Making time for yourself can do wonders for your wellbeing. We understand how difficult it can be to ease an anxious mind but maintaining a self-care routine is a great way to positively boost your attitude. Anything that you do for yourself can be classified as self-care – whether that is a comforting bubble bath, a manicure, a relaxing massage, or a soothing skincare routine! In this week’s blog we will be talking you through the skincare and beauty essentials you should include in your self-care routine to feel extra at ease.
Now that you know why mental health impacts the skin, here are our top 4 tips for maintaining good skin during difficult times.
The act of applying skincare products can be a soothing way to wind down. Try turning the act of washing your face into a routine that you can look forward to. You can use your nightly skincare routine to wash away all the negative remnants of a bad day, while your morning skincare routine can signal the start of a new, better day. Face masks are a fun and effective skincare product that make self-care easy. It is so easy to feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to take a few minutes for ourselves… but with face masks, there always is! Applying a face mask takes mere seconds, and then you can continue with your everyday tasks while the product sinks into your skin for the next ten to twenty minutes. Afterwards, your skin will be left with an instant, healthy glow. Masks are a fantastic wellbeing tool that not only provides rejuvenating nutrients to the skin, but it also brings a meditative comfort to the mind. While you should never replace the emotional support of seeing a professional mental health therapist, the structure, patterns, and boundaries that come with applying a face mask are the key to achieving a calmer state of mind.
If you are looking for something soothing and purifying, we recommend GERnétic’s Argini Cream Mask. This anti-inflammatory product is infused with the calming plant extracts of camomile, witch hazel, and cucumber to revitalise and stimulate the epidermis layer of the skin and absorb excessive sebaceous secretion. The result is healthier, fresher, and more radiant looking skin. ¬¬Shop here:
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic benefit. Many self-care practices and products can be enhanced by the incorporation of essential oils. Firstly, bathing is an effective way to cleanse, relax, and unwind away from your phone or other distractions. The hot water and steam of a bath can help ease aching muscles, reduce stress, and relax a restless mind. Essential oils can be added to bathwater to enhance these therapeutic benefits. We also recommend lighting candles that are infused with essential oils. This self-care trick can either relax or energise you – depending on your needs!
Here are some of our favourite essential oils and their properties:
• Ylang Ylang – filters out negative energy
• Orange – uplifting
• Lavender – heightens relaxation
• Stress Away – renews the spirit
• Rosemary – eases anxiety
• Peppermint – improves concentration
• Basil – fights mental fatigue
• Helichrysum – clarifying and grounding
Facial massages can reduce feelings of stress, make you feel more grounded, and benefit your skincare routine. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, you can move energy to different parts of your body by strategically applying pressure. This increased energy can result in improved immunity, internal organ performance, and mental wellbeing. Here is our favourite facial massage oil to add to your self-care routine:
Step 1. Apply your favourite serum or oil to the tips of your fingers. We recommend Medik8’s Calmwise Serum which is designed to combat redness and improve the skin’s hydration. Shop here:
Step 2. Using the palm of your hands, rub from the centre of your chest out towards your shoulder. Repeat, then move to the other side of your chest.
Step 3. Use both hands to rub up your neck towards your jawline.
Step 4. Next, perform little pinches from your chin up to your ears. This promotes micro circulation, which is the circulation in your very tiniest blood vessels.
Step 5. Repeat any time your stress levels could use a little lowering.
No matter what you do for self-care, the most important thing is to make sure that you are taking a small break for yourself every single day.
Feel free to call us or come into the clinic if you have any further questions!
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