Wellbeing Wednesday: Skin Care IS Self Care.

WELLBEING WEDNESDAY

At Servilles Academy, we believe that looking after yourself should always be your number one priority. Particularly during times of uncertainty or change, practicing self care can play a huge part in maintaining your overall mental health and wellbeing.

In kindergarten, we learned the basics of good health: eat your fruits and veggies and move your body. But life has gotten a little more complicated since those glorious days of nap time, so it makes sense that our understanding of personal health has evolved too.

Enter self-care practices: an easy way to return to good routines, take some personal inventory of yourself, and restore your mind and body to pre-stress levels. You don’t need to go on a pricey retreat or spend the weekend in the middle of the woods–sometimes self-care can be easy as taking a few extra sips of water or splurging on a sheet mask or challenging yourself to use a new eyeshadow.

Below, we list a few easy ways you can relax, recharge, and refocus, all from the comfort of your own home.

Give your skin some extra love and attention.
Skin care, can be a wonderful way to practice self-care. Something as simple as massaging a serum into your skin can help relax both your mind and body. A nourishing facial oil not only feels indulgent as you press it into your skin, but it gives your skin a superpower boost with additional soothing and hydrating benefits. 

Master the art of face massage.
Reaches for a facial roller and a serum, rolling for about 10 delicious minutes. To raise the bar, you can chill the roller in the fridge beforehand to perform a lymphatic drainage massage, which can reduce puffiness. A jade roller is perfect for the job.

Treat yourself with a facial mask.
Facial masks are to self-care as avocado is to toast. Treat your skin to a hydrating mask at least once a week. After cleansing and using a gentle scrub, apply a luxurious mask and relax for 15 to 20 minutes. Try this on a Sunday night, and wake up on Monday ready to go. Masks not only hydrates, but improves skin elasticity, smooths wrinkles and calms skin.

Play with makeup.
Taking care of yourself doesn’t always have to be practical. Playing with makeup can be a fun way to de-stress, test your creative limits, and try a bold new look. Even if you don’t leave the house in your gold eye makeup and all your grunge makeup looks are saved in a secret selfie folder, making time to treat yourself is an outstanding way to give yourself some self love. Try recreating a look from your instagram saved photos, or take a look at our instagram for some inspo!

Fuel your body with the nutrients it craves.
Everything—from the food you eat, the sleep you get, the exercise you do and the way you ‘talk’ to yourself—is an opportunity for self-care. In fact, some of the most powerful forms of self-care can be some of the most mundane. Take eating, for example: Do you fuel your body with nutrients? Something as simple as taking your vitamins or mixing a powder supplement, into your morning water or smoothie is a way to fit self-care into your daily routine.

Take a dip.
The bath is a centerpiece of self-care, especially when the water is spiked with bubbles, epsom salt or oils. We love lush bath bombs—made with natural ingredients and essential oils—to ease muscle tension and melt away stress as you inhale its soothing scent.

Change your mindset on hydration (it’s not a chore!)
According to every skincare expert, water can solve nearly all of our problems. Headache? Drink some water. Always hungry? You might just be thirsty; drink some water. Skin problems? Drink some water. We know it can be uninspiring (ok, boring) to drink enough water every day—so we like to give it some flair. Add a few slices of fruit or a sprig of herbs (lemon and basil, lime and mint, orange and fennel?) and pour it into a stylish reusable water bottle. You’ll suddenly be looking for excuses to drink more water.

Inhale calm, exhale stress.
There’s breathing, and then there’s breathing. Try starting your day with 10 to 20 minutes to yourself—just breathing and meditating. You can sit in your favourite quiet place, close your eyes, and inhale to the count of four. Suspend your breath for four. Exhale for four. Repeat this breathing rhythm for a few minutes. If you’re not used to the stillness try yoga instead and don’t let inner thoughts deter you from practicing breathing and mini-meditation to clear your mind and find a greater sense of inner peace.

Create a wind-down ritual.
Rather than go from endless Instagram scroll straight to bed, try giving yourself time to relax at the end of each day. Take a bath or hot shower and massage a soothing body oil into your skin and try focus on your breathing and mindfulness. By the time you climb into bed, you’ll be fully relaxed with a clear mind. Use your favourite massage oil with a herb-rich formula to  focus on your achy muscles.