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When skincare is your self-care

When skincare is your self-care

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Recently we’ve seen a positive shift towards being more accepting of our flaws and loving the skin we are in.

Recently we’ve seen a positive shift towards being more accepting of our flaws and loving the skin we are in.

When skincare is your self-care
So much of our self-worth can be tied up in what we see in the mirror. More recently we’ve seen a very positive shift towards being more accepting of our flaws and loving the skin we are in. And while it’s great seeing influencers going bare-skinned, embracing their newfound love of every bump, mark and scar, how exactly do YOU do that.

But how?

There are a few different ways to practice self-care – from meditating and hiking to journaling. Basically anything that helps you connect with yourself and helps you feel more confident and comfortable in your own skin. Daily rituals are also a great way to practice self-care, starting with your skincare routine. It’s the perfect way to get in a bit of me-time that will make you look at yourself and your skin a bit differently.

The K-Beauty Way

As much as 10-steps in a skincare routine could be daunting to some, South Korean women view skincare as self-love. Every bit of massaging, tapping and gentle application of various lotions and potions plays a bigger part in making time for your skin, and spending time on this ritual is part of their daily quota of self-care.

Before you panic, I’m not suggesting investing in a mountain of new products or spending hours you don’t have on your skin, but here are some lessons from our fellow skincare lovers we should be giving a go:

Start masking

Every Sunday night I apply a face mask. It has become one of my favorite rituals and something I look forward to. It’s almost like I’m prepping my skin (and myself) for the week ahead and can be anything from a soothing, restorative mask to a detoxing clay mask to help exfoliate or clear breakouts. I also love to mask when I’m stressed (don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it) and it comes in really handy if you’re still WFH.  

Good to try:

Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask has become a firm favorite. Not only for it’s great results but I love the ritual of mixing up the powder into a paste that you then generously paint onto your skin. Glorious.

Apply better

We know Chinese women swear by using jade massage tools as part of their routines to keep themselves looking flawless. A quick Google search will also show you that the ancient Egyptians and Mayans believed in the cooling properties of jade to help assist massage in aiding muscle relief. Try incorporating a jade roller and a gua sha every second night into your bedtime routine as part of a facial massage. The benefits include improved circulation and lymphatic drainage so you end up looking more glowing, rested and less puffy.

Good to try:

The Gingerchi Jade Roller or the Jade Gua Sha popped in the fridge before you use it is an absolute treat. I like to use it to apply serums or oils to improve absorption of the products.

Buy smarter

Instead of grabbing the next product off the shelf that you think will work for your skin, take a bit of time to research what you are putting on your body. Look for ingredients and brands that you identify with – which can be anything from cruelty-free to completely plant-based, earth-friendly or sustainable, the key is to enjoy using it. If you love it, you’ll spend more time doing it and see better results.

Good to try:

One Love Organics Cleansing Oil is one of my absolute favorite cleansing products. The oil is incredible at melting off makeup and dirt while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture and pH balance. It smells delicious and is the perfect end to my day and start to my bedtime routine.

So much of our self-worth can be tied up in what we see in the mirror. More recently we’ve seen a very positive shift towards being more accepting of our flaws and loving the skin we are in. And while it’s great seeing influencers going bare-skinned, embracing their newfound love of every bump, mark and scar, how exactly do YOU do that.

But how?

There are a few different ways to practice self-care – from meditating and hiking to journaling. Basically anything that helps you connect with yourself and helps you feel more confident and comfortable in your own skin. Daily rituals are also a great way to practice self-care, starting with your skincare routine. It’s the perfect way to get in a bit of me-time that will make you look at yourself and your skin a bit differently.

The K-Beauty Way

As much as 10-steps in a skincare routine could be daunting to some, South Korean women view skincare as self-love. Every bit of massaging, tapping and gentle application of various lotions and potions plays a bigger part in making time for your skin, and spending time on this ritual is part of their daily quota of self-care.

Before you panic, I’m not suggesting investing in a mountain of new products or spending hours you don’t have on your skin, but here are some lessons from our fellow skincare lovers we should be giving a go:

Start masking

Every Sunday night I apply a face mask. It has become one of my favorite rituals and something I look forward to. It’s almost like I’m prepping my skin (and myself) for the week ahead and can be anything from a soothing, restorative mask to a detoxing clay mask to help exfoliate or clear breakouts. I also love to mask when I’m stressed (don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it) and it comes in really handy if you’re still WFH.  

Good to try:

Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask has become a firm favorite. Not only for it’s great results but I love the ritual of mixing up the powder into a paste that you then generously paint onto your skin. Glorious.

Apply better

We know Chinese women swear by using jade massage tools as part of their routines to keep themselves looking flawless. A quick Google search will also show you that the ancient Egyptians and Mayans believed in the cooling properties of jade to help assist massage in aiding muscle relief. Try incorporating a jade roller and a gua sha every second night into your bedtime routine as part of a facial massage. The benefits include improved circulation and lymphatic drainage so you end up looking more glowing, rested and less puffy.

Good to try:

The Gingerchi Jade Roller or the Jade Gua Sha popped in the fridge before you use it is an absolute treat. I like to use it to apply serums or oils to improve absorption of the products.

Buy smarter

Instead of grabbing the next product off the shelf that you think will work for your skin, take a bit of time to research what you are putting on your body. Look for ingredients and brands that you identify with – which can be anything from cruelty-free to completely plant-based, earth-friendly or sustainable, the key is to enjoy using it. If you love it, you’ll spend more time doing it and see better results.

Good to try:

One Love Organics Cleansing Oil is one of my absolute favorite cleansing products. The oil is incredible at melting off makeup and dirt while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture and pH balance. It smells delicious and is the perfect end to my day and start to my bedtime routine.

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