Welcome to this week’s ‘My Beauty and Wellbeing’ story… this week we’re sharing our interview with Lisa Cybaniak, Life Coach.lisa

We’re all about holistic beauty and wellbeing and we love hearing about how other people are managing there’s – for this series we’re reaching out to some inspiring women and men to find out about their favourite products and practices- you know …the things that enable them to be their best selves.

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Lisa, first of all, tell us a little bit about your relationship with your beauty/wellbeing

My beauty/wellbeing journey has been a long winding road. After a decade of child abuse, I was left feeling worthless, ugly, stupid and useless. I worked very hard to shift my view of myself, mainly by tackling those deeply rooted beliefs and re-writing their script. I understand now that beauty is just as much about inner peace as it is about outer appearance.

You are a big advocate for self-care in terms of our emotional health:  why is it so important to you?

Self-care is one of the easiest ways to teach your unconscious mind that you’re worth the time. This fights against those beliefs of not being good enough that most of us have. When you make and then take the time to do something for yourself, you literally teach your unconscious mind that you’re valuable. This goes against your belief that you’re not good enough. Since our unconscious mind needs to be right, each act of self-care challenges our limiting beliefs about ourselves, forcing it to re-evaluate the validity of those beliefs.

What are your must-have skincare products? what is the last product that you purchased that you’re loving?

I last purchased an essential oil facial scrub from doTerra that I use every morning. It includes grapefruit oil which is so stimulating and refreshing, while also soothing. It’s wonderful!

As you know wow beauty is committed to encouraging self-care, what are some of your non-negotiable self-care rituals?

Walking in nature and meditation are two big self-care rituals of mine that I’ve learned work very well for me to feel balanced. They are also two strategies that allow me to feel connected to myself, my Higher Self, and the Universe around me. At least one, if not both of these rituals need to be done daily.

Have you made any changes to your wellbeing toolkit since the pandemic? What items have become your lockdown/ wellbeing must haves?

Yes, actually! Like many others, at the start of lockdown, I got a little too excited about not needing to get dressed or do my makeup or hair. At first it was fun, but I slowly began to notice that this lack of effort towards my personal appearance was contributing to me feeling a lack of energy and even confidence. I started to force myself to get dressed up each day, doing my hair and makeup and even wearing a dress every workday. That really helped me emotionally, and so I continue to put in this effort most days and consider it a great part of my wellbeing and self-care toolkit.

What is your typical morning skin care routine like? And your night time routine? Has anything changed since lockdown?

With makeup being reintroduced, I began washing my face twice a day, like I used to. I had forgotten how great my skin felt when I washed it both in the morning and the evening. It sounds silly, but I had honestly forgotten! I now use that beautiful facial scrub I was telling you about every morning, and a milk cleanser every evening – even when I don’t wear makeup. I also use a toner, and of course, a high-quality facial cream, one for daytime with an SPF and one for the evening.

What changes would you like to see and the beauty industry over the next year or so?

I think we’re making some progress on this, but I want to see the continued effort going into reinforcing the understanding of the connection between a person’s emotional wellbeing and their ability to see their own beauty.

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