The feeling of truly caring for ourselves gives us an unmatched feeling of accomplishment. A sustainable ritual is one that will nurture your soul each and every day.
I’m a huge fan of simple rituals, because they bring simple joy into our lives. Self-care rituals are a wonderful way to infuse more joy into your every day. Here are a few you can practice with ease:
Put on the kettle, steep your favorite tea and savor it. Try it in the morning for a nice start to the day. Or have some before you start dinner. This mid-afternoon pause serves as a great reset button – a chance to gather your thoughts, breathe deeply and prepare for the coming evening and bedtime routines. Here’s the recipe for the tea I make myself every single morning.
Gua Sha Facial
“Gua sha is a process in which a tool is scraped against the skin to the point that it creates mild bruising,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, Director of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “The goal of the treatment is to enhance blood flow to the skin.” Gua sha is best done after both cleansing the face and applying a facial oil.
Hold the gua sha tool with the curved side to your face and glide it gently up and out, starting with the neck, jawline, chin, and around the mouth, between three and five times per area. Then sweep across cheeks and gently glide under the eyes, across your eyebrows and from your forehead up to your hairline.
By applying an organic serum and then dragging the gua sha crystal along your face in broad even strokes from the neck up, you’ll see a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and notice a more firm complexion. What’s more, you can scrape and go with smoother, brighter, and younger-looking skin almost instantly — it maybe it takes five minutes to treat your whole face — without leaving home.
Multi-masking refers to the layering of more than one facial mask, or applying different masks to different parts of the face at the same time. Because your skin’s needs may vary on different areas of your face and neck—or maybe you want to address more than one skin issue—this method allows you to manage each one. Depending on your specific skin type or your goals, I recommend these masks:
You can always combine them and multi-mask if your skincare concerns are mixed. Follow the instructions on each for the best application method.
Lymphatic massage of the breasts is an essential tool to have in your holistic arsenal, as it supports and heals breast tissue, preventing toxic build-up and helping to clear toxins from the breasts. This act of self-love is innately soothing and healing, and encourages the body to emit anti-aging hormones such as prolactin, oxytocin, and estrogen. As an additional bonus, regular breast massage promotes perky, full breasts and prevents sagging as it tightens and tones the tendons and muscles of the breasts.
Every woman can practice self-massage of the breasts – there are so many incredible benefits!
Did you guy see that I color coordinated my bookshelf this week? Shared it on my IG stories. Yeah, that lockdown life. But honestly, this is a perfect time to catch up on all those books you’ve been putting off. Not sure where to start or need new recommendations?
Here are 5 books that have changed my life.
Stay safe and healthy