Did you know that there is such a thing as a “Self-Care Week?” In the U.S., it’s celebrated every second week of November, and is recognized as an annual national awareness week that focuses on “embedding support for self-care.”
Inspired by this, we at Beauty Beat have decided to declare our own self-care season, and guess what? It starts right now. We’ve listed down five simple ways on how you can bring more self-care into your daily routine, so you can look and feel more refreshed and rejuvenated—all without spending too much time and effort. Who’s with us?
Self-Care Tip #1: Pencil in a long bath.
Always rushing in the shower? Schedule one day a week when you can stay in the bath for as long as you like, complete with your fluffy loofah and a relaxing Spotify playlist. While you’re at it, treat your tresses to a repairing mask. (It only takes 20 to 30 minutes!) Try the Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask, P899, which is infused with nourishing Argan oil, a.k.a. the liquid gold of hair care.
Self-Care Tip #2: Chill your skin care.
You’ve probably heard this before: Putting your moisturizers and serums in the fridge is a good idea, since the cool temp makes them extra soothing when applied over skin and also helps in reducing puffiness. But these are not the only benefits. The fridge can actually also help extend your product’s shelf life, adding extra months to your precious potions.
For a super relaxing moisturizing experience, try the Skin Doctors Supermoist Face, P2,499, a gel-like cream that feels extra gratifying when cold.
Self-Care Tip #3: Try a warm (not hot) sheet mask.
Yes, you read that right. This might seem counterintuitive especially after our previous tip, but wearing a heated sheet mask also qualifies a relaxing skin treat—especially if you spend most of your days in air-conditioned rooms or have dry skin. Similar to the effect of steaming during facials, the heat helps open up your pores, allowing skin to soak up more of the good stuff from your mask. (It feels quite soothing, too!) Simply drop the unopened packet in a bowl of hot water for less than a minute, before proceeding to apply.
Self-Care Tip #4: Go slow with application.
Instead of slathering on your skin care products hastily, try being more intentional with your movements by slowly moving your hands over your face, like you’re giving yourself a facial massage. Just an additional minute or two can make a huge difference, and turns a boring step into something more pleasurable.
The same goes with makeup application! Enjoy extra pleasure points if you use a super-soft brush, like the BYS Synthetic Oval Contour Brush, P899.
Self-Care Tip #5: Indulge in relaxing scents.
Our sense of smell can greatly affect our emotions, so don’t underestimate the power of fragrance. Lavender and peppermint are known to be very calming, so you can’t go wrong with infusing these into your routine, whether by diffusing it or adding a drop of the essential oil into your skin care product.
Of course, the quickest way to tickle your olfactory system is by spritzing on your body fragrance of choice. Make sure to spray on pulse points (behind the ears, wrists, elbows, and knees) to make the scent last longer.