Explore Everyday Loving Beauty Habits
This is the month of Love but also Self-Love - which we often forget. To love ourselves. But how can you get a little more out of your skincare routine? Whether you are on a budget or are looking to transform your beauty regimen into a nurturing self-care experience, keep reading as we have created a guide for you.
As part of a Self-Love journey, we wanted to focus on some simple and free beauty and wellness habits that you can incorporate into your everyday routine without spending a cent. These mood-boosting steps can make both day and night routines that little bit more special – not just for your skin, but for body and mind. Because after all, love is free and begins with yourself. So, get your NAYA glow on everyday with these simple hacks.
There is endless scientific literature on the benefits of mindful exercises and its irrefutable ability to combat the detrimental effects of both acute and chronic stress. Countless breathing techniques have shown to reduce inflammatory mediators and levels of corticosteroid hormones released during our stress response. It is high levels of these that can result in damage throughout the body.
Take just 10-20 minutes to either set yourself up for the day, or to unwind at the day’s closing. And we recommend trying a variety of techniques to find one that suits your unique personality and brain activity.
It could be journaling or reading a book while your skin soaks up a hydrating mask, playing a guided meditation or singing bowls soundtrack while you apply your serums, or taking a few moments outside in nature after applying your sunscreen.
If you apply your beauty products at night just before bed, another tip we recommend for listening-based meditation or breathing activities is to pop one on once you’ve applied your serums, then get comfortable in bed. Lay facing upwards while you listen and enjoy, giving your products some time to absorb into the skin.
If you genuinely cannot find the spare time for mindfulness exercises, you could consider making mindful eating your chosen form. Switch off from your devices during your meals, chew slowly and be as present as possible, paying attention to smells, tastes and textures. This also improves digestion, and the better your digestive health, the better your skin health will be too.
2. Cold therapy
Start the day with a splash of cold water.
This is another well-researched technique that has shown to have an effect on the autonomic nervous system, in particular the vagus nerve, our stress response, and even our capacity to heal. Superficially, benefits on the skin include boosting microcirculation, firming skin tissue and reducing facial redness and inflammation.
This technique will really wake you up and make you feel refreshed and ready to begin your day. Those brave enough can opt for a cold shower to kick start the day, though you may want to simply start on the face.
Up the game, explore washing your face with mineral water and use this for your morning cleanse.
3. Maximise your product performance
Boost circulation and energise your skin even further by incorporating facial tools like gua shas or facial dry brush and use these to create your own facial massage. Notice how wonderful and calming it feels to take your time with your serum and moisturiser application. Instead of slapping them on in a hurry and opt to gently work them into your skin with your hands or chosen tools, taking the time to enjoy the fragrance and texture, be present in the moment, and simultaneously boost the health of your skin.
You can make your products work even harder for you by using plain old water to increase their penetration. That’s right! Ensure your skin is still a little damp from your cleanser rinse (ideally your cold splash!) before applying your skincare, as this has shown to increase tissue permeability and therefore increase product absorption.
If you suffer from any form of skin barrier dysfunction or dehydration, then this step is an absolute must.
4. Face Massage in 2 Minutes
Facial massage can not only relax and release muscle tension in the face, jawline, temples, and neck, but can also create a luminous glow by improving circulation and removing toxins and puffiness through lymphatic drainage. Try performing this for yourself at home to improve your skin health, create a glowing luminous complexion, and improve your mental wellbeing all at the same time.
To ensure good slip across the skin’s surface without dragging or stretching, we recommend using a skin health-boosting oil, such as our Everyday Face Oil or Cacay Beauty Oil. Apply a few drops to your fingertips and gently tap it across your face and neck to spread evenly and help stimulate blood flow.
Start massaging at the neck and always work upwards, as this is the direction of drainage for your lymphatic system. This upward pattern can have a powerful youthful effect that sculpts and lifts facial features that have been weighed down by gravity and the passing of time. Softly press from the inner corners of the eyes outwards to drain puffiness, and release tension and lift the eyes and forehead by smoothing the brows up towards the hairline. Press or pinch along the brow line to relieve tension or headaches.