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Your Natural Beauty with Beauty Products

Women the world over knows that beautiful skin is a great asset. Even if heredity hasn’t given you the kind of skin you’d like, quality beauty products can work at giving your skin a smooth, fresh look. Thanks to scientists putting their knowledge to work in beauty research, there are products to suit all kinds of skin, hair, lips, complexion, your feet as well as for your personal hygiene. Beauty is not static, it needs constant care, and the question is, what beauty products would you reach for first if you had to present your best image?

Some of the Top Beauty Care Products

OLAY – Created by chemist, Graham Wulff for his wife Dinah, the instantly recognizable fragrance and pale pink shade of Oil of Olay Beauty Fluid has been making women look and feel beautiful since the 1950s. In 1985, Procter & Gamble gained the Olay brand and today all products are safety- and quality tested. From their dermatologist formulated Pro-X skin care products to their Regenerist skincare to their Total Effects, Fresh Effects, Complete, Classics and Body range collection of products, Olay’s cleansers, anti-aging products, moisturizisers and body treatments are an essential part of a woman’s grooming.

L’OREAL – Every woman concerned about beauty and style appreciates the cosmetics, skincare products, hair color and self tan products which L’Oreal offers. For more than a century, the multi-award winning company has been providing men and women with safe beauty products and their research and innovation allows them to continuously bring out products which are fresh, new and original. Their skincare products are rigorously tested with leading scientists, whether its their Youthcode for up to 35 year olds, their Revitalift for up to 45 year olds, their Age Perfect for up to 55 year olds and their Age Re-perfect for those over the age of 55.

NEUTROGENA – This American brand of skin, hair care and cosmetics was founded in 1930 by Emanuel Stolaroff. Today the company offers a broad range of beauty products, from their cleaners, body and bath products to cosmetics, anti-wrinkle and anti-acne products, hair products and their men’s skin care range. Renowned for their water-soluble cleansers, retinol, AHAs and sunscreen products, their Healthy Skin lineup offers moisturizers with glycolic acid.

ESTEE LAUDER – with its headquarters in New York, this manufacturer of skincare, makeup and hair care products started in 1946. The company has more than 25 brands such as Aramis, Bobbi Brown and Clinique, and they have confidence in the safety of all the ingredients and formulas of their products which set the right pH balance for skin and hair. It was Estee Lauder who started the very popular idea of giving a free gift with a purchase.

AVON – a leading global beauty product company and one of the world’s largest direct sellers. Avon’s beauty products include their quality, scientifically proven color cosmetics which provide superior performance, from the lipsticks to the foundations, powders and lip products; all designed to make women look and feel their best. Their fantastic ANEW skincare brand with transformative, anti-aging technology helps women to look much younger. This range has different lines to target a particular age group.

The Trade Secret for Beautiful Skin and Hair

Research on the Internet will help you to select the best beauty products to encourage each man and woman to make their own beauty routine the most pleasurable. These products have all been developed to take just a few minutes each day to apply, but which will affect your looks for a lifetime.

Dance Beauty and Dance with Great Posture

Originating from the Latin beatus and bellus, the masculine form of the word evolved to beau and its feminine form belle. Eventually the English word “Beautiful” began to be used in the 15th century. Some related terms we confer to beauty are: attractiveness, pulchritude, radiance, vitality, aliveness, blessed, happy, graceful, elegant.

Somehow we develop a relationship to our own beauty by how our light reflects back from the people in our lives. When we, even as children, are welcomed into our families and communities, our own light shines. They welcome us, we welcome the feedback, we again shine our light. Beauty, then, is a positive feedback loop of an energy exchange.

From physics we learn that energy has mass and takes up space. In order for us to create a space or conduit for energy in the body; the body must be open and have flexibility, coordination, balance, strength, and freedom of movement.

Beauty is dynamic and responsive. An attractive man or woman with a self- destructive attitude or habit will detract from their beauty. An attractive person with poor body alignment diminishes their beauty. Clumsiness and rigidity distracts the expression of beauty.

Aesthetically, we can say that a person has a beautiful nose because it is well- shaped and symmetrical. However, a nose by itself can not render beauty until you compare it with other facial features such as the eyes, mouth, and cheekbones. We can see now that beauty can also be a by-product of symmetry, balance, alignment, and movement. Great posture is therefore a vital element of true beauty.

Perhaps we have even witnessed statues which, though inanimate, display symmetry, balance and radiance in color features or posture. Maybe we remember a tree, flower or rock formation that resonates with something inside of us. We feel inspired, comforted, intrigued by this beauty. Nevertheless we are indeed affected in some way.

Again, what appeals to us as beauty has to do with the way light and energy are reflected to the eye of the beholder. The distinguishing human characteristics of beauty are symmetry, movement, character, mind, body and spirit.

Here are some of the indications for great posture and beauty for men and women: Straight toes that have balanced arches. The toes stay straight and centered even through the swing and push-off of a walking stride. The kneecaps are facing forward and the legs are straight (not bowed or knock-knees). The entire pelvis moves in a gyroscopic wave pattern – (Up – Down, Left – Right, Front – Back) to balance the weight of the upper body on its central axis when one is walking. The gyroscopic movement of the pelvis also functions to swing the legs out of each others way during the weight- transfer from Left – to – Right legs and feet.

Special Note Relative To Height and Frame size: A man’s pelvis is narrower Left – to – Right, and taller Top – to – Bottom, than a female pelvis. Hence the visual appearance of normal pelvis movement will be considerably more dramatic on a female. A man with the same gyroscopic movement is more likely to be considered “smooth”, and not “effeminate”. The waist line is perpendicular and level Front – to – Back when viewed from the side, and level Left – to – Right when viewed from the front.

For men and women, the ribcage is open and appears wide at the top, because the arms and shoulders are hanging behind the body’s midline. From the back view, the shoulder blades are about one thumb width away from the spine. The top of the chest and the top of the upper back are level Front – to – Back. Mainly for Women: From the side view, the size and weight of the front of the body, (including the front half of the head, the breasts, torso and thighs) appears to be visually balanced with the weight of the arms and, derriere. Actual size and weight do not matter. The neck appears to lead straight up from the rib cage to balance head evenly Front – to – Back. The jawbone is symmetrical Left – to – Right, in motion

The arms and pelvis swing to balance the body on a dynamic central axis. When this occurs, the head appears to be riding in space, the dynamic dance of great posture is synonymous with what makes a person, male or female, beautiful to watch, radiant with character, charm and personality. Of course, one is attracted to beauty. It is a natural instinct. It is also a natural instinct to be beautiful, feel happy and feel blessed.

Very often, the realities of living, unfortunately, cause us to distort our natural beauty and collapse our posture in order to accommodate the social, cultural and professional expectations of others.

This attitude collapse, or the expectation of it, can even occur on a grand scale. How many times have we seen people who are ethnically similar, yet culturally vastly different? Taiwan, Peoples Republic of China, or Chinese American? Barbados, West Africa or Brooklyn? France, Montreal or New Orleans?

Even in a professional or social environment, we may know someone who must express a different aspect of their personality in order to co-exist in that situation. This is not necessarily good or bad. The point is, when one’s body is flexible and fully expressive, ones inner beauty comes out.

When our family, culture, and professional expectations give us permission to express our true beauty, then our beauty can be an asset to the entire world. When we can know ourselves thoroughly and accept ourselves confidently, we can be beautiful even if only to ourselves. When our body is flexible and responsive to gravity, size, weight and movement we can have great posture.

A truly beautiful person knows and loves themselves and allows their inner beauty to be an asset to the global community, nation, community, their family, and themselves. All this leads to one point: With great posture you energize your light and let it shine wherever you go. With peace of mind you can allow your body to be free of inhibition and self-doubt.

There is something sacred about the symmetry, geometry and movement of great posture. When your chest / ribcage is open, with your shoulders back, your heart and lungs have maximum space for inspiration, and respiration. The word root “spire” of both terms may also suggest expansion of one’s capacity for spirit to enter the body and soul. Natural beauty is the measure of this capacity, created by flexibility, movement, and great posture. Finally, it is well-worth the investment of time, energy and resources to develop and restore ones beauty inside and out.

Beauty in an inner person

You often hear, “what you feel on the inside translates to the outside.” The beauty that flows throughout you relates to how you carry yourself. If you are feeling fabulous, it shows through your smile and carries through to your posture.

I never used to wear makeup before, but I do now. When I was going through chemotherapy and radiation, I felt terrible. One day, a few of us ladies went to a makeup session given by the local hospital; the American Cancer Society furnished the makeup for cancer patients. I felt terrible, but just putting on a little bit of makeup made me feel so much better about myself. The other women and I shared stories and laughter, and it was truly an uplifting experience. It would have been so much easier to just pull the covers over my head and lay in bed, but I forced myself to go, and I’m so glad I did.

Beauty is what you feel; sure we can enhance our beauty by expressing ourselves through different styles or by simply putting on a favorite fragrance. Ultimately what you feel on the inside will shine through on the outside. Beauty lies in all shapes, sizes, colors and nationalities. There is not one standard for beauty. Beauty is a state of being; it is how you feel inside portraying on the outside. The color of your skin is your beauty, the size that you are is your beauty and the way you carry yourself is your beauty.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be beautiful; you are enhancing the beauty that you already have. You have to be comfortable with who you are as a person and that beauty will shine through.

Beauty on the inside goes hand in hand with the beauty you reflect on the outside. If you feel kind of blah, you can put makeup on and wear a nice outfit and it will make you feel better because you look better. Putting on your favorite shoes or adding the perfect accessories to your outfit will put a big smile on your face. You are enhancing the beauty that you already possess.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. There is beauty everywhere and in everyone, it is up to you to see it. As a society who is obsessed with beauty we tend to stray away from natural beauty. We sometimes tend to examine ourselves so thoroughly that our list of flaws continues to grow. They are not flaws; it is the body that God gave us and he made all of us different. Appreciate the body you are given, nourish it, keep it fit and it will last a long time. Some will run out and have an operation to fix something while others are fine with the same thing. It is a personal choice and it all reflects on how we feel about ourselves. There is no right or wrong, it is about what makes you happy.

Are Beauty Subjects ‘Soft’?

I am new to blogging and upon discussing the content of my blog with a friend, they expressed their surprise that ‘someone so academic’ would be writing about a ‘soft’ subject like beauty. Now I wasn’t at all happy at this remark. Not only is it one of my passions and the topic that my whole blog is based on, but I also have numerous friends that are employed in the beauty industry in some way. I have friends who are professional makeup artists, beauty therapists, hairdressers and nail technicians. I also have friends who run their own franchised beauty businesses such as Avon. All of these people are smart, creative, passionate and highly trained professionals. And yet there are still those that doubt whether it is a worthwhile industry to work in or whether as a field of study it deserves respect.

The beauty industry in the UK alone employs over 1 million people. Despite a global recession in recent years, the beauty and cosmetics industry has increased its market share year after year and is predicted to be worth over $200 billion worldwide by 2017. That’s far bigger than many other industries and is a figure that is still growing. Many women (and an increasing number of men) enjoy the confidence that using cosmetics gives them. Even in times of recession, there are plenty of us out there who enjoy looking our best and will still purchase makeup and enjoy beauty treatments at the expense of other luxuries. In fact, it is the view of many economists that the beauty industry is one of the few that is ‘recession proof’. So if you’re thinking about your employment options after leaving school or considering a change of career, the beauty industry is a good choice.

The beauty industry employs millions of highly trained personnel all over the world in various capacities. Cosmetic companies are constantly developing and innovating new products. To do this, they employ scientists known as ‘cosmetic chemists’ – this job alone requires you to have a university or college degree in chemistry or another related science. As well as learning about makeup and beauty treatments, an NVQ in Beauty Therapy requires students to have a knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Students study the workings of the human body – about the circulatory and lymphatic systems, bones and the skeletal system, muscles, the skin and conditions affecting the human body such as fungal infections. As well as this, students also study the business side of the beauty industry. I would hardly call that a ‘soft’ qualification.

Even to those who are not pursuing formal training in the beauty industry, there is still much to be learnt and to offer those with an enquiring mind. Makeup can transform your appearance and give a huge boost of self confidence. True beauty comes from within but when you know you look your best, it can make you feel so much better about yourself. Being able to apply makeup correctly, is a skill that I believe should be taught and encouraged. With skillful makeup application, a plain, ‘blank canvas’ face can be transformed into a beautiful work of art. A quick Google search of makeup artistry will show you just how imaginative makeup artists can be. They certainly deserve as much respect as other creative professionals are given such as musicians and fashion designers.

For too long, people that work in the beauty industry haven’t always been given the respect they deserve in my opinion. Because it is not seen as a ‘traditional’ academic subject, it is sometimes dismissed as a fluffy, lightweight subject that doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously. That needs to change. The beauty industry is massive and isn’t going away anytime soon. If you work as a beauty professional, give yourself a huge pat on the back and be proud that you are employed in an industry that helps millions of women worldwide to feel that little bit better about themselves.

Beauty imperfections

According to some people, beauty is the product of a pleasing appearance and good taste, and by the dimensions of all the parts being duly proportioned to each other. However, we failed to realize that women who stay true to themselves are always more interesting and beautiful.

Aside from that, character contributes to beauty. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful. Beauty will come of its own accord if we think what is useful and not what is beautiful.

Moreover, we do not have to compare ourselves to other people since beauty is not enough, there must be something more. Having inner beauty for instance, is something we need to develop on our own.

It’s a pity that others find beauty very important. It is even frightening to have such notion because physical beauty in only temporary. We do not even realized that sometimes people build their lives based on the principles of beauty in spite of the times of distress. What a shallow-minded individual that is!

We need to love ourselves. It is essential for us to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out not matter what our outer appearance is. Beauty is only a means of self-affirmation, a true indicator of personality and confidence.

In fact, a witty woman is a treasure even without physical glamour. Intellect alone can make a woman beautiful because physical beauty is only temporary unlike the mind which can last a lifetime.

Looking beautiful isn’t just about what we apply on our face. It’s the little things we do that matter. It is not just about what we do on the outside but also what we put into the inside. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves. This is what makes us peculiar and unique.

Beauty is how we feel inside, and how it reflects in our eyes. It is not something physical. It is just a matter of perception and not about make-up. I believe that the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. It’s good to embrace and accept our imperfections to make us beautiful inside.

I always believe that if we feel good about ourselves and look happy, we’re always going to be beautiful. In fact, it’s our aura and how we perceive life as it is makes us more attractive and appealing.

Indian Leather and Its Beauty

It says beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, this is indeed true and at the same time a beautiful picture created in once mind. India is a very warm country, but at the same time miscellaneous in its skin type and complexion, People belonging to different region have different climatic conditions and so do they have a complexion accordingly.

Beauty lies in the way we like to project and we carry our self.

There is no particular definition of beauty.

Beauty lies in everything it’s our perception.

Beauty may be in a flower, in a grandmother’s face, in a baby or in a luxurious car.

From decades, women are functioning firm in their external beautiful and looks, one can actually look excellent if they feel well from within.

In India we follow the natural methods as a beauty treatment beginning from our kitchen itself. This is the easiest method to take care of our looks and beauty.

May be a beauty parlor or a beauty salon, the main intention is related towards the beauty. The more comprehensive service of a beauty salon is related to the skin health and its treatment, face aesthetics, foot care, hand manicure, Aroma therapy, Mud therapy, treatment through fruits, Oxygen therapy, and Meditation, Color therapy, Sun Ray therapy etc.

There is something about learning beauty secrets from other ethnicity that makes our heart beat faster. “Ever since I was little my mother always encouraged me to use natural things at home to enhance the beauty of the skin and hair.” Of course, as a kid I was always fascinated towards the beauty products sold at the market.” I was strictly restricted to use them.

Some of the common natural beauty products that every Indian house practices for their daily beauty routine are:

Rose Water: It is one of the main natural and suits all the skin types, the soothing effect and the mild aroma activates our nerve and has a fresh effect on the skin. It is used as the cleansing and toning effect which brightens, softens and refreshes the skin. It can be stored easily in the fridge which enhances the soothing effect.

Turmeric: The next in the row is turmeric it is the most important part of the Indian wedding tradition. Turmeric is all the way skin beneficial, it cleans, soften, brightens and antiseptic for the skin. The generous amount of turmeric powder added in milk and boiled with sugar has a miraculous effect on the skin as well as on the body from within.

Lemon: Every home must grow at least one lemon tree, it has several benefits, as an Exfoliate the lemon rind is a natural skin brightener; the acid in lemon is the perfect skin booster. Drink a glass of water with a few drops of lemon every morning will benefit the whole body. The lemon peel can be rubbed on the skin to remove the tanning and dirt from the skin.

Mustard oil or seed: apply on the skin or hair helps in conditioner, shining and healthy growth. Selenium, an antioxidant that protects your cells. Omega-3 fatty acid, which nourishes your strands from inside out. Protein that helps in hair growth. Half a teaspoon of mustard oil and a pinch of salt rub on your teeth and gums prevent all kinds of gum and tooth problems.

Coconut oil: A scoop of coconut oil, warm it up and apply it on your skin or hair and take a sun bath for a few minutes, it nourishes the skin and thickens the hair. The shining skin looks attractive and so do the shining hair. It prevents the growth of dandruff in the hair if use with lemon juice.

Henna: the most vital part of Indian beauty treatment, to beautify the hands and feet of the brides and the guests and used as a conditioner to the hair and also to color the hair. I remember my mom use to color and treat her hair with henna instead of chemicals.

Drinking lots of water is just unavoidable to enhance the inner and outer beauty. The inner polish reflects on our skin and hair. Drinking water every morning empty stomach flushes all the toxins from the body, nourishes the body and skin, provides moisture to the skin.

Rumination: with all the natural beauty tips and rumination (meditation) the inner beauty of the skin and hair can be maintained throughout the life. Meditation activates all the nervous system and organs of the body and provides energy. A person can feel beautiful from within if practice a regular mediation.

What does beauty mean to you?

Define beauty? Do you look in the mirror and like what you see? Do you see yourself as beautiful? Beauty in our society has many various forms. For me, beauty encompasses confidence, strength, healthy habits and values. I almost view beauty as the definition of your own inner peace, your true happy self, whereby you look in the mirror and despite any imperfections in your own eyes you still feel satisfied with your image. This is beauty to me.

Why is there so much pressure on perfection within yourself in our societies? Does everyone men, and women strive to be the very best human being they can be for you or for others? What do you need to achieve this beauty? Often in keeping your mind and body healthy your bombarded by different methods, products, exercise routines, creams, perfect remedies, crash diets, cleansing routines and beauty covers’. Do these help you form that perfect image to increase your inner strength, or is it through sheer will and determination that you nurture the body your given to give you this beauty.

What qualities does beauty have in your opinion? Thinking about this, I straight away visualise myself and my best qualities, my large eyes, my long legs my thick hair… but I don’t feel defined by my appearance. Beauty therefore would be one’s own perception. Remarkably beauty is defined by different cultures and societies differently. I love this about beauty, the diversity that it brings to our own personal realities.

As I get older I realise that my skin isn’t as smooth as it used to be, and seeing this in the mirror encourages me to find a cleansing cream that hydrates and keeps my skin moist. I also have very thick hair, which tends to go unruly, so am conscience of my hair appearing matted to the general public, so look for an anti-frizz hair hydrator. When I go out with my loved ones’ I love to dress up and look my best in public, I still put eye shadow on and enhance my eye color and shape with cosmetics. All of which increases my personal confidence, which helps me define my own perception of beauty.

Remarkably I believe beauty can be achieved by everyone in any society, both intellectually and physically. People’s perspectives’ and stereotypes need to be challenged to accept all forms of beauty definitions. Beauty truly begins within yourself, and when you’ve reached your own inner happiness you will infect others with your positive nature and appearances. We are all attracted to confidence within a person, to a person that is willing to try their very hardest, and to those that inspire greatness. Be your best self for beauty. Find your own best image and look for things that will help you achieve that best image for your own beauty and happiness.

All Explanations About Beauty

Beauty is not skin deep. It’s attitude that separates the beauty from the crowd. “Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. All women are beautiful, regardless of their looks. You just need to touch their soul with respect and appreciation for their inner beauty and you will be rewarded with joy. The heart is way more important than the package.

I love natural beauty, and I think it’s your best look, but I think makeup as an artist is so trans-formative. I would never like to endorse a fairness cream. I believe in natural beauty.

True beauty can’t shine through make-up. Many of us can’t even imagine our life without makeup. It sounds strange and even scary for many girls, thanks to media popularization of unrealistic beauty standards. To be beautiful without makeup?! Is it even possible?!

For many of us it would be a big nonsense even to go to a supermarket with no makeup on.

Media often forces us to believe that a woman with no makeup on can’t actually look somewhat attractive or beautiful.

If someone wants to live a makeup-free life, or at least to be able to have makeup-free days, then it makes sense to put a little bit more effort into caring about the natural beauty of your face, hair and body.

1) Feel beautiful (even without makeup)
Yes, first step to natural, makeup-free beauty is connected with your inner perception of yourself – your self image. If a girl considers herself beautiful and is able to accept herself totally and unconditionally, then the whole world will feel the same about her. Yes, it’s that simple!
But if you don’t feel comfortable and confident about yourself with no makeup on, try to adapt the new ‘natural’ image gradually.

2) Your skin is your everything!
If you decide to lead a makeup-free life, it doesn’t mean that you need to completely let go of all skin care products. Many skin problems are actually related to the excessive use of makeup; skin tone becomes uneven because of the reaction of your body on a foundation, concealer or blush. If skin problems persist, get a professional advice of a dermatologist; it’s better to treat the problem straight away, than to put it on hold into a waiting box. Some other tips for the beauty of your skin include: use facial masks 2 or 3 times a week (choose masks according to your skin type), and exfoliate your skin regularly (we are not only talking about exfoliating your facial skin, exfoliate your whole body.

3) Healthy eating and water
Good food is important not only for the beauty of our skin, but also for the overall health of our body.

We are what we eat, therefore healthy and balanced diet should be our faithful, lifelong friend.

Make sure you eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day, as well as healthy fats and proteins; these are so important for our beauty.

And, of course, our best friend is water! Try to drink about 8 glasses of water a day and also treat yourself with a green or white tea from time to time, because these are rich in antioxidants and will help your skin look fresh and young for a very long time, even without makeup.

4) Smile and love yourself
Smile will instantly help you to feel and look pretty, even if you don’t have any makeup on!

As Audrey Hepburn once said: “The prettiest girl is the happiest one!” Smile every time you look in the mirror, smile to people you see on the street and, in general, let smile be your favorite accessory – you will see how the whole world will start smiling back at you!

Love yourself. Accept yourself fully and completely. Love the way you look with or without makeup, because you are truly unique and beautiful! Remember it!

5) What about your hair?
If you want to look pretty with no makeup on – it’s important to take a good care of your hair and keep your hair color close to natural.

Try to keep your hair in great condition by using right hair care products that are suitable for your hair type, and do hair masks and oil treatments regularly. Nothing can be more beautiful than silky and shiny locks!

It became our daily ritual to wake up early and put on our “beautiful” makeup mask.

In this article, we don’t suggest that you completely let go and forget about taking care of yourself; on the contrary,

How do you feel about yourself inside? It all depends on you. Try to feel beautiful. Yes. Right now, in this very moment… Know that you are pretty!

Approach to Beauty and Skin Care

“Every person is born perfect. Inferiority is a mistake of the mind, a cloud covering the light. Dissolve the clouds by observing a balanced life with healthy habits. Nourish your mind and body. Connect with your own inner self. Celebrate your own magnificence and your beauty will always shine through.” -Dr. Rama Kant Mishra, renowned Ayurvedic physician and dermatologist

The Three Pillars of Beauty

Maharishi Ayurveda (MAV), the modern, consciousness-based revival of the ancient Ayurvedic medicine tradition, considers true beauty to be supported by three pillars; Outer Beauty, Inner Beauty and Lasting Beauty. Only by enhancing all three can we attain the balanced state of radiant health that makes each of us the most fulfilled and beautiful person we can be.

Outer Beauty: Roopam

The outer signs of beauty – your skin, hair and nails – are more than just superficial measures of beauty. They are direct reflections of your overall health. These outer tissues are created by the inner physiological processes involved in digestion, metabolism and proper tissue development. Outer beauty depends more on the strength of your digestion and metabolism, the quality of your diet, and the purity of your blood, than on external cleansers and conditioners you may apply.

General Recommendations for Outer Beauty

As we will discuss, the key to skin care is matching your diet and skin care routine to the specific skin type you have. Meanwhile, there are some valuable recommendations for lustrous skin, hair and nails that will be helpful to everyone, regardless of skin type.

1. Diet: Without adequate nourishment, your collagen layer thins and a kind of wasting takes place. Over time, your skin can shrivel up like a plant without water from lack of nourishment. To keep your skin plump and glowing:

A. Eat fresh, whole organic foods that are freshly prepared.

Avoid packaged, canned, frozen, processed foods and leftovers. These foods have little nutritional value and also they are often poorly digested which creates impurities that localize in the skin. The resulting buildup of toxins causes irritation and blocks circulation depriving the skin of further nourishment and natural cleansing processes.

B. Favor skin nourishing foods.

    1. Leafy green vegetables contain vitamins, minerals (especially iron and calcium) and are high in antioxidant properties. They nourish the skin and protect it from premature aging.

    1. Sweet juicy fruits like grapes, melons, pears, plums and stewed apples at breakfast are excellent for the skin in almost everyone.

    1. Eat a wide variety of grains over different meals and try mixed grain servings at breakfast and lunch. Add amaranth, quinoa, cous cous, millet and barley to the wheat and rice you already eat.

    1. Favor light, easy to digest proteins like legume soups (especially yellow split mung dhal), whole milk, paneer (cheese made from boiling milk, adding lemon and straining solids) and lassi (diluted yogurt and spice drinks).

    1. Oils like ghee (clarified butter) and organic, extra virgin olive oil should be included in the diet as they lubricate, nourish and create lustre in the skin.
    2. Use spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, and black pepper to improve digestion, nourish the skin and cleanse it of impurities.

  1. Avoid microwaving and boiling your vegetables. They lose as much as 85% of their antioxidant content when cooked in this way. Steaming and sautéing are best.

Caring for outer beauty through knowledge of skin type

Besides these general recommendations the key to Outer Beauty is to understand the difference in skin types so you can gain the maximum benefit from your individualized skin care regimen. MAV identifies three different skin types based on which of the three main metabolic principles (doshas)- present in everyone, but to different degrees- is most dominant in your body.

Vata Skin

* Description: Vata is composed of the elements of air and space. If you have a vata skin type, your skin will be dry, thin, fine pored, delicate and cool to the touch. When balanced, it glows with a delicate lightness and refinement that is elegant and attractive. When vata skin is imbalanced, it will be prone to excessive dryness and may even be rough and flaky.

* Potential problems: The greatest beauty challenge for vata skin is its predisposition to symptoms of early aging. Your skin may tend to develop wrinkles earlier than most due to its tendency to dryness and thinness. If your digestion is not in balance, your skin can begin to look dull and grayish, even in your 20’s and 30’s. In addition, your skin may have a tendency for disorders such as dry eczema and skin fungus. Mental stress, such as worry, fear and lack of sleep, has a powerful debilitating effect on vata skin leaving it looking tired and lifeless.

* Recommendations for care

With a little knowledge, you can preserve and protect the delicate beauty of your vata type skin. Since your skin does not contain much moisture, preventing it from drying is the major consideration. Eat a warm, unctuous diet (ghee and olive oil are best) and favor sour, salty and sweet tastes (naturally sweet like fruits, not refined sugar) as they balance vata. Avoid drying foods like crackers. Drink 6-8 glasses of warm (not cold for vata types!) water throughout the day and eat plenty of sweet, juicy fruits. Going to bed early (before 10 PM) is very soothing to vata and will have a tremendously positive influence on your skin. Avoid cleansing products that dry the skin (like alcohol-based cleansers) and perform Ayurvedic oil massage to your whole body (abhyanga) in the morning before you shower.

Pitta Skin.

* Description: Pitta dosha is composed of the elements of fire and water. If you have a pitta skin type your skin is fair, soft, warm and of medium thickness. When balanced, your skin has a beautiful, slightly rosy or golden glow, as if illuminated from within. Your hair typically is fine and straight, and is usually red, sandy or blonde in color. Your complexion tends toward the pink or reddish, and there is often a copious amount of freckles or moles.

* Potential problems: Among the many beauty challenges of pitta skin types is your tendency to develop rashes, rosacea, acne, liver spots or pigment disorders. Because of the large proportion of the fire element in your constitution, your skin does not tolerate heat or sun very well. Of all the three skin types, pitta skin has the least tolerance for the sun, is photosensitive, and most likely to accumulate sun damage over the years. Pitta skin is aggravated by emotional stress, especially suppressed anger, frustration, or resentment.

* Recommendations for care

Avoid excessive sunlight, tanning treatments and highly heating therapies like facial or whole body steams. Avoid hot, spicy foods and favor astringent, bitter and sweet foods which balance pitta. (Again, naturally sweet, not chocolate and refined sugar!) Sweet juicy fruits (especially melons and pears), cooked greens and rose petal preserves are especially good. Drinking plenty of water helps wash impurities from sensitive pitta skin. Reduce external or internal contact with synthetic chemicals, to which your skin is especially prone to react, even in a delayed fashion after years of seemingly uneventful use. Avoid skin products that are abrasive, heating or contain artificial colors or preservatives. Most commercial make-up brands should be avoided in favor of strictly 100% natural ingredient cosmetics. And be sure to get your emotional stress under control through plenty of outdoor exercise, yoga and meditation.

The Real Beauty

Why this fascination with beauty?

The demand for beauty services in spite of the economy?

Even when there is a recession, beauty parlours still flourish. Beauty products still fly off the shelves.

There is this saying that beauty is skin deep.

Then again, first impressions count.

Put it this way. Beauty is power. That was true centuries ago. That is true today.

When a beautiful woman walks into a bar, men flock to her and offer to buy her drinks. When an unattractive woman walks into the same bar, chances are, she would have to buy her own drinks.

A beautiful salesperson, man or woman is more likely to win the sale. Between a beautiful job seeker and an unattractive one, all other things being equal, the employer is likely to choose the good looker.

Like it or not, looks do count.

In the past, when women were dependent on men to support them, beauty was everything to a woman. A beautiful woman would have more suitors. She would be able to marry up. To marry a rich man who could take care of all her financial needs and that of her children. Long before commercial cosmetics existed, mothers would instruct their daughters on traditional beauty remedies. Simple beauty remedies like using mayonnaise as a moisturizer, or egg white as a firming mask were often used by women in the days before commercial cosmetics.

Then along came women entrepreneurs like Estee Lauder [] and other women from around the world. They converted traditional beauty recipes which worked for themselves into beauty creams that they sold to other women. Every woman has a right to look her most beautiful and these women were selling others their beauty secrets.

Make up was used to paint women’s faces. In Egypt, the nobles, royalty and the well off would paint their eyes with khol, with crushed beetles and exotic ingredients. In Europe, women would paint their faces with make up containing toxic mercury for the sake of beauty. In Japan, the geishas would whiten their faces with creams that contain nightingale droppings.

You would think by now, we modern women would have learnt our lesson. Now, we just inject poison into our faces to paralyze our facial muscles in order to prevent expression lines from deepening as we grow older. Think of those botox injections done every 3 months to erase those wrinkles. Think of the acids we smear on our faces to smoothen them. The dermabrasion procedures done at the dermatologist in order to smoothen our skin.

Women all over the world have always been willing to suffer for the sake of beauty. Long ago, in China, women in wealthy families would bind their feet. The Chinese back then view tiny feet as beautiful, so little girls have their feet bound, to prevent them from growing big and ugly. Now that long legs are considered beautiful, some women go through a very painful medical procedure that breaks their legs, and stretches their legs by a few millimeters a day through a painful device until they attain the height they want. With their newfound height, these girls can look forward to a wealthy, glamorous future as an international model.

In Europe, centuries ago, wasp waists and curvy bodies were considered beautiful, so corsets were worn to make the waist look much smaller. These were tied so tightly that women faint easily. All for the sake of beauty. Now, corsets are in again. These days, women and men subject themselves to surgery to attain the beauty they desire. Liposuction to remove the excess fat to contour the body. Breast augmentation for bigger breasts that are considered beautiful. Nose jobs, face lifts, the works.

Thankfully, there is also a return to natural beauty remedies. This time, commercial cosmetics use natural ingredients that women have used for centuries in the home beauty preparations. These are effective and great for the skin.

What we women really should do is to focus on inner beauty, and to keep ourselves healthy.
Health is beauty.

8 to 10 hours of sleep every night, fresh food, fresh air, daily exercise, drinking plenty of water every day, soap and water, or cleanser and toner, moisturizer where necessary and sun protection all day long. All that keeps your body healthy and your skin and hair, beautiful. Oh, and learn to age gracefully. After all, aging is a natural process in life.