Self Care At Home
I know this may come as a shock, so you might want to sit down- you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to feel good about yourself. In the words of Chandler Bing- WHAT...a concept. With countless perfectly curated photos of the most gorgeous bath set ups you’ve ever seen and women in robes with face masks sipping champagne, it’s impossible not to take notice of this new wave of self care culture. Do you know what the best part about it is? You don’t need to leave your house to achieve next level relaxation nation. There are countless affordable ways to #selfcaresunday right in the comfort of your own home:
Gua Sha- It actually surprises me how many people don’t know what gua sha-ing is. It’s an ancient Chinese practice that was originally used for purposely creating tissue damage resulting in medical benefits and immunity. Now it’s taken a modern spin and has proven to reduce inflammation and boost circulation in the face, creating a more youthful look and improved complexion. Sold yet? The actual tool itself is inexpensive, just make sure you educate yourself before starting because you must do it correctly for it to be effective. Britta Beauty hands down has the best tutorials, she also has her own Gua sha tool.
Jade rolling- The lazy girls Gua sha. Again, an ancient Chinese practice. They really know their shit, huh? Jade rolling reduces inflammation, accelerates circulation, and supposedly balances your chi. Sure- why not? I made the mistake of buying a cheap one off amazon and it wound up being meh quality and breaking within six months so I suggest investing in a better product. Pro tip- keep it in the freezer for added refreshment.
Biore- I dare you to find something as inexpensive and satisfying as Ultra Deep Biore Strips. I literally put them all over my face and just rip away. Don’t laugh, you know it’s true.
Sheet masks- Simple and classic self care practice that will leave you looking like Michael Myers for a bit, but the results will be worth it. Finding a go to sheet mask that works for your skin type will leave you feeling #blessed. Tony Moly and Patchology are great, affordable brands.
Dry Brushing- This practice is detoxifying, promotes lymphatic drainage, and allegedly reduces cellulite. I’ll take it...even if it’s alleged. This one kind of has that “hurts so good” effect and should be done before hopping in the shower all the dry skin it leaves behind washes off. Try this one from Nordstrom.
Baths- You’re either a bath person or not, I happen to be one. They’re relaxing and limit you from doing pretty much anything for however long you choose to stay in. Optimize the experience by putting on your favorite playlist, lighting some candles, and throw in some salts. If you’re looking to detox, I love these.
Shower with aromatherapy oil or eucalyptus- Get yourself some essential oils and drop them onto the shower floor while running your shower (be careful where you place them to avoid it getting slippery...I’m officially my mother). My personal faves are lavender due to its calming effects, and eucalyptus. You can also hang eucalyptus from your shower head to create the same results.