Beauty & Culture

Beauty & Culture

Beauty & Culture
While people and cultures have different ideas of beauty, many women look to celebrities, fashion ads and online for cues on how to wear their hair and makeup, how to dress and how much they should weigh. Many women are influenced by how skinny a celebrity appears. But trying to look younger, more attractive or thinner by your culture's standards doesn't necessarily make you healthier. Find out more about the influence of media and culture on beauty with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    Researchers have found that ongoing exposure to certain ideas can shape and distort our perceptions of reality. How many naked bodies do most of us view on a regular basis in real life - not counting what we see in the media? Very few. But if women or men consume a steady diet of fashion magazines or pornography, they encounter more naked or semi-naked female bodies than they would otherwise - female bodies that just happen to be airbrushed and plastic surgery-enhanced. It?s not surprising that in our media-driven culture, our views of what women should look like are warped. Real women with pubic hair and breasts that aren?t perfect round orbs begin to seem unnatural compared to the altered images we see in the media.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
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    Spandex shapewear is one of modern fashion's great inventions, but wearing the wrong kind has some surprising downsides. In this video, Dr. Oz reveals how you can look sleek without sacrificing your health.


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    In essence, one is looking beautiful while the other is feeling beautiful. You don't have to be a screen star to know that outer beauty matters. Your skin, your hair, your body shape are all visual elements that contribute to (or detract from) your outer beauty. These may seem superficial, but they not only encourage people to make instant judgments about us, they're also important because how you look helps determine how you feel.

    Indeed, looking beautiful is worth very little if you don't feel beautiful. There's no doubt in my mind that looking like diamonds doesn't mean squat if you feel like a wooden nickel. You can have the best hair, skin, and butt this side of Kalamazoo, but if you lack energy or your knees creak or you're sadder than a leashed kitty, then all your outward magnetism will be obscured—and fade fast. What can keep you from feeling beautiful? Fatigue, chronic pain, and destructive attitudes, to name three things on a very long list.

    Now, there's a third type of beauty I like to call being beautiful. It relates to the quality and closeness of your relationships and the purpose you have in your life. I'm not imposing morality or making judgments about what's right and wrong when I refer to "being beautiful." In fact, I'm not really talking about behaviors. It's about your understanding of your life's meaning and definition.

    The beauty of these three kinds of beauty is that they're all tied together: Looking good helps you feel good about yourself, which serves as the foundation for developing that sense of authenticity and deeper purpose so many of us crave as we search for meaning in our lives. These three interlocking elements—look, feel, be—work together to form what I believe is the ultimate goal in all of our lives: To feel good about yourself because you have strong self-esteem and a healthy, energetic existence that allows you to appreciate the subtle beauty of day-to-day life and, ultimately, know your purpose in life—and show off that purpose by helping others do the same.
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    Outdated fashions outdate you! As your body changes, so should your wardrobe. Most important, avoid baggy clothes. Wear outfits that complement your body and that help hide areas of concern. Have flabby arms? Try wearing three-quarter-length sleeves. Also, since our skin tone becomes lighter and duller with age, look for outfits with softer colors to better match your complexion.

    Dull, worn, and out-of-date shoes reflect the same on your appearance. Keep your shoes updated with the fashions and looking shiny and new.
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    While we may know that beauty is skin-deep, society still responds differently to people considered physically beautiful. Studies show that people assume attractive women and men are more sexually alluring, sociable, and smart, and that women considered attractive have better-paying jobs and more opportunities for advancement. Research has shown that elementary school teachers often give special treatment to children they find cute, and ?good-looking? criminals often get lighter sentences.

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    You can expand your preteen daughter’s definition of beauty by discussing with her while instilling in her a repertoire of noble character values that add to, supplement and define what true beauty is, physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and relationally.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Try specially designed undergarments to get an extra lift and boost to improve how your buttocks look. Look for lycra panels that will suck in what you want to hide and lift what you want to accentuate. You can also turn to panties with foam or silicone inserts; these inserts will add volume to your backside. 

    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    Do you want to rekindle your relationship with skinny jeans? There are five steps to revive, renew, and reinvigorate a sexy you! If you commit to them, your high school body does not have to remain a photo in the yearbook. 

    1. Eat your way beautiful! The supermarket is an ultimate five star beauty destination. Good nutrition stimulates, detoxifies, and slims the body. Rev up your energy with high-complex carbs such as whole-grain cereal and beans. Stroll down the water aisle to cleanse the liver and kidneys while nurturing radiant skin. Spice up the shopping cart! A dash of cinnamon controls post-meal insulin spikes that cause hunger; thus, slenderizing the waist. Go nuts! Walnuts contain vitamin E, biotin, and copper which keep the luster in your locks. Natural beauty is only a bite away!
    2. Physical fitness does a body good! Cardiovascular exercise and strength training can unleash that dynamic body lurking beneath months of inactivity. Zumba, Pure Barre, cycle, rollerblade, walk - it’s all good. To see the maximum results, participate in 150 minutes of cardio per week and two days of weights. Need more motivation? Exercise can improve your sex life! Still sitting?
    3. Exhale! Stress increases cortisol production causing excess belly fat. Add a personal daily retreat in the iPhone or Blackberry. Fifteen minutes of solitude each day can be healing and improve your mood and overall health. 
    4. Be a sleeping beauty. As you dream, your body shifts to repair mode. Good sleep habits refresh the mind, body, and spirit. They also decrease the dark circles and bags around the eyes. Go to sleep and awake at the same time everyday to set your body's clock which is key for peak performance. Not in bed yet, research has shown that good sleep hygiene helps with fat loss. Good night, sleep tight! 
    5. It’s a secret: a little nip-tuck. Cosmetic surgery can add to a sense of well-being. Set realistic expectations and be comfortable with the surgeon who will reshape your body. Hypothetically, as a physician, if I were having a procedure, I would select a preeminent plastic surgeon like Dr. Brian Dorner of Capital City Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Health Center in Columbus, Ohio. If Columbus, Ohio is an option, Dr. Dorner offers a warm environment, friendly staff, thorough preparation, and amazing support during the recovery process. Moreover, his surgical skills are impeccable. Won't tell you how I know.
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    Your question is more specifically about physical beauty and equating it with the vibrancy of youth. The answer to your question about “true beauty” being found only in young people is “no.” On the surface, there may be young people who appear to have good looks and good physical health but this does not equal “true beauty.”

    Our present-day culture glorifies young people—celebrities and athletes—who seem to have it all, including beauty. But we’ve all been witness to the misconduct or entitlement demonstrated by those very individuals. This is not authentic. By contrast, true beauty isn’t something superficial; it is something intangible that is communicated from one person to others. This occurs when we contribute something of great value to the world by employing our gifts and talents to render service—this is true beauty, and its manifestation is not restricted to young people but to people of all ages.

    And let’s not forget the old adage, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

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    Most adult women can gaze cynically upon celebrities and realize that other than the odd metabolic exception – the public display of eating is meant to divert from the more likely story that many of these women do restrict food, exercise excessively, have access to chefs or portion-controlled meal delivery and lots of other tricks to make the weight battles that we all fight more manageable.