Skincare for Self-Care
It's Mental Health Awareness Week (read my other post here), and one of the main techniques that's often recommended to those suffering with a mental illness is practising self-care. It's all about taking the time to do things that you enjoy, to keep your mind busy and uplift your mood. It can be anything from making a playlist of songs that you love, to talking a walk in the fresh air, or drawing.
If you've landed on this website, there's a good chance that you love skincare. Many people see skincare as a chore, but it can also be a great way to centre yourself and bring some pleasure into your day. There's something very therapeutic about cleansing your skin when you really take the time to enjoy it. Here are some ideas for how you can use skincare for self-care, in those moments when you need to calm your mind.
This one is super easy to slip into your daily routine. Start by massaging a luxurious cleansing balm/oil onto dry skin. Melting Cleansing Balm™ is perfect for this because the sweet almond oil nourishes the skin while you massage. Use firm, upward circular motions to help promote lymphatic drainage that will de-puff the face and give you a glow. A good tip from Maleka is to circle the orbital bone a few times, and then press firmly along your brows and temples. It's a great way to relieve pressure in that area, especially if you've got a headache.
Next, take a face cloth soaked in warm water and hold it over your face. Leave it there for a few minutes, allowing the steam to open your pores. Take some deep breaths - this is particularly nice with Melting Cleansing Balm™ because the scent of Signature Essence Blend is incredibly relaxing and aromatic (like having your own spa at home!). Once you remove the cleansing balm with some fresh water, your skin will have a new lease of life, and hopefully your mind will be a little calmer.
We're not talking a standard bath here. We're talking a soothing, self-pampering bath. Roll up a towel or pillow and place it under your neck so you'll be comfy, and grab a glass of really cold water. You could light a candle too, and play your favourite music or listen to a podcast. I recommend No Such Thing As A Fish if you're after chuckles, or the Mental Health Foundation have some great ones on mindfulness and stress management techniques.
Add a few drops of Everything Everywhere Beauty Oil™ into the water. It will moisturise your skin as you soak, and the scent of Signature Essence Blend will fill the room. Before you step in, warm some of the oil up in your hands and massage the top of your neck, and use firm downward strokes towards your shoulders to relieve pressure. You can even work some of it into your hair and scalp and leave it on like a hair mask (you'll be able to enjoy that lovely feeling of silky smooth hair once you get out and dry it).
Something else that I always brings me great pleasure is applying a face mask when you're in the bath. Mud Marvels Mask™ has the perfect balance of purifying activated charcoal to deeply cleanse pores, and nourishing oils that leave the skin feeling refined and soft.
Happy Skin™ is an amazing ingredient containing Rhodiola Rosea that stimulates the release of beta-endorphins. Beta-endorphins are sometimes known as the 'molecules of happiness', because they promote a feeling of wellness and stress-reduction. You can find this uplifting ingredient in Iconic Youth Serum™ and Luxury Facial Wash™.
For more advise on self-care and metal health, take a look at these helpful resources from Mind, the mental health charity: