There was a time in my life when self-care was a non-negotiable. It was something I always did without even thinking about it. It was part of my routine, and I loved it. There was something so peaceful about creating that space to take care of myself, so that i had more to give to others.
Somewhere along the way I seemed to have lost that. Life has become so busy, that I forget to give myself any time for self-care.
I have been talking to a lot of clients recently about cultivating a self-care routine, and I realised how little of it I do for myself. I realised it was time to get back to the same kind of care I used to put into filling my soul cup.
I used to love Sundays. It was my day to do an at home beauty ritual –mini facial, bath, full body massage, then I’d go and listen to music on records. It was a moment of complete relaxation.
Little by little this changed, and I have never got that same time back.
So my mission is to take my own advice and get back to creating a healing self-care routine. When you spend so much time on work, or family life, you really need to regularly fill your soul cup so you can keep on giving.
So this Self-Care Sunday I have gone back to one of my favourite things to do –a mini spa day. I am giving myself a beautiful facial. Just because it’s a home facial, doesn’t mean it can’t be amazing (I guess considering I have worked in spas a lot as well, I have given just a few facials)
You don’t need expensive products or equipment – just a bit of time and some positive intentions.
I start my facial with a beautiful scrub (cleanse before if you are wearing make-up). You can make your own scrub, using oatmeal, sugar or salt, you can use a store bought one, I use this one.
Take the time and make sure you work every part of your face. Scrub in circular movements, to increase circulation, and increase the debris (old skin) you remove. Also working in a circular movement prevents dragging on your skin, which can increase aging.
Next I move on to facial steaming. Some people do this before a scrub, I do after, as I feel like my skin is clearer and more receptive to the steaming. You can either use plain boiling water, or add essential oils. I like to use herbs and flowers. Surprise, surprise!. You can use a combination of any flowers and herbs. Lavender, Rose and Calendula are great options for all skin types. If you have flowers and herbs in your garden, pick a few and see how you feel. Lemon peel is a good option for congested skin, as is rosemary. You can also buy pre made blends. I use this one.
After a steam, your skin is glowing! It is also really open to absorbing everything you apply, so make sure you use beautiful natural products.
At this point, it’s time for my favourite part – the face massage! Apply a gorgeous face oil – you can use Rosehip oil, Almond oil, apricot oil, or a combination such as this one (yes it’s my blend- I wanted to create the most amazing blend I could create).
Apply a few drops of oil to your face and start massaging. Start at the neck and work your way up, using circular movements. If you want, you can find some youtube videos of how you do a great face massage, but you can’t really go wrong. Spend about 10 minutes massaging your face, and if you’re feeling crazy, give yourself a scalp massage as well – add some oil to your hair for an extra treat! Try some figure 8’s around your eyes. Beautiful.
Leave the oil on, and now it’s time to apply your mask. You can use clay masks, homemade masks out of avocado, honey, yogurt, whatever you like depending on your skin type and what you are wanting to achieve. I use this one. which has matcha and pomegranate in it for a burst of antioxidants. Leave for 5-15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Add some cucumber slices over your eyes and have a lay down if you really want to get into spa mode.
Now it’s time to apply your finishing products. I am an oil lover, so I apply a few drops of my favourite oil, or coconut oil and give it a little massage in. Pay special attention to your eyes and any areas with fine lines.
Now put your feet up, sip on a cup of tea and enjoy the relaxation for a while.
How do you feel? Is there a little more peace and calm in your soul?
What do you do for your self-care?