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A Lesson in Self-Care

A Lesson in Self-Care

With two facials, a microdermabrasion, a haircut + blowout, and a pedicure all in the last month it’s easy to feel vain. I never normally spend this amount on myself yet the longer I work within the beauty community the more I’ve come to realize your outward appearance is how the world views you. Not in a judge-mental way either, but how you take care of your skin, hair, nails, and wardrobe says a lot about your mental health.

For, what feels like, a long time I’ve been conscious about every spot, freckle, and pore on my face. If you’ve ever had cystic acne you know how difficult it can be to find the confidence be in public without makeup. My acne affected my confidence and mental health. I didn’t want to go out with friends, go to work, see family, or even do makeup, especially someone else’s makeup. Having them be up-close & personal with my face, letting them stare at every pore while I apply their makeup. I’ve been wearing less makeup for the past several months, focusing on skin care more.

I’ve needed to take a break from makeup for my mental health as well. As we all know, too much of a good thing can ruin it and I started to feel overwhelmed with the thought of makeup. Although my face has been healing at a steady pace and my complexion is clear and smooth, my mind still feels jumbled when it came to creating.

I went to the spa to relax, clear my mind and my face, and it worked. The skin treatments I believe are an investment in my skin’s future and both times I left the spa feeling completely refreshed. Now, I know I can’t get these kind of treatments every month, but it’s the little acts of kindness towards ourselves that help us. Try spending 15-60 minutes by yourself each day to practice whatever you enjoy and see what it does for your mental state. When I find I’m getting sucked into social media I try reading or practicing yoga, breathing deep really seems to clear my mind.

Never forget: it’s not vanity, it’s self care.

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