Ann's Favorite Self Care Rituals Right Now
Everyone needs a little extra pampering these days, that's why I am excited to share my current top 3 favorite self care rituals that you can do at home. Each one offers a solution to what I see as some of our current challenges- and each product I am mentioning happens to be available at an affordable price point.
Let's get started!
Self Care Ritual #3- The Facial Roller.
What it is: Facial rollers are most commonly used to enhance blood circulation, which in turn helps products absorb into the skin. They also help reduce puffiness, and promote lymphatic drainage when used to gently massage the delicate skin on your face and neck.
Why it makes the cut: For me, it's mostly about how nice this ritual feels. The stone is always naturally cool which feels especially soothing under the eyes. I once read that facial rollers are a hangover helper, and I was pleasantly surprised to find this to be true! Whenever I have a few drinks and wakeup the next morning feeling less than 100%- I spend a minute with my Rose Quartz roller and I end up feeling more alert and the tension I am holding in my head goes away.
Where you can find it: A lot of places! I bought mine from Kim and Ono. Sephora and Ulta are other great options.
Self Care Ritual #2- Body Brushing
What it is: Using a medium-firm body brush in a circular motion starting from your feet towards your heart, and then from your hands to your heart, you will find that you can dry brush your entire body in just 2-3 minutes. It is best to use your body brush right before you get in the shower and then use your favorite body lotion or oil after showering.
Why it makes the cut: Body brushing is easy to work into your daily routine, and makes your skin look visibly smoother and retain the moisture of your lotion, but that's just at the surface level. Body brushing helps stimulate circulation (I swear I can feel this happening), which in turn helps with vein issues, lymphatic drainage, and keeping you regular. That's a big return on only 2 minutes a day!
Where you can find it: A lot of places! I've purchased mine from Sephora.
Self Care Ritual #1: Aveeno Repairing Cica Oat and Shea Butter Hand Mask
What it is: These hand moisturizing gloves intensely hydrate skin leaving it visibly soft and smooth.
Enriched with shea butter and prebiotic oat in a formula to restore essential moisture to extra-dry skin. You can even use your phone while wearing the gloves- although I'd recommend disconnecting.
Why it's my current top choice: Like most people, my hands have really taken a beating this past year. They look visibly dryer, and to be totally honest- older. Lately, I've been using this mask every Friday night while I watch a 60min television show (instructions say 10min- but I like to keep it on longer).
The visible results and lasting moisture (I still apply a regular lotion about 3x a day like I did before discovering this mask) are definitely worth it!
Where to find it: Target or Amazon