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Beauty Today: All Smoke and Mirrors?
Did you ever notice that the bar is continually
being raised on exactly what physical characteristics define
beauty? As I sit in front of the TV, I am bombarded by beauties
with pouty lips, perfect bone structure, flawless skin, more
"voluptuous" upper regions, size 2 waists, and hair
that resembles spun silk.
Take these same beauties and plop them back
in time 20-30 years, when the advent of modern cosmetic technology
had not even begun to reach its full potential. Do you think
they would have had those same attributes you find yourself
longing for when faced with these images? My guess is probably
not, or at least not to the same extent.
True, genetics play a role in physical beauty, but with the
likes of Total "extreme" makeover reality TV (The
Swan, Extreme Makeover, Dr. Beverly Hills) and abundant publicity,
we see that beauty and cosmetic improvement can now be achieved
by a few thousand dollars and a good plastic surgeon. Not
only that, but cosmetics in general are now so technologically
advanced, you can dramatically improve your appearance by
personal makeup application and home treatments (for best,
proven product http://www.cosmeticsgalore.com ).
There are now do-it-yourself cosmetic treatments such as
home microdermabrasion kits, chemical peels, "botox"
creams and gels, teeth whiteners, hair removal treatments,
cellulite treatments, professional hair straighteners and
colors, self tanners, lip enlargers, acne treatments, and
the list goes on and on. Cosmetics marketers and science have
joined forces to give women everything they ever wanted to
be their most beautiful, and feel better about themselves.
Women are benefitting by so many companies competing for a
piece of these fairly new markets by lower, more competitive
Not only are there new breakthroughs in the world of cosmetic
science, But there are constantly new studies and discoveries
in the field of nutrition, fitness, and wellness. Combine
this with the new wave of technologically advanced cosmetics,
supplements, and treatments, and you've got a recipe for a
healthier, longer, more satisfying life for those of us who
decide to take advantage of the advanced knowledge of our
So, does your desire to be your best and most beautiful self
make you shallow, less credible, or somehow jeopardize your
feminist agendas? Unless you've somehow compromised your integrity,
morals, or core Beliefs along the way, the answer is ABSOLUTELY
NOT! As long as you are not putting yourself at high risk
for physical harm, obsessing endlessly, or spending your life
savings, investing time and money into your beauty ultimately
is an investment in your well being, self esteem, and many
times, mental and physical health. Feeling beautiful is part
of what makes us women. Come on, it's just plain FUN to experiment
with different looks and different products! It feels good
to be noticed, and when you feel beautiful, you tend to radiate
confidence and power. It is inherent in our nature to want
to feel feminine and look and feel our best, and there is
nothing wrong with it, as long as it is not all-consuming.
As a self-proclaimed "product junkie", I can attest
that many of these newly engineered products really do work,
as I have tried nearly all of them in the quest to look and
feel my best. I can't wait to see what they'll come out with
next, as every new product seems to top the last. Hey, women
have come a long way, and we deserve to feel sexy and Confident
- beyond smoke and mirrors!
About the Author:
Danna Schneider is the webmaster and founder of CosmeticsGalore.com.
She is a cosmetics and beauty product critic, researcher,
and enthusiast. CosmeticsGalore.com offers reviews of the
latest in cosmetic technology.