* Accept your natural beauty. Identify what is uniquely yours whether it is almond-shaped eyes, full thighs, or big luscious lips (different cultures, different features). Learn to work with and accentuate it!

* Lifestyle & grooming are important. Things like haircuts, proper hygiene, mani/pedis, waxing, regular facials, vitamins/supplements, sleep, exercise, healthy diet, drinking in moderation, and not smoking go a long way in making you look hot!

* Learn to use makeup. It can actually protect our skin and enhance our natural beauty when used in moderation. Stop by your favorite makeup store during non-peak hours and let them know you want to try out a few looks and learn how to use some basic products like primer, concealer, bronzer, and highlighters which really do wonders for contouring your face.

>> >>Book a session with Green Beauty Team‘s founder, celebrity makeup artist Kristen Arnett, who can show you which natural products work best and guide you on how to use them so you feel confident every day!

* Hairstyles and fashion can also enhance our natural beauty. Certain cuts work better on particular face shapes, just like certain clothing flatters different body types.

* Take care of your skin. Don’t just slather anything on it. Your focus should be ingredient-driven, just as you would examine the ingredients on your food labels, look for ingredients that will nourish and protect your skin (and hair). Review some of our other articles for inspiration!

* Make YOU a priority. Make beauty time a private and relaxing event. Once a week take two hours to yourself — no phone, no computer, no company. Give yourself a mask, massage your face and body with a nourishing balm, and tell yourself you’re beautiful just the way you are.

Soon you will be radiating a sense of health, well being and self-love that no one can take away from you!

Caterina Marra-VazquezAbout GBT Expert Caterina Marra-Vazquez (9 Posts)

Caterina is a NYS certified and licensed esthetician as well as a medical esthetician. She began her career in skincare studying ingredients within a product development role. After advancing into medical esthetics, she pursued a holistic approach learning how to incorporate Ayurvedic healing elements. Caterina is a skincare trainer and consultant who teaches her techniques on achieving healthy skin to estheticians, spa owners and retail partners.

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