I have been meaning to do this post for the longest time and I finally feel ready to post it. Relaxing is something that a lot of us dream about, but never actually get around to doing half the time. Everyone has their own reasons, but the stresses of life do definitely take over a good bit of traditional "me time". You don't have to spend all the money in the world to pamper yourself and the best part about this post is that you can use whatever products you like, the products I use are part of my personal regime and that is why I'm using them as an example of how I relax. I am going to be doing a series of three posts and the next two posts to follow will be "Total Relax Hair Care Edition" and the "Total Relax Body Care Edition" I really hope you enjoy this post and that it inspires you to take a bit of time out, even if its just for 10 minutes of the day. I find that my skincare and make-up routines are the best ways to help me relax, but I have also included a little list of other things that might help.
Start your journey of relaxation by cleansing your face with your favourite cleanser, ideally one that is purifying but non stripping of the natural oils of your skin. I use the Elemis Rosepetal Cleansing Milk which is very nourishing and perfect for a treat.
Follow by using an exfoliating skin scrub to reduce the build up of dead skin, this step will also add natural radiance to your complexion. I use the Yon-Ka Gurana scrub which contains two exfoliants (Gurana and Organic Brown Rice), which also helps to detoxify the skin.
Then choose a mask which is suitable for your skin. Clay masks are usually better for oily/combination types and a creamy or gel textured mask for skin that needs more hydration and care. I use the Elemis Fruit Rejuvenating mask, which smells beautiful and is a real pick me up. It is fabulous for normal/combo/dry skin types and helps to restore a glowing complexion.
After indulging with a mask of your choice use a toner if you have one to help restore your skins natural PH levels. I use the Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner which has become one of my all time favourite skincare products. It smells beautiful and is a fantastic soothing toner, which also gives the skin a natural healthy glow.
Moisturizing your skin is extremely important and even oily skin types need moisture. Use this stage to really complete the total relax facial. Use circular movements when applying the moisturiser, by doing this you will help to remove toxins, as well as providing the tissues with oxygen. I use the Elemis Fresh Skin Dreamy Sleep Moisturiser, which helps to replenish the skin overnight.
Finally don't forget to treat your eyes and lips as well, I use the Elemis absolute eye mask which is a mask specifically for the eye area, It also has loads of lovely ingredients including cornflower.
Just 10 minutes can help to reduce stress, so don't let stress take over your life for the sake of giving up 10 minutes of your day.
Stress Relief Tips
- A relaxing bath with your favourite products
- Indulge in some relaxing skincare
- Download "Headspace" a fantastic app for Apple and Android
- Drink Herbal Tea's their natural ingredients are a great help
- Take three deep breaths
- Write down only the good parts of your day
- Download your favourite natural sounds or some zen music
I would love to know your thoughts about this post and feel free to share your own relaxation tips, as well as the brands you like to use to pamper yourself.