My self care routine for 2020 became something I really depended on to de-stress and calm my anxiety from the year. Being in the beauty industry for over fourteen years I have tried countless products and regimes and it takes a lot for me to be impressed.
I want to share some of my favourite soothing beauty products that personally helped me throughout the year!
One of my tried and true self care routines is always soaking in a hot bath. I like to add Epsom salts, a bath bomb or an essential oil to make it extra special. My hot baths have always been a place I go to destress, relax and collect my thoughts. I like to set the mood with a comfy bath pillow, a candle and some dim light.
Then I add in some serious pampering, finding products that not only work great but smell great too. Two of my favourite body scrubs I add to my bath routine are the Skinny + Co. Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub + Lalicious Whipped Sugar Scrub.
The Skinny + Co. body scrub smells amazing and makes your skin feel so soft. The bonus part with this scrub is that it’s ingredients are natural, – skinny coconut oil, coconut sugar + vanilla beans – that’s it! I love it.
The Lalicious whipped sugar body scrub is another tried and true scrub. The selection of scents are so good, you can always find something for everyone. This scrub will leave your skin feeling silky smooth too.
I was also recently introduced to a new body scrub that made me feel revitalized. I’m always skeptical when trying something new but fell in love with the citrus grapefruit scent of the Arbonne Rescue + Renew Detox Body Scrub. The pure aromatic essential oils are my favourite and left my skin feeling soft and hydrated.
During those times of lockdown another thing I found really helpful was a good hair care routine that pampered my hair a little more than usual. I have always been someone who really enjoys getting my hair done and I found some staples that have now become apart of my hair regime.
If you are a blonde like me and were dealing with roots or brassiness, I found the Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel wash to be amazing for keeping my blonde hair looking fresh.
I also wanted to give my hair some extra love by using a good hair treatment that’s not too heavy and works quickly. My favourite is Flow’s 30 second hair treatment. This deeply penetrating conditioning treatment works immediately to deliver moisture and leaving your hair feeling weightless and manageable.
Although tempted with scissors, I didn’t take the plunge and try to trim my split ends. Instead I applied Monat’s Rejuvabeads to my ends and it was a game changer!
As a makeup artist, a good skin regime has always been apart of my routine. With more time on my hands, I added some amazing products to my skin care routine.
For my morning and night time routine I religiously used my rose quartz roller to roll my face and neck. Rose Quartz face rollers have a ton of benefits! It’s believed that rose quartz is a healing stone believed to remove emotional stress as well as comfort and soothe. These amazing rollers improve circulation, overall skin tone, promote lymphatic drainage, reduce puffiness and dark under-eye circles. I like to put my roller in the fridge or freezer as well, it feels so good and reduces puffiness in the face.
Another treatment I absolutely love is from the Sara Happ lip collection. Sara Happ lip scrubs come in a variety of yummy flavours from Sparkling Peach to Vanilla Bean. These are excellent for exfoliating your lips.
The next step to you lip treatment is applying the Sara Happ sweet clay lip mask to regenerate your lips with healing Bentonite clay and softening shea butter. After at least 10 minutes wipe off with a warm washcloth and you can top it off with the must have Sara Happ Lip Slip Balm. If you are looking for added night time treatment apply the Sara Happ Dream Slip. Its a night repair cream for your lips that works while you are sleeping. Wake up with the perfect pout!
After all those treatments, we all need our beauty sleep. It’s essential for us to get a goodnights rest. This year had my mind racing and feeling anxious about the unknown.
The product I couldn’t live without to get me through some restless nights was my Within Us Tru Marine Collagen plus Magnesium Night Time Calm. Magnesium is known as the anti -stress mineral, it works fast to quiet a racing mind and relax muscles. After my bath time and nightly skin care regime, I make myself an herbal tea mixed with my Tru Marine Night Time Calm and get myself tucked into bed.
For added nighttime luxury I have switched out my pillowcases to my favourite Philocaly Silk Pillowcases. This Canadian company has created the most beautiful luxurious silk pillowcases that are amazing for our skin and hair. Sleeping on a silk pillow can actually help to prevent wrinkles, blemishes and dry skin too. Switching over to a silk pillow case will keep your skin balanced and your hair looking fresh as well as prolonging the need to wash and heat style.
For the rest of 2020 and moving into 2021, I hope you can rest your head at night and have a goodnights sleep after using some of these comforting beauty regimes.
Let’s all get some beauty sleep!
Written by Holly Decker