Leading a healthy life with a balanced diet and enough exercise is certainly not the worst thing. But where does living healthy end and an obsession with looking good begin? That often is a fine line.
First of all, the important thing should always be freedom, empowerment and independence. The rest is secondary. If you ask me, we should invest in education to make sure people make informed and responsible decisions. Additionally, we should focus more on our physical and mental well-being. All of this is the responsibility of society and therefore of the state. If we have a society of healthy, independent people who can think for themselves, they should be able to do what they want with their bodies. But many of the beauty fads we are obsessed about have a much deeper cause, such as mental illnesses. And that’s unhealthy. Certain obsessions, which manifest themselves as an eating disorder or in excessive surgery, are then only the symptom.
Who actually benefits from our obsession with beauty? What care products do you really need? Does it absolutely have to be the face cream with high-quality organic shea butter and aloe vera? Or is the classic Nivea cream enough?
The big cosmetics companies, of course, but also everyone who sells us Botox, diet plans, minimally invasive procedures or the like. The fashion industry also profits, as does anyone who promises to cure our ills with retail therapy. In other words, anyone who makes a profit when we’re feeling down and inadequate. The candy industry, for example. I think that an enormously large percentage of all beauty products are completely unnecessary. From shampoo to conditioner. From shaving cream to facial masks. Most chemicals actually harm us, cause allergies, intolerances and irritations. Nutrition is probably key, as is sleep or exercise and less stress. But who can afford that? Hair dyes, dermal fillers and certain procedures are more difficult to replace, on the other hand. These are necessary if the result is desired.