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Let’s be honest, skincare and beauty rituals are not for the daily worker bee. With Monday morning meetings and a million work commitments already on our to-do lists, who has the time and, most importantly, the energy to spend more than 10 minutes in the mirror. Now with #WFH being our new reality, working on a few of these time-consuming but much-needed beauty rituals can be a life-saver in these times of stress and anxiety.

Here’s the new beauty ritual list for beginners, which will help you master some intimate ideas and significant skills, and give you a new lease of (beauty) life. The only thing you need to do: Make time for these beauty rituals to come out of the other side, be content and happy. 

How-to Gua Sha & Facial Roll your face to happiness 

Of course, born and bred of Instagram, Gua Sha and Facial Rollers have taken over our timelines these days. From rose quartz to amethyst to jade, these hand-held firming and sculpting devices are known to massage the skin and remove toxins, smoothen fine lines, calm inflammation, stimulate collagen, and depuff your skin. Plus, they give you a happy glow instantly. They help with lymphatic build-up and tiredness, and in one use, you can feel your skin relaxing.

Remember, it’s not easy to master the art of working with these two devices. So here are two informative videos that will help you. We got blogger and entrepreneur Paayal Thaker of YBP Cosmetics showing us how to use Gua Sha and this tutorial is for beginners. While our favourite blogger, Debasree Banerjee fills you in on how to use the Facial Roller for your skin’s benefit.  

Try a double cleanse: It’s an extra three-minutes in your CTM routine 

Every day, it’s the same story. Wash your face, apply moisturiser, and run out. But did you know that an extra two minutes you spend while washing your face can guarantee shining, happy skin? Say hello to this extra concept called Double-cleansing that will change your life. Whether you wear makeup or not, a good cleanse can make or break your skin. Experts of skincare swear by the method because it takes away extra sebum, grime, and dirt with two cleanses – one an oil-balm or oil cleanse (our fave is the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm), the second being a foaming/gel face wash like the Shiseido Waso Quick Gentle Cleanser.

Here’s how you do it: 

  • After removing your makeup with a cotton pad, use a cleansing balm or oil to rub evenly on your face. Work around the corners, the nooks and the crannies of your face. 
  • Start cleansing your face with the water. Soon, the balm or oil emulsifies and you have a lather forming. Wash your face off. 
  • Move onto a good water-based face wash that will remove the remaining grime, and you’re done. 

Eye care for beginners

On a normal day, we go with an eye cream and let her peepers get enough sleep. That is, if we are lucky to get 8-hours if at all. But if you have time on your hands, there are ways to make sure your eyes get enough and more love. How many ways can we love our eyes? Let me count the ways. 

  1. Make sure you use a jade roller or gua sha around your eyes for a little pick-me-up. The smaller roller at the other end of the facial roller is for the skin around the eyes. 
  2. Use a good eye cream every night to counter puffiness and tiredness. Our favourite picks: Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream and Forest Essentials Intensive Eye Cream With Anise
  3. Silk Sleep Masks are a godsend if you like waking up to luxury and all those good feelings. We love the Dame Essentials Silk mask made with 100 per cent pure mulberry silk. The skin around your eyes is thin and has no oil glands – so it’s time we took good care of it. Also, ageing shows up early around your eyes. 
  4.  Use under-eye pads to decompress and remove puffiness twice a week. We are loving the Pixi Beauty FortifEYE Firming Eye Patches and the Shangpree Gold Black Pearl Eye Mask. 
  5. Invest in a cooling balm or stick to make sure your eyes get some rest after all that screen-time. We highly recommend The Body Shop Vitamin E Eyes Cube and the Sephora Cooling Eye Pads that really work wonders to keep your peepers happy. 
  6. We also heard that doing an eye rinse really works. Ask Vasudha Rai who gave us some awesome tips on how to do it here.

Mini facials

Going to a salon is out of the question, and you are missing your facialist – so how does one take care of your skin at a time like this. Just find a cosy corner and do three things: Do a hot compress that opens your pores, takes off stress and anxiety, and gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. Two, a mini facial that hydrates your skin from my favourite skin specialist, includes sesame oil and pure honey. Our favourite beauty blogger Natasha Patel also gives you her take on a mini, easy peasy facial. Whether it’s using natural ingredients or fun products, give yourself good 20 minutes to feel good. 

Hair oiling is a thing 

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Champi or hair oiling as an art has been losing steam and that’s why it’s important to get it back to speed, now that we have time at our disposal. Pick a good hair oil other than your regular parachute. Our favourite ones are: ENN Volume Up – Hair Oil for Intensive Growth, Ras oils luscious treatment hair oil, and WOW Skin Science Onion Black Seed Hair Oil – all of them work wonders for your hair. You can also try a scalp massage that helps you unwind and increase blood flow.

The massage stimulates hair follicles making sure your hair strands reach their full growth potential. Just make sure you also invest in a good deep conditioning treatment like the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein & Conditioner before you shampoo and after you, shampoo and condition, make sure you finish with a good hair mask like the Forest Essentials Japapatti And Brahmi Intensive Hair Repair Masque or the L’oreal Professionnel Series Expert Prokeratin Liss Unlimited Masque, and finish it with the Kevin.Murphy Smooth. Again Anti-Frizz Treatment to keep frizz at bay. This beauty ritual for your hair not only gives you lush hair but makes it grow way faster. 

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Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.