February is almost at a close but it’s never too late to do something for love month. This month isn’t just for your love ones, this month should be deemed the ideal time to start incorporating self-love into our routine. Whether you nurture yourself internally or take some extra pride in your outward appearance, get ready to make 2016 the year you fall head-over-heels in love — with yourself.
Loving yourself is the most important beauty trick
And I don’t mean the same thing as what Justin Bieber’s song says. I am not being sarcastic here, when I say love yourself, I do mean love yourself! Do not rely on others to make you happy. Happiness should come from within. We’ve heard similar quotes time and time again in very beautiful font faces but we still forget that we shouldn’t wait around for other people to make us happy. We should be happy with ourselves before we can be really and sincerely happy with others. Let’s start off with…
Start seeing yourself in a different light
I don’t have to tell you that making an effort, even just a little bit, on yourself would show that you actually care about yourself. But it doesn’t end there. When you look at your reflection in the mirror, what do you see?
“Urgh I have the ugliest dark circles!” “So. Much. Zits.” “Hello there, sun-dried walking dead.”
We’re all guilty of zeroing in on what we don’t love about ourselves. But instead of being negative, what we really should be doing is focus on what we do like. According to self-love coach and author Abiola Abrams, “when you’re looking in the mirror, salute, enjoy, and revel in your own beauty.”
Be your own fan. Self-affirmations are encouragements we need to give ourselves the correct attitude to start off and make it through our day.
Discover your power product
If you still haven’t, find that product that gives you the boost of confidence you need. My co-blogger, Shabby, says a swipe of mascara and lipstick are the two things she has to have to complete her look. For me, it’s my eyebrow pencil and lipstick/lip tint for the day. Well-groomed eyebrows and vibrant lips make me feel happier about myself.
Sleep. Hydrate. Unwind.
We all know the power of water and sleep by now, right? But if you don’t think stress relief is an important part of your beauty regimen — think again. “Our skin is our biggest beauty organ,” says Abrams. “Being able to let go of daily struggles decreases the inflammation that can lead to wrinkles and aging.”
Bonus: Nurturing yourself with meditation, yoga, or just a quiet evening at home will have a trickle-down effect. As you start to feel better about your skin, you’ll likely have more courage to wear that fabulous lipstick color you’ve always wanted to try.
Transform with a DIY beauty treatment
DIY treatments are a great way to give yourself some love without breaking the bank. Give yourself some time for a skincare mask on a Sunday, pamper yourself with a foot soak and a pedi. You can produce a body scrub with items found in your kitchen, or start off with a facial scrub or hair treatment.
Did you know I color my own hair at home? Every once in a while I do get treatment from the salon if I feel like treating myself, but to have my roots done every other month? Nah, I can do that myself.
Being able to give yourself a beauty treatment without spending so much will bring you beauty and power, and change the way that you move in the world.
Keep a beauty
You really should keep a journal. What? You don’t like journaling? Some people are intimidated about keeping a journal. Why is that? So let’s call it a list, shall we? Let’s keep it simple. Before you go to bed, aside from writing down what needs to be done for the next day, write down several things that made you feel beautiful today. Think about how you saw beauty in your surroundings, in yourself, or in others. The benefit? Abrams explains, “When we acknowledge the beauty around us, we start to notice it more within ourselves.”
Rolling solo has many advantages like giving yourself the chance to be unapologetic about doing something you’ll really enjoy. “When you take time in your own company, unafraid of whether people are wondering if you’re alone, you start to build that confidence muscle,” Abrams says, “and confidence is the most attractive makeup you can wear.”