Skin deep

Confidence helps build natural beauty

Nature’s beauty surrounds us, but our primary concern is often our own beauty.

In my dermatology practice, I notice that my patients often turn a critical eye on their own perceived flaws instead of rejoicing in their individual beauty. The rise of Photoshop has given us a skewed idea of what beauty is, and misuse of cosmetic treatments has led to confusion about what is truly beautiful.

It is important to embrace your natural beauty and play to your strengths. Everyone should use a skincare regimen tailored to their skin’s individual needs, no matter what their age or gender is — and there’s no need to spend a lot of money on products.

If you opt for anti-aging procedures such as Botox, Juvéderm, lasers, and body sculpting devices you should choose your doctor based on their artistic ability and not on their advertising budget or price.

Whether you chose to get cosmetic procedures or not, the following lifestyle factors affect your self-esteem and how others perceive you.

Improving each of these lifestyle areas in your life will help your beauty continue to shine even when your chronological age increases.

1. Maintaining a positive attitude

2. Preserving or developing self-confidence

3. Setting and achieving goals

4. Regular exercise

I applaud YouTube sensation and Coral Springs resident, Joanna Rohrback.

Her “prancercising” video embodies all of these key elements. In addition to physical activity, using sunscreen daily use and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is the recipe for maintaining a healthy and youthful exterior. Here’s to a confident, and natural looking you!

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