SEASON’S greetings to everyone. I’m super glad that I made it into this year including you, the followers of this blog.
I do hope 2021 will bring nothing but the best in everyone who follows us on Beauty Bucket. Believe me, my break was not a perfect one; I had missed sharing with you guys and surprisingly choosing what to post is a job and half as I have many new interesting facts about beauty and looking good. Who wouldn’t want to be on top of their game? Last year is gone, yet we had so much to share and as we received positive feedback which keeps me going.
I have decided to go deep into defining beauty as we start this year because what I have for you this year is nothing but a bomb to the beauty addicts. So this year allow me to take you through this beauty journey! I love you all!
It’s my wish that you know what beauty is all about. Putting on makeup? Applying skincare routinely? Catching the eyes of strangers?
Beauty can be interpreted in so many ways. But for some reason when many hear the word beauty they immediately go to the physical aspects. Beauty can be considered shallow or indulgent. The word beauty leads to thoughts of department store aisles, models, and maybe even for some, Beauty and The Beast.
But I define beauty as the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. Beauty is more than what is on the surface. It refers to qualities both internal and external.
This made me curious about how individual women thought of beauty. From a societal level, you can obviously infer that the public loves beautiful people and beautiful things, yet they also seem so critical of those that put effort into their appearance. But in our everyday lives what do women think beauty actually means?
I was intrigued by the idea that some women may think of beauty as solely external. I didn’t know if a woman’s age, race, or social status would alter her opinions.
To properly delve into this idea, I asked some women from different cultures, backgrounds, and ages to weigh in. But the outcome was even better than I hypothesised. I asked these women to explain what beauty means to them in one sentence or less.
Here are some definitions I got: Beauty means feeling comfortable in your own skin and appreciating your imperfections. It also means feeling good about yourself, whether it is because of makeup or nice clothes or exercising, it is having confidence in yourself no matter where you are, nomatter who you are with.
Beauty is power and a means of empowering yourself. These women all focused on the self-love aspect of beauty: saying what makes someone beautiful is confidence, finding strength in flaws, and feeling good gives a power to beauty.
If you have that power and harness your beauty through confidence, it will be visible to everyone around you, and you will feel the difference (which is the most important aspect).
I found it wildly refreshing to know that women in my life view beauty as a means to taking pride in oneself. And I’m no statistician, but if the majority of women in my life share this perspective, I’m guessing at least a few in your life do as well.
And if they don’t, I hope this will be food for thought. It seems that beauty is a mindset. You can feel like a queen, feel powerful, strong, and beautiful, through appreciating yourself, both your favourite and least favourite parts.
Of course having that confidence is not always easy, as a matter of fact, it can be tremendously hard, especially when our society focuses so much on physical beauty.
Acne issues, weight struggles, and hundreds of more problems women carry with them every day affect our beauty. But the important thing to remember in the context of this article is that whatever you need to do to gain that confidence is your choice. If you want to put on makeup to cover acne or wear certain clothes to feel more comfortable then do it.
You can appreciate and love your curves, imperfections, and everything you and the world are critical of whilst still making choices that add to your confidence. That is what gives beauty a feminist power.
Making the decision to cover up a spot or darken your roots, is your right to beauty as a woman. Play up your look or tone it down, either way it is beautiful. But as you go through these evolutions, don’t forget to take the time to look inwards and assess the whys of your struggles with beauty, pinpoint the pains, and rationalise them. This will help you navigate life a bit better.
In my own opinion, ugly doesn’t exist. Loving yourself is what makes you beautiful. For some, it may seem easy for someone so striking to make this sort of claim.
But everyone has their personal struggles and we don’t always know what they are. The idea that ugly just like beauty is a state of mind, is a healthy thought.
Whether it comes from someone beautiful or not, this is a quote that goes great lengths with women all over the world.
Deep down I believe we all know the power that beauty has as a means to confidence. But on a day-to-day basis, we tend to forget. It is so easy to fall into the trap of beauty standards with social media, photoshopped ads, and more, but if we can continue to remind ourselves what beauty really means to us and not how it is seen in the public eye, perhaps we can gain that confidence and self-empowerment to consider ourselves and everyone else beautiful.
- ESSENTIAL BEAUTY TIPS
Are you sitting down? A recent German study found that the appearance of a woman’s skin on her chest, hands and arms greatly impacts how old she is perceived to be. In other words, it’s not just your face that you need to worry about — it’s your skin, too.
It’s no secret that aging is inevitable. But, if you have to age, why not do everything you can to put it off as long as possible? It turns out it’s more than your genes and the sun that may be aging you. Read on for eight ways to maintain a youthful appearance…
- STAY OUT OF THE SUN
While it’s true that the sun isn’t the only factor in the overall appearance of your skin, it does play a huge role.
In fact, damage from the sun’s UV light (UVA and UVB rays) is responsible for about 90 percent of your skin’s visible signs of aging.
UV rays break down the elastin in your skin, causing a saggy and dull appearance, wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin tone, and more. Always (always, always, always) wear a good quality sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 30, and make sure that it’s a broad spectrum sunscreen — meaning it helps block both UVA and UVB rays. Keep in mind that the sun’s rays are out whether it’s sunny or not, so be sure that you wear sunscreen every day and remember to reapply every few hours for maximum protection.
- DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Another key to younger looking skin is hydration. You should aim for 8 glasses of filtered water each day to keep your skin looking radiant and support optimal health. Dehydration can quickly cause your skin to look dry and dull — emphasizing wrinkles and aging.
Drinking enough water each day replenishes your skin’s tissues and cells, allowing for younger and healthier looking skin.
- GET SOME ZZZS
Another key to maintaining a youthful appearance is to simply get some rest! When you sleep, your body continuously releases hormones that promote cell turnover and renewal. Use this time to your advantage — this is when you should be using age-defying additives such as retinoids and beta hydroxy acid, which are both powerful exfoliants and wrinkle erasers.
But keep in mind that these increase your sensitivity to sunlight, so be extra vigilant with the sunscreen. To take it a step further, consider upgrading to a satin pillowcase. Over time, tossing and turning on a rougher fabric, such as cotton, can contribute to the breakdown of collagen in your skin, leading to wrinkles.
- RUB IN
While water helps your skin stay hydrated from the inside out, you can also help it along by making sure you’re using the right kind of moisturiser consistently.
Hydrated skin not only looks better, it is also stronger and better able to fight off any irritants. Moisturisers consist of two components to help your skin feel soft and supple: humectants, which draw in water from the air to your skin, and emollients, which help strengthen your skin’s lipid barrier and hold in moisture.
Creams and moisturizers are not all created equal. It is important to use Clinical Grade products with better absorption and penetration into the skin, also with higher active ingredients, for best results, and backed by clinical studies proven to treat and protect the skin.
- EAT A DIET RICH IN PLANTS
The benefits of a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables are many. They provide key nutrients that help support healthy aging and keep your body young, both on the inside and out.
Fruits and vegetables also up your intake of phytonutrients, which help your body ward off the damaging effects of free radicals found in the environment.
Aim to eat a healthy diet consisting of mostly fruits and vegetables, supplemented with whole grains and healthy, lean proteins.
- GET MOVING
Staying active is helpful in maintaining a healthy weight, but did you know that it has been proven to also help you look younger? Research has shown that vigorous exercise, especially high intensity interval training (HIIT), can slow your aging at a cellular level by nearly 10 years.
But the benefits don’t stop there — exercise also increases blood flow, moving oxygen and critical nutrients throughout your body, leading to a more youthful appearance. Further, regular exercise is critical to maintaining strength and muscle mass, which also boasts a ton of health benefits and can add years to your lifespan.
- ESTABLISH A GOOD ROUTINE
While there are steps that can be taken to help reverse damage to your skin, it is so much easier to help prevent the damage before it begins. Make a good skin care routine your daily habit. Aim to use a gentle cleanser and exfoliant, and make sure that you’re using the proper treatments and serums for your skin type and needs. And be sure to use a daily moisturiser to increase your skin’s elasticity and keep it hydrated.
- LIMIT ALCOHOL AND CAFFEINE
While we love a good Martini or latte, both alcohol and caffeine can have health benefits when consumed in moderation, too much can wreak havoc on your skin. Both can dehydrate your body and rob it of key nutrients.
What’s even worse is that some of these effects can be permanent.
There’s no substitute for taking good care of your skin, and it will eventually show how you treat it. If you have any questions about caring for your skin, or if you would like some help turning back the hands of time, I will be here for you taking you stage by stage on this beauty journey. More is coming.
Stay young! Stay safe, Covid is real! Mask up! Happy reading…
NB: Joey Nyikadzino is a beautician, scriptwriter, hairstylist and entrepreneur based in the capital. She also runs a film and theatre school grooming upcoming actresses from less fortunate backgrounds and remote areas.
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