“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” — Kurt Vonnegut
We all wear masks. We pretend to have it all together, to be strong when we feel like crying, to be someone we are not. In a world where what you wear and how you look can determine your worth, it’s easy to get caught on the trap of putting on a show.
Why are we afraid to be ourselves? Historically, being shunned from the group meant death which explains our natural inclination towards wanting to fit it. Only now this subconscious fear prevent us from relaxing into being our authentic selves.
Being authentic requires vulnerability.
When you wear a mask to keep “safe”, you’re living in resistance of the truest you and will attract circumstances that do not reflect who you really are. Sadly, in the long run, you’ll end up causing a huge drain in your mind, body and soul as you juggle personas aimed to please and impress.
Put down the habitual masks, embrace your vulnerability and allow yourself to stand tall in your authenticity. Honoring how you feel is a raw and delicate business, but it’s the only way to align with your purpose and attract all the goodness meant for you.
As Glennon Doyle Melton, author of Love Warrior, eloquently puts it: “You can’t miss your boat. It’s yours. It stays docked till you’re ready. The only boat you can miss is someone else’s. Let them have theirs while you wait for yours.” Masks create resistance to your life’s natural rhythm. Recognize the futility of juggling multiple masks, and you’ll make space to step into your innocence. When you stay true to yourself, a deep peace emerges because you are aligned with your humanness. Perfectly imperfect.
Dropping the masks, gives you freedom to flourish as you let go of the need to please others and instead begin to nurture a relationship of self-love.
At Uma, we believe beauty rituals are the perfect instances of self-love. Weekly beauty rituals are not so much about external beauty, but instead focusing on pressing the reset button and paying mindful attention to body and mind. This is the one instance that wearing a mask brings you closer to a place of stillness! Masking is a favorite among our team because it’s the ultimate pampering, and lets you assess your skin’s changing needs without overhauling your regular skincare routine.
Our latest foray into the world of facial masks is a decadent skin treat, brimming with nutrients and vitamins specifically chosen for their brightening properties.
This fast-acting mask instantly enhances dry or dull skin by fighting toxins that lead to hyperpigmentation, fine lines and early signs of aging, to create a luminous and youthful complexion with a dewy glow.
So, what’s in it?
- Sandalwood powder: deeply calms inflammation and renews skin
- Saffron: effectively fades dark spots for even tone and a velvety texture
- Honey & Almond extract: repair and nourish skin cells for supple radiance
- Rose extract: deeply hydrates to reduce redness and calm inflammation
- Tomato & Papaya: rapidly brighten and fade acne scars and sun damage in as little as one application with these Vitamin C-packed fruits
- Cinnamon and Orange Peel: deliver an antioxidant boost deep into the dermis to fight free radicals and toxins
You can use the brightening mask up to two times a week if your skin responds well to the exfoliating enzymes in the Papaya and Tomato. After cleansing, apply a thin layer to your face and neck using circular motions. Leave the mask on for 7 minutes or as long as it feels comfortable. Remove with warm water or a warm washcloth. You can finish off with a cold rinse or rub an ice cube over your face to soothe the skin after this gentle natural peel treatment.
Have you tried our other face masks yet? The Absolute Anti Aging Face Mask stimulates collagen and skin’s underlying tissue to plump fine lines and prevent other signs of aging, while the Deeply Clarifying Face Mask cleanses and exfoliates, while killing acne-causing bacteria and delivers results that mirror medical peels, but using all-organic ingredients.