“Your body hears everything the mind says.” ~ Naomi Judd
**This is a guest post on body image—a topic that many can relate to. I hope you enjoy it.
When you look in the mirror do you smile or notice things that you want to change about yourself? Having a healthy body image is a crucial part of confidence. You can’t go out there and achieve greatness if you don’t feel good about yourself. Here are some beauty routines that not only keep you looking gorgeous but also boost your body image.
TLC Should Come Standard
Chances are you know your face really well because you spend time in front of the mirror applying beauty products every day, but what about your body? Take the time to get to know it during your beauty regime. Turn your beauty routines into small opportunities to show yourself some love. For instance, when applying body lotion after your shower, lather it into your skin and pamper your body with nurturing touch. It’s the same effect that going to the spa for a rejuvenating massage will have on your body, mind, and spirit: a bit of pampering goes a long way to make you feel good about yourself.
Detox Your Skin
Forget about what you don’t like about your body and focus on a deeper idea: how well you’re looking after it. A large amount of the products we use on our skin daily gets absorbed into our bodies, with these chemicals being harmful to our health. Switch to products with natural ingredients for your general skincare routine as well as to treat skin issues you’re dealing with, such as if you need skin brightening products for discoloration. This is a form of respect to your body and by nourishing it from the inside you’ll also beautify it on the outside.
There are various natural ingredients with which you should treat yourself. It’s fun and refreshing to try new products and these are good for you! Popular natural ingredients include:
- Coconut oil. This oil is used in a variety of beauty routines, from being a great deep conditioner for hair to keeping your skin hydrated.
- Grapeseed oil. Another important oil, grapeseed oil finds its way into a variety of skincare products, from moisturizer to skin bleaching as it is a natural skin brightener thanks to its Vitamin C content.
- Green tea. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, green tea regenerates dying skin cells while fighting off free radicals that can be damaging to skin, such as by causing wrinkles.
Starting an exercise routine isn’t just about getting your perfect body – it’s also a fantastic way to become physically stronger, which will boost your self-image. Strength is the ultimate beauty. One of the quickest ways in which exercise can help you is by releasing endorphins that help to strengthen a positive mood. Then, as you continue working out on a daily basis, your body will not only look better but feel more energetic and powerful.
Exercise shows you how capable your body is, which will make you appreciate all that it does for you. The great news is that you don’t have to dust off a gym subscription: make your workouts even more uplifting by doing exercise that you will look forward to, whether that is heading to a dance class or running on the beach.
Balance Out Your Diet
Feeling pressure from the media to be a certain size can lead to you becoming obsessive with your diet. But diet and beauty are directly linked, and not just when it comes to your physical appearance. Being too strict with yourself, such as by denying yourself delicious foods because you’re so afraid to put on weight, is a form of punishment and mental torture. That’s not what beauty or health looks like by any means. Balance is what’s healthiest and will help you keep your body at a strong, beautiful place.
Start by taking a closer look at the food you eat: what is really in it and how will it benefit you? Choose fresh, natural foods that are packed with nutrients to give you energy, clear up your skin, and ward off illness.
Seeing food as fuel for you to be and look your best will help you to make more mindful choices about what you eat, while enabling you to see your body as something that can be enhanced and cared for by the right foods. Indulging every now and then on food that you love, such as cheesecake or chocolate, is also important. It provides a good balance between health and pleasure, treating your body kindly and avoiding negative cycles.
Stop Trying to Look ‘Perfect’
You will never be perfect and that’s actually a good thing! If we were all perfect, we’d lose the beauty that sets us apart from each other. Yes, there is room for improvement and we should strive to be healthy so that we not only feel good but look our best, but if you’re obsessively trying to reach an illusion in your mind of what you think it means to be perfect, then you’re wasting the chance to live your life and be happy.
Here’s an extra beauty routine to add to your mornings: See your faults in a new way by looking at how they give you character and an edge in a cookie-cutter world. By reminding yourself of them, you will realize that there are many things about you that are memorable.
Beauty routines such as caring for your skin, exercising, and eating nutritious foods work double-duty as body image confidence boosters. The result? You can look good and feel fantastic.
About Cassie Brewer
Cassie Brewer is a makeup artist and freelance writer living in sunny Southern California. She writes about, beauty, fashion, diet and wellness in order to help others not only be beautiful on the outside, but radiant on the inside.