Why We Need to Redefine What Self Care Means
Although self care sounds great in theory — who doesn’t want to luxuriate in a bathtub full of rose petals or book a monthly massage? — actually practicing it can easily feel like yet another item to cross off our never-ending to-do lists. We’ll go ahead and blame our love of social media for making us think that #selfcare means meal-prepping and hot yoga sessions (all documented with picture-perfect photography). Now, don’t get us wrong, if you love those things and they make you feel good, amazing! But if you’re like us and the mere sound of them stresses you out, remember that self care isn’t one-size-fits-all.
Taking care of yourself looks different for everyone, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it; the goal is simply to be a happier and healthier you, no matter how much time you do or don’t have. With that in mind, we’re devoting the rest of May here on Skincare.com to something we’re calling “Tiny Acts of TLC.” Throughout the month, you’ll find tips on how to incorporate self care into your already busy life, whether you have two minutes or 20. We’ll explain how to turn daily necessities like washing your face into little moments zen and break down simple ways to pamper those oftentimes forgotten areas of the body (think: lashes, cuticles and body hair) for self-care rituals you never knew you were missing.
Our hope is that you’ll stop thinking of self care as a chore and start thinking of it as a series of mini opportunities to show yourself some love throughout the day. To kick things off, we’ve partnered with Essie, L'Oréal Paris and the meditation app Headspace to bring you the ultimate skin-care-meets-self-care giveaway. And for what it’s worth, we think entering 100% counts as a tiny act of TLC!