Beauty Odyssey

“Beauty is more than skin-deep. Beauty is unique grace and confidence, a shining light that sparkles through the eyes and smile. It’s not what you look like; it’s what you project.” – Beauty Den

Beauty Odyssey mainly focuses on improving our physical appearance by using cosmetics. Today I would like us to focus ourselves. I picked the term “Beauty Odyssey” because life is a journey. It’s a constant evolution and with each passing year comes changes. These changes also occur in our bodies, our looks, and our skin. How we deal with these inevitable changes is entirely up to us. As women, we are constantly focusing our attention on our flaws. We need to learn to appreciate ourselves as we are and always have the right attitude. All the make up and cosmetics in the world will not make us feel better about ourselves.

Vogue magazine coverI think the media plays a big role in how we feel about ourselves. When we pick up that glossy magazine, most of us are aware that the model on the cover page has been digitally retouched. But there is always that little part of us that wishes for that flawless skin, beautiful body, perfect hair, and perfect smile. We need to always remember that the models you see in the glossy pages don’t always portray reality. They are human beings just like us and deal with the same issues like we do such as blemishes, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks and a whole host of other problems. In addition it takes a whole team of makeup artists, hairstylists, fashion stylists, photographers, art directors and photo retouchers to create that beautiful illusion. It’s an exaggerated perfection, something that no human being could ever look like.

Women from all walks of life, all crave the same thing – to look pretty and feel good. Looking your best is a combination of acquiring knowledge, accepting the things you can’t change and having confidence in yourself.
To help us on our way to appreciating ourselves, here are some natural beauty tips from

Natural Beauty Tip 1: Be Yourself
We are all beautiful in our own way and natural beauty is making the most of the looks you already have. It is learning to feel comfortable in your own skin and accepting yourself for who you are. When you are comfortable with yourself you will be relaxed and happy in any situation.

Natural beauty is about being true to yourself and believing in yourself. By bringing out your individuality, you can make yourself into a rare and special person and that is what natural beauty is all about.

Natural Beauty Tip 2: Eat Sensibly
Eat for beauty. Feed your skin with all the nutrients it needs to radiate with good health and vitality. A healthy complexion is naturally beautiful. Simply changing your diet will have a significant effect on the condition of your skin, hair and nails. You will add a sparkle to your eyes, feel better and have more energy too. A healthy body is paramount for natural beauty.

Natural Beauty Tip 3: Take Regular Exercise
Transform yourself into a thing of beauty by taking regular exercise. Walking for 30 minutes 3 times a week is enough to tone up every muscle in your body. And a toned and supple body is extremely beautiful. Exercise will improve your blood circulation which will give your skin a healthy radiant glow. In fact, eating a healthy diet and taking plenty of exercise will also have a tremendous impact on the mechanisms that control the aging of your body as well. With these mechanisms inhibited, the aging process will slow down, especially the aging of the skin. So you can stay beautiful for longer.

Natural Beauty Tip 4: Look After Your Hair
Your hair should be your crowning glory. Have it trimmed regularly to maintain its shape, keep it well conditioned so that it is soft and bouncy. A head of healthy, soft, shiny hair is an instant morale booster and will do wonders for your self esteem.

Natural Beauty Tip 5: Improve Your Posture
A simple change in your posture can improve your appearance instantly and will also help to reduce aches and pains in your neck and back. Your head is the heaviest part of your body and if it’s not perfectly balanced over your shoulders you will experience pain in your neck, shoulders or middle back area. Even if you don’t at the moment, years of bad posture will eventually take its toll as you grow older.

Natural Beauty Tip 6: Enhance Your Walk
How you walk says a lot about how you are feeling inside and about the way you see yourself. Follow this tip: when you walk add sensuality to your movements and put a distinct swing to your stride by moving from your hips. Think of models on the catwalk and how they move. Put you hands on your hips and let your hips lead the movement. It is a diagonal movement with a definite twist to the torso − as the right hip goes forwards so does the left shoulder and as the left hip moves forward so does the right shoulder. Feel your waist twist and stretch as the spine rotates from left to right. Keep your movements smooth and sensual.

Natural Beauty Tip 7: Pamper Yourself
Take time out for yourself every day and do something just for you. Show yourself self respect by putting yourself high on your list of priorities. Do whatever gives you pleasure; a walk in the park, a lunch date with a friend, or just quiet time to reflect. Let others see that you care about yourself and they will respect you for it too.

Natural Beauty Tip 8: Be Your Own Best Friend
Silence your inner voice when it criticizes and focus on all the things you like about yourself. We all have bad points, the secret is to focus on your good points and make the most of them.

Natural Beauty Tip 9: Set Realistic Goals
Imagine yourself with clear bright eyes, a smooth and flawless skin, well conditioned lustrous hair and a toned and supple body. All these are possible if you set yourself reachable targets, follow a simple plan and allow enough time to bring them about.

Natural Beauty Tip 10: Nobody Is Perfect
Try to remember, nobody is perfect and if you look for faults, you will more than likely find them. Never, ever compare yourself to pictures of air-brushed models. If you see these same models without their make-up they are just ordinary people, but put into the hands of talented make-up artists and then modified by sophisticated computer programs the result is something that is unreal and false.

Natural Beauty Tip 11: Build Your Self-Esteem
Natural beauty comes from the process of building real self-esteem. Self esteem that does not rely on what other people may think of you. This process includes self realization, self knowledge, self awareness and self respect. Spend some time discovering your own inner qualities and appreciating them. Express them freely for the benefit of others. Gradually come to know your own unique natural beauty.

Natural Beauty Tip 12: Become A Confident Woman
Confident women who take pride in their appearance are a joy to watch because self-confidence is one of the most attractive traits a woman can possess. When you ooze self-confidence you become a magnet to those around you. So work on gaining the confidence to stand up and say ‘I am who I am’ then show the world your unique natural beauty.

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Prisca Mwangi is a Beauty Consultant at The Color Palette Company. She can be reached at

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