Natural Beauty Vs Faking It
Beauty is a contentious subject. On the one hand, we are bombarded with airbrushed images of silicon enhanced models and celebrities, but on the other, we are told that natural beauty is a valuable commodity. So what is best: natural beauty or fake from head to toe?
For millions of years, women (and men) have tried everything in their power to improve upon what nature gave them. Unfortunately, as with some of the more questionable cosmetic procedures available today, beauty regimes used by our ancestors were not always good for their health. Take, for example, Venetian Ceruse.
A Look to Die For
Between the 16th and 18th centuries, a porcelain complexion was the height of fashion amongst upper class ladies and men. Since most people were not blessed with pale skin, makeup was used to achieve an attractive pale look. Venetian Ceruse, which was used to cake the face, was made from powdered lead and vinegar. Sadly, although it did a very good job, Venetian Ceruse was extremely toxic and when used regularly, caused hair loss, open sores, paralysis and dementia.
Today the cosmetics industry is heavily regulated and makeup is free from harmful ingredients such as lead, but there are plenty of other potentially dangerous ways to ruin natural good looks if you prefer fake beauty.
Big Butt Fashion
Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian have made big bottoms fashionable. As a result, millions of women want a bottom of similar proportions. There are plenty of perfectly legal procedures available for those who want buttock augmentation, but these are expensive and the recovery time is longer. Unfortunately, this has led to an increase in black market ‘butt doctors’ who inject their clients with industrial grade silicon, concrete, and anything else they can find.
Cosmetic augmentation of body parts is nothing new of course. Before big butts became fashionable, boob jobs were all the rage. To begin with, silicon was injected directly into breast tissue, but once it became clear that silicon was linked to serious health problems, cosmetic surgeons switched to implants instead.
Fake Breasts Losing their Allure
These days the popularity of breast augmentation procedures is in decline. Many high profile celebrities have opted to have their breasts reduced in size to more natural proportions. Instead of silicon enhanced breasts, natural is now considered to be the way forward and red carpet events are becoming notable for celebrities flaunting natural, smaller breasts instead of large, fake, football-sized breasts.
http://www.sloaneclinic.com/en-sg/theplastic/clinicsertheplasticbreastnaturalbreastaug.asp is just one of many clinics offering more natural breast augmentation procedures for women who want to enhance what nature gave them, but who don’t want the risks associated with implants.
The Natural Look
No matter how easy it is to be seduced by marketing claims that Botox will reverse the signs of aging if you start having injections in your 20s, the ‘natural’ look is always more attractive than a face that doesn’t move and a complexion that’s more tangerine than an Oompa Loompa. So before you slap on the fake tan and book yourself in for cosmetic fillers, try a new lipstick or hairstyle instead.