Not sure what glowing up is exactly? Well, to make a long story short, it’s just one of those things that you hope will happen to happen to you!
We’ve all gone through that awkward middle school phase. You know that one where you work plaid Bermuda shorts with a matching lunchbox. But, what happens after that?
What Is Glowing Up?
Urban Dictionary defines a glow up as “a mental, physical and emotional transformation for the better. It can be both natural or planned as well as being gradual and permanent, or fast and temporary.”
When it comes down to it, everyone has embarrassing childhood photos. In fact, to me, those photos are what define my childhood and really showcase why I am the person I am today!
However, the glowing up happens after the fact. To me (and with most that I’ve seen), that happens all thanks to good old puberty! After all, that’s truly when you grow out of that awkward childhood phase and into a young adult!
What used to once be hidden childhood photos has now turned into a competition as to who has changed the most – and for the better! The glowing up challenge really shows how you’ve grown into your own personal appearance, style and self!
Who Can Glow Up?
The answer is simple: it can and probably will happen to anyone and everyone! I mean, when you think about it, everyone goes through that middle school growth spurt! No one really looks exactly the same as they did when they were younger!
Yes, even celebrities. I mean, take a look at someone like Kylie Jenner! Although she may have made some surgical personal appearance changes, you have to admit, the money was well spent and she looks amazing! After all, she did gain a huge following after dropping her own makeup and skincare collection!
And that’s one thing that makes this concept and the content that comes with it so relatable. We’ve all been in that same awkward boat as kids – even if you are a famous celebrity, influencer or whatever you may be!
What Exactly Is The Challenge?
Leave it to us as social media users to turn something so simple as growing up into somewhat of a competition. However, I personally believe everyone goes through a successful glow up just when they grow older.
Although that’s my personal opinion, what would the glowing up challenge be without a little friendly competition? The Glowing Up challenge is essentially comparing your personal growth with others to see who really comes out on “top.”
If you haven’t seen the social media trends and hashtags, such as #glowupseason, allow me to explain. It has been and still is very popular for users to post side by side photos showcasing their differences and the glow ups that they’ve had.
There are a bunch of different types and opportunities for people to experience personal growth and result in a glow up. After all, as I mentioned before: it’s not all about appearances! It can also be internal and you can experience mental growth or maturity after certain particular situations!
How To Successfully Glow Up?
When it comes down to it, as previously mentioned, there can be several opportunities in which you may experience a “glow up.” Although things such as external appearance may (or may not) come naturally, sometimes if you want a successful glow up, you have to work for it.
The first stage and occurrence of glowing up, at least for many, occurs at puberty. Anyone can look amazing before and after a good growth spurt and increase in maturity.
Another huge opportunity for a major glow up is after a relationship has ended! And I’m not talking about just with a significant other. This can be with anyone – a friend, a family member, or others! Treat yourself to a personal spa day or go shopping for a new wardrobe while you’re at it!
Toxic relationships with anyone, no matter the person can really impact both your mental and sometimes even your physical state! When these particular relationships end, it allows you to cut out any negativity and to really focus on yourself!
Another type of glow up that can occur is an experience or industry growth! After all, none of us start off being an expert in anything! It takes practice and growth to really perfect your craft (especially when it comes to something you can showcase, such as art or makeup)! Because of that, it can be really exciting and cool to see anyone’s industry growth!
Anyone Can Do It
To make a long story short, glowing up all comes down to self-love and personal care. Once we truly learn to love, respect, and live a healthy lifestyle, the results will come! Whether it is internal or external, if you put your mind to it the results will follow! And remember that any personal growth is considered to be a glow up and comparing yourselves to others is not nearly as important as feeling good on the inside!