The ecosystem of the global beauty industry is one that is paved with good intentions, but in the past it has also been heavily paved with the realisation that the sometimes-exclusive approach to beauty has resulted in many, many people struggling with their mental health. Yes, that’s right – believe it or not, mental health has often been linked to one’s perception of their own beauty. It might sound strange to those who have not experienced that struggle themselves, but it is a struggle that is very real – and felt far more often than many people would be comfortable admitting.
For so long, beauty has been one of the most prominent industries in all the world, and while that has not changed, what has changed is the approach that many take to beauty itself. It is an approach that has changed the way that people consider themselves to be beautiful, to feel beautiful, and even to exist peacefully both in the big world and within themselves. Understanding the modern approach to beauty takes time, but the underlying factor is that it is a much more positive approach not only to beauty standards, but to mental health.
Beauty is often tapered to feelings of self-worth
Many people undergo beauty trends and procedures. Whether it be dying their hair, waxing their eyebrows, getting a nose job, or undergoing a slim liposuction procedures, the point remains the same: beauty is an industry that is in excess, and it likely always will be. Importantly, beauty is also an individual perception of the self that is connected to feelings of self-worth. When we look like our best selves, we feel like our best selves. In the past, this has also created and fostered a toxic culture where being beautiful has been directly linked to being worthy of all the finer things in life. But in recent years, this attitude has finally begun to subside, making room for a far healthier approach to beauty.
Beauty is an ideal that mirrors one’s mentality
Today, there are more and more beauty companies coming out of the woodwork all the time, each with their own aesthetic, underlying message, and approach to beauty itself. Most (if not all) of these companies have built their empires around the notion that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While that may be true, it is interesting to note that the effort we put into ourselves and our outer appearance of beauty is often a mirror reflection of the effort we are putting into ourselves internally (i.e. mental health). Never has this fact been made so glaringly obvious, but now that it is out there, it is becoming more and more prominent all the time, more and more often.
Beauty is about more than what is on the surface
Beauty is about so much more than what is on the surface. The current beauty industry is finally beginning to reflect that truth, selling products and marketing their brands as a way to bring out the inner beauty, rather than to paint on a temporary exterior façade of beauty. This has done wonders for the mental health of millions of people, as they are being encouraged rather than discouraged, to embrace their unique beauty rather than the standards that they have been made to feel are more important than anything else.