On my birthday this past year, I took a long look in the mirror and barely recognized the face looking back at me. My reflection was one of a woman who was not taking adequate care of herself. Overgrown roots, a tired sallow and puffy complexion, overweight. I wasn't unhappy, just obviously exhausted. I had focused all of my energy on taking care of my family and working long hours for several years. The toll it was taking showed clearly on my face, in my gut health and overall wellness. I decided in that moment that I needed to make some changes.
The easiest change for me has been incorporating beauty rituals into my day. Those 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night, give me a chance to slow down and focus on ME. Most days begin and end with diffusing essential oils or lighting incense. I have become a big fan of oil cleansing for my face and have several oils that I rotate, depending on how I am feeling. I follow that with an application of whatever natural beauty serums, balms and potions that I am currently loving. I then use a smooth piece of jade and glide it over my face to help reduce the puffiness caused by sluggish lymph.
This practice has provided a renewed vitality to my skin. I have had many people compliment me on how my skin glows.
I don't feel that beauty rituals have to be extravagant or time-consuming. Just mindful, intuitive and intentional.
If you would like to share your beauty rituals, please comment below. :)