The Voice of Wakefield High School

Erin Sockolof

Skincare and self-care (trend)

During the worldwide pandemic that defined the year, 2020 many people chose to take that time to better themselves. Whether it was washing your face at night or working out –at home– three times a week, one thing is for sure, it made us all better people. 

This past year has taken such a large toll on humanity in general. So what better way to stay sane than taking time to focus on yourself. In doing so, you may realize you have done more than clear up some acne or lose a few pounds. 

By taking care of yourself, you are also taking care of others, not unlike our beloved healthcare heroes. When we take care of ourselves, we feel happier, more generous and confident. 

Being more generous leads to more acts of kindness like donating a few dollars to a good cause or buying a meal for someone in need. Being more confident can inspire others to do the same as well. We also have seen a rise in body positivity content on platforms like Tik-Tok and Instagram, likely caused by self-care and self-love rituals. 

In addition to helping others, self-care can help you. Washing your face or splurging on some high-end skincare/ workout equipment and products can significantly help your mental health. Most people find skincare relaxing and cleansing because it gives you a sense of freedom and enlightenment. This is the same for self-care. Many studies have shown that regular exercise releases the hormone serotonin. This makes people feel happy and happiness can lead to generosity. 

So yes, while you could view taking time to care for yourself as selfish, you shouldn’t, because when you feel better, you help others do the same. 

While self-care isn’t super similar to other trends like limp plumping and Tik Tok dances, it is definitely the most beneficial. So take some time out for yourself. Because who knows, it could in turn help someone in need.

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