The 20th century saw an increasing rejection of beauty by artists and philosophers alike, culminating in postmodernism's anti-aesthetics. This is despite beauty being a central concern of one of postmodernism's main influences, Friedrich Nietzsche, who argued that the Will to Power was the Will to Beauty.
In the aftermath of postmodernism's rejection of beauty, thinkers have returned to beauty as an important value. American analytic philosopher Guy Sircello proposed his New Theory of Beauty as an effort to reaffirm the status of beauty as an important philosophical concept. Elaine Scarry also argues that beauty is related to justice.
Beauty is also studied by psychologists and neuroscientists in the field of experimental aesthetics and neuroesthetics respectively. Psychological theories see beauty as a form of pleasure. Correlational findings support the view that more beautiful objects are also more pleasing. Some studies suggest that higher experienced beauty is associated with activity in the medial orbitofrontal cortex. This approach of localizing the processing of beauty in one brain region has received criticism within the field.
From a young age I have had a great interest in beauty therapy and its ability to promote within me a positive enhancement of my physical and mental self image. I also feel that it has a strong impact on me, both in terms of being mentally challenging and also as a hands on profession.
I acknowledge that beauty therapy is both a very challenging and demanding career; however I feel that the rewards are amazing knowing that you have truly made a difference in the way a person feels mentally and physically.
I am eager to pursue beauty therapy as a career because I truly feel that it makes a difference to other people's lives. In a society which is both demanding and fast paced, I feel that beauty therapy has an essential place; in terms of its relaxing and therapeutic qualities and its ability to enhance an individual's sense of calm, well being and self confidence.
Beauty therapy is a career which requires dedicated, reliable and trusting people who can develop relationships with others quickly. I am an open and honest person, who treats other people with respect. I am also a very good listener which I feel is essential for a career in the beauty industry.
These are qualities which I feel I have fostered in both my professional and personal relationships and are particularly reflected in the work I undertake with other people.
On a weekly basis I visit a local nursing home, where I do treatments for elderly ladies that are unable to visit a salon. I have also been working in a Chinese takeaway, on a part time basis for the past two years.
This has involved interacting with a diverse range of people and has taught me to be more tolerant and patient with others. It has also helped me to develop effective communication skills, which I feel are skills that I will be able to transfer when undertaking a career as a Beauty Therapist.
Furthermore I have completed work experience in a number of beauty salons performing a wide range of treatments. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it has confirmed my desire to work in the industry.
I have enjoyed every aspect of my level two beauty therapy course and I am currently enjoying doing my level three course even more. I enjoy the variety the course offers, both in terms of the practical and theoretical knowledge I am acquiring.
I feel that I am a keen dedicated student and I feel that I was rewarded for this by being presented a "Beauty Express Reward" for "Special Achievement" for my level two beauty therapy.
I am particularly interested in expanding my knowledge base in regards to aromatherapy, reflexology and advanced electrolysis.
I have researched a lot about each one of these subjects and they have continued to interest and amaze me. I also feel that it is imperative for a Beauty Therapist to have a good understanding of the human body, as you are constantly working on the body. Therefore I feel that it is necessary for me to expand my knowledge in regards to anatomy and physiology.
I would like to further my training within the beauty industry and I feel by undertaking this foundation degree will help me expand my knowledge base and help me to be a more experienced, effective and skilled therapist.