Monthly Archives: April 2012

Your Definition of Beauty Does Not Have to Match Society’s Definition of Beauty

      Society is more obsessed on physical appearance at the moment than any previous times, making it extremely challenging for someone to be themselves and feel good about it. The media imposes an unrealistic expectation of beauty, using female insecurities purely for profit. Simple because “society” says you have to look like this or that to be desirable, millions of people are conditioned to diet, work out, buy the latest make-up, receive cosmetic procedures, etc. The media industry as a whole is a multi billion dollar industry, and the fact that women are constantly being told that they need to look better, feeds into the bottom line of these industries selling the perfect image.
       True beauty cannot and should not be defined. It was never meant to be outlined in a perfect set of measurements or a finite list of attributes. Bodies are beautiful at every size. There will always be someone thinner or heavier than you. Someone shorter or taller. Someone with smaller or bigger hips. Someone with a flatter or rounder stomach. Someone older or younger.

But there will never be another you. Having the confidence to know that you were born unique and to own that uniqueness is the sexiest thing a woman can do. 

      Although you can’t change the society’s perception of beauty, you can change your perception of beauty. In the end, someone will always judge you, but who cares what they think? Life is to short to spend living up to someone’s opinion of “beauty,” instead be your own standard of beautiful.


Goal: Limiting Teens’ Access to Tanning Beds –

Because the FDA still classifies tanning machines as Class I medical devices, teens have almost unlimited access to them, making up 2.3 million of the nearly 30 million indoor tanners in the US every year. With melanoma incidence in people under age 20 rising 2.9 percent between 1973 and 2001, many experts believe this easy access is dangerous. In a recent issue of The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal,Philippe Autier, MD, MPH, former head of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)’s Prevention Group, pointed out that there is “considerable data pointing to childhood and adolescence as the key periods for initiation and develop- ment of melanoma in adulthood.” In a landmark report last year naming UV tanning devices as an important cause of cancer, the IARC cited research showing that first exposure to tanning beds in youth increases melanoma risk by 75 percent.

Laws regarding minors’ access to tanning beds currently vary from state to state, with some even allowing children under age 14 to tan indoors if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Raising the classification of tanning beds to Class II or higher would make teens’ access to tanning beds more difficult. This is a key goal for anti-tanning experts and groups such as The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Goal: Limiting Teens’ Access to Tanning Beds –