Beauty is often defined as a physical trait of things which makes these things pleasurable to see. These things may include sunsets, landscapes, beautiful humans and other works of art. Beauty, along with beauty and art, is the most important subject of aesthetics, another of the three major branches of psychology. It is interesting to note here that although beauty and art are often used interchangeably by many people, the two are very different and have different meanings.
For myself and many others, there are certain aesthetic goals that we wish to attain through beauty. These goals sometimes push back against beauty standards. The beauty standards that one might adopt vary from culture to culture, though there is general agreement on the criteria for beauty. For example, in some cultures, a beautiful woman is one who has long, straight hair, with no freckles, and skin that is evenly tanned. However, these beauty standards are frequently pushed back against by beauty standards for ethnic and cultural groups.
When this happens, the beauty standard(s) that one has adopted become a source of identification rather than a goal. We all have adopted beauty standards that we think make us more attractive. When this happens, it is easy to fall into a beauty routine. It becomes what is known as a beauty routine. Routines are simply ways of dressing which have been associated with beauty standards for various periods in history and around the world. When one falls into a routine, he or she begins to identify with the patterns which are associated with beauty standards and thus feel compelled to keep up with these patterns.
Thus, for some people, keeping up with their beauty routine can become a source of stress and even cause pain. In fact, many people have become so attached to their beauty norms that they have developed a kind of addiction to them! They find it difficult to be who they truly are without those bare, exposed breasts. Thus, when a person tries to decolonize his or her own body image, what happens to the person? Sometimes, deconstructing one’s beauty routine can lead to discomfort, because the person may feel like he or she has lost control over his or her body image.
Fortunately, there is another way in which a person can get out of this trap. A beauty mark is not a physical thing. Instead, it is an emotional thing. A butterfly patch is not a physical thing. Rather, it is a reminder that you once had a mole on your face, or that you once felt ugly because of a freckle, or that you were born with a birthmark. These things will always remain, and so a beauty mark cannot be called a “physical” thing.
However, there are times when a person must accept that these moles or birthmarks are indeed physical. This is especially true for teens and young adults. Many of these teens have developed an intense interest in cultural aesthetics, in skin bleaching, and in body piercings. If these interests are not tempered with self-examination, self-consciousness, and self-examination, these interests will grow into serious self-doubt and insecurity about ones’ entire body structure. This is the proper path for someone who wants to truly become beautiful.