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Beauty
Published Tuesday Jul 20, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Men and Beauty: 5 Reasons to Join the Self-care Party

Wellness
Beauty
Self-care

I think the saying goes something like, “no matter what happens in the span of 24 hours, there’s nothing some self-care can’t fix,” right? Okay, I just made that up, but it does have some validity.

Let’s face it—some days just feel a lot heavier than others. We can all attest to that.

Whenever I’m having a particularly long day, there’s not much I crave more than some "me" time. What does the perfect self-care routine look like to me? Well, it can be anything from a simple bubble bath and mani/pedi to a massage or facial. For a lot of us, self-care isn’t just an act of luxury—it’s a daily commitment to our own long-term well-being. And more than that, it's a personal investment in ourselves—which isn’t limited to any gender BTW.

For the most part, society’s longstanding narrative has been that self-care is an act of pure lavishness more commonly enjoyed by women. We don’t buy this for a second, which is why we want to take a moment to officially welcome men to the self-care party. Manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages—everyone’s invited.

Still not convinced? Here are the top five reasons men should invest in beauty services.

It can improve your health

It feels like a given, but sometimes the serious benefits of investing in a new beauty service are largely missed. While services like facials and massages do feel amazing—they’re also good for our overall health. Taking care of your body (externally and internally) can prevent illnesses and increase your sense of wellbeing, which is a positive for everyone.

Self-care reduces stress

Sit back and kick your feet up (literally). Booking a personal wellness service is a guaranteed way to relieve tension while taking a little extra care of yourself. Almost every beauty service offers the sensation of relaxing because you’re letting someone else take care of you—even if it’s just for a small window of time. It’s a calming experience to go into an appointment knowing that your only job (aside from being there) is to soak it all in. We all deserve moments like that.

You'll feel and look great

When we look like our best selves, we usually feel like our best selves. Investing in beauty services can boost our self-esteem by giving us extra confidence in the areas we feel we need it most. According to our Mindbody Wellness Index, 37% of men said they agreed or strongly agreed with the following statement: I continue getting specialized beauty treatments like lash extensions, blowouts, etc. because they make me feel like myself.* We couldn’t agree more. Beauty treatments overall make us feel better about how we approach our daily lives—a feeling we all deserve.

Never get bored with one thing

Whether you’re craving a massage or looking for something new like BOTOX®, permanent makeup, or full-body skin treatments (mud and detox body wraps) the list of ways to invest in yourself is long and expansive. Maybe you tried cryotherapy, but didn’t love it—fortunately, there are still hundreds of different ways to invest in yourself and find a routine that you really love. It also means that you’re not limited to one way to treat yourself. You can commit to monthly pedicures and on those days when you feel like you need a little extra, you can fit another service in. This is the beauty (literally) of these services.

It's a lot of fun

Lastly, indulging in a day where the most important thing on your to-do list is to invest in yourself is just a lot of fun. Dedicating a time slot where you go into a beauty appointment, knowing you’re going to come out feeling better than before is a hard thing to not be excited about. Not only does it feel great to make yourself the only priority for a day but getting your glow on is a real blast.

Bottom line—self-care is a necessity for all human beings to live their lives at their highest potentials. It is a staple for any person looking to pour love into their own cups and make themselves the priority that we all deserve to be. For best results, I recommend trying it yourself and reaping all the benefits—you can thank me later.  

Ready to join the self-care party? Book an appointment on Mindbody.

* Mindbody Wellness Index 

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!
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Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.