How the high beauty standards are affecting the human brain.

by Alisha Sadnani on October 11, 2022
Beauty has many more components than what is visible to our naked eyes. Our brain is wired to certain elements that we consider as beautiful. It can be according to our culture, experiences, or even what we see around us. 

In the world of Instagram filters, and high beauty standards set by our favorite celebrities of having “flawless” skin, we often get so determined to attain the ultimate skin that it takes a toll on our mental health. We see influencers every day trying to figure them out and secretly wishing we were anything like them. But we don’t realize that self-criticism often has adverse effects on our minds and bodies.

Let us ask you a simple question: What is beauty?

Beauty is subjective and perceptive. Every day we look into the mirror, thinking that we could change so many things if we really could.

Beauty, as society normalizes it, is having flawless skin, a perfect body, and living up to the beauty standards we see in the movies and magazines of beauty pageants. But the truth is the concept of beauty can be different for different people, cultures, and societies. It basically depends on one’s own perception.

Other psychological effects of beauty standards are that we try to fit into someone else’s definition rather than realizing our own worth. The most important thing is that beauty comes from within. It should not be a forced concept that the outside world puts on you.

Now, let’s get into the psychological effects of beauty standards on our brains:

The concept of ideal feminine beauty is mostly created by society and often depicts physical attractiveness that every woman should possess to be desirable and attractive.

Women and men alike these days are trying too hard to comply with these beauty ideals and standards, which are leading to several psychological disorders. Studies have shown that such ideals can often lead to psychological issues such as depression, reduced self-esteem, eating disorders, and so much more. Girls and boys from a very early age are subjected to these images of perfection and their exposure extends to adulthood.

Let us not get so consumed by the false pretenses of these ads. The media and beauty advertisements only portray an unattainable and overly sexualized version of beauty. You should not be harrowing yourself with these ideas and notions in order to look or feel beautiful. Spending your energy and time analyzing perfectionist beauty ideals does more bad than good.

Just love yourself and stay healthy.