Alicia Keys Shares Beautiful Mantra for Positive Self-Talk

The award-winning singer has even incorporated the message into her skincare and wellness brand.
Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys.

Fresh off of her surprise appearance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show last Sunday, People sat down with Alicia Keys to chat about everything from her career to her take on beauty. 

The 16-time Grammy Award-winning artist also opened up about confidence, and a particular mantra that she uses to instill positive self-talk.

“If you’re not connected to your inner [self], then you can’t present your[self] most confidently outwardly,” Keys told the outlet. “When I’m really hearing negative talk in my head, I’m trying to shift that to a positive version of it so I don’t get lost in that. So one of my mantras of the century is: ‘I surround myself with things that are good for me.’ And it’s O.K. letting go of the things that don’t make you happy.”

In addition to being an award-winning artist and a proud mom of two, the “Empire State of Mind” singer is also the co-creator of skincare and wellness brand Keys Soulcare. The company aims to connect “skin-nourishing ingredients and soul-nurturing rituals” and was launched in early 2021 in partnership with dermatologist Dr. Renée Snyder.

The packaging of the brand’s Comforting Balm With Camellia Seed Oil ($12) is printed with the singer’s go-to mantra for a thoughtful and positive reminder each and every time consumers apply it.

Check out the full line of product offerings and learn more about the brand here.

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