“Skincare is self-care,” someone in the beauty industry once coined. A lot of people have since agreed. After all, the habit of putting on skincare and makeup — like any other habits — can help minimise daily stress since it’s one less thing to worry about. But what happens when you make a career out of it? We asked beauty content creators Karman of Madokeki and Princess Peralta to share their thoughts on whether makeup and skincare is really a form of self-care. Yay or nay? We let them explain.
Self-care before content creation
“Before I started sharing skincare and beauty knowledge, I didn’t really have any concept of self-care at that point in time,” shared Karman, who has been making makeup tutorials on her two YouTube channels since 2010. “I was very young, around 19 if I remember correctly. I was full of life and very focused on my studies. So at that time, self-care would be to stay healthy, study hard, and get good grades.”
For Princess, who has been a beauty blogger for three years, self-care was treated more like a temporary fix. “I would say that ‘self-care’ had a temporary effect ... we only thought of doing ‘self-care’ when we felt exhausted.”
How they view self-care now
It’s inevitable that their perception of and relationship with “self-care” would evolve as time went on. “My view on self-care changed over the years, not necessarily due to sharing about it with people. Now that I am an adult, I see the importance of caring for the self. Our wellness is our own responsibility,” Karman said.
“Having to create content and being honest with my audience gives me the motivation to take good care of myself. I am aware of the responsibility I have because the words I speak are listened to by others. I do my due diligence, make sure my content is helpful and does no harm,” she continued.
“‘Self-care’ or ‘self-love’ is more than just having a massage, buying new clothes, etc. [You should] make it a regular part of your routine and prioritise yourself because it helps lead us to healthier and happier lives,” Princess added. This year, she had a lot of epiphanies about skincare. “During this challenging year, I realised that you don’t need a lot of makeup and skincare. You just need to learn your skin type, and that mindset helped me focus more on what my skin needs. There are a lot of skincare routines you’ll find on the internet nowadays and you really don’t need to follow those steps. Follow what’s best for your skin and always seek for your dermatologist’s advice.”
So, is makeup and skincare really self-care?
“Yes, I consider wearing makeup and skincare as an act of self-care. For me, it boosts my confidence by not just wanting to look presentable and decent but also [being] empowered by doing it to yourself. Anything that makes you feel good is definitely a means of self-care,” Princess evaluated.
Karman agrees with her. “Definitely, for me. Skincare and makeup mean different things to me. As I grew up with eczema, I have always had to take extra care to ensure my skin is well maintained. Dedicating time each day to apply different products on my face and body is like a ritual, with the goal of supporting my body with my love to help it get healthier,” Karman shared.
She continued, “With makeup, it’s a hobby I enjoy so much. Being able to study my face, find out what works best to accentuate what I was born with, and exercising a bit of creativity in the process is therapeutic for me.” But more than that, it's also the feeling she gets when she applies makeup that amplifies its self-care perks for her. “I believe the mindset I bring into skincare and makeup is what makes it a form of self-care. It’s knowing that I am doing what I can within my best abilities to support my body, showering it with gratitude and love, as well as finding a way that allows me to create freely and derive joy from the process. The finished look is the icing on the cake!”
Self-care, in other forms
That’s not to say that self-care begins and ends with makeup and skincare for Princess and Karman. There are other activities they also consider as forms of self-care. “I am into wellness and meditation,” Princess shared, saying that she makes it a point to meditate daily. She also includes essential oils as the best self-care investment she’s ever made. “Oils help improve my sleeping disorder and at the same time I find them very relaxing.”
Karman has a holistic approach to self-care. “Self-care to me means a whole lifestyle where I am dedicated to living in harmony with my body,” she said. “Starting with the physical aspect — I cook and eat healthy food, get enough rest, and exercise. The mental aspect includes practising mindfulness meditation, having meaningful and loving relationships with my family and friends, and learning about ways of thinking and living that could cultivate more joy and happiness in my life.”
And lastly, self-care is being kind to yourself and others. As Karman put it, “Practicing kindness and compassion is a form of self-care because when we are kind to ourselves, we can be kind to others too.”
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