From Botox to better food, the idea of buying beauty explored…
There is no doubt that beauty can be bought. Now, we aren’t talking about buying a beautiful painting, house, gift or even a beautiful puppy, we are referring to the aesthetic beauty of a person. The dictionary defines beauty as ‘the qualities of a person that are able to deeply pleasure the aesthetic senses through shape, colour and even personality’.
It’s pretty obvious that a beautiful personality is more moulded than bought. But, what we want to explore is the exterior beauty of a person. Many of us know someone whom we have bumped into from our past and they seemed to have gone from the ugly duckling to a swan princess. Is it magic? Is it makeup? Or, is it money that made them look that way?
Granted, some people naturally blossom from the pimply geek in Math class to someone who should be on the cover of a magazine.
However, not all of us were hit with the beauty stick falling out of our family trees, some of us feel as if we were aggressively wacked with an uglier looking branch on our way down.
Apart from aesthetic beauty treatments and procedures, there is also another beauty factor that money can buy, that being the stuff we put into our bodies… food. Not to mention a fancy gym contract with a personal trainer. But that is beside the point, forking out enough cash every month to be able to buy organic produce from your local health store can cost an arm and a leg and sometimes leave you crying in your gluten-free quinoa and kale salad at the end of the month as you try to figure out how to pay the rent. Sometimes opting for the cheap, and actually, delicious burger is the easier way to go.
What it comes down to is this, can money buy beauty and are rich people more beautiful? Or is beauty something we are born with no matter what.
Is beauty real anymore?
Being a subjective topic, it is difficult to take a non-biased stance when deciding what is beautiful, especially in a very superficial world. The idea of beauty is different to everyone, some love the ‘done-up’ look and others prefer the more natural one.
Regardless of which look you prefer, if you feel beautiful and good about yourself, your body will, in turn, return these positive feelings of confidence in the form of clear skin, health, and strength, all of which contribute to being better looking. This is not to say that if you wake up one morning you will instantly have some kind of natural makeover, but it does mean that your self-confidence will result in you becoming the best version of yourself. There is no doubt that someone who is confident is instantly more attractive. Better self-esteem will allow you to have more energy to go that for
There is no doubt that someone who is confident is instantly more attractive. Better self-esteem will allow you to have more energy to go that for a morning walk, your immune system will be boosted and you are more likely to treat yourself better with more nutritional food because you feel you’re worth it. If you are however in a more negative state of mind about yourself, this may even result in feelings of depression, anxiety and stress – which have very negative effects on the body. In saying that, the feeling of happiness that beauty brings, can be very real.
So, is bought beauty wrong?
In answering this question, another one arises… If our bodies react positively when we feel good about ourselves and our looks, then surely taking measures to make us feel beautiful is not wrong.
Some may argue that ‘bought beauty’ is not the real deal and just an illusion. Imagine going to your beloved clothing store and paying a premium price for a designer jacket to only find out that it is actually a knock-off. Not to compare people to jackets, but you get the point.
Many see made-up faces and push-up bras as false advertising, but if these things make you feel better about yourself then you have to ask, “Am I doing this for me, or for others?” Chances are, if you are going through the effort of improving your looks for others, you will more likely to experience surface-level self-esteem, which can result in you having a more negative feeling about your natural appearance when the makeup and fancy outfit comes off. If, however, you’re doing it to make yourself feel more confident and happy and you feel just as good without these things, then where’s the harm? It’s a fine line though, so make sure you’re being honest with yourself about your true motivations.
Not that only women can ‘buy’ beauty. Men also undergo minor to drastic changes in an attempt to look and feel more attractive. Hair toupees and plugs are no longer taboo, procedures such as nose jobs and tummy tucks are as much male-focused as they are female. Skincare for men is seen as ‘a must’, and let’s not forget, tinted moisturiser, spray tans and makeup are no longer deemed as exclusively feminine products.
Getting back to the point, to some extent beauty can be bought, where it’s right or wrong for you to do this, is solely your decision.
Is bought beauty worth it?
We know that beauty can be bought. The fancy foods, personal trainers and procedures are all things that come at a hefty cost. It is obviously easier for people with money to be able to afford these things, but what it actually comes down to is balance.
Some months you might not be able to buy all the healthy things you want, you might have down days and better days.
You might save up for Botox while you eat a burger on the way home.
The best plan is to try your best to keep your body performing optimally, even with the few pitfalls and pity-parties for the bad beauty days. Do what makes you happy. And if you are going the aesthetic procedure route, don’t skimp out, make sure you go to a good, board certified plastic surgeon who knows that they are doing. Also, eat your greens. But more than anything, do what makes you feel beautiful and better about yourself, for yourself. That’s what matters.