Young women, like me, are bombarded with advertising for the next miraculous product, with social media influencers extolling the virtues of their favorite lotions and eye-catching advertisements appearing everywhere from ad breaks to bus stops. The ‘skincare sector’ has grown rapidly in recent years, and it is becoming more competitive as a result. During a pandemic, the greatest thing you can do is focus on optimizing your skin care regimen to keep yourself healthy.
Christianity requires us to live as though we are “in the world, but not of the world,” yet this is not always easy. So, we must do a comprehensive investigation of the culture around us to decide which aspects of it to accept and reject.
Is there a Christian response to the emergence of the skincare industry? Is tinted moisturiser self-care, or are you contributing to the global culture of consumerism?
Skin care’s genuine definition of “care”
The beauty industry may be seen from a variety of viewpoints. According to the company’s founding principles, our worth is based on our physical appearance and that we will be content in life if we can persuade ourselves that we are pretty. Choosing the right spiritual lotions is essential.
According to the Bible, God does not judge a person based on their appearance, but rather on their heart. Respecting God, working hard, and showing people hospitality are all lauded in Proverbs 31. The fact that we are children of God and have been completely and undeservedly saved by Jesus is what gives us our true identity, not our skin tone.
Second, anti-aging skincare products are designed to slow or even stop the effects of time on the skin. Wrinkles are seen as a sign of a woman’s age and an indication that something is wrong with her appearance, according to popular culture. The Bible, on the other hand, teaches us that this isn’t the case.
The expense of repurchases of expensive serums must also be taken into account. If we spend our hard-earned money on material goods, it may be an indication that we are hoarding treasures here on Earth. We are informed by commercials that we are “worth it.” When we consider about how to be good stewards of the money that God has given us as provision for our life, a nightly seven-step skincare regimen may not spring to mind.
More than just the surface
In the world of cosmetics, there is a lot of risk involved in making a purchase. However, before we toss our skincare products in the trash, let’s take a look at why we use them in the first place.
The notion of “self-care” is often seen as a deviation from the Christian faith in the context of Christian culture. The most common places to see it addressed are Buzzfeed and lifestyle blogs, which portray it as a self-serving exercise in conceit.
However, the Bible states that we are not to disregard our own rules. When it comes to Christian self-care, spiritual well-being should always come first and foremost. In spite of this, it is our duty to take good care of our own bodily and mental well-being at all times. A face mask, for example, may be a valid way for women to enhance their mental health by taking care of their skin. We are responsible for honouring God with our bodies since they are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. (Corinthians 6:19 in the Bible)