5 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care That Also Benefit Your Skin
Self-care is supposed to be relaxing, but actually practicing it can feel like yet another item to cross off of your never-ending to-do list. We’ll go ahead and blame our love of social media for making us think that #selfcare means cooking the perfect meal or indulging in daily yoga sessions (all documented with picture-perfect photography). But it’s important to remember that self-care doesn’t have to be an elaborate, hours-long activity. Taking care of yourself looks different for everyone, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it; the goal is simply to be a happier and healthier you. Here, we’re sharing some of our favorite simple ways to practice self-care that also happen to benefit our skin (like masking and facial rolling), depending on how much time we have.
If you have two minutes … try double cleansing.
If cleansing at the end of your day typically involves swiping on a micellar water-soaked cotton pad, double cleansing will feel like a real treat. The method involves massaging a cleansing balm (or any oil-based cleanser) to remove makeup, sunscreen and excess oil, and then following up with a water-based cleanser, like a foam formula, to get rid of dirt, sweat and other impurities for a thorough cleanse.
If you have five minutes … use a facial roller.
Facial rolling can help promote lymphatic drainage, make your serums and treatment products absorb more effectively and give you a glow, not to mention it just feels relaxing. We’re fans of the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Face & Neck Citrine Roller. Check out this guide to facial massage techniques for tips on how to use a roller.
If you have 15 minutes … apply a new face mask.
Putting on a face mask is like getting a free pass to kick back and do absolutely nothing. After 15 to 20 minutes, you and your skin will feel rejuvenated. These are some of our favorite masks for a self-care moment.
If you have 20 minutes … give yourself a facial.
Have a little bit more time? Bring the spa to your bathroom by giving yourself an at-home facial. All you need is a cleanser, a scrub or peel, a serum, an eye cream and a nourishing moisturizer.
If you have 30 minutes or more … take a bath and follow with a body scrub.
A long bath complete with a bath foam (the Kiehl’s Lavender Foaming-Relaxing Bath is heavenly), candles and any other touches that make you feel zen is the ultimate self-care activity. After your soak, give yourself a full-body scrub using a dry brush, a body exfoliator or a body exfoliation towel.
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