Here at Boutique Skin Envie, we are all about empowering people to be their best selves (with the healthiest skin ever!). That being said, as you may or may not know, there is an amazing team of #bossladies behind the brand who work tirelessly every day to bring you a pristine service and the absolute best skincare has to offer.
There is also such a strong sense of empowerment behind skincare, which is something the women here at BSE have always stood for. In honour of International Women’s Day, three of these inspiring ladies chatted with me to discuss a bit more about what skincare means to them, how it’s shaped their confidence and why empowering women both online and offline is an essential part of their everyday lives.
Q: In your opinion, what is the most empowering thing behind skincare
Alexa: I find it so empowering to simply take the 5 to 10 minutes every day, knowing that you are doing something great for your present and future self. Yes, we all want to look forever young––but our lines and wrinkles show our history, so let’s age gracefully with a beautiful glow. And that’s empowering AF!
Genevieve: I believe that proper skincare contributes to our overall well-being and self-confidence. When you take care of your skin, you help to keep a healthy and younger-looking appearance and reduce undesirable skin conditions that can oftentimes hinder your self-confidence. I truly believe that a little bit of self-care can empower a long way!
Tasch: Taking the time to show up for yourself every single time you do your skincare routine. Nothing is more empowering than a glowy, moisturized complexion, ready to face the world.
Q: How do you maintain confidence in a digital world where we attribute so much importance to 24/7 perfect, glass-like skin, enhanced by editing apps and Instagram filters?
Alexa: Unfollowing the pages that make you second-guess yourself. Removing them from your everyday feed. I personally had to clean up my following to protect my mental health and my body image issues. Unfortunately, I started to second guess anything and everything I was putting in my mouth. (Sorry, that got a bit dark, but it is my reality). Choosing to follow people who live their truth and are empowered by their “imperfections”
Genevieve: Oh, the digital world! We tend to forget that with all the filters and beauty apps out there, there still is no such thing as perfection. When all you see on social media is perfect skin, perfect hair, and perfect bodies, you learn to self-criticize and be so hard on yourself. We need to remember that there is no such thing as perfection, that we can use social platforms to empower ourselves and embrace our differences and imperfections.
Tasch: To be honest, keeping my confidence up has been a struggle for me at times. I cannot say that I’m always at my most confident, however––I have learned to wholeheartedly love and appreciate the woman that I am today and the woman who I am becoming every other day. Something that I have recently done is to follow more accounts that advocate for normalcy and who empower women to be true to who they are. I have also learned over time that what you see on social media is not the real deal, and to always keep that in mind.
Q: Why is it so important that BSE uplift and support the women in their community?
Alexa: We are living in a new era–one where women are being celebrated and being given more opportunities than ever before. Let’s support one another, embrace our independence and run, baby, run! In 2018, I went to the Girl Boss Rally in LA and one of the speakers was Bozoma Saint John. She is the epitome of female empowerment and being so confident in yourself that no one could tear you down and/or make you second guess yourself. I will never forget the feeling she gave to the women in that room. A real QUEEN. I had a panic attack afterward because I was so overwhelmed by her amazingness. 😅
Genevieve: Women are so quick to judge and put each other down, and that needs to change! When we support other women, by consequence: we feel more confident and believe in our own power. When women empower other women, we all succeed, and we make incredible things happen.
Tasch: BSE is here to help women become more powerful. I feel as if it is my responsibility to make women feel absolutely amazing in their own skin. It’s no longer cool to be mean and judgmental towards other women. The more we come together, the more we can take over the f**king world and look good doing it.
BONUS: If you had to choose ONE confidence-boosting product to take with you on a desert island, what would it be?
Alexa: I love my Gua Sha stone. She will always be a part of my nighttime routine. I suffer from neck tension and TMJ (jaw clenching). Every night I use my Rose Quartz Gua Sha from Mount Lai and go to town on my shoulders, neck, and jaw. It’s heavenly. It also depuffs and sculpts my facial features as a little bonus.
MOUNT LAI THE JADE GUA SHA TOOL $42
Genevieve: Sunscreen, sunscreen, and sunscreen! It’s more than safe to say that sunscreen plays a huge role in your overall skin health and appearance. Overexposure to sunlight can increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and can even cause skin cancer (and it’s been proven repeatedly). Wearing sunscreen has become a crucial part of my daily skincare routine, and I carry my EltaMD with me everywhere I go.
ELTAMD UV DAILY TINTED SPF 40 $57
Tasch: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 by 1000000%. Protect your skin so when you’re rescued from this desert island, you haven’t aged a bit.
SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION DEFENCE SPF 50 $49
On that note, we want to celebrate International Women's Day with all of the beautiful and powerful women who support us. We are so grateful to be serving your skin and lifting you up, every single day!
Until next time–stand tall and proud, girl.
I LOVE THIS BLOG! And I love the BSE girls – such a fun, knowledgeable and empowering group of women. Good job!