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How to transform your beauty routine into a self-care ritual

How to transform your beauty routine into a self-care ritual
Penny Lafferty
Writer and expert1 year ago
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Growing bored of your beauty habits? The beauty boom of the present day has shaped the way we shop for makeup, layer skincare and hoard fragrance, infiltrating our AM and PM routines in a big way.

Most daily regimes are now privy to strong beauty input, whether that’s a quick slick of mascara before a mad dash to the office, a dynamic double cleanse at the end of the day, or an entire Thursday evening devoted to your seamless self-tan steps.

But with an extreme number of new launches coming at us every month, plus flourishing skincare routines where the steps just… keep… growing, it’s easy for beauty to become part of the mundane cycle – a daily chore we tick off our to-do list before moving onto something else.

So, if the sheer amount of products on offer has you falling out of love with beauty, we’re here to help! Discover the best ways to transform your current routine into a savvy self-care ritual, so you can keep your beauty regime feeling fun and fantastic!

Upgrade your hair wash technique

Although essential, consistent shampooing and conditioning can become a tiresome step in our routine. Why not create a moment to look forward to and upgrade your regular hair cleanse with a salon-style head massage? Scalp massagers are a great way to elevate your shampoo experience, working to unearth impurities and dead cells while adding some heavenly, much-needed TLC to your day.

We love the Tangle Teezer The Scalp Exfoliator and Massager and the Bouclème Scalp Massager for detoxing our locks while creating the optimum foundation for strong, healthy hair growth.

Swap showers for a relaxing soak

Quick showers may be favourable on busy weekdays, but when you do have a bit of downtime to play with, try swapping your shower regime for a long, relaxing soak in a blanket of bubbles.

Choose products that make YOU feel fantastic, whether that’s a capful of bath salts or a few drops of bubbly bath foam. Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Honey Bath instantly transforms your bathroom into a soothing sanctuary, enriched with shea butter, sweet almond and oat proteins to nourish your skin while creating softly scented bubbles.

Bring the spa to you with ESPA Fortifying Bath Salts. This wonder product is powered by tea tree and eucalyptus, working to purify the skin, invigorate the senses and leave you submerged in a luxury, self-care haven.

Finish your heavenly soak with an aromatherapy-inspired body butter – like NEOM Organics London Perfect Night’s Sleep Magnesium Body Butter. This rich, mineral magnesium-enriched formula cocoons the skin in its smoothing properties, helping to leave you soft, supple and tranquilly scented with a blend of English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine.

Explore your pleasure zones

It’s no secret that sexual wellness plays a big part in self-care routines, but there are definitely ways to upgrade your play – and they’re really easy too!

Sexpert and TV presenter, Jess Wilde, says; “Spend time exploring your entire body, not just your genitals. This is known as Pleasure Mapping and will give you an idea of what types of toys could work for you.”

So take your time, don’t rush, and reserve a slot in your day for a self-care ritual with a twist. So Divine Pleasure Vibrating Finger Stimulator is a great place to start your pleasure mapping journey, fitting snugly around your finger. The device helps you explore your sweet spots and discover places you didn’t know you liked to be touched (but soon can’t get enough of!)

We also love LELO Gigi 2 for getting to know yourself on an intimate level. Take time to run the vibrator lightly over your skin, exploring new realms of pleasure with the curved, silicone-crafted device.

Create a soothing inner sanctum

Enhance your living space through the power of soothing, aromatherapeutic scents. Reed diffusers and scented candles are the best place to start – and we’ve got a whole entourage of fragrances ready and waiting to upgrade any interior.

Create an inviting ambience with Rituals’ The Ritual of Ayurveda Fragrance Sticks, a positivity-inspiring blend of sweet almond and Indian rose oils to help deliver an air of peace and tranquillity – perfect for stressful evenings!

Why not set the mood for your bathing ritual with a calming candle? Keep comfort your main priority with this works Winter Solstice Warming Candle, a luxurious, hand-poured fusion of cinnamon and cedar essential oils for the ultimate treat for skin and senses.

Penny Lafferty
Writer and expert
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