Full makeup, salon-styled hair, designer labels, a runway walk and a killer smile. Probably the first things that come to mind for most people when they hear the B-word. But what does it mean to be Beautiful? Does it mean having to own a mountain of makeup, grabbing the latest smart mirror for sale or balancing in sky-high heels? Or is it something more than meets today’s materialistic eye?
It’s all about projection.
In assessing someone’s beauty, most people immediately consider the image projected by the person. But a lot more goes into this image, literally than what might first appear. In other words, it’s what’s inside the person that inevitably manages to surface and affect that person’s overall look.
If you’re confident, happy, or in love, you can’t help but exude that confidence and smile even more brightly, giving your image a big, fat, beauty-boost. Conversely, if you’re in a bad mood, worried about something or exhausted, it’s bound to affect not just the look on your face but your posture, the way you move, and the way you present yourself to people overall.
Making adjustments to how you feel on the inside or your general outlook on life isn’t something you may be able to change overnight, and there are many things that affect that which may be beyond your control. Physical adjustments, however, are relatively easier to make, which means outer beauty, at least, is within most people’s reach.
So to look your best, physically on the outside, make sure you take care of yourself on the inside.
What goes in, or the kind of nutrition you get from green vegetables and other healthy food, is bound to show in your hair and skin. It’s not just what you eat but how much you eat, and when you eat it. Instead of eating three huge meals a day, eat smaller meals throughout the day and drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is great for your skin; drink even more water if you have any alcohol or caffeine.
Getting enough sleep also lets your insides recuperate, which in turn refreshes your look on the outside. A lack of sleep actually speeds up the aging process, which is the last thing we want to do, as well as makes acne, dark circles under your eyes, and other skin conditions worse.
And while you’re having your beauty sleep, let moisturiser work its wonders and give a natural boost to your skin’s regeneration process. This is especially important as we get older, and there are plenty of anti-aging moisturisers and creams out there to choose from. Make sure you take all your makeup off before putting the moisturiser on and hitting the sheets.
A smile from the heart lights up your face and brings your inner beauty out the way nothing else can. Maintain your smile by using whitening toothpaste or having them whitened at your dental clinic to look up to 10 years younger. If you’d rather go natural, try eating strawberries or brushing with a mix of baking soda, food-grade hydrogen peroxide and peppermint oil to whiten your teeth once a week.
Of course, if your teeth are chipped or don’t look quite right to you, you might choose to have them fixed at your dental clinic.
Keep on smiling and your lift your spirits with regular exercise. If the gym isn’t your scene, you can go for a walk, a swim, some tennis with a friend or a romp in the park with your dog. The point is to make sure you stay active as a great way to beat stress and keep your skin looking great.
Now let’s continue this conversation outside.
Protect yourself from the aging effects of the sun every day with a good sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. This is especially important if you’re going on holiday at the beach or during the summer. Make sure you get both UVA and UVB protection not just on your face but the backs of your hands and other exposed areas.
To keep your skin soft and looking youthful, start looking into regular exfoliation, usually twice a week. It unclogs your pores, keeps acne at bay (or at least under control), helps even out your skin tone, and softens wrinkles and lines. It’ll be best to ask a skincare specialist for advice as to the best kind of exfoliator for your skin type. There are also natural, DIY exfoliators you can make and apply at home.
Free your hair from heavy shampoos that have silicon in them, and use a volumising shampoo, instead. This will keep your hair from getting weighed down and looking flat. If you need to use conditioner, choose one formulated for thin hair and apply just a little of it a few inches from your roots and onward. Don’t forget to rinse well to make sure any residue doesn’t get left behind.
Your makeup’s got to move with the times—your own time, as well as the present. If your eyelids are starting to droop, for instance, you might want to go easy on the eye shadow in favour of eyeliner, or use pencils for emphasising your eyebrows. Keep your lips moist and plump with shea butter, and keep a light touch on the lipstick to keep it from sinking into lines that might be starting to show.
When choosing your makeup, do your best to avoid products that are chockfull of chemicals, and use makeup with natural ingredients as much as possible. The chemicals can damage your skin over time, and we’ll want to keep our skin healthy and looking great.
And when it’s time to put the makeup on, a smart makeup mirror can help you get your look exactly right sooner, and with fewer layers. This means not having to put more than you have to on your skin, and subjecting it to less rubbing, patting or poking.
Allure is a smart mirror for sale on the FREDNOLOGY website that comes with LumiereMax lighting, allowing you to see the colours accurately in natural light and get the look you want with little or no trial and error. Allure also comes with a Sephora app that lets you try out lipstick colours without having to put them on.
You can even follow makeup tutorials step-by-step in real-time on the Allure thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity. And because it’s multimedia-ready, you can play your favourite tunes to get you in the mood and help you feel as great as you look.
Beauty isn’t about staying the same way you were at what you think was your peak in life. It’s about adjusting to the present and being the best you that you can be at the moment. Just remember that you don’t have to take anyone’s definition of the B-word. Ultimately, it’s what you think beauty is.Achieve your personal beauty goals with your very own Allure, today. To get your Allure for as low as US$41 per month with an easy-payment instalment plan, click here to make an enquiry now.