As women, embracing our natural beauty can be difficult. We all know we need to embrace ourselves for exactly who and what we are, but with all the pressures of society in the world, it can definitely be difficult. This is why it’s so empowering to see celebrities like Alicia Keys and Demi Lovato making it a point to stand on their own and embrace their own beauty to encourage the rest of us to do the same. Recently, Alicia Keys did an entire magazine photo shoot with no makeup on and having just come from the gym. Its things like this that may seem small, that are making an incredible impact on our world. Since magazines have been criticized for publishing photos of models and celebrities after having undergone major retouching and a team of professional beauty experts, it’s especially inspiring to see these types of articles hitting the covers and pages of major magazines.
The great thing is in a world filled with Instagram filters and contouring makeup trends, there still is a rise in women and public figures talking about embracing natural beauty. Sure it can be fun to play with makeup and other beauty tricks to mix up your look, but it’s also important to find balance and remember that makeup should be used to celebrate your natural beauty not ‘hide’ yourself. With so many of us, there’s an underlying pressure to feel like we have to look a certain way at all times or hide ourselves at home. Especially since we’ve grown to become such a social media based world, sharing every moment of our lives it can feel like we need to look ‘picture perfect’ 24/7.
Many body image experts talk about embracing your natural beauty really being an attitude and mindset shift. Since many of us spend so much of our lives focusing on what we don’t like about ourselves and trying to change those things it can be a major shift to switch that way of thinking. If you’re currently struggling with embracing your natural beauty, start by making small shifts in your habits like spending 1-2 days a week with little to no makeup on. And even doing things like catching yourself every time you think something negative about yourself, stop and remember you’re a human being and there’s no one else like you. Many experts will suggest stopping the negative thoughts and making a point to say/think something positive about yourself. It can be a really positive mindset switch that overtime can help you develop a healthier relationship with yourself.
Embracing your natural beauty really is just that, having a healthier relationship with yourself. We have to live with ourselves for the rest of our lives, so we may as well work to embracing ourselves in a more positive light. There are so many different ways you can go about embracing your natural beauty, spend some time thinking about some small ways you can start to make the shift and start applying them to your daily life.