To be Ellivened means that you are looking and feeling your most beautiful self on the inside and out.
Living an Ellivened life is so important because you deserve it! Taking care of one's self both physically and mentally is just as important as fitness and nutrition. So, whether you visit us to look better, which will help your confidence, self esteem, and general well being, or to feel better through massage for an aching back or a facial to help with acne control or skin issues, you are taking care of YOU.
And while we take pride in all the necessary luxuries we provide at the spa to bring out your best self, we also wanted to share a few secrets to feeling instantly beautiful any time, any place, so you can always be Ellivened!
Sweep on a Red Lip:
Darling, there is science behind this! In 2013, the British Heart Foundation conducted a poll of 1,000 women - 26% said red lipstick boosted their confidence. Style psychologist, Kate Nightingale, tells HuffPost UK, "red lipstick can boost your confidence. Because the colour red is associated with confidence, sensuality and power, wearing red lipstick can induce those feelings in us."
The true beauty in life is in giving! Whether it’s donating old clothes, making a monetary contribution to your organization of choice, or volunteering to help someone in need, the act of giving activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect that will instantly uplift your feeling of beauty on the inside and out!
It doesn’t even matter if it’s a real smile - you can fake it and still benefit! Activating the facial muscles around the eyes that are involved in smiling triggers brain activity that corresponds with a happier mood. Dr. Eva Ritvo, co-author of The Beauty Principle agrees with the power of smiling! In an interview with glo.com, she shares, “Emotions are contagious — everyone wants to be around those who make us feel good,” and the energy of others wanting to be around you will make you feel lovely!
Stand (or sit) Tall:
Not only does this make you look slimmer and proud instantly, but aligning your spine and taking up more space automatically tells your brain that you’re powerful, which, in turn, affects your mood. This is very similar to the smiling phenomenon, which is known as embodied cognition. Fast Company explains the idea saying, “the relationship between our mind and body runs both ways, meaning our mind influences the way our body reacts, but the form of our body also triggers our mind.”
Get Your Sweat On:
Head to the gym, your favorite yoga class, or just take a quick jog around the block for an instant confidence boost! Not only does working out bring color to your skin from increased blood circulation, but it also triggers the release of endorphins (the brain's "feel-good" chemicals).
Often when we’re not feeling our most beautiful selves, it’s because we’re focusing on our flaws and overly critiquing ourselves. But, by giving someone else a genuine compliment from the heart, you’re taking the focus off of yourself. Plus, when you see someone blush or break a smile from something simple you said, it will brighten up your day, too!
It’s no secret that music has the ability to affect our emotions and there are a number of uplifting, girl-power anthems out there to do just that! Check out this list from PopSugar with 17 songs that will make you feel more beautiful.
Most importantly, always remember that true outer beauty is a reflection of inner beauty! Appreciate your flaws and know that you are beautiful just the way you are!