We are approaching Valentine’s Day, and it reminds me of how many times I have heard people complain about the day. These are typically friends who are currently out of a relationship, or who are over the concept of love being commercialized. I have to admit, I have been in that boat before. Coming out of a relationship right before you see the Valentine’s candy boxes and cards in the store, and feeling like you are alone and unloved can really hurt. Here are some skin care and self care tips to help you see Valentine’s day from another angle.
Why Celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Without getting into the pagan roots, or the story of St. Valentine, the modern idea of Valentine’s Day is predominantly designed to set aside one day so that we remember to show the ones that we care about that we love them. Obviously, there is an entire retail business built up with flowers, chocolates and greeting cards, but the meaning is what is really important. Taking time to share your love, tell your children, spouse, boyfriend or even regular friends that you care about them, really makes them feel good and brightens their day.
The Art of Loving Yourself
I’ve talked in previous blogs about the art of loving yourself, of pampering yourself with a bubble bath, or of taking time once a week to give yourself a facial. In terms of self care and skin care, my weekend routine consists of the following self-pampering habits. I always take the time to use my Reveal Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash, and then cover myself in one of my favorite mask ingredients like sea mud. After I am finished, I use Ayr Skin Care’s Marula Oil, or Pure Moisture Face Cream. If I have given myself a bath, I cover my body in the relaxing aromatherapy of our Tranquility Dry Body Oil. Most of our products were designed originally by me to pamper myself! I realized within myself, the need to take care of my mind and body. It was part of the process of me learning to love myself. It worked well for me, and I hope it helps you too!
So, other than taking time to give our body some relaxation and pampering in terms of premium skin care, self care also encompasses other priorities. What else can we do to harness the joy of love on Valentine’s Day, or any other day? Remember to show yourself some love. Silence the inner voice that is critical. Instead, focus on sending energy to yourself that includes love and acceptance for you…exactly the way that you are.
Loving Yourself Does not Involve the Ego
When we talk about loving ourselves, we are not talking about the ego. Do not focus on your good looks and how much better you might be at say, rollerblading, than anyone else that you know! Instead, treat yourself the way that you would treat someone else that you care about until that becomes a way of thinking.
There has never been anyone else exactly like you. And although you may occasionally look at yourself in the mirror and imagine that this is a good thing, it really is. You are incredibly unique, and your individuality is what makes you a beautiful part of this world. Without knowing it, you make a difference, and it is important to remember how precious you are, just for being you.
Love begins within. If you can accept yourself for all of your quirks and differences, then you can begin to see others for their unique beauty as well. If your heart becomes more open, it will radiate happiness and an open mind to the world. Soon you will be able to take the meaning of Valentine’s Day every day. You will be filled with love, and be able to smile and send it on to those around you. If we all did this, the world would be such a small, warm and wonderful place.
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Ayr Skin Care. And remember…take time to pamper yourself, and also to give yourself a hug!
Bye for now!