Do you have a teenager who has become obsessed with their looks?Most teens go through a period of teen angst where they become particularly self-conscious about their looks, and often turn to friends and the media to support their goals of looking their best.
According to a recent article in Newsweek titled ‘The Beauty Breakdown; What a Lifetime of Cosmetic Maintenance Will Cost a Modern Diva’, women start to spend a significant amount of money on their hair, face and body, as early as their ‘tween’ years, the few years before they become a teenager. The report in Newsweek suggests that tweens spend an average of $7,170 throughout this phase, just to look and feel better about themselves.
Over the course of a lifetime, the average woman spends nearly half a million dollars on beauty and hair treatments alone, say the editors at Newsweek. This may include popular cosmetic procedures such as microdermabrasion, Botox injections, lip plumping treatments, and other skin rejuvenationprocedures. Some women spend a significantly larger amount if they undergo pricey plastic surgery procedures such as breast implants, facelift surgery or liposuction.
However, this research shows that many pre-teens and teens are fueling today’s obsession with beauty, especially when they start buying into media ideals – literally – at such a young age.Mental health professionals have been studying the effects of the media and the self-esteem ofyoung girls for several years, and point out that several developmental problems, including eating disorders, depression and anxiety, may be linked to society’s pressure to look beautiful at all costs.
Those who can afford to pay for pricey haircuts, expensive makeup and other treatments are counting on this outside support to help them feel better about themselves. However, this could pave the way for a poor self-image in the long run, and also make it difficult for the young woman to prioritize ways for staying emotionally and financially balanced.