Aesthetically Bella is a unique facial aesthetics, skincare, and beauty blog inspired by my belief that every person deserves to feel good about the way they look. It shouldn’t matter so much, but sometimes it feels like it does. There’s a real emphasis in our society on appearance, and a youthful appearance specifically seems to be becoming more and more admirable and desirable.
In this blog, I talk a lot about ways to preserve a youthful appearance, or correct or improve signs of aging. It’s important to me that anyone reading understand that the suggestions in this blog are only meant for someone personally bothered by some aspect of their appearance. If you’re 100% content with your looks, I’m not only sincerely happy for you, I envy you! I wish everyone in the world could completely embrace the way they look, warts and all. I don’t think there should be some standard of beauty that people are held up to. But the fact is, many of us hold ourselves up to our own set of standards.
Wanting to look and consequently feel good is just a part of life for many of us (I won’t say for all of us, because based on experience that doesn’t seem to be the case.) If it’s not something you concern yourself with, more power to you! Seriously. But if that’s the case, this blog is probably not for you.
I have been fascinated with all things beauty since I was very young. I’ve always enjoyed trying to “get pretty,” whether it be styling my hair or playing with makeup to create a certain look. That fascination ultimately led me to a career in cosmetology. (After spending lots of money on a bachelor’s degree that has yet to serve me.)
As a teenager and into my early twenties, I was plagued by hormonal acne. On a mission to clear up my skin, I gathered as much information as I possibly could on the topic. With a lot of trial and error (and ultimately the help of a dermatologist) my skin finally cleared. By that time, my preoccupation with caring for my skin had become almost a hobby.
From there, my focus became anti-aging (probably because I was starting to notice I was aging.) I learned the importance of sunscreen, and I’ve since been slathering it on daily in earnest. I continue to make sure I’m protecting my skin from both UVB and UVA rays (something not all sunscreen does—find out more by searching “sunscreen” on this blog.) If you don’t know, sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging of the skin.
Next I became obsessed with anti-aging skincare and would spend hours researching ingredients and reading product reviews. I continue to try to stay on top of the numerous advances in skincare.
In my thirties, I became bothered by little signs of gravity and time starting to appear on my face. My “research” interests turned to non-invasive cosmetic treatments like fillers, Botox, PDO threads, laser treatments, etc.
I’m now 39 and have spent several years exploring the world of injectables and other non-surgical procedures. I know that there are plenty of women and men who are doing research just like I was, hoping to make improvements to their appearance. This blog is for them.
I want my face to look natural, never overdone, and I’m here to say it can be done. It’s a tricky balance to strike, for sure, but usually has everything to do with the injector/practitioner you choose.
A huge misconception is that Botox or filler injections make you look plastic or fake. What many people don’t realize is that for every fake or “plastic-looking” person they see, there is someone else that looks natural and gorgeous that has had a little help looking that way. Good work is invisible.
In this blog, I share my thoughts on different skincare products, my knowledge of sunscreen, and my experiences and opinion on different non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Occasionally, if some new hair or makeup product really blows me away, I may review that too.
I welcome your comments, questions, and discussion. Ideally, we’ll learn things from one another.
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“People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder…” —Salma Hayek.
“Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the feeling of being beautiful exists solely in the mind of the beheld.” —Martha Beck