Do you love your skin? Do you love your unique look despite the flaws? For a lot of women, that can be a difficult question to answer. We live in a society where so many women in the media seem to look flawless and we covet their features. Sure, we see beautiful women in everyday life, but we also see that they have flaws. They are not airbrushed or photo-shopped. Even though they have a form of beauty that is natural and realistic, we never appreciate their beauty as much as those in the media that are airbrushed to the point where they literally look like a cartoon or wax figure.
When I was a child, I had a brief moment where I wanted to be lighter skinned. I thought I was pretty, but I felt like I would be prettier if I was light skinned. I’m glad that I got over that stage quickly, but I never really felt like my skin was pretty until about 10 years ago. But even now, I still struggle with my face. I feel like my facial skin often looks dull and lifeless. I often use highlighters and bronzers to make my skin look brighter. I also use anti-aging facial cleansers.
To be honest with you, I am completely okay with using cosmetics to spruce up my skin. But I am still accepting of myself. Somehow I still accept the spots, wrinkles, and blotches. No, it’s not what I would consider to be beautiful, but it’s me. We all have to learn to accept ourselves at some point in life. I think women often beat themselves up for not being perfect in every way, but sometimes our imperfections make us unique. I know that is so cliche, but it’s true.
Quite frankly, beauty is first and foremost a mind state, not a look. You ever saw girls that weren’t all that pretty, but they still thought they were? As funny as it sounds, they feel like they are beautiful and that confidence and self esteem is what makes them attractive to so many people. This is what we all should feel. We should start thinking like a beautiful person. Start feeling and believing it inside yourself.
There is no real standard for beauty. Beauty is whatever we make it. Beauty is every shape, every color, every height, every body type. We control what beauty is. So start feeling pretty. Start feeling worthy. Start loving the skin you’re in.