Types of Beauty Treatments


While beauty has been proclaimed to be just skin deep, its importance in our world just does not seem to abate. If advertisements, the increasing number of ‘beauty salons’ in our neighbourhoods, and all our celebrities are to be believed, beauty is the be all and end all of life. Attractive packaging seems to have become as important as the ‘beauty within’. In such a world, is it any surprise that so many types of treatments to make us more beautiful exist?

Beauty treatments that use natural products and organic materials are a big fad these days. This is not only because they are safer and cause fewer side effects, but also because they are far friendlier to the environment around us as well. But there is a scary side to ‘natural’ products as well. Several of the products that are available in the market and claim to be ‘natural’ are actually processed in order to preserve them. The added smells, textures, and other embellishments leave little or even no natural matter in them. The ‘natural’ is therefore believable only when you’ve mashed up the fruit yourself!

The other and most common and prevalent beauty treatment methods involve the use of chemicals. Some treatments like re-bonding hair require harsher chemicals than, say, facials. But there are some chemicals present in most of our beauty treatments. This is not to say that chemical treatments are all bad. After all, our shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and all other products are chemicals too. When used well, appropriately and in proper quantities, these treatments are usually beneficial, but an excess use of chemicals and treatments can lead to a worsening instead of a betterment of any aspect of beauty.

The third and most dangerous kind of beauty treatments is cosmetic surgery. Ranging from simple Botox injections to smooth out wrinkles to more dangerous procedures that involve reshaping of parts of our body that we are not proud of, cosmetic surgery is fast becoming a fad too. Such treatments range from breast implants and rhinoplasty (the oft heard-of ‘nose job’) to liposuction and even orthognathic surgery (manipulation of the facial bones through controlled fracturing).

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