You're constantly overworked. The household chores aren't going to finish themselves on their own. You've got people to take care of, responsibilities to uphold. And at night, when you finally have time to relax? You probably can't wait for your head to touch the pillow and lose yourself in a blissful night of dreaming. Amidst all the things you had to do, though, there is one thing you may have missed out on – it's taking time out for yourself.
With a fast-paced lifestyle that's somehow only gotten worse due to the pandemic, it's safe to say that our physical and mental health has taken a backseat as we grapple with the reality of a grave situation. However, understanding that self-care is necessary for our survival is so important. Oftentimes we assume that we're essentially like machines – constantly going with no stoppage. But we're human beings – and we deserve kindness, even if it is just from ourselves. So if you want to take some time out to be kind to your body and do some R&R to make life a little lighter, even for a few minutes, here are the five ways you can indulge in self-care. Yes, on a super busy day too.
- 01. Do some hair care
- 02. Rejuvenate your skin with sheet masks
- 03. Work out
- 04. Give yourself an at-home facial
- 05. Pamper your body
01. Do some hair care
You know over-stressing is bad for your skin, but did you know it's bad for your hair too? Not to give you another thing to worry about, but stress can cause hair fall and make your hair dull too. But we've got a top-notch fix for you – next time you're about to hop in the shower, take out five minutes from your schedule, and use the Dove Intense Damage Repair Hair Mask. First up, it's super easy to use and doesn't take too long to work its magic either. All you need to do is scoop a little bit of the mask, apply it to your hair and leave it on for 3-5 minutes, and rinse. It's got 1/4th moisturising cream that deeply nourishes your hair, and of course, salon-favourite keratin actives that repair hair damage like no other. Use it twice a week, and you'll see the results in no time.
02. Rejuvenate your skin with sheet masks
Is there a better feeling than laying down on your bed after a stressful day and putting on a cooling sheet mask to cleanse your worries away? And even better, when the sheet mask brightens up your skin and hydrates it too? Yeah, we didn't think so. So the next time you're yearning for some self-care on a busy day, turn off the lights, turn on some lo-fi beats, light a scented candle, and put on the Pond’s Brightening Sheet Mask With Vitamin C And 100% Natural Pineapple. Its balanced combination of 100% natural pineapple extracts and Vitamin C gives your skin an instant glow. Plus, it’s dermatologically tested, free of harmful ingredients like alcohol and parabens, and made out of 100% biodegradable fabric. Glowing skin, and you're stress-free? We love to see it.
03. Work out
It's been said time and time again, but it’s true. Working out is a great stress-buster, and there are literally no downsides to it. Plus, afterwards, your skin will feel healthy and will glow, too, since you'll have an increased blood flow. Feel-good endorphins are always good to have! And you don't have to take too much time either. You can do something as simple as going for a 30-minute walk or do a quick 15-minute workout, and you'll still get the same results.
04. Give yourself an at-home facial
Stressful, hectic days mean no time to go to a spa and get a luxurious, hour-long facial. But instead of losing hope, you've got to take matters into your own hands now and then. If you want a salon-like feel at home with none of the planning or the time-consuming effort, opt for the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Facial Kit. An easy to use DIY regime that contains all the goodies you'd normally get in a salon facial – like a face wash, scrub, massaging cream, mask, and a brightening cream – you'll have a fresh-out-of-the-salon vibe in no time and a radiant glow to match!
05. Pamper your body
Exercising and eating healthy is a great start, but you need to exfoliate and use body lotion to relax your body truly. We know it sounds trivial, but doing something as simple as that can help relax your muscles and relieve tensions – especially if you take a quick hot water shower. Use the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Crushed Macadamia and Rice Milk for fresh, exfoliated skin. It contains skin-loving ingredients like macadamia that fights skin-ageing and moisturises and rice milk that lightens and brightens the skin. Top off the exfoliating with a calming body lotion like the Vaseline Calming Lavender Body Lotion. Infused with pure lavender extracts, it soothes and calms your skin and mind and keeps the skin moisturised for up to 24 hours.