Self-care can take many different forms and it’s different for everyone.
Meditation, exercise, reading, beauty treatments (think facials, manicures, etc…). But what about skincare?
Creating routines has really been helpful over the past 10 months in the sense that I do something for myself that just makes me feel better. Like, I’m not getting dressed up on the daily (not that I was before Pandemic life, but we had the occasional PTA meeting/GNO/Junior League event…). I’m not really wearing makeup (except for the occasional mascara), but developing a skincare routine has really made me feel like I’m doing something nice for myself, which is what self-care is all about right?
This quote from a 2018 HuffPo article resonated for me: “When you do a skincare routine, you’re usually alone, in your bathroom or somewhere quiet, and it’s just you and the mirror, there’s something slightly meditative about just sitting there and taking that 10 minutes just for you.”
Does that resonate with anyone else? I’m not a soak in the bubble bath kind of gal but relax with a mask while reading in bed? That’s totally my jam.
So I’ve tried a LOT of new products over the past almost year (though I still really want to try BeautyCounter, Glossier, the Olay Retinol line, Weleda SkinFood line, and The Ordinary, if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know!). Finding what works, what doesn’t and I think I’ve gotten it down, but as I said, I’m always looking for new elements and products. This is what’s working for me now.
Weekly: Once a twice a week I mask up. The ones I’ve loved are the Bliss Pumpkin Mask and really any Sheet Mask. I haven’t found ONE that I love and use regularly, but I generally enjoy the Yes To brand for sheet masks.
When I can I use my little jade roller or ice roller when I feel like my face is especially puffy. The one thing I haven’t consistently added is an eye cream – I got an inexpensive one from Trader Joes (oddly, I really like some of their beauty products – like their moisturizer, their eye cream, AND their sheet masks) but I haven’t consistently used it to incorporate fully into my routine and/or invest in a more expensive eye cream.
But skincare is something I’ve dove into over the past few months because unlike everything else in our lives these days, it’s something I feel like I can control. It’s a calming thing like I get a reset – I start my day with a fresh face, end the day feeling calm, and then each Sunday when I do my mask, I get a reset and know that I’m going into the week, literally with a fresh face.
Do you have a skincare routine?
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