Are you craving simple stress-relieving rituals? Spa days and weekend retreats feel like a distant dream, don't they?! Still, one of the positives of lockdown has been the importance of everyday rituals that bring us a moment of calm and help us to feel grounded at a time of considerable uncertainty. In today's blog, I’m sharing five tips on establishing a simple skincare routine for healthy glowing skin that is also a mindful ritual - bringing you a moment of calm, and helping you to step back from the stress of modern life and focus on wellbeing.
“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.”
You might be thinking “who has time for this?!” But trust me, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Just a few minutes to disconnect from technology and the hustle and bustle of a busy home to create space for yourself and let your mind rest.
Begin with the basics. It’s not about a long, complicated 10 step routine. Relax your neck and shoulders, and focus on cleansing and moisturising your skin. Just a couple of minutes to gently massage your skin is incredibly therapeutic and is a quick and easy way to develop a consistent routine that will nourish your skin, prevent future damage and leave you feeling radiant and relaxed.
- Try to do this in the early evening before you become too tired. Use this time to create a break in your day, marking the transition from daytime to evening, giving your skin an opportunity to detox and your body a signal that it’s time to prepare for a good night’s sleep.
- Your skin rejuvenates naturally overnight, so using regenerative plant-based products that work to strengthen your skin barrier and feed it with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids at this time is incredibly powerful.
- Think of your evening skincare routine as a time for mediation. You don’t need to be sitting in silence in the lotus position to enjoy a meditative moment! When cleansing, applying a face oil or moisturiser, cup your hands in front of your nose and inhale deeply and slowly through your nose, pushing out your tummy. Exhale slowly through your mouth and experience the beautiful essential oils that ‘smell like relaxation feels’. Just a couple of deep, slow breaths will help de-stress and calm your mind. You could take a moment to notice how the contours of your face and how the oils feel as they glide over your skin.
- Enjoy these rituals any time of day. You may be a morning person who loves the peace of the house before anyone else wakes, the sunrise or the sound of blackbirds outside your bathroom window. Fit these tips around your lifestyle and make them your own.
As a busy working mum, juggling the work/life balance I understand how stressful modern life can be and how important it is to prioritise time for wellbeing. Small moments for calm, mindful and peaceful practices are the little daily luxuries that have kept many of us going in times of extreme stress. But the benefits can go way beyond lockdown, providing an opportunity for consistency and healthy habits in our day that ultimately support better wellbeing.
It’s a few beautiful moments well spent.
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