One thing we all need at the moment is a little bit of calm. The world can feel pretty out of control, so being able to surround ourselves with beauty rituals that make us look and feel good is a great antidote. Your beauty and wellness routine can be designed to provide a little calm in your life and help you look and feel extraordinary. And as a lot of us aren’t facing a daily commute right now, we may also have a little extra time in our day to dedicate to a calming beauty routine, or to include more homemade elements. Now is the time to relax and get pampering…
Have A Long Soak
How many of us normally start off our mornings with a hasty shower, rushing through the motions, dashing out the door with our hair still wet? It may get us clean but it’s certainly not the most relaxing way. But a deep long bath, with nourishing oils, detoxifying bath salts and added extras like scented candles and face masks to hand, can be one of the best experiences. A bath can be relaxing, restorative and very good for the soul – and if you are experiencing trouble dropping off at night, it can also help you to get to sleep as well. Go all out to make your bath the most relaxing experience possible – use essential oils to harness the mood-enhancing powers of aromatherapy for an experience that engages your senses. Treat yourself to some alone time and some guilt-free beauty rituals.
You may also want to experiment with CBD products or even visit a site like Drcannabis.io to find products you may find calming. Stick on a relaxing playlist or a calming podcast to add even more relaxed vibes. Dotting some candles around the room can create an indulgent ambiance and make your bathroom feel even more like an upmarket spa. Practice some mindfulness while you’re there by emptying your mind of all the racing thoughts and just focusing on the sensations you can feel like the water on your skin and the smell of scented oils.
Try Some DIY Treatments
One activity that can be calming in a number of ways is creating homemade skin treatments and face masks with the contents of your cupboard. There are so many ingredients that can be used to create nourishing beauty rituals or conditioning hair masks. Mash up an avocado with some olive oil and you have something good for skin or hair. Similarly whisked raw eggs applied to the hair and then rinsed out with cold water and apple cider vinegar will leave your locks glossier and smoother than you’ve ever seen them, thanks to the protein content (just make sure not to use warm water to rinse them out or they may start to cook!). There are lots of ingredients that can refine your skin too. A crushed aspirin can help to brighten, natural yogurt and turmeric will soothe redness and inflammation, and lemon juice can even your skin tone, while mashed banana is deeply hydrating. The preparation of homemade face masks can be really quite therapeutic and soothing in itself, and it’s fun to discover what unusual combinations you can make from things you find in the kitchen. You might even discover a new favorite that puts shop-bought masks in the shade. Making diy products to create your own custom beauty rituals!
Build A Daily Skincare Routine
When was the last time you reviewed what you put on your skin? Building a skincare routine is not only great for a glowing complexion, but it also becomes one of those everyday beauty rituals that gives you some time out of the rush and a little bit of a flow state to tune your mind out. The basis of a good skincare routine is to thoroughly cleanse the skin first. Try using an oil cleanser to break down dirt, makeup and grime first, followed by a gently foaming wash to clean the residue away. You may then choose to follow up with an exfoliating skin toner that can sweep away dead skin cells and give you back your glow. What you use next will depend on your skin type and any particular concerns that you want to address. A moisturizer or serum using hyaluronic acid will plump and smooth, locking moisture into the skin for a hydrated finish. If you want to fight fine lines then something with retinol will work wonders, while Vitamin C is a brilliant ingredient for brightening and fading sun damage. One thing that everyone should use is a high factor, broad-spectrum facial sunscreen. This protects against both aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays. Even if you spend the day working indoors, it’s important to protect your skin.
Your beauty rituals are more important than ever right now, as a way to find a little bit of peace in turbulent times. Embrace the change to take a few moments out of your day to look and feel good.