Self-care is having a moment and for good reason, we could all do with a little more TLC in 2021. These 5 practices are easy to fit into daily life and we promise if you make them habit, you will soon feel healthier and happier in your skin.
The benefits of massage have been known for centuries, for the Ancient Greeks it was a regular ritual. Unfortunately modern life means we need quick fixes that we can fit into our busy schedules. Body brushing is an easy daily habit that gives huge benefits when done consistently: It helps to detoxify the body by increasing circulation and promoting lymph drainage. Things to look forward to are smoother skin, reduction in cellulite, fewer in-grown hairs (as it’s exfoliating) and above all energy as it invigorates the skin. For best results use a natural bristle brush, work in circular motions always towards the heart and hop in the shower afterwards to wash away any dead skin cells.
Nothing makes you feel as good as that just-stepped-out-of-a-salon hair and good hair health starts with the scalp. The Salon Science range is scientifically formulated using rare plant extracts and ground breaking plant stem-cell technology to calm and soothe a distressed scalp. Infused with Aquacacteen Organic Cactus, hair is hydrated and left feeling glossy and vibrant. Run a bath, apply your hair mask, kick back and enjoy some much needed me time – all while the mask does the hard work and gets your hair back to a place you can be proud of.
Gua Sha, also known as skin scraping, is an ancient (Stone Age kind of ancient) practice, it began to take its modern shape when used in Chinese medicine and was effective at treating chronic pain. Today, many use it as a beauty practice which incorporates a Gua Sha tool (usually a round smooth gem stone, with a groove in it) to assist lymphatic drainage (flushing out toxins) resulting in a more toned and sculpted appearance. Get started by watching this video which goes into the basic technique.
They are our trusty carriers, working so hard to move us from a to b, we owe them a bit of love. If you have stubborn callouses on your heels, adding Epsom salts to your bath can help soften them, use a foot scrub to exfoliate and a pumice stone on areas that need a little more work. Finally massage in a foot comforting lotion that soothes and hydrates.
Spend less time on social media
Comparison is a sure way to feel worse about yourself. Have a healthy relationship with social media and make sure you aren’t spending too much time mindlessly scrolling through Insta stories. Instead pick up a book, take a walk in nature or learn to meditate. These are much healthier habits for a happier mind and body and ultimately a life you love.
Words: Jade Smith
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