As a mental health practitioner and Licensed Counselor at the University Counseling Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, it is extremely important to me to engage in routine self-care practices that help to sustain my overall well-being. When I think about beauty and self-care, a few key points come to mind.
First, prioritize yourself. Self-love is the best love. I have found that having a beauty routine is an act of self-care that allows me to spend a dedicated amount of time nurturing myself. Whether it is putting on makeup, doing my hair or giving myself a facial, I am able to relax and have fun, all while giving myself a little bit of TLC. You are the best version of yourself when you are taking care of yourself.
Second, practice mindfulness. My research highlights the effectiveness of participating in mindfulness activities. I am intentional about practicing mindfulness exercises that keep me grounded in the here and now. Sometimes it is a walk outdoors, listening to the waves, coloring or eating a meal that I have prepared for myself. You can practice mindfulness anytime, anywhere!
Last, but certainly not least, protect your energy. I protect my energy by resting, saying “no” and honoring what my body needs. I can do a lot of things, but I cannot do everything. Be mindful of where you are expending your energy. Avoid people, places and activities that drain you. Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup.
When I want to close my eyes and unwind, this is one of my go-to items. The hot and cold feature is amazing. If you are looking for a self-soothing product, this is it.
For a gentle, everyday cleanser, this is the one. I have sensitive skin, and this product leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean without using harsh scrubs. It is also great for toning the skin and removing dark spots and blemishes.
I absolutely love this face toner; I use it after cleansing my face with the facial cleansing gel. This toner is soothing and helps to leave my skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated.
This is such a versatile product, which is why I love it so much. I get blush, eyeshadow and highlight, all in one palette. How cool is that? Plus, the founder and CEO is from Louisiana — shoutout to the boot!
While there are over 20 shades of this product to choose from, the shade “Pioneer” is by far my favorite. It is THE perfect red lip. This lipstick is super affordable and lasts all day. I highly recommend it.
Finding the right shade of foundation can be difficult. Thanks to Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, I found my perfect shade, 490. This foundation goes on smoothly, and it is super lightweight. I love it because it provides full coverage and makes my skin look flawless.
Insight Timer is a free, user-friendly app that can benefit everyone. I use the app at various points in my day to help me relax and stay in the present moment. Insight Timer is my go-to app for personalized wellness routines and mindfulness meditation practices.
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