Self love gets a lot of press these days—especially in February—but what exactly is it? Self love is not just a buzzword, it's an essential part of living a healthy and fulfilling life. In short? It's about embracing who you are, respecting and caring for yourself. Most of all, it’s about recognizing and celebrating your own worth. When you love yourself, you are better able to cope with the day-to-day challenges and setbacks. You’re more likely to pursue your goals and dreams when you take self love into account. Here are some of our favorite ways to practice self love this month.
1. Self Pleasure
In other words, catch the vibe. Our LOLA sex essentials are the only sexual wellness line approved by gynecologists. Self pleasure can come (and so can you) via a mini vibrator and our Pleasure Gel. Prioritize your pleasure and well-being! In addition to sexual pleasure, self pleasure can include engaging in activities that bring you both joy and relaxation. It's important to remember that self-pleasure is a normal and healthy way to explore your own desires and reduce stress. Get it on with yourself whenever you’re in the mood and have the time. And if you’re getting it on with a partner? Make sure to bring your Ultra Thin Latex Condoms.
If you’ve recently found yourself wanting to love (on) yourself a bit more during your menstrual cycle, we’re here to tell you, that’s completely normal. In fact, it’s actually pretty common for our bodies to experience an increase in sexual desires on or before a menstrual cycle. Read more about using vibrators and sex toys on your period.
2. Skin Care
Skin care is self care—it’s even health care. Taking care of your skin is not only good for your appearance, but it can also boost your self-esteem and promote a sense of self-love. Invest in quality, clean skin care products like Veracity Selfcare and make time for daily skin care routines (in the morning and at night) that work for you. Whether it's a simple cleanse--moisturize-SPF routine or a more elaborate multi-step process, taking care of your skin can be a form of self-care and self-love. To kick up your skin care situation for 2023, try incorporating vitamin C into your daytime routine and a retinoid at night. These dermatologist-recommended ingredients are proven to help give optimal results. And of course, don’t skip that sunscreen every day, even during the colder, less sunny months of the year. Your skin deserves protection from UV rays all year long.
3. Hair Care
Hair care not only helps maintain your hair’s health and appearance, it can also have a positive impact on your overall well-being. Taking time to properly cleanse, condition, and style your hair can help you reduce stress and promote relaxation. We’re big fans of Prose custom hair products to wash, condition and treat our hair over here at LOLA. Regular hair care can also prevent damage and promote healthy hair growth. Prioritizing hair care as part of your self care routine helps you take care of your physical appearance—but it’s also a way to prioritize your own self care and well-being.
Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but it can also have a positive impact on your mental health and self-esteem. Find a type of exercise that you enjoy, whether it's going for a run, lifting weights, or taking a yoga class. Putting on athletic wear you love is half the battle! We love Alo Yoga sports bras and leggings, in particular. Exercise can help you feel more confident and empowered, and it can be a great way to show yourself some love. It doesn’t have to be a major time commitment, nor does it have to require a lot of money—or even leaving your home. You can invest in a yoga mat and find plenty of free online workouts on YouTube and limit your workouts to 15-30 minutes per day. Whether you opt for a workout in the morning or at night, making sure to stick to at least two hours a week of movement and 8,000+ steps a day will help you stay healthy.
5. Buy yourself some lingerie.
Treating yourself to something special, like a beautiful bra and panties set from Third Love, can be a fun and indulgent way to show yourself a little love. Choose something that speaks to your personal style and makes you feel good every time you wear it. Investing in your undergarments can be a small yet meaningful way to show yourself some love.
Embrace who you are
Self love is all about embracing who you are. Whether it's through self pleasure, skin care, hair care, fitness, or buying yourself a little lingerie, there are many ways to practice self love and indulge in a little you time.