Self-care means a lot of different things right now. Sometimes it means going for a walk when I’ve been staring at my screen all day, sometimes it means having a glass of wine, and sometimes it means I go a little overboard with my beauty treatments. Of course, an at-home Spa-Day isn’t going to instantly fix everything, but it's nice to take the time to do something just for me.
One of the most soothing activities I give myself is a nice, long bath. I always add bath salts, either Himalayan or delicious Apothecary Bath Salts. Did you know bath salts have been proven to help with physical ailments? The minerals in the Himalayan salt are detoxifying, and perfect for counteracting stress. If I'm in the mood for bubbles, I squirt a little bit of the Heales Body Wash for a private foam party. Sometimes I bring a book, and a glass of wine or an herbal tea depending on my mood. But mostly, I end up closing my eyes and fantasizing about the first vacation I’ll go on when the pandemic is over. This is my time… I want to enjoy it.
Self-care doesn’t have to mean a long, luxurious hour either. You can start working self-care into your everyday routine in as little as five minutes a day. That’s why I dry brush on the daily. The Heales Dry Brush is the best I've found - it’s firm without being too stiff or scratchy. It’s the Goldilocks of dry brushes. I use it with their amazing Body Oil and it makes the skin on my body positively glow.
If there's one silver-lining about COVID, it's that you can do some self-care during the workday. Applying Princess Eye Patches before an important Zoom will give you an instant pick-me-up (and can make you look like you had a full 8 hours’ sleep when you only had 4).
If I have the time, I like to throw on a Hair Therapy sheet mask after shampooing. Fifteen minutes later, I have glossy, shiny, and well-defined curls.
When I really want to up my Self-Care game, I take the time to set the mood. Aromatherapy is a kind of balm, too, especially when it looks as good as this little brass oil burner. I put a little bit of lavender essential oil in there, and I feel the stress melt away. Plus, looking at pretty things always calms me down. That’s why it’s so hard to quit Instagram. If you’re into it, the Sculptural Cast iron Incense Burner is just as striking. Incense and essential oils are like Gigi and Bella Hadid - they're sisters, but they have very different vibes. I'm not a pampered supermodel, but sometimes when I’m fresh from a soak + mask, and I’m walking around in a fluffy towel, I kind of feel like one. And that’s enough for right now.