The words Self Care have been buzzing around recently, and in such a crazy-busy world, I can understand why. Family, work and other responsibilities have taken over our lives, with little to no time dedicated to ourselves. So, today I am sharing A Self Care Ritual with you, in an effort to inspire you to take some time out for you, whether it is for a relaxing bath, a face mask and mani combo, or even a nap.
What Does Self Care Mean To You?
For me it would be a relaxing bath, something I hardly ever do, as I am always in a rush and a quick shower is all I can manage. The best part about a bath, is that you get to add all sorts of lotions and potions, and in this case the *Dr Salts Himalayan Bath Salts with 84 beneficial minerals that cleanses and detoxifies the body, and promotes natural healing. My body felt so relaxed after bathing in this, as if I had just had a massage. My muscles felt less stiff, and my neck and shoulders less tense.
After a bath my favourite thing to do is slather myself in a lovely scented body butter. I found this Fennel Peach Vanilla one from Dischem, and it smells so luxurious but is so affordable! It is hydrating without being greasy, and is a brand I will continue to buy.
I have developed a potentially unhealthy obsession with scented candles. From the more affordable to the obscenely expensive, I love them all. This Spicy Wood & Vanilla Scented Candle from Cotton On is seriously impressive for the price. It has a lovely spicy, cosy scent, perfect for winter, it doesn’t tunnel and the scent fills a room. I also love the glass packaging, with the wooden lid, I love candles with lids. One of my favourite things to do when I get home from work, as well as over the weekend is light a scented candle. It just creates such a calm atmosphere.
One of my simple pleasures is a luxury scented bar of soap, it is so unnecessary but just makes me feel so happy. This *Frangipani & Ylang one from Morlage & York is amazing. It is not drying at all, smells amazing, and Frangipani is my absolute favourite scent. It is also significantly bigger than other bar soaps, which is a major plus for me.
When I think of A Self Care Ritual, the first picture that comes to mind is someone using a face mask with cucumber slices over the eyes. Just me? I split face masks into three broad groups; sheet masks, normal masks and overnight masks. I use sheet masks when I have ten minutes to just lie down with my eyes closed doing nothing, but I also use them when I don’t have more than ten minutes, as thankfully it requires no washing off. Normal masks are reserved for when I have other tasks to do and I can just slap them on my face and continue with my day, although they do take quite a bit of time to remove, especially clay based ones, so I do need to have enough time to remove it. The last type, and probably my favourite are overnight masks, the ones that are applied before bed, don’t mess your pillow and work while you sleep, and when you wake up, your skin is plump, supple and hydrated.
I also love 2 in 1 masks, and both of the masks featured today are multi-taskers! The Soap & Glory Fab Pore 2 in 1 Pore Purifying Mask & Peel leaves my skin unbelievable refined and clean, without feeling tight or stripped. I don’t think this mask would work too well on sensitive skins, but on mine I love it.
If sheet masks are more your thing, I have The Skin Republic 2 Step Face Mask. The first step is a fruit enzyme exfoliant that is massaged into the skin for one minute to eliminate dry and dull skin, and to prepare the skin for the sheet mask. The second step is a sheet mask infused with hyaluronic acid and collagen to smooth, plump and nourish the skin. After using this mask duo my skin looked brighter, thanks to the exfoliants, and plumper and more supple thanks to the hyaluronic acid.
Do you have A Self Care Ritual?