Self-care is the latest buzz phrase on lifestyle blogs. And to be honest, I’m all for it.
Carving out time for a pampering session can be difficult at times, but it’s so worth it – whether I’m recharging after a long day mid-week, admitting my old age and spending Friday night in the bath with a red wine, or going through my routine on a Sunday eve to feel equipped for the week ahead, here is my current routine.
Please note, washing my hair is in no way a relaxing activity, so I don’t include it in a tranquil pamper routine. Do you ladies feel the same way?
Never a huge bath taker as a teen / young adult, since the advent of iPads and YouTube, I find whiling away time in the tub a breeze.
My secret? I watch a heap of YouTube videos to relax. I am a huge fan of Lisa Eldridge, but I’ve also recently come to love Vivianna Does Makeup. Their British accents relax me and there’s something weirdly mesmerising about watching someone else put on makeup. Weird, but it works!
Lifting weights can leave me sore, so I love to put Radox Muscle Soak in the bath, along with anything from the I love… range (currently on Mango & Papaya). For sore muscles, I also love massaging in some clove and mint Muscle Magic from Endota Spa.
I recently started using Frank Coffee Scrub. It leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft, but it does turn your bath to dirt, so save it for towards the end...
When I’m indulging, my favourite ‘moisturiser’, for both body and face, is coconut oil. It is seriously so good for your skin, and smells amazing. I also sometimes use it as a hair treatment.
Thanks to Lisa Eldridge, I am having a long love affair with Bioderma Crealine. Dubbed ‘the lazy girl’s cleanser’, I absolutely love this product and use it to take off every skerrick of makeup and dirt during my pampering routine. Super gentle on your skin, it also takes no time at all. I have fairly dry skin so I then put on Endota’s rosehip & myrrh face mask – you can also wear it overnight as a night cream.
Kate Somerville products are supre expensive, but really do work. I forked out for the Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream and I love it. You only need a teensy bit so this bottle is going a long way. I have used some Dermalogica sample eye creams recently too, so might try those next.
I then slather on Ren’s Frankincense Night Cream which smells amazing and is a lovely smooth consistency. I’m also a bit captivated by Malin + Goetz products at the moment, so am trying out their Vitamin E moisturiser.
As you can see, I do love to have an array of products around for the routine! Some work, some just make me feel good via smell or nourishment.
Either way, soaking in the bath and smothering creams on seems to relax me so I’m sticking with it.
What do you do for self-care? Do you use any lovely products I should be trying?