(picnik collage by Rina Peru)
Skin care ingredients come from a plethora of sources: extracts from flowers, fruits, and herbs, proteins of animals and microorganisms, ground grains and nutshells, and a whole lot more. They come in different compounds and mixtures for multifunctionality: mixed fruit acids, fruit enzymes, and multi-ingredient complexes. They are either naturally-derived or synthetic. They come in various forms: powder, crystals, paste, or liquid. And they have diverse functions: cleanse, exfoliate, tone, whiten, moisturize, soften, protect, erase signs of aging – the list could go on!
And the good thing about them is – they really work in beautifying the skin.
This is the world I used to live in: the world of the exciting and glamorous cosmetic ingredients industry. Our family is still very much into it; my husband is now at the helm. And we are ever so grateful to the Lord for continuing to prosper our business, enabling us to give to His work in the Church and to the less-privileged.
I used to lecture on the multifunctionality and benefits of these skin care ingredients. It was more than work, it was a kind of advocacy for me. Yes, I had known beauty that’s skin-deep, and while it is a good thing to care for our skin, the Lord has shown me a kind of beauty that emanates from the soul.
While some women would invest in an expensive, good-quality skin care products to maintain a youthful skin, “investing” in a beautiful, heaven-bound heart and soul should never be neglected. This should be foremost in our lives, and not the other way around.
The radiant beauty that our lives reflect while beholding the glory of the Lord can never be surpassed by anything. No, not the latest and most expensive beauty regimen in the market! Beholding the Lord, that is – His Spirit dwells in our hearts, His peace resides in our redeemed souls, His Word is lived in our daily life – the light of His glory shines on us and the brilliance it brings makes us exceptionally beautiful – in spirit, body, and soul.
Stephen’s face, when he was full of the Holy Ghost, looked like the face of an angel (Acts 6: 15). What could be more youthful-looking, softer, smoother, more beautiful skin than that of an angel?
So it is with us Christians. While we live walking in the Spirit, being filled with it in everyday, the love, peace and joy that it brings us will be etched in our faces, read in our eyes, and heard in our lips. This is holistic beauty.
Do you know of someone who looks stunningly beautiful sporting a flawless skin? You might care enough to look deeper beyond the facade and you just might find a broken heart and a lost soul. As I had been before.
You, my friend, who are looking for real beauty in your life, receive the Lord Jesus Christ today and experience a whole new life and beauty that goes far beyond the skin. One that is soul-deep.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. (Prov. 31: 30, NIV)