Mindful beauty: the relaxing natural beauty trend you need to know about
With the gap between beauty and wellness closing, more and more of our everyday beauty products offer the chance to go beyond taking care of how we look on the outside. They offer a way to de-stress and practice self-care so we can glow from the inside too. It’s certainly one beauty trend we can all get on board with.
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Feeling anxious? Take a few long, deep breaths to help you relax. Even better, breath in a blend of essential oils such as Natio Focus On Tension Roll-On, $17.99. Roll the blend of peppermint, eucalyptus and marjoram essential oils on to the inside of your wrists, rub together, inhale for a count of three and exhale for five, then let it all go.
Exfoliating your body is a healthy way to encourage detoxification, boost circulation, and generally make you feel invigorated. Try dry body brushing before showering, or take your ritual into the shower with a reviving scrub such as Skinfood Coffee & Cacao Energising Body Scrub, $15.99. You’ll find its ground coffee grounds will help to wake up your mind as well as your skin.
Most of us are unlikely to get a massage nearly as often as we would like but we can mimic the feeling at least a little bit with the help of a beautiful oil and aromatherapy combo. We like how The Aromatherapy Co. Grapeseed Carrier Oil, $19.99, allows you to add your favourite essential oil depending on your state of mind. With the sublime aroma of patchouli, mandarin and ylang ylang, their Strength Essential Oil Blend, $29.99, could trick you into feeling like you’re visiting a decadent spa.
Light a candle
With an increasing awareness of just how good meditation is for our mind and body, why not try a little candle gazing? Dim the lights, get comfortable and lose yourself in the flickering flame as you make it the object of your focus. Even better, make it a scented one to add to the feeling of tranquility. For the feeling of a warm ocean breeze drifting over you, light up Ecoya’s Summer Escape Coconut Milk & Sea Salt Limited Edition Madison Jar, $42.95.
Mist your worries away
Feeling a little low? Essential oils of jasmine and rose are thought to provide soothing comfort for depression and anxiety, while chamomile calms. You’ll find them in Labonics Radiance Mist Toner, $29, which you can spritz all over your face whenever you need a pick-me-up and it will double as a dose of hydration for your skin.
Hand in hand
Sometimes, taking time out to do something as simple as applying a beautifully scented hand-cream, can release tension and balance our mind. Try a delicious one such as Linden Leaves Clementine & Basil Nourishing Hand Cream, $9.99, and begin your self-soothing massage by clasping your fingers and rubbing the bottoms of your palms together in a circular motion. Without unclasping your hands, use your thumb to rub the area under the thumb of the opposite hand, working outwards in circular motions then repeat with the other hand. Next, gently tug each finger one by one from the base up and massage over the back of each hand.
Prep your pillow
Sleep is absolutely vital to our wellbeing so anything we can do to make it as deep and as peaceful as possible, will be of great benefit. Aromatherapy is a powerful way to trigger responses in the brain and lavender in particular is incredibly relaxing. Try incorporating this calming essential oil into your evening routine. Matakana Botanicals Apothecary Sleep Pillow and Room Spray, $20, makes it easy by blending lavender with neroli and chamomile in an easy misting bottle.
Our skincare routine offers a wonderful opportunity to create a little ‘me-time’ and practice mindfulness in our very own bathroom. Instead of rushing through each step, focus on breathing as you slowly massage each product into your skin and enjoy the glow it generates. If any of them are scented like the Living Nature Ultimate Day Oil, $42, apply into the palm of your hands first, and deeply inhale their aroma. This one blends lavender and tangerine oils with rosehip and evening primrose.
How do you create some me-time in your beauty routine?