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I am assuming that some of you don’t really have a good idea on what to do when it comes to self-care. You don’t know where to start, what to buy, and how to use those products. Or maybe you already have some products at home but are interested in learning about new or different products.
This is where I come in today.
Now self-care can mean any number of things. It can mean daily meditation, working out, talking to your mum on the phone, or setting aside some alone time to watch your favourite rom com. And in that case, you do you.
But if you want to shake things up a bit, or just straight up try something new, I am sharing some of my favourite products that I use, and also sharing some products that I would love to use as well.
Like I said above, self-care isn’t limited to beauty products and spending money. You can just take the time to do something special for yourself and that can rejuvenate you enough. I’m all about learning how to listen to your body and mind and make the right decision for yourself and what you need.
I personally LOVE a self-care night that includes face masks, hair masks, exfoliation, essential oils, pizza, chocolate, a glass of wine, and some of my favourite romantic comedies all by myself. That is my ideal version of winding down and clearing my head. I absolutely love it.
Some of these products I use daily as they’re part of my regular skincare routine. Some of the other products I use every once in awhile and I’ve made sure to section off this post by how often I use them.
Hover over any product name throughout this post and click to be taken to where you can buy it on the internet, or learn more about the product.
I use Micellar water to remove my makeup daily. It’s inexpensive, lasts forever, and is much better for the environment than using the makeup wipes that I used to use every single day. I use a little dab of the Origins Zero Oil face cleanser and put it on my Magnitone cleansing brush to wash my face after I take my makeup off.
And by the way, I highly suggest you invest in a cleansing brush. It cleans the face so much more effectively and exfoliates your skin. It has been one of the best things I’ve done for my skincare routine. I had a Clarisonic that I really liked back in the States but it broke so D bought me this Magnitone for Christmas last year and it still works just as well as it did when I first got it so I would highly recommend that one, and it’s cheaper, so win win.
I then use The Ordinary’s Vitamin C oil all over my face in the am, and their Caffeine Solution under my eyes to help with puffiness and skin discoloration in both am and pm. And then I finish with a face moisturiser. I’m trying out some new moisturisers at the moment and trying to find my favourite affordable one so once I do, I’ll be sure to provide an update. I have used The Ordinary’s moisturiser and it is good and gets the job done. If you’re not too picky and want something affordable, I would suggest this one.
I also want to talk a little bit about toner. I don’t currently use one but have been thinking about adding it to my skincare routine. My best friend just started trying out The Body Shop’s oil control toner and LOVES IT. And I think I may actually go try that one out as well when I venture out of the house next.
In the evening, I use the Niacinamide and Zinc oil which helps reduce inflammation instead of the Vitamin C one as you’re not supposed to used them at the same time as they combat each other. Make sure you do your research when setting up a skincare routine.
About two to three times a week, I will do a face mask. I can’t suggest just one to you because I have thousands and it depends on what problems you’re facing and what results you want. As a generalisation, The Body Shop has amazing face masks. I personally love the Pollution Clearing mask and the Charcoal mask. And you can never go wrong with a face mask from Lush as well. If you want more specific suggestions, shoot me a message and I’ll try to help out.
Twice a week I do a chemical peel to clear out my face of dead skin cells and reduce acne scarring and wrinkles. I use The Ordinary peel and it does an okay job on a budget. If you have more money to spend, I would highly suggest the Dr. Dennis Gross Chem Peel Pads. They are amazing and worth the money in my opinion.
Recently, I’ve been trying to put some colour into my skin as I am the palest I’ve ever been. I usually would use tanning beds, but in an effort to stay away from the UV radiation, I have bought a self tanning face oil that I mix with my moisturiser, and a gradual tanning body lotion by St. Tropez. Since I’ve only recently started this, I can’t give a proper review so stay tuned on my Instagram and I will be sure to keep you updated. I will say that I love the body lotion so far as it moisturises my skin so well, and doesn’t have a strong tan smell to it.
Spa Day Skincare
When I’m ready for an all out spa night or self-care night, my basket of products comes out.
I love getting out one of the Lush salt scrubs before turning the shower on and exfoliating my entire body. As soon as I rinse it off, my skin feels like a newborn baby’s skin. It is the best feeling. And as soon as I get out of the shower, I lube up with La Bang’s coconut oil for body moisture and I am as supple as can be. Which is saying a lot for someone who suffers with psoriasis and incredibly dry skin all the time.
And yes my psoriasis plagues my scalp as well, which is probably the most problematic spot on my body as I get very itchy and flaky. I can use prescription products full of chemicals or the T-Gel shampoo which is also full of chemicals and smells terrible, or I can use natural products. I choose the natural products most of the time as I think they will help more in the long term. Tea tree oil helps significantly (and can also be used as an acne spot treatment). If you mix it with almond oil, you can make a scalp mask treatment. It can actually help with hair regrowth as well. However I do use the T-Gel shampoo if it gets really bad.
If I’m going to do a scalp mask, I might as well do a hair mask as well. You can buy these all over the place now, but coconut oil is the best ever for your hair. It can really save your strands. You can add jojoba oil to it or other essential oils for some aromatherapy. It’s up to you and you can find thousands of at home hair masks online at any time.
Ready to run a bath? Epsom salts for sore muscles. If you’re doing heavy workouts, these are the trick. And if you just want something relaxing that smells amazing, head to Lush. Either get a bath bomb, bubble bar, or one of the bath oils (the green one is my favourite), you’ll be in heaven. Lush has the best products for an amazing bath.
Other Self-Care Items
Invest in a diffuser. It can be so calming. You can turn it on a half hour before getting into bed and fall asleep to the lavender scent. And if you have a fiance who hates the smell of lavender and forbids this, you can buy an essential oil roll on from Tisserand and use that to calm down and fall asleep. Every time I use this, my eyes feel just a little bit more droopy. It works wonders.
If you don’t want to invest in a diffuser, head to HomeSense UK and pick up a few candles. The Breathe one has rosemary and eucalyptus and makes me feel so zen. I light this before doing yoga sometimes and it really relaxes me. They have a ton of amazing scented candles in all sizes and tend to be much cheaper than Yankee candle.
I’m not going to go too much into meditation, but if you are looking to get into it, I would suggest the Headspace app. There’s an English guy who takes you through it and his voice is so calming. I’ve actually tried the meditation pack for sleep and I drifted right off. If you have trouble getting to sleep, try this out.
If you’re giving yourself a manicure and/or pedicure, I would have to highly recommend the L’Occitane hand and foot cream. They’re full of shea butter and seriously penetrate the skin to provide intense moisture. And here’s a trick for you – even if you’re not doing a mani/pedi – put on the foot cream before bed with socks on, and hand cream right before you fall asleep so you can let it soak into your skin as you sleep. Over time, you will be a lot less dry from this daily routine.
*Currently reminding myself to get back into this habit.
And if you’re anything like me, you have terrible dry feet. Invest in a peely foot mask and do it once a month. Once I started this, my feet looked so much better, I actually wasn’t offended by them anymore. They were so callused and dry that I would wear socks 24/7 so the dry skin wouldn’t snag on anything. I know, gross. But since I’ve started doing the peeling foot masks, they have looked like normal feet! Hallelujah. However, I still wear socks 24/7 because I love socks and hate cold feet.
And that’s pretty much it for now. There are so many products out there these days that can help you in every way possible. But all the products mentioned above have been used by me and it’s something I truly like or believe in, otherwise I wouldn’t be talking about it.
If you missed any of the links in the text above, feel free to scroll back through the photos above to find what you’re looking for. The text below here are all clickable links to the products which may be easier to actually see what it is. And please please please let me know if a link isn’t working, if you need more specific suggestions, or if you just want to chat more about self-care and other products. I LOVE talking about this so do not hesitate getting in touch, especially if you want any suggestions.The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% • The Ordinary • $6.70
This Works Deep Sleep Bath Oil • This Works • £34.56
St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Oil • St. Tropez • £25
St. Tropez St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Face Lotion Light/Medium 50ml • St. Tropez • £12.32
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Lotion • St. Tropez • £9.72
OGX Nourishing Coconut Oil Hydrating Mist 118ml • OGX • £6.99
OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil 100ml • £4.90
Shea Butter Hand Cream • L’Occitane • £8–21
Shea Butter Foot Cream • L’Occitane • £8–21
Oh K! Exfoliating Peeling Foot Gel Mask • £8.50
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution • The Ordinary • £6.25
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil 30ml • The Ordinary • £9
The Ordinary Healthy Skin Set • The Ordinary • £30.50
The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F 30ml • The Ordinary • £14.90
The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer 30ml • The Ordinary • £3.90
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% High Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula 30ml • The Ordinary • £5
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA – Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA • The Ordinary • £6.75
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Hydration Support Formula 30ml • The Ordinary • £5.90
Almond Milk Concentrate • L’Occitane • £12.50–42
Ouai Haircare 250gr Scalp & Body Scrub • Ouai • £36
Kitsch Jade Crystal Facial Roller • $24
Relaxing Massage Oil • L’Occitane • £24
What are you absolute favourite self-care products that you can’t live without? Comment below!