Striking a "headache pose" to boost your glow is a controversial microtrend


© @iamjuliabelyakova

Get a glow – and avoid the controversy surrounding it

Why boosting your glow with the “headache pose” is a controversial microtrend

Lately having a “healthy glow” has grown to be as much a coveted accessory as sporting the lastest it-bag. I get it – a glowy skin embodies the idea of leading a healthy lifestyle and being healthy. And that’s a potent currency these days, maybe even more potent than just buying the right kind of apparel. Right now a quirky, and controversial, microtrend has been added to the idea of the glow: Striking a pose called “headache pose” to enhance your glow (mostly when being photographed for insta and the like).

Penelope Cruiz sporting “the headache pose”

How sporting a glow can actually be controversial

Various celebrities have been spotted doing it, hence the growth into a microtrend.  One might think this is harmless, but the social media-sphere is quite excitable and some are criticising the pose as a mockery on people who actually suffer from migraines. Some beauty bloggers like meake-up artist Nam Vo, who is known for her creations of an artificial (and very convincig) glow – have even been asked to take down posts like the one of model Julia Belyakova (featured above).  To me the pose of holding your fingers to your head isn’t exclusive to having an actual headache. It’s also a gesture associated with dramatic movie stars, hard thinking folk and me looking at an equation with three unknowns. What’s your take?

How to achieve a glow sans the controversy

While you form your own opinion about the “headache pose” let’s revisit the idea of getting a glow. I personally think that the best glow is achieved by a couple of measures: Good sleep, good nutrition, an active lifestyle and some good sex doesn’t hurt either. If you then opt for the right cosmteics it’s the cherry on the cake.  For now we’ll stick to two little helpers that help uncover fresh and dewy looking skin:

Scrub it real good

It’s good to once in a while to shed your old skin and make room for the new. The peeling by British brand Lixirskin helps you do the job. Its motto is to use as little ingredients as possible and it only needs three types of acid to do the job: Lactic acid that promotes skin hydration, a kind of sugar acid that slows oxidation processes and Phytic Acid which eliminates heavy metals to detoxify the skin. 

Lixirskin – Night Switch

Lixirskin uncovers your best skin © PR

German Dr. Barbara Sturm, a doctor of orthopedics, doesn’t use cosmetics’ “bad guys”. Her facial scrub strengthens the cell structure and thanks to its silk extracts leaves the skin smooth and supple. 

Dr. Barbara Sturm – Facial Scrub

Dr. Barabara Sturm’s peeling for tiny pores © PR


Text: Alex Bohn

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