Photo credit: Rob Marsh photography
Hi, I’m Kelsey Schiavon, a holistic nutritionist and mindful beauty educator, and I'm so excited to help empower you to listen to your body, and take an active role in your own health.
For my first contribution to the Woodlot blog, I'm going to talk about a practice that has gained a lot of momentum in the last few years: mindfulness.
Most of us know to be mindful is to become aware of our thoughts, feelings, sensations and surroundings—but how often do we slow down our beauty rituals?
Think about it: how many times have you gone to bed without taking off your makeup? Or rushed through brushing your teeth without a second thought? I truly believe that only a slow, intentional approach to beauty can give us the space we need to reconnect with ourselves.
Only a slow, intentional approach to beauty can give us the space we need to reconnect with ourselves.
No matter how many people are relying on you, or how busy your day is, mindful beauty practices help you set aside some essential time for reflective self-care.
I’ve spent some time putting together a list of my personal daily practices, and if a mindful beauty routine is something you’re interested in too, here’s what you can do:
We are constantly bombarded with images of perfectly groomed men and women, “anti-aging” messages, and impossible beauty ideals. Tuning out and limiting our exposure to these messages creates a valuable space for us to recognize and appreciate our own unique beauty.
Give this a try: Kickstart the day with confidence: as you get out of bed, and prepare for your day, think of three things you find beautiful about yourself. It can be physical (“I love my unruly eyebrows!”) or not (“My marcramé game is tight!”). Keep it up and you’ll notice how quickly your beauty language can become more positive and inspiring.
It’s not just about fighting plaque, removing makeup, or battling oily skin; it’s about self-care. It’s easy for us to think that beauty is silly or selfish—but making time for beauty moves beyond the superficial. It’s about showing yourself that you matter.
Give this a try: Remember that by taking care of yourself, you can take better care of the other wonderful people in your life. Take five minutes to write down the important humans in your life, and the next time you dread flossing or making a healthy breakfast smoothie, remember how your own self-care (or lack thereof) affects the ones you love most.
Create and prioritize integrated beauty rituals that best serve you. Include rituals like goddess baths, facial masks, manicures, and massages of course. But remember to keep your nutrition, movement, stress management and sleep in mind too. Make time for your whole self every day.
Give this a try: No time? Make time! Schedule in your rituals the same way you do a doctor’s appointment or lunch with friends, and commit to a “no cancellation” policy.
Photo credit: Rob Marsh photography
When you do follow through with your rituals, try to bring awareness to each moment. If it’s a beautiful, relaxing bath, check in with yourself. Notice the sounds (or lack thereof), how the water feels, and the way the bubbles pop and foam around you.
Give this a try: Look forward to bathing by adding some soothing bath salts, lighting a candle (or two!), and sipping on your favourite glass of wine or cup of herbal tea. Slowly and intentionally enjoy every minute.
Why take all of this time to mindfully care for yourself, then choose products full of irritating or even harmful ingredients? Slow, intentional beauty means carefully choosing the products you use according to your own values. Whether it’s ethical and cruelty-free, or nontoxic and organic, take the time to find companies that have your best interests at heart, because at the end of the day, you are always worth it.
Give this a try: Do your research and get to know the people and philosophies behind your favourite products. It’s empowering to consume mindfully—and luckily, because of all of the high quality, green options now available, you no longer have to sacrifice health for beauty.