Although the barrage of marketing aimed at women might have you think otherwise, there is something more effective at making you beautiful than any item money can buy—something that will make you more radiant than creams and cleansers can, more striking than foundations and brow pencils, and more impressive than trendy boots and bags.
I write about eco-beauty for The Penny Rose, which often means sharing great natural products or sustainable fashion with you. But as far as I’m concerned, all of those things are just accessories to the foundation of eco-beauty: health. A healthy and nurtured body and mind are important, and sometimes overlooked, building blocks for beauty, and what—at least in my definition—drives the concept of “eco-beauty.” And that includes healthy body image, because confidence is radiant. Empowerment is gorgeous. There’s really no better look.
Which is why, this week, I want to take a break from talking about things, and focus on the only thing that really matters: accepting and loving yourself. It’s a tall order, and one many of us grapple with. But we each deserve the rewards that come with being comfortable—or, heck, even proud—in our own skin. Once that’s our reality, taking good care of our hair and skin with healthy products and using clothes and makeup to express ourselves can be great fun for sharing the beauty within with others.
If you haven’t lately, take a look in the mirror and get to know the beautiful person looking back. I suggest taking it a step further and dancing around to the current No. 1 song in the country while you’re at it—Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass.” Because, as she puts it in this anthem for healthy body image, “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”