Now that you've blown a bag, tried all of the trendy diets, and have done all of the detoxes, it's time to consider that there's another culprit responsible for your breakouts. You can only look as good as you feel and South Carolina-based social media influencer Jasmin Reshae wants you to know that eliminating stress is the secret to solving your skincare problems.
In a recent chat with xoNecole, Jasmin advised, "Try the best to live as stress-free as possible because your body knows when it's under duress. When you feel good, you're confident and in turn, you look good because happiness radiates."
For Jasmin, skincare isn't a routine, issa lifestyle––one that starts from the inside out. "Over the years, I realized skincare is mainly about what you put in you. No matter what, if you don't love the person you are and the skin you're in, the way you view yourself will never change. Confidence is beauty and glows from within."
While blemishes can get the best of us, Jasmin suggested that we overcome our skin-related insecurities by exposing and accepting them. She explained, "For instance, if you don't care for your skin, wear it out so you can see it every day and it'll become your norm. Either you'll like it or you'll try out different regimens to improve it."
In our interview, Jasmin gave us the tea on how she does self-care, her morning routine, and the skincare regimen that keeps her glow-on-go all damn day. Scroll below for details:
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My earliest beauty memory...
"My best friend Ashley Rutledge taught me how to do my brows in high school and we used a black eyeliner pencil… did someone say 'permanent marker brows' (laughs)? She also taught me how to apply lashes and do a little glitter liner when we used to cheerlead at the basketball games."
For my skincare routine in the AM...
"First, I rinse my face with warm water and take my Vanity Planet Spin Brush and use my Ambi Skincare Black Soap or SheaMoisture African Black Soap to begin washing my face and then rinse. Next, I take a mixture of Cetaphil Daily Face Cleanser and CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser to treat/wash my face again.
After rinsing, I tone my face with Thayers Blemish Clearing Lemon Witch Hazel Toner. Then I hydrate my face with a mixture of Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion, aloe vera gel from Target and A+D Skin Protectant."
For my skincare routine in the PM...
"If I am wearing makeup, I remove it with Aveeno's Makeup Wipes and then proceed to wash my skin (repeating my morning skincare routine)."
My go-to makeup look consists of...
How the seasons change my skin and routine...
"Fall and winter are my matte seasons so I want to stay moisturized but I am not pressed for an outer glow. For spring and summer, I am all about the glow and may throw on my L'Oreal Lumi Glotion."
What self-care looks like to me...
"Self-care must-haves include and are not limited to a good skincare moment using African Black Soap and my face steamer, lighting a good-smelling candle, and kicking back listening to music or watching Netflix TV shows while eating good."
My approach to beauty from the inside-out...
"Listening to music, a sermon, or reading a good book will set a positive vibe and get me going––feeling good while looking good!"
How I do skincare when I travel...
"When traveling, you have to condense your steps meaning you bring your essentials and use your essentials. For skincare, I make sure to pack makeup remover/wipes, African Black Soap, toner, and a good moisturizer. For makeup, you must have your favorite foundation, concealer, setting powder, spray, and an all-in-one palette that you can use for shadows, contour, and/or blush if need be. Oh, and you can't forget the lips––bring a neutral nude matte lippie, clear gloss, and a brown lip liner! For hair, as long as you have an edge brush and edge gel… if the baby hairs are on fleek, you are too!"
For more Jasmin, follow her on Instagram @slimreshae!
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September is National Self-Care Awareness Month, so for my girlies who have been putting off self-care, here’s your opportunity to start. Self-care means exactly what it says: taking care of self. Why is it important? Well, many of us have busy lives that may include careers, family, and activities that consume us daily. Taking some time for self regularly can help prevent depression, stress, anxiety, and burnout.
In February 2023, Future Forum polled 10,243 people in six countries, including the U.S., and 40% said they are experiencing burnout, and 46% of that number are women. According to CNBC, many factors contributing to burnout include companies demanding employees return to the office, hiring freezes, and layoffs.
Psychologist Debbie Sorensen explained to CNBC why women and millennials are experiencing burnout in higher numbers. “We haven’t had time to recover from the trauma of what we’ve been through the last few years,” she said. “Women and young people, in particular, are putting an immense amount of pressure on themselves to keep going, keep working, no matter the cost.”
As women, particularly Black women, we tend to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. Other people's problems become our problems, and then we are expected to show up to work and show up for our family and friends with a smile on our faces. Whew, chile! What if we are having a bad day? How are we supposed to cope if we have to be everything to everyone? Well, here’s your sign to make time for yourself, especially on the days when you are feeling down.
Below is a list of self-care ideas for when you are having a bad day.
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Spend time in nature
Sometimes something as simple as surrounding yourself with trees, grass, and/ or water can improve your mood exponentially. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) research shows that spending time in nature can improve attention, lower stress, and reduce the risk of psychiatric disorders.
Got to a Spa
There’s nothing like going to a spa. You can relax in a sauna, get a massage, and just be. According to research, massages help release serotonin and dopamine, which are often referred to as “feel good” hormones, that will instantly perk you up and have you going about your day with a smile on your face.
When was the last time you did arts and crafts? Drawing a picture, painting, or even coloring can help you discover your inner child, thus boosting your mood. Purchase an adult coloring book, or go to a paint-and-sip class by yourself, or you can make it a group activity and bring your besties.
Look your best
The old saying, “When you look good, you feel good,” didn’t just come out of thin air. There’s some truth to it. The Kentucky Counseling Center shared a link between self-care and feeling good. “Self-care regimens are extremely important not just to stabilize your day but to make you feel great. Simple things like getting a facial, taking care of your hair done, or exercising can make you confident because when you look good, you also feel good,” according to its website.
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There’s a reason why it is suggested that you breathe when you begin feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Breathing brings oxygen back into your body, and WebMD reports that it can decrease the fight or flight response that happens when you are stressed.
Spend time with babies
I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me smile quicker than a baby, especially a smiling baby. If you’re the same way, then spending time with a baby or babies may help put you in a better mood, too.
Last but certainly not least, do nothing. There’s nothing like laying in your bed and not being forced to do anything. Stay in this moment and use this time to relax and replenish your energy.
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