If you’ve never heard the word antioxidant, it’s safe to say you’ve been living under a rock. Antioxidants have become a marketing buzz-word in the beauty, skincare, and overall wellness industry. But, like Einstein’s theory of relativity – everyone’s heard of them, but few actually understand them. You know antioxidants are ‘good for you’, but do you know why?
The health of your skin may have taken a back seat these past few weeks. As the days go by you may be starting to notice how the compounding stress, poor sleep, lack of routine, and perhaps a little too much indulgence have been taking a toll on your skin.
Self-care has become a trendy word, generally associated with face masks and jade rollers. It has even become a bit of a joke; seen by many as an excuse invented by entitled millennials to push off necessary tasks in the name of self pampering. Self-care is a hashtag, it’s a trend, it’s something goofy we say we should do on Sundays cause, well, why not?
Collagen has become one of marketing’s “it” words, and seems to be making an appearance in everything from supplements, to food and drinks, to topical skincare products – but with all this buzz, it’s hard to remember what it actually is.
The LINK BETWEEN MENTAL WELLNESS AND BEAUTY
If you were to think about mental wellness and beauty as cities on a map, you would probably imagine them being pretty far apart and pretty different – like, say Venice Beach and Manhattan, but the surprising truth is that they are a lot more closely linked than you might think.
Experience is one of the most effective ways to gain confidence, but what about the times when you need confidence in order to have an experience? When your lack of confidence is causing you mental and emotional distress, keeping you in the vicious cycle of your need for confidence depleting the little confidence you have, the only way to break through is experience. This is where visualization comes in.
Remember the last time you blushed? Remember how your face felt hot, and your cheeks and ears burned a bit? What about the last time you had a really terrible sleep and you woke with red, puffy skin and dark circles under your eyes? Your emotions play a serious role in your outer appearance. Stress, anxiety, and fatigue show up on our skin whether we like it or not.
Back before we were tucked away in our homes facing a global pandemic, stress and anxiety seemed to feel manageable – in comparison at least. Now, with the heightened uncertainty, stress and anxiety seem to follow us around like lost puppies. They are there when we wake up, and linger until we’re sound asleep – if they choose to let us sleep.
Why you really need to stop neglecting your mental wellness when it comes to skincare (and everything else). The words ‘great’, ‘finally’ and even ‘about damn time’ come to mind when I think about the fact that the conversation about mental health has started to move into mainstream culture.
Skin is the largest organ in the body, and aside from wanting it to look great, it’s also incredibly important that we make the overall health of our skin a priority.
Have you ever started out your day with a spring in your step, only to be crushed by something you scrolled by on social media?
Over the last few months we’ve looked at some of the initial themes of transformation, starting with awareness and moving into commitment. Both of these themes are hugely important in initiating your own personal transformation. As the obstacles challenging you to give up on your journey start stacking up, this next theme really becomes important.
Welcome back to STUNN’s Total Transformation Challenge, where we introduce a new theme each month and explore the theme through weekly AM and PM self-care challenges. If you would like to participate in our challenges join our group on Facebook, or follow the challenge links provided in each post. This month’s transformational theme is COMMITMENT.
With all of the compounding stress and urgency to strengthen our immune systems right now, sleep is one of the most important and easily accessible things we can do. With the current protocol to stay home, this seems like the perfect opportunity to catch up on those much needed Z’s.
In alignment with STUNN’s Total Transformation Challenge, we will be exploring ten pivotal themes in achieving total transformation in every aspect of your life. If you would like to participate in our challenges join our group on Facebook or follow the challenge links provided in each post. This month’s theme is: AWARENESS.