Why “Beyond Skin”

 

How do you define beautiful? How do you define happiness? How do you define fulfillment? In a world of airbrushed, photoshopped magazine covers, it’s easy to get a little confused in the authentic meaning of these words. When young girls, and even women, today idolize and want to emulate certain realty stars, and social media queens, who are mostly famous for nothing other than their high maintenance, exterior beauty and supposedly glamorous and perfect lives, the definition of “true beauty” becomes scewed. It is easy to see how youth of today can be drawn to believing that, if only they looked like them or had their lives…everything would be great… when, in “reality”, nothing could be farther from the truth. Influencers of today, big or small, have a responsibility to be real… without creating the perception of perfection at all times. My point being, beauty, happiness and the ability to seem fulfilled can easily be misconstrued, if we are only taking in to consideration what we see… if we are only exposed to the exterior.

As an Aesthetician, I take pride in seeing people feel beautiful and better about their skin. I love what I do for a living! Having the ability to help someone get into a healthy skin routine, or feel a little bit more refreshed, more vibrant and even a little younger, is beyond rewarding. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, look as young as you feel… or even have the urge to correct something about your exterior… however, if that is what you are resting your happiness upon, don’t look to be fulfilled.
My “Beyond Skin” philosophy is where beauty begins. Three things for me that are musts:

  • Surround yourself with positive people that lift you up.
  • Take care of your temple… healthy mind, healthy body.
  • Take time every day, no matter what kind of day it is, to laugh really hard.

We need to do whatever it takes to get to a place of feeling whole, healthy and strong on the inside, so that no matter what happens to our exterior, we can still feel truly good about ourselves and have something of value to offer. It is a feeling of knowing that you are capable of anything, that you can accomplish anything, and you can handle anything… with grace. It is true confidence before appearance. That is where strength and independence becomes alive. It is knowing that love and compassion are a much stronger force than a flawless exterior. It is drawing from genuine people, life changing experiences and the simplest joys of life. It is that unfiltered, unposed, smile and the ability to let go and just laugh… To me, that is happiness, beauty and fulfillment… that is “Beyond Skin”. It is the foundation to true beauty… then, everything else is just a bonus. So here’s to beauty… true, authentic beauty… from the inside out.

Xx,

Mary

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