10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Beauty
6) But happy does equal beautiful.
Really, this is my number one beauty tip. A girl can just roll out of bed complete with flannel PJs and bedhead, but if she is truly happy that joy is going to shine through as beauty. You won't always be happy and that's normal. But when you are, wear your joy like jewels.
7) Sunscreen and water are your friends.
I know I'm talking about looks like they don't matter and that's not exactly true. Most people do want to look their best, and people do get judged based on their image. So be sure and take care of what you have been given. In my humble opinion, sunscreen and water are a girl's two best friends. Sunscreen avoids many a future wrinkle. And good hydration doesn't just makes your kidneys happy. Have you ever seen what lack of water does to a grape? Yeah, no one wants to look like a raisin. Drink your water, my dear, and your skin will thank you.
8) A good night's sleep does a world of good
While we are talking about taking care of yourself, don't forget to get enough sleep. The times when I've felt the worst about how I look are the mornings when the bags under my eyes needed their own carrying case. Conversely the mornings when I looked in the mirror and liked what I've seen were days when I had slept so long and hard that my face showed it. Your body really does thank you for taking care of it, and getting enough rest is one of the biggest ways this is true.
9) It does matter what you eat, but not for the reasons you might think.
You've watched me change my eating habits and heard me tell you you're "healthy" more times than either of us can count. I hope that eventually I'll teach you to care about what you put in your body. Not because what you consume will either make you fat or skinny, but because what you put in your body will either make you healthy or ill. Your body needs nourished. If you feed it plenty of fruits and veggies and back off the junk, it will show. Not only in the size your figure but the glow of your skin and bounce in your step. And eating well will just make you plain feel better, which as I've already mentioned is half of what being beautiful is about.
10) If you think you are beautiful, the rest of the world will likely agree with you.
In the end, a lot of it comes down to this. If you are happy with who you are and carry yourself with joy and confidence, you will radiate beauty. I know it's easy to feel worried and insecure about your looks. But try to dig down deep and remember that you are loved and cherished for the wonderful, unique person you are. A girl lovely not only because of her gorgeous hair and smile, but because of her kindness and easy laugh. Like I said before, you have nothing to worry about. You are and will be a beautiful girl. But what matters most is that you believe it too.
Dena posts weekly on finding balance and grace in life at denadouglashobbs.com.