How to turn your skin care routine into self-care
Taking a warm bath with a glass of wine or cosying up with a good book are classic ways to practice self-care, but what about cleansing your face?
Creating a healthy, nourishing ritual with your daily skin care regime can become a valuable self-care experience. Between crazy work commitments and a hectic family schedule, it may seem like taking some ‘me’ time is selfish or a luxury, but the opposite is true.
Self-care is actually essential for your mental and physical wellbeing, just like getting enough sleep and eating a nutritious diet.
Research also shows the habit of practising self-care regularly will help you handle whatever daily challenges life throws at you.
Incorporating self-care into your skincare routine is ideal if your schedule is already jam-packed. If you’re taking the time in the morning on skincare already, why not add a few extra minutes to make it a time to look forward to and enjoy, just for you!
Check out our tips on transforming your skin care routine to a daily self-care ritual.
Slow down and incorporate a facial massage
Slow your routine down. Take a little more time to move through each step and product application mindfully.
As you massage the cleanser into your skin, take some deep breaths in and out, paying attention to the sensation, texture and smell of the product.
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Slowing down doesn’t mean your routine needs to take hours. Just a few minutes extra will give your mind a break from thinking about the day’s to-do list, instead paying attention and enjoying the process of applying your skin care.
Use natural products
Skin is the body’s largest organ and naturally absorbent. With so many synthetic beauty products full of toxins, layering them onto your face each day means your skin is absorbing a bunch of different chemicals.
These include parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS), mineral oil, lead and aluminium, some of the common toxins found in synthetic skincare.
You can make your skincare routine a more nourishing act of self-care by swapping toxin filled products for natural, organic options.
Just like eating a healthy meal is a way to care for your body so is feeding your skin the nutrients it needs without added chemicals.
The most effective self-care routines are consistent. By building small, regular breaks of ‘me time’ into your daily schedule, self-care becomes habitual and something you can count on to refresh and recharge a busy mind or tired body.
Commit to consistently making your skincare routine a time of self-reflection, enjoyment and mindfulness.
Troubled skin will definitely benefit from a consistent approach to skincare too. While it may take time to try different products and find out what works, once you do, consistency is key when it comes to skincare effectiveness.
You might find as you pay more attention to self-care and your stress levels lower, persistent skin issues will clear up.
Listen to a mindfulness meditation
Listening to a 3 or 4 minute guided mindfulness meditation while you move through your skincare routine is a great way to calm a wandering, frazzled mind.
Download a mindfulness app like Headspace or Calm for inspiration. Calm even has a feature called Daily Calm, a 10-minute mindfulness meditation for each day which could be incorporated in part, or entirely, into your daily skincare routine.
Incorporate an affirmation
All of our internal self-talk, negative or positive, affects how we think about ourselves and the world around us. Much of what we usually say or think about ourselves can be quite negative and this negative self-chatter is the opposite of self-care and self-love!
Every time you wrap up your skincare routine, take a moment to say a simple, positive affirmation out loud to yourself in the mirror.
I accept and love myself just as I am right now
I am overflowing with joy, vitality and energy — I’m unstoppable!
I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is growing and I am capable
Every day, I am getting better
Such a simple exercise in self-love can help retrain what you think and say about yourself in a way that creates more positive experiences.
Finding what type of self-care works best for you usually takes a little trial and error but we hope these tips inspire you to turn your skincare routine into nourishing ‘me’ time.