The one thing that we, who are privileged enough to #stayhome to do our part, can indulge in for the sake of our mental health is SELF CARE.
Routine & Ritual
The COVID-19 outbreak can take an emotional toll on anyone, as it elicits anxiety, stress, feelings of uncertainty and grief. Take it easy on yourself. If you find your thoughts racing and heart palpitating, take a step back, stop reading the news, and breathe deeply. Take a long, warm shower, inhaling deeply as you scrub your skin . Don’t rush through your routine, Take your time with application and pay more attention to massaging your face. Warming up the muscles, boosts blood circulation and enhances absorption of ingredients. It also allows for lymphatic drainage, and reduces puffiness and fluid retention.
If you want to take it a step further consider adding facial massage tools, such as a jade rollers. It massages your face, which in turn also boosts drainage.
Gut & Skin
Now that you’re home and cooking more, it’s time to take control of your gut health. Good gut health builds up your body’s ability to fight infection and prevent inflammation, which also protects your lungs and other vital organs. That aside, it is also the secret to getting clear complexion. Start off by introducing probiotics into your diet with fermented foods such as tempeh, kimchi, and kefir. These introduce good bacteria — while killing off the bad ones — along with vitamins and antioxidants into your system. Avoid dairy, and other inflammatory foods. Add more Omega-3 fats found in fatty fish, chia seeds and flaxseeds, and vitamin C-rich vegetables, which can fight free radicals that break down collagen in your skin. Watch as your complexion starts to glow.
Change the way you shop
As tempting it is to step out of the house even though we’re not on a lockdown, it’s recommended to stay home to flatten the curve. If you’ve run out of skincare, shop from the many options available online. Many of our favorite skincare shops are temporarily closed, check websites to see if they give an online order option for pick up or delivery. Support local businesses as much as you can.
Treat your skin as gently as you should your soul