Earlier this month, I had the pleasure to work with Natura Brasil's US team on their latest #LiveYourBeauty campaign, a project about embracing true beauty as they celebrate the launch of their skincare line called Chronos.
I've been using their Energizing Face Cream in the mornings and it's been great; the smooth texture makes it great for me to use it on my neck, too. What I really love about this product, though, is the packaging! Once you get a tub, you can then 1) save money and 2) be environmental-friendly by just getting their refill pods!
The project got me thinking about what "true beauty" really means to me. I figured if I don't really know what the term means, how am I supposed to really embrace it, right? So after some research (as in talking to people and reading up on the topic), I decided to share the journey with you, so we can together discover and embrace your true beauty!
Think: What is Your Favorite Part of You?
If you ask me, I'd say...my hair! At least that's the first thing that comes to my mind. I mean, my hair is not perfect; I have grey hair, so I color it. But because I color it, I take good care of my hair. And whenever I leave the house with a good hair day, I feel more confident and extra powerful.
But then I'm thinking: if my hair is colored, does it still count as "natural" beauty?
Keep In Mind: Don't Focus on Physical Beauty
Of course it does! Because after all, true beauty really isn't about how you look. And I'm sure you knew that already!
But we're still prone to focusing on the physical form of beauty. I guess because that is what we see first. So in order to re-think my way around this, I scraped away anything "concrete" or tangible.
Now, I think my favorite part of me is: my willingness and attempt to be in other people's shoes, and with an open mind. I think I support my closest friends and family by really seeing things from their perspective first before my own. And I view this as a form of "beauty" because I always feel so happy and proud when I can comfort someone I care about and be there for them when they need me.
Be Grateful: The Best "Trick" in Finding the Silver Lining
I find that when thinking with a thankful approach, everything just appears more beautiful! I believe there's always a silver lining in everything and the light leads you to true beauty! Perhaps optimism itself is the best form of beauty.
Accept: That Imperfection Itself Is Beautiful
Imperfection itself is perfectly natural! I think your true beauty cannot exist until you really accept and love who you are and what you have, inside and out! Only by loving both my least and most favorites parts of myself and accepting my strengths and weaknesses can I really recognize the meaning of true beauty. Because beauty only becomes true when you fully embrace all of it.
Thank you for reading!
Disclaimer: The products were gifted to me from Natura Brasil; opinions are 100% my own.
Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.
Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.