Around 44% of women use face masks on special occasions, but a self-care routine that involves pampering your skin shouldn’t be an indulgence. With recent research revealing that following a regular skincare routine can reduce the amount of stress hormone cortisol in your bloodstream by 83%, it’s essential to take time out every day for a bit of self-care during such uncertain times.
Because there is nothing better than a bit of me time, we’ve created a quick self-care routine that you can incorporate into your daily schedule plus another that will provide an extra bit of pampering once a week.
Everyday self-care routine
Weekdays are usually busy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t enough time to spoil yourself. Take time to moisturise your whole body after your shower. It will only add a few minutes to your regular routine, but it’s the perfect opportunity to slow down and focus on entirely on you. A deep conditioning body cream with a fresh scent is the perfect choice to lift your mood, morning or night.
If you’re looking for more on-the-go than head-to-toe, a squeeze of nourishing hand cream can do wonders to brighten your day. Choose a non-greasy formula made from natural ingredients that repair and soften skin to ensure you get the best hydration without having to wait for your product to absorb. Keep tubes at various spots around the house as well as one in your handbag to combat the dryness from constant washing and sanitizing.
Perfume is another great pick-me-up that can easily be included into your everyday self-care routine. A splash of a fresh, vivid scent with citrus and floral notes is sure to invigorate your senses to make you feel energetic and confident throughout the day. If you prefer to save the perfume for special occasions, you can still reap the rewards of redolence with a light room mist. A few spritzes into the air or onto your bed linen can go a long way to helping you feel calmer and more centred.
Weekly pamper session
With less going on at the weekend, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a moment to relax and unwind. Draw a bath, add a few drops of lightly scented moisturising oil to the water and light a few aromatherapy candles to create a calming atmosphere. When you have soaked your stress away, renew your skin with a gentle scrub, buffing away the dull dead cells to reveal glowing, healthy skin beneath. Seal in the serenity by applying a deep conditioner to your body before applying a rich moisturiser to your feet and popping on a pair of socks for optimal absorption. Then slide into a bed with freshly changed sheets that have been spritzed with a fresh scent for a good night’s sleep.
Whether you have got plenty of time on your hands or just a few minutes to spare, there is a self-care routine that will suit your schedule. A spray of perfume or a spot of hand cream can give you the boost you need during a busy day, while a top-to-toe pamper session will have you feeling ready to take on the most hectic weeks.