It’s no secret that caring for your skin is self-care! Yet, so many of us neglect our largest organ and focus on what we can see and feel in the here and now. Simple moisturising is long forgotten, and your skin is not only feeling dry and chapped, but it’s starting to show.
Taking time to really get to grips with a daily skincare routine will not only boost your mental health and wellbeing but will make you feel great in the long term!
Not quite sure where to start? Here are our 5 tips for improving your self-care:
Stop being at war with your skin
Whether you have been fighting acne-prone skin for a lifetime or struggling to simply love your skin, there comes a time when you have to accept that you are who you are. You can change everything about your lifestyle indefinitely, but until you stop hating yourself or disliking what you see in the mirror, you’re never going to be at peace with your skin.
Consciously taking a step back and recognising that you need to rebuild your relationship with how you see yourself is all part of self-care. Instead of getting locked in a daily battle, let go of all the negative feelings and thoughts that have taken hold of your life. You’ll feel much better about it!
What’s more, building a daily routine into your life, especially in the wake of COVID-19, will help you to have “a comforting force in your life, providing an anchor to your day and serving as a point of stability in your week,” says psychotherapist and a psychodermatologist Matt Traube.
Reinforcing a daily habit will allow you to separate yourself from feeling negative about how you feel and allow positivity to reign throughout your day.
Relax, and have a bath
Bathtime is one of the long lost moments that tend to stay in your childhood. Easing you into a better night’s sleep and reaping all the benefits of how the warm water makes your body instantly relax is a no brainer. Yet, as adults, having a bath is usually the last thing on our mind when it comes to unwinding.
In a world that is rushing to get to its next fix, most of us will naturally opt for a shower over a bath any day. But allowing yourself to let your mind and body relax with the candles lit and the bubbles flowing, there’s nothing quite like it.
Plus, according to psychologist Neil Morris, “baths give you…a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet and comfort.” Feelings of depression and pessimism diminish as the feeling of comfort and security allows your body and mind to relax. Magic.
Give your face some attention
Your face, neck, hands and chest are the most exposed parts of your body all year round. Meaning, they require a lot more attention than other parts that are more protected from the sun, wind and rain.
Thankfully there are a lot of simple things you can do at home to make your skin look brighter, fresher and more youthful in appearance:
- Buy a “gentle” cleanser: although finding the best one for your skin type mostly comes down to trial and error, a good cleanser will remove leftover makeup, dirt and grime, allowing your pores to breathe
- Indulge in a face mask: bring the spa to your very own bathroom with an opulent selection of face masks – whether you want an exfoliating, deep pore cleanse or a mud-like moisturiser, the world’s your oyster!
- Moisturise! The key to glowing skin isn’t covering yourself in layers of makeup or even buying expensive branded products – it’s moisturising! After cleansing your face, make sure you gently rub your favourite moisturiser all over your face to avoid dryness and red patches
If you want to wave goodbye to wrinkles and fine lines, check out Profhilo London’s treatment package. Working to stimulate collagen and elastin production, Profhilo’s techniques improve skin tone, hydrate skin, and reduce fine lines’ appearance. What better way to refresh your skin on a Saturday afternoon!
Massages aren’t just for spa days
Despite the luxury, you will find at a spa under the careful hands of a masseuse, at-home massages are the real deal too. Whether you want to opt for the in-vogue jade roller that works to stimulate blood flow from your head to your toes or grabbing your favourite body brush, you can reap all the benefits of a good pamper sesh in your bathroom.
Want to go a step further? Dry brushing isn’t just a bit-trend with bloggers and lifestyle gurus – it’s a real gamechanger. Not only is it a natural exfoliating technique, but the bristles are designed to enhance blood flow and remove dead skin cells.
It’s best to get brushing after a shower or bathe when your skin is dry to the touch. Don’t forget to moisturise after to lock in all that essential hydration your skin is desperate for!
So if you are after silky smooth skin with minimal effort, getting a dry brush may be the ticket.
Your self-care routine should be something you look forward to. It’s a time of day where you can relax, leave your worries at the door and give yourself a natural endorphin boost. Happier mind and more radiant skin as a result.
Things to consider:
- Exercise: we’re not saying run a marathon, but getting in some heart-pumping exercise once a day will naturally improve your mood and reduce stress. Whether that’s a walk through your local woods, a Joe Wicks-inspired HITT workout or a swim in the sea, as long as you get your blood pumping, you’re doing wonders for your body and mind
- Up your water intake: your body is made up of 60% water up your water intake, so staying hydrated is essential to keep everything working correctly from your brain to your immune system. Bottoms up!
- Meditation: setting aside a part of your day to breathe easy will do wonders for your self-care. So if yoga, pilates or spending time in nature is the key, do it!
Are you ready to fall in love with your skin again? Giving yourself time to relax and focus on what makes you happy is the key to happy, healthy skin.