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April 1, 2014
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Facebook 'selfies' and cancer: Inner beauty not from makeup | Moms

This past week my Facebook newsfeed was inundated with photos of my friends posing for selfies without make-up.

Their purpose was to raise money and support for cancer awareness.

I was thankful there was a meaningful reason to it all.

Our family has walked the cancer road with my dad twice throughout the last 10 years.

He has fought it and both times and won – he is a brave survivor.

But we also have other family members who have fought the battle with courage and strength and lost.

They are no longer with us and for them our hearts still grieve.

The idea behind the selfies was to be brave enough to show everyone what you look like without make up on, which I guess is all good in of itself.

As I scrolled through the pictures of familiar faces, I was struck by their natural beauty.

Ladies I have known for years, some I have never seen without make-up on and they looked so pretty.

I don’t think some of them realized how much their natural beauty was shining through.

I don’t wear makeup very much, it seems like the times I have worn mascara I forget and rub my eyes or cry and I end up looking like Alice Cooper, so a make -up less selfie wouldn’t be much different for me.

That aside, seeing all these photos made me ask the question, “What is it I see in others that I consider natural beauty”?

Your choice to wear makeup is a personal decision, but I think there is so much more to beauty than whether we look good with or without makeup.

For me natural beauty is something I observe when I can see into a woman’s soul – when emotions and realness are transparent.

The love and joy in a mothers face just after they give birth, even through the exhaustion there is a natural glow and beauty that is just breath taking.

I have seen beauty as I have listened to and watched a friend share something difficult they have had to overcome in their life, the beauty and the rawness of their emotion shines through.

The beauty of a new bride as she looks at her new husband.

The beauty of a mother as she engages with her children.

There are many examples of when I have seen true beauty shine through other women.

That inner beauty that we have all noticed doesn’t come from makeup, but from something deep inside that causes a light to shine through them.

As many of us have watched family and friends go through cancer diagnosis and treatments, I pray too that we will understand that a makeup-less selfie can never be compared with the journey of going through cancer.

I do hope though, that as well as raising money and awareness for cancer, that these photos also brought an awareness to the fact that our beauty is just not defined by what can be seen on the outside.

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