My recent visit to the church led me to a conversation with an undergraduate student. A young and engaging believer, she wonders how to care for her beauty without being seen as a worldly and carnal Christian?
There seems to be no end to the high number of questions people ponder. But, the most important question for all Christians on any issue is, “What does the Bible have to say about that?”
When I had to talk about the Christian perspective of beauty, I was struck by the fact that this was the first time I was having such a conversation. It’s not improper, but very rare, because we are not sure how to begin and where to end.
The first of my observations is this: We were all created in God’s image and God will never judge us based on our physical appearances. Your skin tone, your body shape, your hairstyle…all of that don’t matter to God.
As followers of Christ, we are told to love and cherish ourselves as we are because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. This is a bigger and even more compelling reason why we should not be drawn to this appearance-obsessed world and womankind’s preoccupation with beauty.
Friends, I’m only asking you not to be obsessed. You don’t have to go and throw away all your makeup and skincare products. There is nothing wrong in caring for your body. This aesthetic appetite in you is a simple innate human desire.
God is a source of beauty and we are His beautiful creatures. If you take a look at Biblical characters like Rebekah, Sarah and Rachel, you’ll find that physical beauty and attractiveness were valued in the Bible.
You can for your skin, but don’t take skincare and beauty to extremes!
Drink Lots of Water
That boggles my mind; when I was a kid, I used to hate drinking water because of its taste. Today, I drink at least 2-3 liters of water per day and I feel so much stronger and lighter.
When pressed for their number one beauty secret, most celebrities or beauty pageant queens revealed that they drink lots of water because it’s healthy for the skin. It’s not that drinking tons of water will help you look like Angelina Jolie or win Miss Universe, but it might be enough to plump your skin.
“…but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
– From John 4:14
Oils for Skincare
“And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.”
– From Psalms 104:15
After reading this verse, I kept hearing the words, “oil to make his face shine,” ringing loud in my mind.
At that moment, I got the solution for my dry face and my cousin’s red, dry and blotchy skin.
If you read the Bible carefully, you’ll find that women like Queen Esther, have been using oils for their skin. Somewhere along the way, people have turned to oil-based skin products.
If you want to improve the overall appearance of your skin, I suggest going the old way. Ditch the cosmetics and apply the oils directly to your skin.
These are the oils I often recommend:
- Olive oil
- Coconut Oil
- Jojoba oil
- Moringa oil
- Almond oil
- Sunflower seed oil
Rest Is Equally Important
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
– From Matthew 11
Forget about adorning your lips or outlining your eyes; rest is the key to a rejuvenated and refreshed look, which is, unfortunately, often overlooked.