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With Valentine's Day falling in the middle of the month, February is well-known as the month of love. For those who celebrate it, February quickly becomes a race against time to get that coveted reservation for two you knew you should have called in for months ago. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, there's always a special someone to want to spend Valentine’s with and show your appreciation for - and that person might just be... you!

This month I will be writing on the importance of self-care, during not only hectic times in the year, but everyday. Normally, my self-care routine is one that I don’t really pay attention to but with the month of love in mind, I decided to try something new within the last few weeks and make time for different self-care routines.

Self-care has an array of benefits ranging from physical to emotional. Self-care is an important personal practice and one that is vital in fostering a break from our everyday stresses that we may experience at work, home, school, financial stress and more. To me, self-care has always been that time outside of and separate from my daily routine that allows for relaxation and a focus on treating myself.

One of my favourite nighttime self-care routines involves attention to skincare through a post-shower face mask. Face masks are just one of the ways through which I practice self-care. There are a lot of benefits to face masks as a form of self-care aside from their obvious skin health benefits. Completing a face mask routine gives you a moment to slow down your day and experience a sense of calm in knowing that you’ve just taken a small step towards improving your own mental health. As a full-time university student and part-time hostess, slowing down is such a crucial aspect to my personal self-care routine that reminds me to breathe and allow space for myself.

Doing my makeup is a part of my daily morning routine and honestly, it has become a part of my self-care routine too. Last month, I explored my interest in makeup as a form of self-expression but the benefits of applying makeup don’t stop there. Makeup can also act as a form of self-care because you take the time out of your day to apply it and focus on your personal look for the day. This is what makeup does for me as it has the ability to instantly change my mood and make me feel ready to tackle my day.

In particular, applying Sappho’s CC Cream, in the light shade, before my Sappho Essential Foundation, in the shade Mia, has become a ritual part of my mornings. As I explored the product further I noticed that, not only does Sappho’s CC Cream act as a primer for and add dimension to my foundation, it also has its own skincare benefits within its ingredients. These benefits include moisturizing effects that are definitely felt instantly through its application.

Going into this month of love, remember to show those you love just how much you appreciate them but also remember to give attention to the self-care you need in the hectic beginnings of the year.

February 16, 2019 by Sappho New Paradigm