Just because you’re leading a busy, stressful life, it doesn’t mean you can’t relax during your fast-paced days. This is crucial as finding small ways to unwind throughout the day can help you think creatively, boost your brainpower, and take a few minutes to smell the roses so you appreciate life. Can’t find time to relax? No worries – your daily beauty routines are the perfect times in which to gain some relaxation.
Slow Down Your Skincare Routine
If you’re like most women out there, you probably conduct your morning and evening skincare routines in super speed, not really paying attention to how these few minutes twice a day can help to soothe your spirit. Take the time to enjoy applying your skin brightening products and turn the application of your luxurious face creams into a relaxing massage. Applying your products in a gentle, soothing way allows your skin to absorb them better while being in the moment helps you clear your mind of stress and preserve your energy to face the day with confidence.
Avoid Stress-Causing Foods
You’re probably used to grabbing a bite on the go, but this can be bad for your stress levels. Refined grains and saturated fats lead to the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. On the other hand, there are foods that have a calming effect on the body. An example is oatmeal. It helps you relax because oatmeal is a complex carb that boosts the production of serotonin in the brain, a chemical that improves good feelings.
Another problem with eating when you’re on the move is that you might make rash decisions about snacks, resulting in you choosing the fastest options that are actually bad for your body and skin. For example, reaching for sugary snacks in your desk drawer. Too much sugar actually accelerates the pace at which skin ages. Sugar fights both elastin and collagen production in the skin, which are both responsible for firmness and flexibility. On the other hand, relying on caffeine-packed liquids to get you through the day can dehydrate your skin. Both sugar and caffeine can make you feel anxious, so rather plan your meals ahead of time so that when you’re busy you can still benefit from nutritious foods.
Yoga Hacks for Youthful Skin
We spend many hours every day hunched over computer screens or our cell phones that this can actually lead to muscles weakening. If you are straining muscles in your face, such as if you regularly frown while working, easy exercises will help you relax them as well as your mind because they enable better blood circulation. Best of all, you don’t need a yoga class for them!
Here are two exercises to try:
- Place your middle fingers on either side of your nose so that they’re touching the inner points of your eyebrows. Now, apply some pressure on the other ends of your eyebrows with your index fingers. Look up while doing this and try it for six massages before closing your eyes for a few minutes. This helps to get rid of frown lines from burrowing into the skin on your forehead.
- If you tend to clench your mouth and jaw when you’re stressed, a good exercise is to expand your closed mouth so that it is filled with air and your cheeks are puffed out, then gently pat your hands all over your cheeks for a few minutes. Feel the tension leave your face!
Get a Dry Brush
Dry brushing your body should be an activity you do twice a day because it’s so good for your skin and it can really help to relax you.
How it works is that you use a brush with natural, soft bristles to gently massage your skin, moving from your feet upwards to your chest and your hands to your chest, too. The important thing is to boost your blood and lymphatic circulation by massaging towards your heart. Massaging your skin with dry brushing is a great way to relieve pain. It also gets rid of dry skin, resulting in a smoother appearance, and by stimulating the lymphatic system it detoxes your body.
This is also a lovely spa-like experience that is great to help you relax. It should be done before you step into the shower. After your shower, finish off by massaging moisturizer into your body. For an extra spa treat, heat the lotion on your radiator so that it will feel warm and luxurious.
Turn Your Shower into a Sanctuary
Speaking of showers, they’re a great way to achieve relaxation. Even if you spend just a few minutes in the shower in the mornings and evenings, this is precious time that can help to clear your mind. Make shower time a sanctuary by infusing it with music that helps you unwind, using deliciously-scented shower gels, or just closing your eyes and feeling the water run over your body. This is especially important at night before bed as the comfort of a good shower will prepare you for a relaxing, beautifying sleep.
Daily beauty routines are easy times to stop and nourish your body and mind. The bonus? Being relaxed, in turn, will help you look your best.