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inner beauty

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately…

We know many things about beauty. We know properly nourishing our bodies will keep us healthy and radiant. We know what habits to avoid to prevent us from prematurely aging. We know the importance of taking care of our skin, and how important it is to drink lots of water. And, if all else fails, we know how to fake it with make up.

But something we don’t think about as much is inner beauty.

No matter how well you take care of yourself, or how immaculately you’re put together, it’s hard to look beautiful if you’re scowling. (In fact, it’s impossible to be beautiful while talking badly about someone!) Though it sounds silly, the old adage is true: beauty – true beauty, the kind you can’t fake – comes from within.

But how does one cultivate “inner beauty”? Physical beauty is easy to quantify and assess because it’s right there in front of you, but inner beauty is more complicated. You can’t put it on in the morning and wash it off at night. It’s not a jacket or mascara – it’s a part of you, just like your fingers and toes and your heart. And because we can’t see it every day like we can our faces, some people don’t take as much care to nourish their inner beauty as they do their outer beauty.

Well, I’m here to say that there’s absolutely nothing beautiful about someone who is ugly on the inside!

There is nothing beautiful about tearing other people down – yourself included. Maybe you don’t say bad things about other people, just yourself. Maybe you criticize yourself for not looking perfect, or not following your diet like you think you should, or for not being where you’d like to be at this phase in your life. But if you’re constantly critiquing yourself and telling yourself you’re not enough the way you are, you will reflect that in your appearance. On the other hand, if you are content with yourself and your environment, you will positively glow!

Affirmations are one of my favorite ways to feed my inner beauty. There’s nothing like getting up in the morning, going to the mirror, looking yourself square in the eye and letting yourself know that you are loved. Though it might seem strange or uncomfortable at first, daily affirmations are an amazing way to start your day.

You can say any of the following affirmations to yourself, or write them down if that feels more comfortable to you.

Try using one of the following affirmations today:

“Loving myself heals my life. I nourish my mind, body, and spirit.”

“When I believe in myself, others do too.”

“I create health by expressing love, compassion, and understanding.”

“My body has its own wisdom and I trust that wisdom completely.”

“Today I choose to honor my beauty, strength, and uniqueness.”

In fact, I believe in the power of affirmations so much that we’re going to start having Affirmation Mondays on the Annmarie skin care Facebook page! Every Monday I’ll be posting a different affirmation for us all to meditate on during the week.

Be sure to check that out this Monday. Until then, I hope everyone has a beautiful weekend. 🙂

Much Love,
Annmarie Gianni
“Teaching people about beauty from the inside out”