Stress, anxiety, and a hectic life is routine for most people these days and that means there is no time for self-care. If you, like many, are enjoying a long overdue break in the middle of August, we’ve got some easy ways you can decompress. Four days of a long weekend is enough time to indulge in some beauty self-care rituals. We’ve picked out eight for you.
Ever since we heard actress Sameera Reddy and beauty Vloggers Malvika Sitlani talk about it, we were curious about this beauty ritual. Is it as good as a facial? Everyone seems to think so. Dermaplaning is actually a good way to exfoliate your skin. You can go professional with it or find a good razor like these Tinkle ones that everyone’s talking about, and gently scrape the surface to remove dead skin and fuzz. And yes, it is shaving the face, so it requires care and lots of patience, and you come out on the other side with smoother, brighter skin in minutes. Here’s a tutorial that can help.
Splurge on an alternative treatment
Issac Luxe has just opened in Mumbai (it’s already a go-to skin clinic in Delhi) so head there for an indulgent new facial or a treatment you have never tried before. Cryotherapy is popular, Drip Therapy is in, and we’ve also written about a Wishpro facial at Ageless Clinic. If you are new to Ayurveda, head to Forest Essentials and try their ubtans with an expert there.
Download a new and exciting meditation app
Don’t we love a good app to try all those interesting ideas in wellness that we write about? We love a few apps that help us centre ourselves – there is Calm, HappyNotPerfect, and Headspace. It’s hard to meditate but it helps to try out a few over the long weekend.
Nail a night-time routine that works for you
Retinol or vitamin C or chemical exfoliation? One gets very confused about what works as a good night-time routine, so read up on what suits your skin and recreate a good one. Start with a cleansing balm, move to a face wash, exfoliate, apply a sheet mask, and wash off. And then the toner, a serum, and a moisturiser. Finish up with a glow oil of your choice. That’s the ideal routine. If you are looking for product reccomendations, head to The Skincare Edit – the blog pretty much helps with all doubts.
Fix a bath, a long one
This weekend, make sure you take a long, languid bath. Enjoy good bath salts – you get them at Lush. Try a jelly shower gel – we love the one at Sephora India. There are also floral ones like the kinds at Bath & Body Works from the Aromatherapy Collection. And light up a candle – we love the ones at Fragrance People, especially the Fruit Melange flavour. Add in a calming tea – Rosehip + Cinnamon tea over at Pahadi Local works wonders on your skin. Add a few essential oils, play a great playlist from Apple Music, and you’re done.
Netflix and Facemask
Masking is a common self-care activity, so this time, find a way to make it your own. Find an ingredient you’ve never tried and try to use it in a facemask while watching your favourite show. The sheet masks we love the most include Luxderme Brightening Face Mask, Dr Sheth’s Brightening Sheet Mask, and any of the Tony Moly ones. Find a DIY mask by ordering some great ingredients and hydrosols from Blend It Raw Apothecary(they have some great DIY ideas too).
Dry brushing is a great way to get your circulation going and to get rid of cellulite. We first saw it on Being Nita’s page and got hooked onto the trend. For those who are new to it, check out her highlights to know how to do it. All you need to do is use a good hand brush, and keep brushing upwards to get rid of flaky skin. Use a good almond oil to soothe the skin – we think Forest Essentials Almond Oil works wonders. Use the The Body Shop Long Handled Cactus Bath Brush for best results.
Get your luxe salon to make a home call
We love indulgent services and our favourite salon, Jean-Claude Biguine brings some great facials and body spas to your doorstep. Starting at Rs 499, JCB knows how to bring their best to the self-care game. The star services include Rejuvenating Body Spas that help relieve stress and muscle tension, and the Painless French Waxing is something we’ve heard a lot about. You can also try the Brazilian wax. There are bespoke manicures and pedicures and a wide range of French facials to bring that glow back. Just put your feet up and order a service in.
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