The job of a minister is a rewarding yet challenging one. Members of the clergy often have to be conscious of their personal appearance, taking special care to be modest while still looking polished and professional. While the concept of beauty can be a touching subject for many ministers, it’s important to use good hygiene and beauty treatments as a way to inspire those who are looking to ministers as a positive example. Here are a few beauty tips that would be beneficial for ministers.

Drinking Water

One of the easiest and most effective beauty tips that ministers can add to their regimen is to drink plenty of water. This simple practice will rid the body of impurities, and helps to prevent bloating and inflammation. Water also helps to clear the skin and provides the body with energy while preventing overeating. Water has a spiritual significance as well, since it is often used to signify life and vitality. To make drinking water more interesting, a few pieces of fresh fruit can be added to the water. For instance, pineapples can help to reduce swelling in the face, hands and feet. Cucumbers can be added to water as well to make the beverage more refreshing and replenish the skin.

Getting Facials

It’s important to have a healthy glow and get rid of toxins and breakouts on the skin. This literally helps you put your best face forward while you’re meeting with parishioners and church members, and can make you less self-conscious when you’re talking to people face to face. Your face is also a sign of good healthy and vitality, so when you take time to get facials that can remove blackheads or smooth out wrinkles, You’ll be making a good impression on those you serve. Being a minister is often a 24/7 job, and it’s easy for you to look fatigued after spending long hours tending to the needs of others. When you get facials on a regular basis, you’re feeding your skin with healthy ingredients that will make you feel refreshed while slowing the down the aging process.

Facials that include fruit extracts like pineapple and strawberry can get rid of dead skin cells, and a facial scrub with sugar and salt will draw impurities out of your pores and prevent further blemishes.

Moisturizing the Skin

A quality moisturizer can shield your skin from the harmful effects of the sun and reduce fine lines on the face. This is important if you spend a considerable amount of time outdoors in your ministry. Choose a moisturizer with a high SPF, so you’ll know your skin is protected, and you can focus on serving those who need you the most. A moisturizer with skin-calming ingredients like chamomile or vitamin E also helps to replenish your cells and prevent sun spots. It’s best to have a moisturizer for daytime use that provides sun protection, and a nighttime moisturizer that will renew your skin while you sleep.

Hair Removal

Hair removal is a normal part of grooming and will keep you looking neat and presentable. If your religion has specific regulations about hair, such as facial hair grooming for men or the wearing of long hair for women, you can still remove hair in a way that abides by these regulations. For women, waxing the hair from the legs, underarms and eyebrows can give you a polished look. Removing hair from the underarms can also prevent body odor, which is essential if your ministry involves a considerable amount of physical labor. For men, keeping your facial hair neat means your look will be less of a distraction, and you’ll also reduce the chances that food or beverage particles will get stuck in your beard, which can also cause odor over time.

Makeup Application

Makeup is a touchy subject for many ministers, but modesty is key when you’re looking for the right makeup shades. When it comes to foundation, you may need to select a darker color for the perimeter of your face, and a lighter color for your cheeks, chin and forehead. Be sure to blend the foundation evenly so that your makeup doesn’t look caked on. A small amount of mascara, as well as eye shadow that matches your skin tone can make you look awake and alert, without drawing too much attention to your makeup. Finish your look with a subtle tone of blush that matches your cool or dark skin tone, or a bronzer to give you a refreshing glow. If you don’t want to wear lipstick, a tinted gloss will keep your lips from being chapped while giving you a hint of color.

These are just some of the beauty tips that ministers can keep in mind when getting ready for work. It’s perfectly fine to ask for spiritual guidance when looking for new ways to adorn yourself, so that you can serve your members with confidence and a clear head and heart.

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The fact that it’s National Selfie Day here in the U.S. is, in and of itself, a bit ridiculous. After all, the word wasn’t even officially recognized until 2013, when the Oxford English Dictionary declared it the Word of the Year.

Our general distaste for such an absurd ‘holiday’ aside, some doctors say the millions of #selfies uploaded to Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook today (and every day) are causing an increase in the number of requests they’re getting for plastic surgery and non-invasive cosmetic procedures like Botox and fillers.

Although the jury is still out on whether selfies are solely to blame, there is no denying that the number of cosmetic procedures is on the rise. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, combined surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2015 were up 20 percent compared to 2014, with a staggering total of 12,792,377 procedures performed.

How do I look? Kim Kardashian West, 35, is so well known for taking selfies that even her waxwork at Madame Tussauds in London has her posed with her camera phone in hand - at a flattering angle of course

How do I look? Kim Kardashian West, 35, is so well known for taking selfies that even her waxwork at Madame Tussauds in London has her posed with her camera phone in hand – at a flattering angle of course

Dara Liotta, MD, is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side who has seen the uptick in what she refers to as ‘tweakment requests’ firsthand.

Young people aren’t coming in and asking for major overhauls to their appearance, she said. They want to do small things on a more regular basis, and selfies, she maintains, are one of the main reasons for it.



‘Many social media platforms, including Instagram and Snapchat, are image-based, and our presence on these platforms forces us to see our own image repeatedly, and to look at our image with a more self-critical eye than ever before,’ she said. ‘Gone are the days of a morning farewell to ourselves in the mirror and a quick passing glance at our reflection in the Bergdorf’s window during the day. We are now forced to gaze at, and compare, our self-selfies and the selfies of others on a constant basis.’

In addition to the sheer quantity of selfies being taken, Dr. Liotta believes the front-facing camera on our smartphones and the ‘flipped-image effect’ they create are driving many of the requests she gets.

Citing a story from, Dr. Liotta explained: ‘Whether or not a selfie is reversed after being shot is a major factor in how we perceive our photo. If you’ve used multiple mobile apps to take pictures of yourself, you’ve probably noticed that some, like Snapchat, show you the view of yourself that you would see in a mirror, and that others, like GroupMe, flip the image horizontally and save your selfie the way others would see you. We are used to seeing our image in the mirror, and we’ve grown accustomed to our mirror faces, and familiarity breeds liking. When our mirror image is flipped (this is what others see), it often looks strange and less attractive to us.’

Let’s look at selfie queen Kim Kardashian West as an example: 

Mirror, mirror: With the number of selfies Kim Kardashian West, 35, has taken, she's probably just as used to seeing her face horizontally flipped from a forward-facing camera (right) as she is to seeing her reflection (left)

Mirror, mirror: With the number of selfies Kim Kardashian West, 35, has taken, she’s probably just as used to seeing her face horizontally flipped from a forward-facing camera (right) as she is to seeing her reflection (left)

Beverly Hills-based dermatologist – and Kim’s ‘all-knowing skincare guru’ – Harold Lancer, MD, FAAD, has also seen the effect of selfies in his practice.

Dr. Lancer, however, attributes it, in part, to the criticism that can come from them.

‘I get 12 year olds coming in for acne who ask me for an acne program, tell me they don’t want any pills, and ask me to start them on an anti-aging program,’ the Lancer Skincare founder said. ‘What does a 12 year old ask me that for? They say, “Well, you know, my girlfriend told me I look bad on Snapchat.” It’s self-criticism and peer-criticism happening.’

Group selfies can be even worse than solo selfies, Dr. Lancer added. ‘The hairstylists tell me the same thing, the eyebrow people tell me the same thing – that people come in because they didn’t like their image with a group that somebody else posted. It’s self-abuse and others triggering it to be amplified.’

For some patients, simply understanding why they’re unhappy with their selfies is enough. In addition to the mirror-image issues, Dr. Liotta also said the angle of the face combined with the forward-facing camera can cause distortion.


‘Selfies exaggerate certain features such as the nose,’ she said. ‘The parts of your face that are closer to the camera seem larger than other features in comparison to non-selfie photographs, where the distance from the camera to your face is longer and has more of a flattering effect on your face. Some people describe this as the fish-eye effect of smartphone lenses.’

People also tend to tilt their chin down when they take a selfie, which can make it seem like they have more of a double chin than they really do.

If changing your angles isn’t enough, Dr. Liotta recommends seeking out a board-certified specialist before undergoing any procedure ‘and to make sure your doing it for your self, and not just your selfie.’

You may also want to think about your make-up routine. ‘Make-up trends and watching YouTube tutorials about how to do the trend are another thing that draws people’s attention to their own features, and often in a critical way,’ she said. ‘Many plastic surgery treatments, from laser, to filler, to surgery, are aimed at tweaking the way that the light hits the face, and eliminating the shadows across the face. This is exactly the same as contouring and strobing. Plastic surgery just does it in a way that is more permanent, and won’t wash off in the morning.’