Working on your personal beauty and fashion can mean anything from staying in shape, to different self-care and makeup tricks, to wardrobe assembly. It’s really an all-encompassing process, and for those who enjoy it, it’s a source of endless fun and invention. That said, a well-rounded beauty effort also exposes you to all kinds of things – weird advertisements, societal pressures, strange ideas, etc. – that are best left alone. So, speaking somewhat broadly, here are a few things you might not want to include in this aspect of your lifestyle.
1. Sample Products
Sample products appear just about everywhere relevant to personal beauty. In some cases, it’s a hint of perfume packed into a magazine. In others, it’s a freebie product or treatment in a store like Sephora. And sometimes, you may even get a few handouts bundled in with an online order you make. These can all make you feel wonderful, but as you can read here, there’s also a science to free samples and how they get customers coming back for more. Typically we all recognize that this is the general purpose of free samples.
However, often enough we let them work their magic on us anyway! That’s not to say there’s necessarily anything wrong with this in a case by case basis, but generally speaking it’s best not to get too carried away with free samples in any category. Accept them, enjoy them, and then keep shopping according to your own preferences
2. Fad Diets
The very idea of a “fad” diet carries a negative connotation, which is actually a tricky concept to judge. On the one hand, a lot of these diets can actually work. There are always stunning results from diets that become famous and are widely practiced, and typically they come due to at least some legitimate nutritional positives. On the other hand, a lot of fad diets amount to one form or another of “crash” dieting, promising that by eliminating a given food group, preservative, etc. you can drop a given amount of weight in a short time. These are almost by nature unsustainable diets, and fluctuation is never good for long-term health or beauty. This doesn’t mean every popular diet needs to be crossed off your list, but typically you can spot – and avoid – the fads.
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3. Fictional Icons
If you’re the sort to take an interest in pop culture you probably almost can’t help but be influenced by entirely fictional characters. There’s a film just about every summer for instance showcasing Scarlett Johansson’s Marvel superhero Black Widow in almost unrealistically phenomenal shape, and with makeup and costuming designed to showcase her natural good looks. The character Lara Croft, as this game revolving around her so adequately describes, has come a long way from her origins and has appeared in countless games and films – always sensationally fit and, insofar as an animated character can be, sexy.
The examples are all around us, and even on a subconscious level, many of us can be influenced by them to attempt to attain unrealistic beauty and fitness standards. On some level it doesn’t hurt to aim high, but it’s usually best to ignore these types of aspirations specifically.
4. Pricey Equipment
Particularly when it comes to the fitness side of personal beauty efforts, there is often fancy, pricey equipment being advertised as the newest and best way to keep off unwanted pounds, maintain muscle definition, and – typically – get fit fast. Case in point, there have lately been entire analyses of the workout phenomenon Peloton, a home bike that effectively helps people dive into virtual spinning classes. This is not a commentary on Peloton specifically – by many accounts it’s a terrific exercise machine and program, and a legitimate substitute for a gym membership. But it’s also undeniable a trend, and a very expensive one at that. At some level it’s usually best to forego such things and simply opt for a workout routine you can manage on your own without all the frills.
5. Actual Fashion Runways
Fashion runways set the tone for some of the best style collections and magazines on the planet. However, they’re also often somewhat ridiculous. They sometimes showcase a type of style that in fact only seems appropriate on a fashion runway showcase. In other cases, they show beautiful garments made for the models wearing them, and irresistible to spectator eyes – yet too expensive for many. This is not to say you can never find the perfect outfit on a runway, but usually if you’re looking as a potential buyer you’re most likely to be disappointed. That said, watching just for fun can be lovely if you’re into fashion!