Dove’s new Body Love line helped pamper me
It’s not a fancy trip to the spa, but giving a little love and pampering to my skin with a range of lotions from the comfort of my home has made a difference in the way I feel these days. .
Long before the pandemic, my body went through many changes. From 2014 to today I lost a lot of weight, regained some of it, struggled with fibroids, took an exhaustive journey to conceive, had a miscarriage, i found out I had endometriosis, had a myomectomy, had my first full … full term pregnancy, cystic acne, cesarean section, found out I had seborrheic dermatitis and I have tried to adjust to everything from a new combination of blood sausage and scar to a complete change in my pH causing allergic reactions on my skin. My body became a vessel for one thing or another and was so altered that it no longer looked like mine. Add to that the reality that I have been away since March 2020, and inevitably, I started to neglect it. Showers were always an absolute must (I told you about my pH change, sister) along with a few facial products to contain my hormonal acne, but everything else went wrong. My fingernails have become long, as have the hair on my body. I left home to take my son for a walk in the sun and completely skipped the sunscreen. I wore more hats and left my hair in braids. I dressed in sweatpants and loose shirts (I also told you about my new pudge, sister) and I completely stopped hydrating. What was the point?
I was reminded of this point during a Clubhouse conversation I was invited to last week by Dove. They recently released a Body Love collection designed to encourage self-care and sent the line in for a try. They marked the release with a panel titled “Give Our Bodies the Love They Deserve”. It featured women like cultural expert Jess Weiner, photographer and energy healer Nikki Gomez, dermatologist Dr Mona Gohara and makeup artist Jalessa Jaikaran. The conversation was about the end of bodily judgment and what efforts we should be making to spread more bodily love, both in the world and for ourselves.
The transparency of the women on the panel and the listeners helped address a number of major questions: the ways in which social media causes us to ‘compare and despair’; the importance of being aware of how we talk about our bodies and ourselves in order to change our mindset, and how things our bodies experience, from autoimmune diseases to skin problems and abuse, change the way we experience it. I expected to listen to an hour-long conversation about self-love and the need to use these new products to make myself feel better, but I left the room with something much deeper: better respect. for my body, and all body.
Yes mine went through the wringer as mentioned, but it did some pretty amazing things and kept it going through complex experiments. So, it deserves a little love. That said, every night since the Clubhouse conversation, I got back to pampering him. When I get out of the shower now, I use Body Love products, along with masks and more, to coat my body. The Body Love line of cream lotions and oils have a great consistency that hydrates without being too heavy, which is great on those last hot summer days. And the scents are pleasant enough, but still manage to be sweet – not too strong or too fruity.
On top of that, I forced myself to go further, taking the time to go get a stress-relieving manicure pedicure and eyebrow wax. I arranged a consultation with a new hairdresser to help me deal with my scalp issues and try out a new style. I have returned to shaving and been more proactive in finding the right products for my pH changes (I am currently testing three new deodorants, with and without aluminum, perfume and baking soda). I still love sweatshirts, but I dress, including some fun eye makeup, to go out with my husband. It is a way of showing deserved appreciation to my body and to my self in general.
When we talk about bodily shame, it’s important that we also recognize the ways in which we can sometimes abuse our own physical form. When we can see such missteps, then we can do better, and for my part, I plan to do a lot better by moving my body forward.