Have you been feeling exhausted and burnt out lately? Girl, welcome to the club. Don’t ignore the signs your body is giving and take a break once in a while to unwind and relax. Nothing is more important than your mental and physical well-being. Looking for ways to destress without stepping out of your house? We’ve got the ultimate solution — a de-stressing beauty routine that will calm your mind and body. Here is a step-by-step guide for you to follow.
- 01. The big set-up
- 02. A warm bath
- 03. Hair mask
- 04. Body scrub
- 05. Manicure
- 06. Hydrating face mask + comforting drink
- 07.Body lotion
01. The big set-up
Your environment matters a lot when you’re looking to relax. That’s why spas play soothing music, dim the lights and burn those aromatic candles. Start by lighting some scented candles in your room. Pick a soothing fragrance to put your mind at ease. Light a couple of candles and dive into a playlist of relaxing music. You can also play sounds from nature such as the sound of birds, oceans or rain from YouTube.
02. A warm bath
Run yourself a warm bath. Warm showers and baths are therapeutic as hot water can decrease joint and muscle pain. When you’re stressed, it also affects you physically and that’s why hot baths can be beneficial. Take a head bath and wash your hair with a mild shampoo like the Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Aroma Shampoo. It’s enriched with natural murumuru butter and ethically sourced Bulgarian roses to give you hair that not only looks healthy but smells divine too.
03. Hair mask
After shampooing, wring out the excess water from your hair and apply a hair mask. Use a deep conditioning mask like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask that instantly nourishes hair and fights frizz. This hair mask is enriched with marula oil to give your hair a glorious lustre and strength. Apply it from mid-length to tips and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off with cold or lukewarm water.
04. Body scrub
Body scrubbing gets rid of dead skin and makes your skin soft and supple. Hot baths make it easier to exfoliate without being too aggressive on the skin. Try the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Pomegranate Seeds and Shea Butter, which nourishes as it exfoliates dry skin. The best bit? This one does not contain plastic microbeads, making it super gentle for sensitive skin.
After all these steps, your hands have been dealing with water long enough for a manicure. Remove your current nail paint or clean your nails with a nail polish remover. Pick your favourite shade of nail paint and apply 2 thin coats of it. If you’re skilled, you can also push your cuticles back and trim them a little. Buff the edges and shape your nails to finish it up. Don’t forget to slather on a nourishing hand cream like the Lakmé Hand & Nail Cream to keep your hands soft and supple.
06. Hydrating face mask + comforting drink
The best part of the routine. This barely requires movement! After cleansing, it’s time to apply a face mask. Depending on your mood, you can either go for a sheet mask or a clay mask. If you’re in the mood for a deep clean, pick something like the Lakmé 9to5 Vitamin C+ Clay Mask that contains kaolin and bentonite clay to draw out impurities from deep within. It’s also enriched with Vitamin C and niacinamide to brighten your skin. Apply it evenly all over your face and wash it off after 15 minutes. This is a nice option if your skin is looking dull and tired.
While the mask does its job, sip on a soothing drink. This could be just regular green tea or hot chocolate - the choice is yours! This routine is all about treating yourself.
Next, apply a body lotion all over your arms and legs. Rely on the trusted Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Body Lotion and apply a generous amount all over your body. This moisturiser goes deep into the skin and nourishes the skin from within to get rid of that dry and uneasy feeling.