The beauty industry gets self care all wrong. Self care isn’t just face masks, spa days, and coconut oil hair treatments. Self care is a lifestyle. It ought to be practiced daily, not only a few days each month. Here are 5 self care habits to include in your routine to help you shine inside and out everyday!

1. Eat a nutritious and yummy breakfast

Eat a breakfast rich in fiber, protein, and vitamins every morning. Fruit, eggs, and yogurt are a great start. Even if you don’t have time to sit down and prepare a meal in the morning, try blending a smoothie (with no added sugar) and bringing it with you on your morning commute. Eating breakfast is great for the metabolism and may help lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

  1. Style yourself in a way that makes you happy

Whether that means rocking sweats and a comfy tee or doing a full face of makeup (or hey, maybe both), do what feels right for you. Don’t feel pressure to conform to what others around you are doing. If you love dressing casually, do just that. If you like to put in some extra effort in the morning, rock your look!

  1. Spend some time away from social media

It’s so easy to get caught up in the latest YouTube drama or compare yourself to Instagram influencers. It’s even easier to feel FOMO when you see photos of friends hanging out when you’re not there. Social media is fun but can be draining! Make sure to step away from the screen and dedicate some time to yourself: walk your dog, read a book, or call up a friend.

  1. Choose a skincare routine that’s right for you

Pick the products and routine that are best suited to your individual skin type. The 10-step Korean skincare routine is all the rage right now, but you don’t need to spend a fortune on oils and essences to get glowing skin. Whether you’re a high- or low-maintenance gal, there’s a perfect routine for you. Just be sure to remove your makeup thoroughly every night, and apply a moisturizer that makes your skin feel good!

  1. Move your body

Exercise need not be painful! Go for a bike ride, do some at-home yoga, or jog with a friend. There are plenty of fun exercise tutorials on YouTube that can help you achieve your fitness goals. For starters, the Ballet Beautiful routine can help you tone any area of our body, and the Alexis Ren ab workout can help you get a killer figure. You’ll feel amazing after getting a good sweat in!

Jenn B