By Alondra Yenyete
It’s true that there are a million ways to tackle your skin care routine. But what we manage to do is never acknowledge its importance and the key role it plays within our mental health.
I was never one to properly take care of my skin. Like many of us I struggled with acne and hyper-pigmentation, but my skincare routine was always a hit or miss, one month I’d stay on top of cleansing and exfoliating. Somehow the next month, I’d fall right off that routine. However, I discovered that my frustrations were all due to the fact that I placed little to no importance in my self-care.
Let’s face it, self-care is important, although some people think it’s selfish. But here’s the interesting thing, self-care actually makes you more effective and energetic. When you avoid things that make you feel physically and mentally well, it’s essentially the same thing as bottling in stress. You’re lowering your confidence and self-esteem. When my mood plummets and I’m on the hunt to find a suitable remedy for this, I turn to my skin care routine.
Instead of making self-care a priority I allowed social platforms to determine how I felt about myself. My lowest point with my mental health was reflected in my relationship with the beauty world on Instagram and YouTube, rather than the one relationship held with myself. But once I discovered a skincare routine that allowed me to take the time to appreciate myself, I realized that there is something very therapeutic about having the right skincare regime that works for you.
Even small acts of self-care that might not seem like a big deal to others, makes all the difference. For many it’s simply the regime itself that helps boost their confidence and how they feel about themselves. When you’re indulging in your routine no matter how many steps follow, it’s about taking the time to acknowledge yourself that makes your skincare routine all the more powerful. So, the next time you’re diving into your own act of self-care remember to appreciate the process and yourself.