While we get through this extended Circuit Breaker period together, we can’t deny that the situation is, to put it lightly, unnerving and stressful. As we all stay at home, with the distraction of Netflix, video calls from friends, and plenty of time to pick up new skills or relearn old ones, the uncertainty of everything has left us all feeling anxious and unsettled.
During times like this, our body may etch itself into a flight-or-fight response. And as we walk past the mirror and peer into it, we can already see how the stress shows on our skin.
These elevated levels of stress doesn’t just affect our mental or emotional well-being, it takes a physical toll on us as well. Take a breather, and remind yourself that this will pass - you are safe, your loved ones are safe, and remember that the more we stay home, the faster we can overcome this together.
Regardless of the different methods everyone has adopted to cope, taking care of ourselves mentally, emotionally and physically plays a big part in our overall health. Self-care should be at the forefront, and simple ways can help you overcome the negative feelings. We've previously shared a couple of tips on how to protect your health here.
During the period, beauty saloons are closed, and we all could use a bit of pampering during times like these. There are real stress relieving benefits in taking 10-20 minutes to sit down, light a candle and do a self-care routine.
We’ve come up with a list of products that can help create your own mini spa experience at home - it can be as simple as popping on a sheet mask, taking a hot shower to ease tensions from sitting at your home desk all day. Plus, when using Atome to check out, you get to split the bill into three manageable payments, with 0% interest. Pay later for the things you love today!
Let’s set the mood, if you’re feeling particularly anxious, then this soap might be able to comfort you. Lavender is known as an anxiolytic (an anxiety reliever), as well as a sedative to induce a feeling of calm. This body wash infused buffer provides a nourishing and relaxing time in the shower, massaging your skin from neck to your toes.
Men, if you’re looking for a built-in body wash that does it all: cleanse, scrub and hydrate your skin, then this is for you! This super buffer will transform your shower experience, with an invigorating scent of Verbena Absolute that is perfect for anytime of the day.
While we’re in the shower, look after your scalp with Curio’s Elixir’s Scalp Nourishing Essential Oil. Consisting of 100% pure, pharmaceutical and therapeutic grade essential oils, this blend helps to stimulate hair growth, slows hair greying, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp. Plus, it contains lemon essential oil, which helps your hair to remain healthy and retain its natural shine, while clarifying your roots and detoxifying your scalp.
All you have to do is add in a few drops into your shampoo and conditioners. The essential oils double up as a stimulant for your tired body, and can be very soothing when using this in the shower.
Applying a face mask is one of my favourite at-home spa treatment. A proper at home skincare treatment offers pampering and that’s why the Eclado Gold Essential Mask should be your go to. It has the ability to firm your skin, increase circulation, calm down inflammations, while keeping your skin moisturised. There are also six herb extracts including lavender, chamomile and purslane which helps to sooth and calm the skin, while fighting oxidative damage from UV rays and pollution.
Once you’ve let the mask soak in, always remember to remove it after 20 minutes. Don’t be tempted to leave it on for too long as it can cause skin irritation. After removing your mask, massage in any serum left on your skin to fully absorb all the goodness!
If you’re feeling a bit strapped for time, use Eclado’s Cell Magic Skin Lotion. With its unique lightweight and nourishing formula, the lotion can act as a toner, essence and moisturiser. It reduces fine lines, adjust your skin’s PH balance, and promotes collagen synthesis.
Sometimes we don’t always have time to incorporate a full mini spa experience, but your stress levels are escalating. Well, we’ve got just the thing for you! Curio Elixier’s No23 Manage My Stress roll on helps to control any negative aura and bring positive vibes back to whatever you’re doing. In aromatherapy, practitioners believe in the healing properties of essential oils, and maintain that they possess a powerful effect on the body and the brain when their aromas are inhaled. Simply apply this blend at the back of your neck and on your wrist, sit back and take a breather.
Prefer the real thing? It’s great to pre-book your next facial appointment with your favourite spas that have been impacted by the pandemic. Most outlets have shifted to selling their skincare products online, but you can further help them by purchasing vouchers. Pre-book your with next facial at Mirage Aesthetics, and remember to use Atome when paying to break your purchase into three interest-free monthly instalments.
So, set a spa date, light a candle, make your own spa water by adding cucumbers and lemons, plug your phone into the charger and leave it there, and switch off your mind. Escape into a little luxury, look after your health and boost your immune system.
Stress is unavoidable and it’s definitely unpredictable, and while we know that we can’t always control the events, we can learn how we respond to them. There’s always going to be something that causes stress, whether it’s the Covid-19 situation, or something more personal, which is why self-care remains as important as ever. If the situation feels dire, remember to reach out for help here. We’re all in this together and together, we’ll overcome this.
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