Maintaining your Beauty + Body at Home
Do you feel overwhelmed, overworked, and like you’re never able to get anything done? Many of us, in the midst of staying home, are balancing too many responsibilities — constantly faced with the next task we feel like we should be working on. Cleaning, cooking, answering emails, fixing that thing in the house that's been broken for a little too long, taking out the trash — it’s a never-ending list. It’s an easy trap to fall into, and often, caring for ourselves is at the bottom of that list (when it should really be at the top!)
Truth is, you’re probably doing too much. As it turns out, overworking is bad for your health, AND makes you less efficient at your job.
The truth is, when we are better cared for, we do a better job of caring for everything else. We become more relaxed, and less stressed, and surprisingly, more efficient. It has been proven that we are more successful when we engage in self-care. Not sure where to start? Consider these ideas:
Take a Soak
We know, we know. Taking a bath takes time, and you have too much to do.
Consider this: bathing has been proven to increase circulation, reduce muscle pain, and relieve stress. The steam can also help you breathe better, while the warm water softens your skin. With a loofah or body brush and razor handy, you can easily integrate your shaving and exfoliating routine, turning this “luxury” into a relaxing, productive, and health boosting break. Try it once a week and adjust as you feel necessary!
Simplify Your Beauty Routine
Looking beautiful does not mean you have to apply a full face of makeup every day. Carving out 30+ minutes out of your already busy day to apply the same face of makeup is not only redundant, but also adds to your already-packed schedule. This isn’t to say that daily makeup routines aren’t awesome, but you can achieve the same results by working smarter, and in a way that’s better for your complexion. Also, less product means more opportunity for the skin to breathe (and less breakouts to cover up!)
With just a few changes, you can drastically reduce the amount of time spent on getting ready and save your skin, wallet, and sanity in the process.
- Consider reducing the number of products you use by switching to a moisturizing primer, or opting for a tinted BB or CC cream instead of the standard foundation, highlight, and contour.
- Skip the daily application of lashes, liner, and mascara, and instead opt for at-home lash extensions (say goodbye raccoon eyes and hello to waking up in style!). With this option, all you need to do is wake up and wash your face to be ready to tackle the day’s challenges.
- Invest in a cream blush and use the same color to dab on your lips, eyes, and cheeks for a cohesive and stress-less makeup look.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Want to be more energetic and less stressed? Consider swapping out one of your daily cups of coffee with water. Proper hydration allows your body to run more smoothly, providing you with the energy you need to get tasks done. In addition to being energizing, water helps clear up your skin, leaving you with fewer breakouts, less-intense dark circles, and even fewer wrinkles.
Forget to hydrate? Consider a 32 or 64oz reusable water bottle you can keep next to your workspace as a reminder. Plus, you can always use a Nano Ionic Mister to refresh your parched skin!
Life is stressful, and the grind is never-ending, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. With these few small changes in your routine, you will not only be more energized, but also more physically and emotionally capable to handle the challenges ahead. Take these few steps for self care and avoid dreaded burnout — long-term, you will only get as much out of your body as you put into it!