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Beauty and Mental Health

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In a world where social media is present in our daily lives, mental health and our appearance has been inextricably linked as we often compare ourselves to what we see online. 

Whether it is online or in the media, whenever someone is portrayed as having a bad time with their mental health, a lack of self-care can be a physical indicator that something might not be right. However, the beauty industry can help to boost our mental health instead of tearing it down. 

Confidence

When your self-confidence is lacking, you may find yourself fantasising about looking different and hoping that may boost your mood. Making slight changes in your appearance can be easy and give you a spring in your step. For example, even something as simple as a new haircut or experimenting with some semi-permanent hair colour can help you find a new style and learn to love your new hairdo. 

Artistic therapy

It is commonly accepted that doing something creative and artistic can be used as a form of therapy. The same can be said for creating a new makeup look as that is an art form in its own right. 

Taking time out of your day to experiment with different colours and techniques can help you to discover a new look that makes you feel great. Additionally, if you feel like you look better you will feel a boost in your confidence. This will then have a positive effect on your mental health as a whole. 

Aesthetically pleasing environments

If you prefer to go to a salon to get pampered then there are ways this can help your mental health as well. Whether you choose a massage or a facial, by allowing the professional to work their magic you can be transported into a world of calm and relaxation. 

The interiors of salons are also designed to promote calmness and reduce stress. From the soft, pastel colours to the green plants and soothing music, once you step foot inside a salon you can feel the difference in your mood. 

Self-appreciation

Self-care is so important when it comes to taking care of your mental health. It can be hard to shake the feeling of being selfish by carving time out in your day to do something solely for yourself, but once you relax and enjoy yourself it will be worth it. 

Beauty regimes can be s large part of self-care, so they can greatly improve your mental health. You could always try laying self-care techniques. For example, you could say some positive affirmations to yourself whilst you do your skincare in the evening. 

Mental health can be hard to navigate, especially when it is your own. By spending your time indulging in beauty treatments you can help to boost your self-confidence and in turn your overall mental health.


Ellen Diamond, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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