Let’s admit it. There’s been tremendous pressure to look beautiful nowadays. We might say that we are contented and satisfied with that we are given but it is undeniable that at some point in our life, we have thought of wanting to look like a certain type of beauty. This is because of beauty standards that society has inflicted upon us.
Beauty standards are defined as the criteria or foundations by which a person’s beauty is judged. They include both male and female sexes, taking into account the different nature of the criteria used to evaluate the beauty of each gender separately. A woman’s beauty criteria are not suitable for assessing a man’s beauty. Because the physical and formal nature differ greatly between them, so we will talk in this article about the beauty standards of a man and woman.
Beauty is the beauty of the soul, we have always heard this saying, but when we compare it in reality, we find that physical beauty is the beauty that gets attention, and evidence for this is the holding of beauty pageants, the pressure to look beautiful and the measures taken to ensure that we are maintaining our beauty throughout the years.
The reason for this is there are specific standards and measures everywhere that are placed to judge women by beauty or lack thereof, and in this part of the article we will address the most common of those standards among the Arabs and the West.
A study conducted among Arabs reveals their standard of beauty and it resulted of a woman with a long black hair, wide eyes and thick and long eyelashes, which Arab poets sang in their spinning poems, describing them as the eyes of Al-Reem, fair skin and an hourglass body figure. They also take notice of details such as dimples on the cheek when smiling, beauty marks on the upper lip, a well-drawn nose, small ear and mouth, long and thin fingers, strikingly visible collarbones and a thin and long neck.
Over to the west, beauty standards are different due to their more diverse culture. However, the most common are taller women, blonde hair, athletic bodies and plump and thick lips. In the recent years, due to the rise of influencers of diverse beauties, a golden or brown complexion has made it to the list of the West’s beauty standards.
Standards of women’s beauty in some countries
In South Korea, the eyes are the main criterion for beauty. Wide, round eyes are most commonly preferred. Korean women often resort to eye-lifts to get more attractive eyes.
France focuses more on the body figure and find women beautiful when they are thin and model-like, so women in France often adopt variety of methods to maintain their weight. They also prefer if women wears a natural face, void of make-up.
Thailand’s basis for beauty is the fairness of the skin. They also find it beautiful if a woman has a long neck.
Iran’s beauty is centered on the nose. One way to also highlight their beauty is by applying black eyeliner and enhancing their eyebrows.
West Africa’s main factor for beauty concerns their body figure as they find a woman beautiful if she is plump and has curves in the right places.
For Japan, the hair and the fairness of the skin is the basis. Women in Japan prefer to have a smooth and straight hair amongst anything else.
In Russia, in addition to their most common features, which are blond hair, blue eyes and delicate features, another detail that they prefer is a woman’s athletic body.
There are also key features of the face that are often enhanced to blend in to the beauty standards pitched by the society. But the good news is, none of the these requires expensive medical procedures. In this part, we will discuss with you simple and effective way to augment your cheeks, achieve that healthy looking pink lips and get the illusion of wide deer-like eyes.
Nowadays, a face with full cheeks is a sought-after face shape as this gives the face a youthful appearance, making the person appear younger. To get the desired full cheeks, there are cosmetic procedures such as fat transfer surgery or the injection of dermal fillers. But anything related to medical procedure can be quite expensive and the good news is there are many natural methods that are effective to get that plump, full cheeks.
Facial yoga exercises are the best way to have tight skin and plump cheeks, as they produce collagen and elastin, which make the complexion firm, and reduce the hollows of the cheeks. The steps for this exercise are the following:
Putting the two index fingers in a straight line, the herniated nose, the area under the cheekbone, and making small circles in the cheek for a period of one to two minutes.
Place each forefinger and the side of the nose at the area of the cheek bone, then make small circles with the tips of the fingers for a period of one to two minutes
Putting the index fingers on the joints of the jaw, then making small circles in this area for a period of one to two minutes.
For best results, it is recommended to repeat these process a few times a day.
Note: Various facial exercises such as cheek presses can be done to stimulate the function of the facial muscles.
Shea Butter Mask
Shea butter is considered an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory because it contains a high percentage of terpenes, tocopherols, phenols, and sterols that naturally enlarge the cheeks. For this, you will need 2 cups of shea butter and ½ cup of sugar.
To prepare, mix the ingredients together until you get a paste-like consistency. Apply and massage the mixture to the cheeks for 5 minutes. Keep it on for another 10 minutes then rinse it with warm water.
Honey and papaya mask
Honey has properties that make cheeks age young, as it contains anti-bacterial and skin-moisturizing properties. For this mask, you will need equal parts of mashed papaya and honey.
To prepare, mix the ingredients together then rub the mixture to the cheeks. Keep it on the cheeks for 10 minutes then rinse it with warm water.
Apples contribute to the preservation of the skin and its youthful appearance, because it contains large amounts of collagen, elastin, and antioxidants, and to get tighten the cheeks, you only need one apple.
This is a very simple as you only need to peel the apple, grate them and rub them on the face. Leave them for 20 minutes then rinse with warm water.
Olive oil contains healthy monounsaturated fats that contribute to maintaining a healthy and supple skin. It is also considered a great moisturizer for dry skin, which makes the skin smooth and also prevents the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. For this, you only need an appropriate amount of olive oil.
Massage the cheeks with olive oil in an upward motion for 5-10 minutes. Repeat this process twice daily. In addition to this, you can also take one tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil daily.
Aloe Vera mask
Aloe vera contains properties that help get rid of flabby cheeks, tighten it and stimulate skin elasticity, as the antioxidants in aloe vera prevent the damage caused by bacteria resulting from dirt, and increase collagen production to make the skin appear younger. All you need is an appropriate amount of aloe vera gel.
Massage the cheeks with aloe vera gel in circular motions for 10 minutes. Keep the gel on the cheeks for another 10 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this process twice daily.
Fenugreek helps obtain that plump cheeks because it contains vitamins and antioxidants that prevent skin damage, revitalize the skin, making it smooth and healthy, For this mask, you need 1 tablespoon of Fenugreek powder and water.
To prepare, mix the ingredients together to get a paste and massage it on the cheeks. Keep the paste on for 10 minutes then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this process twice daily. In addition, you can also massage the cheeks with Fenugreek oil once or twice daily.
Rose water and Glycerin
Both rose water and glycerin contain ingredients that moisturize the skin, nourish it, and when mixed together, can result in plump cheeks. You need an appropriate amount of rose water and glycerin.
To prepare, mix the ingredients together in equal quantities. Rub the mixture on the cheeks and leave it on overnight.
Seeing as these are natural processes, they won’t take effect immediately. You will need patience and in both waiting and in application before you can see the results of these natural masks. If you want faster results and is excited to have your cheeks full and plump, there are also medical procedures that you can consult with your cosmetic surgeon.
Fat Transfer Surgery
This procedure, as its name suggest, is a process where there is a transfer of fat from a chosen area of the body to the face. The transfer process depends on the amount of fat agreed to be transfer and the general structure of the face.
A certain amount of real or synthetic fat is gradually injected into the cheek layers using a fine needle. This is injected to obtain full cheeks for a period of up to two years, as this substance is safe and has no complications compared to injecting silicone.
It is said that the most beautiful thing that can be worn is a smile. And the secret to a beautiful smile is not only the acquisition of white teeth, but also the effect of a beautiful lips. But maintaining a pink and healthy-looking lips requires more care and attention than you thought. But, there are multiple ways to maintain their moisture and smoothness.
Medical and therapeutic methods to make the lips pink
The color of the lips changes from pink to dark as a result of exposure to harmful sun rays, dry lips, and smoking. Changes in the lip color may also be a result of a genetic factor. However, a medical procedure called laser treatment can help the lips. There are different types of laser treatment and they all have different procedure and purpose.
The laser treatment helps to remove skin pigmentation, to get a glowing skin, and its results are effective and safe to use.
Toning laser regeneration
This laser treatment is powerful for removing pigmentation of the skin and lips. It produces new skin cells and is characterized as one of the safest laser treatments to obtain bright skin and freeing the lips from pigmentation. It’s procedure is described as directing energy from the laser to the affected areas to obtain a luminous complexion.
Clearlift Laser Technology
It is one of the laser treatments that is used to get rid of dark lips, reduce skin problems, and enhance the protection of the skin complexion from damage, by regenerating the skin tissue to obtain a bright and healthy complexion. Clearlift is a safe treatment to use, and is suitable for sensitive skin areas such as the surrounding areas of the eyes, dark circles and black lip treatment.
Laser treatment might be a fast way to restore and maintain the effect of a smooth and healthy-looking lips, however, it is expensive and can cost you money. The good news is that there are many natural home recipes that are used to treat chapped lips.
Recipes to treat chapped lips and make them pink
Pomegranate seeds are used to make exfoliators that help lighten dark lips and give them a pinkish touch. You will need pomegranate seeds and cold cream milk.
To prepare, crush the pomegranate seeds well and mix together with the cold cream milk until you reach a paste-like consistency. Apply the mixture on to the clean lips and leave it on for 10 minutes. After, wash lips with warm water.
Dark chocolate and cocoa butter
Dark chocolate is also another ideal solution for treating dry and chapped lips. For this mixture, you will need a teaspoon of cocoa butter, 2 squares of dark chocolate and 1 Vitamin E capsule.
To prepare, melt together the dark chocolate and butter. Once completely melted, add in the Vitamin E and mix. Leave the mixture to cool. Apply the mixture to clean lips and leave them for 10-15 minutes. After that, wash lips with lukewarm water.
Let’s talk about the eyes.
Poets throughout the ages have sung wide eyes, which is a distinctive feature of the authentic Arab woman. Wide, deer-like eyes have the tendency to be a charming point of a woman, making anyone fascinated by their beauty and attractiveness. But everyone is different and not all of us were born with naturally doll-like eyes. Luckily, make-up has made everything possible. In this article we will talk about easy-to-apply optical tricks to dilate the eyes.
Granted, we cannot change the shape of our eyes, but it is possible for a woman to add touches of beauty to her eyes, so she can bring them the best in them. Here are some tips that will help you achieve that doll-like eyes.
Eyebrows on Fleek
it is known that the shape of the eyebrows directly affects the size of the eye. Drawing and filling in the eyebrows has become a natural make-up routine for women because of the simple effect they have on the face.
Black Under Eyes be gone
Make sure your eyes are healthy-looking so they appear more lively and beautiful. Avoid everything that leads to their fatigue, swelling, or the formation of dark circles around them. You can achieve this by getting enough night sleep and using cold tea bags to sooth the areas surrounding the eyes. This tightens the skin and removes sagging. Cosmetologists advise to exercise to stimulate blood circulation and reduce salt intake as much as possible, as salt traps fluids in the body, and thus causes swelling of the organs, including the eye.
Give the illusion of a longer eyelashes by curling the upper eyelash with an eyelash curler. You can also apply mascara or for a more dramatic effect, false eyelashes. Another make-up product that will help is an eyeliner. However, eyeliner can cause the exact opposite of a wide eyes. This requires technique and practice in order to correctly draw in an eyeliner that will result in a natural-looking deer-like eyes.
Another technique is to apply a white or light color eye shadow to your lower lash line and in the inner corners of for eyes to make them stand out and pop.
Even though physical beauty is the head turner, it’s the inner beauty that is the most likeable beauty of all. There are many qualities that determine the inner beauty of a woman, including:
Having passion means that the woman has goals, and that she is not afraid to do them, but rather she will strive to achieve them and succeed in them, and it is necessary to focus on the thing that will make her happy, and to face her fears with courage.
Lack of interest in pursuing the spotlight
Happiness cannot be obtained from fame, so a woman who behaves naturally is more likeable.
Confident and Kind
The way a woman talks is one way of indicating a woman’s true inner beauty. This is when she avoids using aggressive method of speaking and listens sincerely and intently. She also respects others opinions.
A woman who possesses independence and fulfills her desires and goals is also one attractive trait. This is when she has confidence in herself instead of relying on others.
A woman who takes care of others, who listens to their problems and will offer help is a very beautiful trait.
This means accepting others, regardless of their beliefs and nationalities, without criticizing, insulting, or judging others. Because the open-minded person understands the different opinions, accepts them, and accepts their criticism of him.
Positive thinking is characterized by many health benefits, such as reducing symptoms of depression and increasing the life span, the owner of this type of thinking does not focus on the external appearance, but rather focuses on positive personal qualities, and exercises to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, and this can be done through practice looking through the mirror, smiling, and complimenting inner qualities such as kindness and friendship.
Beauty Standards for Men
For men, there is a different measurement for their beauty. It doesn’t vary that much from country to country, unlike women’s, but still, there are certain preferences for their physical structure as well.
For their physical preference, men who have sharp physical characteristics with solid curves are classified more beautiful than men who have smooth, rounded features close to feminine characteristics.
The man’s beautiful and attractive face features are defined by the high forehead, strong, connected eyebrows, and sharp and rigid jaw features, and physical characteristics are an important part of the beauty and attractiveness of a man.
A pretty V-shaped body is also a common occurrence for men’s beauty standard. A V-shaped body is when the waist circumference constitutes 0.75 of the body’s muscle mass, and that the shape of the upper part, starting from the waist, the chest and ending with the shoulders is a letter V.
The height of a man is also distinctive characteristic that increases his beauty and attractiveness, but there is no specific standard for height for men because it is relatively different according to the society to which the man belongs.
Next is the smile. This is one of the signs that increase the beauty of men as well as women alike. It enhances attractiveness through physical and psychological analysis, as well as the natural beautiful smile that hides healthy, healthy teeth that reveal inner happiness, a sense of contentment, and self-worth.
Second is personal cleanliness, taking personal care and maintaining general body cleanliness, such as caring for hair, body, and skin hygiene, is important, and increases the external and psychological beauty of men, and gives them a sense of self-satisfaction, thus improving mental health.