WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (2022)

There have been many discussions on what is beautiful and what is not. It has led to this work being inspired mainly by the idea of the beauty standard throughout time. The figure has elongated limbs, its legs are almost taller and more voluminous than the torso, yet the body is muscular. This juxtaposes between two bodies, yet the tallness in the arms becomes skinny as they go lower. You can purchase this art here in print or the whole item.

WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (2022)
WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (2022) by Joshua Obara Norwood


It is as though time changes, and we gain different opinions on what’s beautiful. But the question this work asks is, “Who decides what we should look like?” and “Why can’t we just be who we want to be?”. Its existence references the countless amounts of influencers on the internet (and prior) who push these standards. These “standards” lead to toxic problems like eating disorders or anxiety.

The standards must be pushed away and broken down. The word standard is substantial and pushing; it’s a somewhat abusive word, to more exact. It’s something that forces you to be a certain way. Therefore, combating the standards can result in the destruction of force and the triumph of freedom and choice.

The piece’s medium is in ballpoint pen, but there is also a charcoal version (in A3) of this artwork. What started as an idea is seemingly stretching out into becoming a series of works targeting the beauty standards of today’s world.

WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (CHARCOAL)

WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (CHARCOAL)
WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (CHARCOAL) (2022) by Joshua Obara Norwood

This is the much more defined and thought-out version of the original sketch though this is my process behind turning a sketch into a painting. Thus muscles are more defined and dark, and the body morphs outwards.

If you liked the pen work, you could check out my other works, like VISUAL ANGLE (2022).

Oatmeal Mask for a week! RESULTS!

In our skincare journey to finding the BEST routines, I’ve decided to try out an oatmeal mask for a week. I share the results here and how I’ve felt about it and notices of anything during the week. There are two types of oatmeal you can use; colloidal and whole oats. Colloidal oatmeal is the powdered form so it can be drained with less worry than whole oats.

I find that colloidal is much easier to apply but for this trial, I’ll be using both to experience whether one is better.

How to make the oatmeal mask

Oatmeal Mask

Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Course: Skincare
Keyword: beauty, oat, oat meal, skincare
Author: Josh N.

Materials

  • 50 grams oatmeal if colloidal then make sure to skip the processing step
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Add the oats to a food processor then grind into smaller parts; if you can turn it into colloidal oat meal.
  • Mix with two tablespoons of warm milk and add honey if wanted. If its too dry to spread; add another tablespoon.

Oatmeal Mask – Day One

Oatmeal mask

There were not many results on the first day, but the mask didn’t feel bad on my face. It did feel a bit heavy, but it eventually hardens, and you can wash it off after 15 minutes. I have a few pimples on my face, which were still really annoying and red there.

Day Two

Oatmeal mask

Day two see’s some better results! My face starts to clear up and well it feels smoother! Also another thing for this blog, since this day I’m only using really basic cleansing and moisturising products to make sure that the results are more accurate instead of a large amount of skincare products that we typically see bloggers use.

Day Three

On day three, you can see how my face got clearer slightly, despite the change of lighting. Though I still have some pimples lying about it’s generally getting much better. One to note is that I did get a new simple on my moustache area but results are generally okay so I dismissed that.

Day Four

Nothing much really changed on day four except that I felt a bit more smaller pimples rather than the bigger ones. I guess some people may react differently to this than others. I also had two new big pimples on my cheek as well. The face mask got a bit itchy that day so I believe it might not really be for me.

Day Five

I guess I had a short breakout on the fifth day, the pimples got less red and well they cleared a bit. Though I found pimples on the bottom side of my jaw which wasn’t nice. The mask helps to stave off the severity of my outbreaks though!

Day Six

This day is when the mask felt really itchy on my skin and I was unsure if I had an adverse reaction to the mask and oats. It occurred to me that when you make oat milk you are supposed to soak them to remove the antinutrients. Perhaps they are what’s causing me to outbreak a bit? I’m not a scientist so I can’t confirm this.

Oatmeal Mask – Day Seven & Conclusion

Oatmeal mask

I’m going to be honest I’ve not really had a good week with this oat mask. I saw some improvements here and there but really, I broke out. You can see on my jaw that it kind of got quite bad. It’s just not for me.

If you want to see me try other face masks I did the banana peel rubbing mask.

Epsom Salt Elixir Gardens Review

Elixir Gardens Epsom Salt has been quite good for me as I usually have used it to bathe in. I tend to ache quite a bit especially after moving out so it’s kinda helped with all the pains I’ve had. It’s also quite good for plants, in which I used a ratio of 1 litre water to a teaspoon of Epsom salt for my watering can. It has helped my spider web plant (which was kindly given away to me by the open eye gallery).

What I found interesting is that the salt isn’t as big as previous Epsom salts that I have bought prior to this one. It says on the page that these are better for the environment but I’ve not really seen any sources on the page or links to anything that proves that. So take it with a grain of salt really.

Epsom Salt: Is it really worth it?

Some may say it’s a placebo effect but personally I feel like it works for me. Healthline says it hasn’t been studied enough to show health claims so make sure to not take anything from the internet as true. The only way you can really find out if it works is if you try it yourself which I suggest since it feels great in a bath! If you’re looking to help your plants it could be worth a go since it helps increase magnesium in the soil. For bathing I usually just use one to two cups of the salt.

I Tried The Banana Peel Rubbing For a Week

Banana peels supposedly have a lot of minerals and vitamins inside of them and there’s been a trend a few years back to rub it over your face. I wanted to take the test with the first skincare post on this blog to explore if it works (for me) or not. Of course, others will have different results but we’ll see! Let’s find out if the banana peel rubbing is the key to clear skin!

Applying the banana peel face rubbing

To apply this; we simply need to cleanse our face (obviously duh!) then dry it then rub the banana peel over it. Make sure to be gentle- otherwise, it might do more harm than good. I rubbed it into my skin for around 5 minutes then take it off afterwards and leave it to rest for around 10 minutes after. I would advise people to use organic bananas as I’m not sure what they put on the bananas if they’re not organic.

Day One

Banana Peel Rubbing Day 1
Day one.. my face has two small pimples! Hope they go away.

For the first day it went quite interestingly; I never really thought that banana peel would have a tightening sensation when applied or rubbed onto your skin. It was first- fresh. Then tightened. It had the sensation of one of those charcoal face masks that pull at your skin. On the first day; I don’t really have many results to make but I will be applying this day and night. This challenge has started at night so day one will only have one application.

I started this day with two pimples on the bottom part of my face so I’m really excited to see the results at the end! I hope they disappear!

Day Two

day 2

Here’s a different angle of my face, for day two I didn’t really seem to notice any difference. The pimple on the bottom of my face got a bit more swelled- but that’s about it. My face looks slightly less red which is good! At this point of the peel week challenge, it looks like it’s working!

Day Three

On day three, the results aren’t really that great. My acne started to break out more than it usually does – especially on the cheeks and chin where I usually rub the banana peel the most. At this point, I am simply losing confidence in the power of the banana peel.

It in turn shows how the two pimples I had at the start of the challenge have gone. In return, I have gained four new ones. Yipee!

Day Four

Day four saw some improvements. My acne stopped breaking out as much and started to improve a lot faster. Though it was still disappointing to see that the banana peel gave me an outbreak at the start.

I guess it really depends on who does it. Sometimes we might get an initial outbreak when we start a new skincare thing?

Day Five

Honestly, nothing different really. My acne started to improve a bit after this day, so I skipped taking a photograph on day six since it was mostly similar to day five.

Though my newfound acne scars are not really nice new features, haha!

Day Six (or Seven!) – last day of the banana peel face rubbing!!

banana face rubbing end result
I also shaved my hair for this picture so that future skin-care routines and blog posts are more visible with their outcomes!

Well, my face feels a LOT better than before though I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re still getting an outbreak problem after the seventh day. I’m not really that much of a fan of the uncomfortable feeling of banana peel though.

I much prefer a stick-on face mask to this. Though if you’re looking for a cheap step in your regimen you can add this!

Final Thoughts on the Banana Peel Face Rubbing Technique

Well, that’s really it for this. It’s not really much to add to your skincare routine though I would add that it doesn’t do much- it’s certainly not hard to try out. It might work better for you! But for me- it’s meh.

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