"Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward be at one
Socrates Greek, Fifth century BC
It’s easy to forget the above quote of Socrates in today’s appearance-obsessed, media-driven world.
Television, films and magazines present the public with a seemingly endless parade of perfect-looking and air-brushed people http://vimeo.com/34813864. Such images are insidious in their ability to establish an unreal standard of beauty as the norm, undermining the self-confidence of (the vast majority of) people, who feel they fail to live up to that unrealistic standard. Women and men lose control of their lives when they allow the media dictate what and who is beautiful.
The treatments offered here do not promise perfection. In fact, one of my main aims with this blog is to delineate the difference between wanting to look great and the desperate desire to look perfect. The idea of
Perfect beauty changes from year to year, season to season, in the current throw-away society.
The ideal of beauty has always been evanescent, shifting from era to era. From the mystical cosmetology of the ancient Egyptians, to the extravagant makeup and creams of the noblewomen and courtesans of classical Greece, from the simple beauty regimens of prehistoric hunting societies to the elaborate ornamentation of the women of the Chinese imperial court, the notion of beauty has varied tremendously from time to time and place to place.
Many cultures around the world have different attitudes about beauty. In Sumatra, filed teeth into sharp points is a sign of beauty. In certain parts of Africa, it is a person’s character that makes her beautiful. The Chinese consider a woman with a round face very beautiful and among some Native American Indian tribes a flattened forehead is a sign of great beauty.
Today, women and men want a more realistic approach. We will no longer accept the canard that at a certain age, we are in our prime; and after that, she can say goodbye to beauty. We can be in our prime at any age, at every age. We know better than to slavishly follow the fashion world’s dictates. We are dictating to the fashion world what we want and need. There is beauty in intelligence and power, and in the maturity from which they’re derived.
Here is a great treatment to try at home. My friend in the picture above recommended to me. Many famous spas around the world use this in their facials. This facial treatment soothes the skin and reduces any redness and blotchiness. The honey and cider vinegar helps to restore the skin’s natural acid balance, while yeast is rich in vitamin B, which helps to prevent flaky and eczema-type dryness.
1 tbsp of brewer’s yeast
1 tbsp of wheat germ oil
1 tsp of honey
1 egg yolk
½ tsp of cider vinegar
Put the brewer’s yeast, oil, and honey into a bowl and beat in the egg yolk. Gradually beat in the yogurt and then the cider vinegar. It should have a thick, creamy texture that will not run when applied to the face. Spread the mixture over your face, then lie down and relax in a warm, comfortable room for 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then splash your face and neck with cold water and pat dry. Please check out my SHOP page for resources and my book for more great treatments. It makes a great holiday gift :)