Have you ever considered what our country would be like if it wasn’t so rich? That may seem like a broad question for this forum, but I’ll explain. We live in a country where even the middle class spends hundreds, if not thousands, a year on excess health and beauty products.
I say excess because I’m including anything you do not need to be considered healthy at your annual physical. Keep in mind that in the majority of the world’s countries that aren’t developed, receiving proper health care to even reach this point is impossible for nearly the entire population.
Nonetheless, consider all the extra things we have come to consider essentials in the past decade or two as it relates to health care and beauty: going from dozens of dollars a month on makeup to try and look like the models in ads to being judged if you use anything but Mac or Sephora to look like the models in the ads.
Most importantly for you guys consider all those products marketed for the perfect skin. Whether that’s the perfect complexion, the perfect skin tone or simply clear skin, these things add another several hundred dollars to the year’s expenses for health care and beauty products.
Please don’t forget all the things we buy in doctor’s office too! This country spent $12,000,000,000 in plastic surgery in 2013 for more than 15,000,000 procedures. Google it. That’s nearly five percent of the entire U.S. population if each person got one procedure!
While we know that’s not the case, that would equate to one in 20 people in the U.S. and this is only 2013 figures. Think of all the people who had plastic surgery before 2013! And even more so after since the economy is picking back up.
I said all this to say that these products and procedures we spend billions on each year stem from insecurity or dissatisfaction for the majority of us; insecurity or dissatisfaction that all of us acne sufferers can relate to.
I’m not telling anyone what they should do with their life or that it’s wrong to spend the extra money to pamper yourself when you have it. But what I am saying is, the culture of our society has brainwashed us into thinking all these things are expected and they’re’ not!
So please, just take a few moments today to reflect on what you spend or the chemicals you put into your body because you may be trying to be the way that society says you should be.
If this country didn’t have $55,000,000,000 a year to spend on cosmetics, I imagine the culture around us would be a bit more accepting to love yourself for who you are, for being unique and not full of judgment and ignorance because you have pimples. And if that’s the case…does their opinion even matter all? I hope you answer “no.”
Of course it is their body and they can do to it what they wish, and people also should not be judged on whether or not there has been plastic surgery done. As a society we should all be accepting of each other in order to progress and create a more accepting world for future generations.
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